The legislation would create a Justice Department grant program dedicated to state, local and tribal witness assistance and protection initiatives.
Daniel Bonventre, a long-time executive in Bernard Madoff’s investment business, was arrested and charged with conspiracy, securities fraud and tax crimes.
“The attorney general continues to have the utmost confidence in [the Office of Professional Responsibility] and its leadership,” a DOJ spokeswoman told Talking Points Memo.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy vows to hold a vote next week. Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head the Office of Legal Council has been pending since January.
The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed William J. Hochul Jr. for the Western District of New York and Sally Yates for the Northern District of Georgia.
In testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee Wednesday, Inspector General Glenn Fine said the FBI and ATF continue to fight over which agency should investigate explosives cases.
The bill would keep in place the Patriot Act’s “lone wolf,” business records and “roving wiretap” powers until Feb. 28, 2011.
President Obama made U.S. Attorney nominations for the Southern District of California, Southern District of Florida, Eastern District of Texas and Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The bill was scaled back from the antitrust repeal legislation approved by the House last year; this year’s measure does not apply to medical malpractice insurers.
The Swiss announced Wednesday they will ask Parliament to ok a deal between Zurich-based UBS and the U.S. to turn over information on suspected American tax evaders.
Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy on Monday for a plan to bomb New York’s subway. His plea agreement is under seal.
Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler is the second-in-command at the DOJ. He replaced former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, who resigned earlier this month.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote on the U.S. Attorney nominees for the Western District of New York and the Northern District of Georgia.
A federal judge on Tuesday criticized defense lawyers for former KB Home Chief Executive Bruce Karatz for pressing misconduct allegations against federal prosecutors without sufficient evidence.
U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips told members of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee that there are not enough resources to combat child sex trafficking in the United States.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech in Brazil comes on the heels of the creation of an intellectual property rights taskforce at the Department of Justice.
American Samoa Lt. Gov. Aitofele Sunia and lawmaker Tini Lam Yuen were charged with fraud and bribery for allegedly using their political positions and relationships to secure contracts for companies under their control.
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Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and three other senators have introduced legislation making it a federal offense to intimidate or threaten a witness in a state court proceeding.
Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis, under consideration to be Oregon’s next U.S. Attorney, warned his fellow DAs that coming out publicly against a criminal justice bill could result in the legislature further cutting their salaries, The Bend Bulletin reports.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, the former Office of Legal Counsel lawyer savages the Justice Department’s ethics watchdog and points the finger at Attorney General Eric Holder for not stopping “this sorry mess earlier.”
“The State of Georgia will no longer watch the Obama Justice Department play politics with our election processes and protections,” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement.
The measure would strip health insurance companies of a 70-year-old exemption to antitrust oversight by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission.
“Justice will ring out from these corridors and these halls to every corner of the state of New Jersey,” Attorney General Paula Dow said, according to The Star-Ledger.
J. Gilmore Childers, who handled high-profile terrorism cases as a Southern District of New York Assistant U.S. Attorney, is expected to be named as the next First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Newark-based U.S. Attorney’s office.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the FTC in federal court against Solvay Pharmaceuticals, the maker of a testosterone replacement drug.
Republicans on Capitol Hill are not convinced that terrorism suspects should be tried in civilian courts, the attorney general’s arguments to the contrary.
The nominee to be the next North Dakota U.S. Attorney once spent a summer working on the grounds crew at Moorhead Country Club in Moorhead, Minn. He also clerked for Judge Bruce M. VanSickle.
An appeals court’s ruling means that the government will not take further steps to help a woman collect a $7 million judgment from a man in the witness protection program.
“To put it bluntly, it’s kind of like being hit in the face by a two-by-four,” said Doug Lankler, Pfizer’s chief compliance officer.
BEST FCPA LAWYERS PRACTICE GROUP OF THE YEAR. Main Justice held an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., to honor top firms in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act arena. This video shows announcement of the finalists and winner in the Practice Group of the Year category.
"I am not going to respond to what I view as the ad hominem attack on this prosecutor." -- Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Malis in response to remarks from then-private attorney Eric Holder.