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Eric Holder Responds To Cheney, Giuliani, And Defends 9/11 Civilian Trials

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On January 11th, a few weeks before his plans for a trial at Foley Square fell apart, Holder flew to Boston, to preside over the installation of a new...

Open Justice Department: Reversing the Bush/Cheney National Security State?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

There's a brand new Department of Justice website where you can "Share Your Ideas" about transparency. You might want to "share your ideas" about Guantanamo detainees.

DOJ Appointments: The Case for Dawn Johnsen's Confirmation

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Dawn Johnsen's appointment is a litmus test for the Senate confirmation process and for the recharged Obama political operation.

9/11 Trial WILL NOT Be In New York City, Official Says

New York Times | SCOTT SHANE and BENJAMIN WEISER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The Obama administration on Friday gave up on its plan to try the Sept. 11 plotters in Lower Manhattan, bowing to almost unanimous pressure from New Y...

9/11 Trial: White House Orders Justice Department To Look For Other Places For 9/11 Trial

New York Daily News | By Kenneth R. Bazinet and Samuel Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

White House officials have told the Justice Department to consider other venues for the 9/11 terror trial that was to be held in lower Manhattan, the ...

What Next for Democrats?

Guy T. Saperstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guy T. Saperstein

Democrats need to stop feeling sorry for themselves and stop issuing idiotic statements that they can't "mathematically" do anything. "Mathematics" didn't stop Republicans and there's no reason for Democrats to act paralyzed now.

Former Justice Department Attorney John Yoo Opposes Terror Trials in NYC

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Heather Robinson

For helping to provide the legal framework for the water boarding of KSM, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim Nashiri, Yoo has been vilified as author of the "torture memos."

Fear, the Abuse of Power, and the Need for Immigration Reform

John Amaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Amaya

Many of my law enforcement contacts have been struggling with this issue: How can they effectively protect the public from real threats when a certai...

New York's Juvenile Prisons Are a Crime

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Love

If you can judge a society by the way it treats its children, then New York fails in a big way. In fact, the Empire State should be found guilty of child abuse and neglect.

Big Pharma's Crime Spree: Drug Makers Pushing Products For Unapproved Uses

Bloomberg | David Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Pfizer and Lilly lead a parade of U.S. companies that have paid $7 billion in penalties after promoting drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. This u...

The Ring of Truth

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

A judge in D.C. reluctantly declared a mistrial for Kevin Ring, one of Abramoff's trusted lieutenants. It may be a sign that the reign of honest-services-fraud terror by federal prosecutors is ending.

Don't Delay Ending Sexual Abuse of Incarcerated Youth

Lovisa Stannow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lovisa Stannow

A new government study reveals that an appalling number of youth are raped while in detention -- more often than not at the hands of the very officials who are sworn to keep them safe.

Dear FCC, Please Don't Let Hollywood Break My TV

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gary Shapiro

The MPAA is back -- this time, before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- asking permission to disable lawfully purchased HDTV-capable TVs.

Colorado Marijuana Busts: Taxpayer Dollars Wasted When Cops Bust Legal Growers

Glenwood Springs Post Independent | Robert Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado -- Sheriff's deputies recently searched a Summit County home where nearly 200 marijuana plants are under cultivation, but the ...

One-Third Of Obama's U.S. Attorneys Are Bush Holdovers

Main Justice | Andrew Ramonas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than eight months after President Barack Obama took office, one third of the country's U.S. Attorney offices are still run by prosecutors appoint...

Jon Stewart Shouldn't Be our Only Hope

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

It is sorry commentary on our political culture that we have Jon Stewart to thank, rather than a political reporter from the mainstream press, for subjecting John Yoo to the toughest questioning.

New Orleans Police Shot 10 Civilians, 4 Of Whom Died, After Katrina, New Probe Finds

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the turbulent days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, New Orleans police shot 10 civilians, at least four of whom died, according to interv...

Bush DOJ Official Agrees "Torture Memo" Lawyers Should Be Investigated

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

A change in leadership does not eliminate the need to examine our system and learn from our history, even when -- especially when -- our Department of Justice was corrupted to the point of sanctioning torture.

Sheriff Arpaio: "I Could Get Elected On Pink Underwear"

Isabel Macdonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Isabel Macdonald

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a defiant, racial-profiling desperado with renewed authority to abuse his inmates. The scary part? The voting public approves.

Michael Bennet Calls For

Greeley Tribune | Mike Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet wants federal investigators to take a closer look into the failure of New Frontier Bank in Greeley and possibly pursue crimin...

Jason Linkins

Justice Department Takes On Fraudster Defense Contractor | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Your "This Day In Government Contractor Abuses" comes via Spencer Ackerman, who flags this release from the U.S. Department of Justice: The United St...

Holder's Baby Step On Medical Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's plan is good news for medical marijuana advocates, but although this is a historic shift in the War on Drugs, it does not go far enough because it does not resolve the illogic of the underlying legal issue.

The Top 5 Socio-Political Business Risks for 2010

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Below is a list of the top five sociopolitical risks that global multinationals must be aware of, prepare for, and confront proactively, lest they face the prospect of falling behind.

Shahien Nasiripour

Feds Launch Anti-Fraud Crackdown | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Obama administration launched a renewed push Tuesday to prosecute financial crimes and stop financial fraud. Updating a seven-year-old, post-Enro...

Google Books and the High Bar for Approval: Why Opt-In May Sink the Deal

Peter Brantley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Brantley

The only way this book digitization effort makes business sense for Google is if it can amass control over a sizeable swath of rights and can monetize those rights at will in future business models.