Justice Department

Justice broadens criteria for clemency

Justice broadens criteria for clemency

The Justice Department is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisoners and expects the changes to result in thousands of new applications, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. The new criteria, which will be detailed later this week and are aimed at inmates serving time for nonviolent drug […]

Defiant Eric Holder tells Congress to stuff its contempt citation

Defiant Eric Holder tells Congress to stuff its contempt citation

A defiant Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at House Republicans over a contempt of Congress citation from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, calling the 23-17 party-line vote “an extraordinary, unprecedented and entirely unnecessary action, intended to provoke an avoidable conflict between Congress and the Executive Branch.” Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, angry over […]

Feds will appeal stem-cell ruling

Feds will appeal stem-cell ruling

The Justice Department said it will appeal a judge’s decision to block federal funding for stemcell research, risking an election year fight over hot-button issues of science and religion. “I can confirm we plan to appeal,” Justice Department spokesperson Tracy Schmaller said Tuesday, adding that the department was “likely to file this week.” She said […]

CIA tapes reveal how U.S. treats terror suspects

CIA tapes reveal how U.S. treats terror suspects

The CIA has tapes of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison. Discovered under a desk, the recordings could provide an unparalleled look at how foreign governments aided the U.S. in holding and questioning suspected terrorists. The two videotapes and one audiotape are believed to be the only remaining recordings made […]

CIA moved prisoners to circumvent court

CIA moved prisoners to circumvent court

Four of the nation’s most highly valued terrorist prisoners were secretly moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2003, years earlier than has been disclosed, then whisked back into overseas prisons before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers, The Associated Press has learned. The transfer allowed the U.S. to interrogate the detainees in […]

FBI snooping worries privacy advocates

FBI snooping worries privacy advocates

Invasion of privacy in the Internet age. Expanding the reach of law enforcement to snoop on e-mail traffic or on Web surfing. Those are among the criticisms being aimed at the FBI as it tries to update a key surveillance law. With its proposed amendment, is the Obama administration merely clarifying a statute or expanding […]

Immigration ruling sends ‘hands off’ message to states

Immigration ruling sends  ‘hands off’ message to states

States that had been watching Arizona’s immigration law in hopes of copying it received a rude awakening when a judge put most of the measure on hold and agreed with the Obama administration’s core argument that immigration enforcement is the role of the federal government. The ruling marked a repudiation of the Arizona law as […]

Prosecutor firings: Inappropriate and political

Prosecutor firings: Inappropriate and political

The Bush administration’s Justice Department’s actions were inappropriately political, but not criminal, when it fired a U.S. attorney in 2006, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing a two-year investigation without filing charges. The decision closes the books on one of the lingering political disputes of the Bush administration, one that Democrats said was evidence of GOP […]