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Accountability Not on the Ballot

Paul Zukerberg | Posted 03.31.2014 | DC
Paul Zukerberg

As D.C. voters cast their ballots this week, one of the most consequential votes for our city's future isn't even listed. That's because the D.C. Council and Mayor have determined that our city "isn't ready" to elect an attorney general.

The Torture of the Torture-Excusers

Jack Healey | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

It should be a matter of national and mass priority to pursue these things and the government that refuses to pursue them can scarcely be called a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" in any meaningful way.

Mini Gesslers on the Campaign Trail?

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Love him or hate him, Scott Gessler has brought an activist's style to his job as Secretary of State (SOS), while others in his position, including Re...

U.S. Attorney General Endorses Reduced Sentences for Drug Crimes

The 420 Times | Posted 03.17.2014 | Crime
The 420 Times

On Thursday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder appeared in front of the United States Sentencing Commission to endorse a proposal that would reduce prison sentences for people convicted of dealing drugs.

Birther Queen Running For Office, Because Nobody Has Paid Attention To Her In A While

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

Orly Taitz, who gained notoriety with her lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's eligibility to serve as president, is running for office again....

Feds Open Banks for MMJ Business

The 420 Times | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Obama administration just said yes to banking for marijuana businesses in cannabis-legal states.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Plans To Stay At DOJ 'Well Into 2014'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder plans to stay at the Justice Department "well into" 2014, the nation's top law enforcement official told Th...

Guatemala's Attorney General Forced To Step Down

AP | SONIA PEREZ D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Latino Voices

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Supreme Court on Friday upheld its ruling that the country's crusading attorney general must step down in May, sev...

Friday Talking Points -- Avoiding Immigration Traps

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the House have announced they are now ready to do something on immigration. There will be traps laid by the Republicans, so Democrats have to be vigilant about defusing each one as it pops up.

Holder Backs More Discretion For Judges Over Drug Crime Sentencing

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is backing a bill to give federal judges more discretion over sentencing for some drug crimes. Holde...

Things You May Not Know About the Kennedy Years

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

A law school friend of mine joined the Kennedy Administration immediately and let me in on a few things that you probably never read about. On one of ...

Dems Raise Concerns Over Cuccinelli's Role In Possible Recount

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Markus Schmidt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain, locked in a razor-thin contest for attorney general, on Wednesday both named transition teams. T...

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning's Fall From Grace

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

There is nothing honorable about the way in which the Nebraska officers bullied a mentally impaired man into falsely confessing to a double murder. Mr. Bruning should be insisting that the Livers interrogation be required viewing for every law enforcement officer in Nebraska.

To the Supremes: Hands Off Affirmative Action

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard testimony Tuesday, October 15, 2013 on an Affirmative Action case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

Long Arm of the Law Catches Up to High-Speed Trading: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

James Grundvig | Posted 12.09.2013 | Business
James Grundvig

At the Bloomberg Link Markets 50 Summit, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made a point that he has set out to level the playing field...

Whistleblower Lynn Szymoniak, Accused Shyster

Richard Zombeck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Richard Zombeck

Everyone should be pissed off that this happened. The attorneys generals, Szymoniak's attorneys, homeowners, homeowner advocates, and taxpayers should all be pissed off that an attorney took advantage of a client to essentially walk away with $18 million and accept the title of hero.

Friday Talking Points -- A Weed Screed

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.

Mr. Cuccinelli: Virginians Deserve an Answer

Gabe Elsner | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
Gabe Elsner

After siding with Consol Energy in a dispute regarding gas royalties for Virginia landowners, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli received over $100,000 from Consol Energy and its subsidiaries.

U.S. Must End War on Immigrants and Addiction to Private Prisons as Well

Bob Libal | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Bob Libal

If the government is serious about reducing the federal prison population, it must end its reliance on for-profit prisons and repeal costly programs that have made immigrants the fastest growing part of the federal prison population.

One Small Step for Eric Holder

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What Holder said today was that it's time for this outdated, expensive, and largely futile policy to end, or at least be severely curtailed. And that, indeed, is a giant rhetorical and philosophical leap forward.

Republicans: Holder 'Deceptive And Misleading'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House Judiciary Committee report released on Wednesday concludes that Attorney General Eric Holder gave "deceptive and misleading" tes...

Where to Begin on Metra Mess -- And Where Will It End?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

This Metra mess is wrong on so many different levels, it's hard to know where it will end or where to begin.

Madigan won't run for governor: What it means for 2014 ballot

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LISA By now you know that Lisa Madigan will seek a fourth term as attorney general rather than challenging Pat Quinn for governor. Perhaps most intere...

Crack Laws Must Be Repaired

Julie Stewart | Posted 08.10.2013 | Crime
Julie Stewart

Applying the FSA retroactively would not undermine public safety. Indeed, by passing the FSA, Congress made clear its view that shorter, fairer crack sentences are compatible with public safety.

What I Would Have Said to Eric Holder

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Justice Department's recent actions towards the media is so disturbing because it represents a step backward to a much uglier time, with fewer legal protections for the press. There is a very fine line between targeting leaking and targeting the media who print the leaks.