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By Associated Press | October 24, 2014

The AP story portrayed the former White House counsel's decision to decline the attorney general nomination as her own. Maybe it was. But few neutral observers thought it was a good idea politically.

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Jay Lerner Nominated as Inspector General for the FDIC

The Criminal Division veteran has, since 2011, served in the Justice Department Inspector General office.

DOJ Provides List of Withheld Fast & Furious Docs

The document index handed over to a watchdog group under court order shows President Obama asserted executive privilege over emails between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife.

Holder ‘Exasperated’ About Ferguson Leaks

The Attorney General’s comments come days after The New York Times reported that the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown told investigators that he was in fear for his life as they struggled over the officer’s gun.

FBI to Expand Whistleblower Protections

The slate of 11 DOJ recommendations comes at the end of a two-year agency review.

Former Blackwater Guards Convicted in Iraq Shooting

Federal court jurors found one defendant guilty of murder and three others of manslaughter and weapons charges.

DOJ’s National Security Division Reorganizes for Cyber and Corporate Espionage Threats

The reorganization lets Assistant Attorney General John Carlin put his stamp on the division amid increasing concern about hacks of major American companies like JPMorgan Case & Co.

Calculating the Human Factor of Fraud

When bringing an enterprise to a growing market, it is important to recognize behavioral factors in tackling fraud and devote energy to understanding, preparing for, mitigating and insulating your business from risk.

Reform Candidate Wins Election to Head Transparency International

The decisive vote for former Peruvian prosecutor Jose Ugaz is seen as signaling a new direction in the group’s fight against corruption.

Tax Division’s Cimino Retires After More Than 40 Years at Justice Department

Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Matters Ronald Cimino joined the division in 1973 and served as a mentor to young lawyers.

Deputy Atty. Gen. James Cole to Quit as Exodus at Justice Continues

Cole’s departure adds to a growing leadership vacuum at the federal government’s top law enforcement agency.

Aviv Nevo Takes Senior Advisory Position at Consulting Firm

The former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division is also a Northwestern University economics professor.

ACLU’s Vanita Gupta to Head Civil Rights Division

Named to the position on an acting basis, Gupta is also the White House’s choice to head the division permanently, the Washington Post reported.

Former Deputy Assistant AG Denis McInerney Back to Davis Polk

Denis McInerney will be a partner in Davis Polk’s litigation department after serving as Chief of the Department’s Fraud Section and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Files Detail Fox-DOJ Subpoena Showdown

The court filings could be further fodder for critics who complain that the Obama administration has mounted an unwarranted campaign of legal intimidation against reporters and their sources.

The Justice Department’s Soft Side: How One Federal Agency Hopes to Change Ferguson

The Department’s Community Relations Service has been working to mediate conflict in Ferguson.

Russian Captured in Afghanistan

Will be tried in Eastern District of Virginia, a first for Afghan battlefield detainee.


Judge Tosses Tea Party IRS Suit

True the Vote had sued over delay in tax-exempt status.


Holder Takes Aim at Panetta

Calls former DOD/CIA chief’s book criticizing Obama ‘unfortunate.’


Benghazi Terror Case Envy

SDNY fingerprints all over this negative story about D.C. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen.


Amazon and Antitrust

Why the online retailer doesn’t have to fear DOJ.


Expelled Nazis Get Benefits

Former Auschwitz guard’s Social Security check makes him rich in Croatia.


FBI Head Says Encryption Stops Crime Solving

Comey wants access to high-tech devices from Apple and Google.


TSA Chief Pistole Announces Retirement

Pistole served more than four years atop the agency created in the aftermath of 9/11.


Judge Survives Misconduct Review

Racial remarks from 5th Circuit’s Edith Jones weren’t prejudicial, panel rules.


Gov. Perry Prosecutor

Michael McCrum won’t be investigated for charging too much.


No U.S. Attorney?

Officials say McDonnell case slowed search for U.S. Attorney in Virginia.


Stuart Delery: Key Player

NPR profiles the “underrated” acting Associate AG.


Acting Seattle U.S. Attorney

Annette L. Hayes takes over after Jenny Durkan resigns.


Watch Out, Boehner

Ex-U.S. Atty John Ratcliffe in Texas part of expected new wave of far-right Tea Partiers in Congress.


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Clip from President Obama and Eric Holder announcement of Holder's resignation.


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