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Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Grants Clemency For Drug Offenders, Including Four Who Were Set To Die Behind Bars | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal drug defendants on Wednesday, including four who were set to die in feder...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Freak Out At Learning Reagan Decree Protects Lois Lerner | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although legal experts warned at the time that little would come of Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) attempt to prosecute former IRS offic...

Ryan J. Reilly

Top DOJ Official Implies Reporter May Not Be Jailed In Leak Case | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration may not actually seek an order from a federal judge to send New York Times reporter James Risen to jail for ref...

Narcotic Sentencing's Long Arc and Obama's Year of Action

Mark Osler | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Mark Osler

For the first time since Bill Clinton famously wandered through the press cabin in Air Force One asking, "You got anybody you wanna pardon?", a president is actively seeking candidates to have their sentences shortened. Unlike Clinton, Obama is asking the question seriously.

Ryan J. Reilly

Justice Department Drug Case Clemency Meeting Has Advocate 'Really Encouraged' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Justice Department official met with defense lawyers and criminal justice reform advocates on Tuesday, seeking help in finding pri...

Justice Department Points To Major Drug Policy Reform

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday asked lawyers around the country to help some drug prisoners prepare petitions for clemency, a ...

Deputy Attorney General Admonishes Nation's Bankers

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Admonishing the nation's bankers, the Justice Department's No. 2 official says too many financial institutions have failed in thei...

Relax. DOJ Lawyer Says NSA Data Sweeps Are Just Like Stop-And-Frisk

Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

A top Justice Department lawyer said on Tuesday that the "relatively low" standard the NSA uses to decide whether it can search its massive phone reco...

U.S. Spy Chiefs Face Congress Amid Spying Rift With Europe

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Tabassum Zakaria and Deborah Charles WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Top U.S. intelligence officials appeared at a c...

David Lohr

Help Find Jason Ellis, Catherine Stout And Other Missing People | David Lohr | Posted 10.25.2013 | Crime

More than 600,000 men, women and children are reported missing in the United States each year. Please take a few moments to read the stories of thi...

Ryan J. Reilly

Case Of Georgia Cop Accused Of Selling Pot Tests New DOJ Marijuana Policy | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The case of a Georgia sheriff accused of selling pot to undercover FBI agents seems to be one of the first without a clear connection to...

Ryan J. Reilly

No 'Free Pass' For Marijuana Industry | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Department officials did not believe they could successfully prevent states from legalizing marijuana in federal court and feare...

On Marijuana, Feds Plan To Address Big Issue

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and federal banking regulators will help clear the way for financial institutions to transact business with ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Prosecutors Say DOJ Marijuana Memo Is No Big Deal | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Attorney General Eric Holder ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Cautious Optimism After New DOJ Marijuana Guidelines | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug policy reformers reacted with cautious optimism on Thursday over the Justice Department's decision to allow Washington and Colorado...

Holder to Justice Department: Hands Off Legal Marijuana

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

This announcement is the recognition by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has been the primary obstacle for reform of marijuana laws for 40 years, that the political reality has changed.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement On Marijuana Legalization | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States government took a historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder inf...

Ryan J. Reilly

Gov't Unveils Secret Order On NSA Data Collection | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Government agents may only access a National Security Agency database of all domestic phone calls in the United States when an executive...

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Congressman Grills Administration On NSA Surveillance, FISA Court | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) tore into administration officials testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday over the Na...

Holder May Change Rules On When To Spy On The Press

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.30.2013 | Media

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., under fire over investigative tactics in leak cases, has opened internal discussions over tightening rules on whe...

The IRS and Justice Department Could Become Problems for Obama

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The news this week about the DOJ looking at the phone logs of journalists covering the White House, and of the IRS scrutinizing the tax returns of various right-wing groups, is bad for the Obama administration. They are also much more likely to stick than the Benghazi story.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Confirms Who Authorized AP Subpoenas | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed Wednesday that Deputy Attorney General James Cole, a longtime friend of Holder's and the number two official at...

AP Issues A Stinging Rebuke To Justice Department

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Media

The Associated Press issued a sharp rebuke on Tuesday to the Justice Department's contention that it was careful and measured in its secret probe of t...

Lucia Graves

Obama Administration's War On Weed Rolls On | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.18.2012 | San Francisco

WASHINGTON -- When federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, Richard Lee's downtown Oakland, Calif.-based trade school, earlier this month, it wasn...

Lucia Graves

Federal Interference In State Medical Marijuana Laws Is A Low Priority | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.08.2011 | San Francisco

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday reiterated the Justice Department's support for the Ogden memo, which in 2009 declared that the...