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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...

Who Is the Real Enemy in the War on Drugs?

Michael Komorn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Komorn

Overreaching governmental intrusions into our personal privacy, criminalization of minor drug offenses and an extremely overpopulated prison are realities we've all begrudgingly come to accept. But why?

Truth and Justice: The American Way?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

If he weren't president today, Professor Obama would be up in arms over the actions of President Obama and his administration. In fact, he was up in arms over similar things involving the administration of President Bush.

Why the Justice Department May Be Right

Christopher H. Schroeder | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Christopher H. Schroeder

Critics of the Justice Dept.'s subpoena of AP telephone records have shamelessly mischaracterized the Dept.'s actions and the purposes for them. Any interference with the free press merits close scrutiny, but that scrutiny needs to consider just what the Dept. actually has done and why.

Obama Addresses AP Scandal During Press Conference

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Thursday a "balance" should be struck between national security interests and freedom of the press, in respo...

Dem Rep Holds Obama's Feet To Fire On Failure

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has failed to provide adequate explanation for the Justice Department's decision...

Ryan J. Reilly

Wife Of Medical Marijuana Provider Asks Obama To End Family's 'Nightmare' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The wife of a California medical marijuana provider who is facing 10 years in prison after being indicted by federal authorities last ye...

Ryan J. Reilly

Court Considers Release Of Postmortem Bin Laden Photos | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Judges on a federal appeals court here gave little indication on Thursday they would second-guess the Obama administration's assertion t...

Matt Sledge

Pot Legalized In Two States, Dealing Drug War Major Blow | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in the prohibition era on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to the war ...

When It Comes to the DoJ and Wall Street, Don't Call It "Justice"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why is the Attorney General, along with others in the Administration, arguing against indicting Wall Street bankers?

Author Of Arizona Immigration Law Calls Obama Administration 'A Disgrace'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics

The author of Arizona's controversial immigration law accused the U.S. Justice Department of going after conservative states during an appearance on a...

Feds Could Move Against California's Marijuana Laws

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Michael Montgomery | Posted 08.21.2011 | Los Angeles

Story courtesy of California Watch By Michael Montgomery As soon as today, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to release a letter clarifyi...

Sam Stein

House Dems To Push Legislative End To DOMA | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In light of the Obama administration's decision to drop its legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that the presid...

Marcus Baram

James Cole, Obama's Justice Nominee, Derailed By Senate GOP Amid Questions Over AIG Role | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the last 30 years, no one has waited longer to take the number two position at the Justice Department. For over five months, James Cole, a lawye...

Obama's War on WikiLeaks -- and Us

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The casual way that Americans are shredding their liberties is breathtaking. Rights that have been revered as the nation's spiritual heirloom for 225 years are cast aside like so many disposable keepsakes.

Sam Stein

Cornyn: Obama Got 'Lucky' That Times Square Bomber Is Talking | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even though the suspected plotter in the Times Square car-bombing attempt is talking to authorities after being read his Miranda rights, Republicans i...

What Will The KSM Trial Really Mean?

Slate | Dahlia Lithwick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For close to a year now, the Obama administration has been playing judicial Whac-a-Mole over accountability for Bush administration torture policies. ...

Obama State Secrets Privilege Affidavit Sounds Just Like Bush

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Attorney General Eric Holder invoked the "state secrets" privilege to quash a lawsuit alleging illegal National Security Agency spying last Frida...

New Justice Department Policy Signals Hope for Justice in Vieques

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Dropping the sovereign immunity defense in the Vieques environmental case would demonstrate the Obama administration's commitment to ending the overzealous use of national defense claims.

Sam Stein

Cheney Accuses Obama Of Politicizing Justice Department | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a statement Monday evening, former Vice President Dick Cheney accused the Obama White House of politicizing the Justice Department and insisted tha...

Consumers & Authors Uniting Against Google Book Deal

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jamie Court

Google's overreaching in trying to tightly control scanned digital copies of world literature has stuck an alarm bell with more than just consumers and the Justice Department.

Sam Stein

Biden Won't Comment On State Secrets Law He Once Co-Sponsored | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Vice President's office is declining to weigh in on a bill that would restrict use of the "state secrets privilege" by the Department of Justice, ...

US Immigration Law Used To Censor Foreign Scholars: ACLU

Inter Press Service | William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A leading legal rights group charged Tuesday that the Barack Obama Justice Department is using immigration law to censor debate by selectively barring...

DOJ: Remaining Bush U.S. Attorneys Can Stay

Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With all the controversy surrounding the Bush administration's firings of several U.S. attorneys, the question for the Obama administration became: Wh...

Dem Senators Pressure Obama's DOJ To Release Torture Report

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday I pointed you to this big scoop in Newsweek reporting that an internal Justice Department review conducted under the Bush administration had...