Justice Department does not have any U.S. attorneys in place

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making aggressive law enforcement a top priority, directing his federal prosecutors across the country to crack down on illegal immigrants and “use every tool” they have to go after violent criminals and drug traffickers. But the attorney general does not have a single U.S. attorney in place to lead his tough-on-crime efforts across the country. […]

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Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say

The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said. The message, delivered by Sally […]

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Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when […]

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Justice Department To Probe High-Frequency Trading

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will investigate whether the lightning fast transactions violate insider trading law Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the Justice Department is investigating high-frequency trading to determine if it violates insider trading laws. “The Department is committed to ensuring the integrity of our financial markets—and we are determined to follow this investigation […]

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Justice Department Fires Back on NSA Ruling

The Justice Department appealed a federal court decision Friday that threatens the National Security Agency’s program to collect data on almost every phone call made in the U.S., CNN reports. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled in December that the program disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was likely unconstitutional. Now, the Justice Department hopes another judge will overturn […]

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Five Changes to Justice Department Guidelines Designed To Protect Reporters

Weeks after an uproar over its aggressive surveillance of reporters in two national security leak probes—including accusations that it had criminalized journalism—the Justice Department on Friday released new guidelines designed to protect the media. In one case, revealed in May, prosecutors obtained months of records for business and personal phones of dozens of Associated Press reporters during its investigation into a leak about a thwarted al […]

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E-book Price-Fixing: Finding the Best Model for Publishers — and Readers

In a case that has attracted worldwide attention, Apple and five book publishers were sued this spring by the U.S. Department of Justice on the grounds that they colluded to fix prices for e-books sold on Apple’s iBookstore website. The government suit charged that by adopting a sales strategy known as “the agency model,” Apple and the book publishers (HarperCollins, […]

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Justice Department, FBI to probe shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin

In the wake of spreading public outrage, the Justice Department and the FBI have opened an investigation into the shooting of a black teenager by a Florida neighborhood watch captain who escaped arrest. More than 435,000 people, many alerted by tweets from celebrities such as movie director Spike Lee and musician Wyclef Jean, signed a petition on Change.org, a social […]

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