United States Department of Justice

Holder puts Justice under same sex marriage protections

Holder puts Justice under same sex marriage protections

In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison […]

Obama drops block to secret court ruling on NSA

Obama drops block to secret court ruling on NSA

The Obama administration has dropped its objection to the publication of a secret court opinion on the law that authorizes the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records. The Justice Department told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in a filing Friday that the department won’t object if the court decides to […]

Obama drops passion from public reaction to Trayvon Martin case

Obama drops passion from public reaction to Trayvon Martin case

When President Barack Obama first addressed the death of Trayvon Martin last year, he did so passionately, declaring that if he had a son, he would look like the slain 17-year-old. His powerful and personal commentary marked a rare public reflection on race from the nation’s first black president. But now, with the man who […]

Government may limit ability to seize records of journalists

Government may limit ability to seize records of journalists

The Justice Department on Friday proposed curbing the ability of prosecutors to seize reporters’ records while investigating leaks to the media, after complaints that journalists’ rights were violated in recent high-profile cases. A revised set of guidelines proposed by the department said that search warrants would not be sought against journalists carrying out “ordinary news-gathering […]

Holder agrees to changes in probes involving news media

Holder agrees to changes in probes involving news media

Attorney General Eric Holder told media editors on Thursday that he would change the way the Justice Department handles investigations that involve reporters and not repeat searches that have raised concerns about freedom of the press, the editors said. After a meeting that other media outlets boycotted because of its secrecy, the editors who did […]

Arizona’s immigration law a monumental failure

Arizona’s immigration law a monumental failure

The immigration debate in Arizona reached a boiling point in 2007 when the state passed a groundbreaking law targeting those often blamed with fueling the nation’s border woes: Employers who hire immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The law marked a bold step by a state into an area that had long been the domain […]

IRS targeting of tea party under criminal investigation

IRS targeting of tea party under criminal investigation

The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service just as another probe concludes that lax management enabled agents to improperly target tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status. Attorney General Eric Holder said he ordered the FBI to investigate Friday — the day the […]

Feds want money back from lying Lance Armstrong

Feds want money back from lying Lance Armstrong

The federal government is going after Lance Armstrong’s money. As much as it can get. The Justice Department unveiled its formal complaint against Armstrong on Tuesday, saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was “unjustly enriched” while cheating to win the Tour de France. The government had previously announced it […]

A New Orleans political brawl over cops and jail

A New Orleans political brawl over cops and jail

A political brawl has broken out between the mayor and a sheriff who runs the city jail, which has come under scrutiny for a video showing inmates using drugs, drinking beer and handling a gun. Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked a judge last Tuesday to take the extraordinary step of placing the jail under federal oversight, […]

Republicans subpoena emails of Obama’s Labor nominee

Republicans subpoena emails of Obama’s Labor nominee

GOP lawmakers have subpoenaed the private emails of Labor secretary-nominee Thomas Perez, a possible sticking point ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing next week. The subpoena, issued Wednesday by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa, R-Calif., to the Justice Department, seeks the emails as part of an investigation into an agreement Perez brokered last year […]