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Justice Department Investigators In Missouri To Explain Details Of Ferguson Police Probe

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Investigators with the Justice Department are expected to explain details about the federal agency's investigation of Ferguson ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Former DOJ Civil Rights Nominee: Principles More Important Than A Job Title | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's former nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said Monday that he hopes young lawyers w...

Ryan J. Reilly

Ferguson Police Department's Cooperation Could Aid DOJ Civil Rights Probe | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

This article was made possible by HuffPost readers through their support of the Ferguson Fellowship. Here's how you can back more reporting like this ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds: 75 Percent Of Newark Police Pedestrian Stops Unconstitutional | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A three-year federal investigation into the conduct of the Newark Police Department found that the vast majority of pedestrian stops con...

Debo Adegbile and the Toxic Influence of Big Money

Marge Baker | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

Earlier this week, the Senate refused to end the filibuster of the nomination of Debo Adegbile to become the head of the Justice Department's Civil Ri...

Jennifer Bendery

The Senate Decides Being A Lawyer Disqualifies You From Holding A Legal Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawyers hoping for a political appointment in the future, take note: the U.S. Senate is now judging attorneys based on their representat...

Ryan J. Reilly

Chris Coons, Up For Reelection, Caves To Pressure On Civil Rights Nominee | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) says he helped block Debo Adegbile's nomination to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in part...

Ryan J. Reilly

Senate Blocks Obama Civil Rights Nominee For Representing Death Row Inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday blocked the confirmation of Debo Adegbile, the former head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to lead the Justice ...

Ryan J. Reilly

The Law That Might Cover The Chris Christie Scandal | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legal experts say it would be tough for federal officials to make the case that aides to Gov. Chris Christie violated federal public cor...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Nominates Former NAACP Official To Top Civil Rights Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will nominate a former NAACP Legal Defense Fund official to take over the Justice Department's Civil Rights Divis...

Ryan J. Reilly

Supreme Court Ruling Forces Changes For Government Workers | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act last week, members of the Supreme Court didn’t just neuter a major component...

Philly Police Chief Asks Feds To Look At Cops Use Of Deadly Force

AP | Posted 07.29.2013 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A website says Philadelphia's police commissioner has asked federal authorities to take a look at the police department's use of ...

Tom Perez and the Civil Rights Division

David Ogden | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
David Ogden

Tom Perez is exactly what the Labor Department needs to continue its important work of expanding opportunity for all Americans. Although the Civil Rights Division will no doubt feel his loss, he will leave it a much more effective and professional office than when he arrived.

Ryan J. Reilly

Voting Section Report Tries, Fails To Equate Obama, Bush Politicization | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Justice Department officials are pushing back on a report released last week that they say falsely equates the Bush administratio...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama 'Cloak-And-Dagger' DOJ Group On Voting Rights Excluded Key Bush Official | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Justice Department official appointed to head the Voting Section of DOJ's Civil Rights Division during the Bush administration was exc...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Had 2009 Game Plan For Voting Rights Act Being Struck Down | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the Obama administration needs a plan to deal with the likely death of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, it may be able to du...

Ryan J. Reilly

Senator Plotting Legislative Response If Voting Rights Act Is Gutted | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is hoping the Supreme Court doesn't strike down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, but he'll be prepare...

Ryan J. Reilly

Justice Department Official Says Anti-Discrimination Voting Law Still Necessary | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the Supreme Court decides to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the strongest weapon the federal government has to preve...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Presidential Voting Commission To Be Announced | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce a bipartisan presidential voting commission to focus on improving the Election Day experience, The ...

Amanda Terkel

Justice Department Looking At Ways To Making Voting Easier | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is already exploring ways to "fix" the long lines and confusion voters faced when going to the polls this year...

Mortgage Company To Pay Millions To Settle Bias Lending Claims

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. — SunTrust Mortgage Inc. agreed Thursday to pay $21 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in its lend...

Supporting Obama With "Facts"

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 06.16.2012 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

I happily voted for Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. However, I am also among those who believe that he has been timid on racial issues and can do more than he has on issues that are of unique importance to African Americans.

Derrick Bell: Changing the Odds for Others

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout his storied career as a lawyer, law professor, and legal scholar until his death last October at age 80, Derrick Bell was well-known for his willingness to stand up and speak out about the injustices he saw around him, even when it cost him his own positions.

GOP and New Black Panthers: Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing

Michael Yaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Yaki

The Civil Rights Commission has become the attack dog lackey of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party, and it will be no surprise when it issues a hysterical red-baiting screed castigating the Obama Administration.

After Fatal Beating, Racial Tension, and Police Corruption, Shenandoah Inches toward Justice

John Amaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Amaya

In the case of the fatal beating of Luis Ramirez, a federal grand jury recently delivered indictments that included the commission of a hate crime, obstruction of justice, official misconduct, and extortion.