Brian Fallon Joins Justice on Monday as Holder’s Chief Spokesman
Fallon’s arrival comes as another high-profile public affairs official is departing. Ellen Davis, the spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara leaves today to join Sard Verbinnen & Co.
Holder’s 2011 Decision to Stop Defending DOMA Put Him at Odds with Some DOJ Insiders
But he ultimately enjoyed vindication as the Supreme Court this week invalidated the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Holder Meets with Leaders on the House Judiciary Committee about His Rosen Testimony
Following the meeting, the committee members said they intended to issue a report on their findings regarding the Attorney General’s testimony.
Departing Tampa Attorney Gets Festive Send-Off
Bobby O’Neill leaves the Middle District of Florida for a risk management company led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.
Justice Department Employs Unpaid Attorneys to Cope with Sequester
The department has 96 unpaid attorneys in U.S. Attorney offices across the country for one-year volunteer positions.
Obama Nominates Former Deputy Fraud Section Chief to Become State Department Inspector General
Steve Linick also previously served as the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Justice Department Targets Retired Four-Star General in Stuxnet Leak Probe
Retired Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright is under investigation into a leak of information about a covert U.S.-Israeli cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear program.
Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Comey Nomination Hearing for July 9
The full Senate is expected to vote on the nomination before the August recess since outgoing director Robert Mueller’s term concludes on Sept. 4.
BSG Resources Says Grand Jury Evidence of Guinea Bribery is Forged
If genuine, the document would draw a line from suspected corruption to the highest levels of management in a potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act criminal matter.
Grassley Uses Procedural Delay to Postpone Vote on Todd, Delery
The ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee has argued that the nomination of B. Todd Jones should not move forward while Jones, who has been pulling double duty as acting ATF director and the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, remains the subject of an investigation.
Obama Nominates Polite to Become U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana
Former New Orleans U.S. Attorney Jim Letten stepped down last year after it was revealed that top prosecutors in his office had been making anonymous online comments about targets of investigations on a local newspaper’s website.
Justice Disputes Hong Kong Claims about Snowden Paperwork Problems
“That Hong Kong would ask for more information about his identity demonstrates that it was simply trying to create a pretext for not acting on the provisional arrest request,” according to a DOJ statement.
Former DOJ Prosecutor Joins White Collar Firm
As a prosecutor at the Department of Justice starting in 2009, A. Marisa Chun focused on intellectual property, telecommunications, antitrust, health care and white collar cases.
Former Civil Rights Division Attorney Sentenced for Sex Crime
Karl Gellert was arrested in January after chatting online with an investigator who he believed to be minor.
Department of Justice Takes the Lead on Federal Enforcement of DOMA Ruling
“I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly,” the president said today.
Holder Eulogizes Murdered DEA Agent
Special Agent James “Terry” Watson was killed last Thursday in Colombia.
FTC’s Data Privacy Expectations Could Be Clearer, Panelists Say
The commission rarely litigates enforcement actions, but lawyers say its posture is no secret.
Senator Notes ‘Historic Nature’ of Civil Division Official’s Nomination
If confirmed, Todd M. Hughes would be the only openly gay federal appeals court judge.
High Court’s Ruling on Voting Law Will Hobble Civil Rights Division
Attorney General Eric Holder vows to do whatever he can to restore the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Justice Department Continues to Investigate WikiLeaks Founder
It is not clear whether or not prosecutors intend to pursue a conspiracy charge against Julian Assange.
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Joins Silicon Valley Firm
Fondo worked in the criminal division of the Northern District for five years, where he prosecuted white collar crime, investment, bank and securities fraud and drug trafficking.
FBI Still Investigating Petraeus
Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged the ongoing probe during an exchange last month with a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
Obama Nominates Comey, Praises his ‘Fierce Independence and Deep Integrity’
Senators on the Judiciary Committee, which will take up the nomination, praised the former Deputy Attorney General.
Kentucky U.S. Attorney Recused from McConnell Taping Investigation
First Assistant U.S. Attorney John Kuhn will take over the case with input from Main Justice in Washington.
Hacking Back is a Bad Idea after a Cyber Attack, DOJ Official Says
John Lynch, head of the Justice Department’s cyber crimes section, said companies are committing their own crimes when they track hackers back into outside systems.
Grassley Asks Holder Whether He Withheld Information about FBI Drone Program
FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that the bureau has used drones on U.S. soil as part of surveillance investigations.
Holder Defends His Rosen Testimony in New Letter to Republican Lawmakers
“As explained in our prior letters, the government’s decision to seek this search warrant was an investigative step, and at no time during this matter have prosecutors sought approval from me to bring criminal charges against the reporter,” the Attorney General wrote to members of the House Judiciary Committee.
Obama Nominates North Carolina Prosecutor to U.S. District Court
Jennifer Prescod May-Parker has served as chief of the appellate division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina since 2010.
AP President Accuses DOJ of Rule Violations When Seizing Phone Records
The Justice Department failed to notify AP in advance of the subpoena, as normally required, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said.
OECD Report: U.S., Germany Continue to Lead in Anti-Bribery Enforcement
The United States reports more than 150 ongoing investigations; the next five countries are conducting between 15 and 50 investigations each.
Mueller Tells Senators FBI Uses Drones in Domestic Surveillance
Robert Mueller, who will conclude his 12-years at the helm of the bureau in September, said that counter-terrorism remains the agency’s highest priority and that the FBI must evolve to address the issue of cyber terrorism.
Washington Lawmakers Ask Holder to Respect State’s Recreational-Marijuana Law
“During a time of constrained federal resources, we believe DOJ has higher priorities than the pursuit of legal action against persons in compliance with the laws of the states,” according to a letter sent Tuesday by seven members of the state’s congressional delegation.
Departing Louisiana U.S. Attorney Headed to Baton Rouge Firm
U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. and assistant U.S. Attorney J. Lane Ewing Jr. will join Long Law Firm LLP next month.
Deputy Attorney General Cole Testifies about Government Surveillance Programs
“This is not a program that is off the books,” Cole assured members of the House Intelligence Committee during today’s hearing.
Government Asks for CIPA Officer to Oversee Accused Bank Robber’s NSA Phone Records Request
Last week, an attorney for Terrance Brown asked a federal judge to order the government to determine whether the NSA has phone call records that could help exonerate his client.
DOJ Releases List of Recommendations for Guantanamo Detainees
The list represents the final recommendations of a task force of national-security agencies President Obama put together in 2009 as part of his unfulfilled pledge to close the prison within a year.
New Mexico U.S. Attorney Gonzales Confirmed as Federal Judge
The tally was 89 to 0 in favor of confirmation, with 11 senators not voting.
Unnamed ‘Co-Conspirator’ in BSGR Probe Said to Be Israeli Beny Steinmetz
The Israeli diamond magnate was identified as “CC-1″ in an FBI affidavit, a knowledgeable person said.
Holder Agrees to Clarify Testimony on Rosen Case
The announcement comes following weeks of back and forth between Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and the Justice Department over a comment the Attorney General made when appearing before the committee on May 15.
Former UBS Trader Expected to Face UK Libor Charge
British prosecutors plan to file criminal fraud charges against former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes for allegedly trying to manipulate benchmark interest rates, according to people familiar with the plans.
White House Set to Announce Diplomatic Envoy for Closing Guantanamo
Currently a partner at Skadden, Cliff Sloan has had a diverse career, including serving as the publisher of Slate, former associate White House counsel for President Clinton and an assistant to Solicitor General Kenneth Starr.
Wyndham Presses for Oral Arguments in FTC Data Breach Suit
The hotel chain is challenging the FTC’s role as a data privacy enforcer.
Holder Says He’s ‘Confident’ NSA Leaker Will Be Brought to Justice
“The safety of the American people and safety of people in allied nations is at risk,” the Attorney General said during a U.S.-European Union ministerial meeting in Dublin.
Mueller Defends NSA Surveillance Program During House Hearing
The FBI director also warned of the impact of the sequestration on the bureau during what will likely be his last appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.
Justice Department Supports Monitor in NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Case
Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the possibility of a federal monitor “a terrible idea” during a press conference this afternoon.
Cyber Standards Must be Industry Crafted, Official Says
The government may also see crucial NSA cybersecurity staff furloughed for 11 days.
Tony West’s Nomination to become DOJ’s No. 3 Moves Forward
The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning approved by voice vote the acting Associate Attorney General’s nomination.
Democratic Lawmakers Keep Holder at a Distance with Eyes on Midterms
Meanwhile, Republicans are training their sights on the Attorney General.
Can Accused Bank Robber Get NSA Phone Records for His Defense? Lawyers Differ
The case could be the first of many such efforts by defendants who will argue they are entitled to access whatever meta-data is collected by the agency as part of their defense, say legal experts.
Louisiana U.S. Attorney Cazayoux Departing
The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., is stepping down July 1, his office announced today.
Direct Access Partners Miami Chief Arrested in Venezuela Foreign Bribery Case
The investigation arose from an SEC exam of Direct Access Partners by the New York Regional Office. Foreign bribery practitioners say securities exams are an important way for foreign bribery to come to light.
Justice Department Reviewing Google Letter Seeking to Publish FISA Requests
“Assertions in the press that our compliance with these requests gives the U.S. government unfettered access to our users’ data are simply untrue,” David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller.
With Former Rep. Renzi Conviction, Big Win for Public Integrity Section
After a nearly one-month trial in Tuscon, former Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi (R) was found guilty by a federal jury today of 17 criminal offenses related to a federal land-swap deal in which he used his influence as a member of Congress to profit personally.
U.S. Attorney in Tampa Stepping Down to Join Freeh Group
Robert O’Neill began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan under legendary D.A. Robert Morgenthau.
Christie Picks Former Prosecutor as Acting New Jersey Attorney General
The governor selected John Hoffman, 47, as a temporary replacement for former state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, whom the governor tapped to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).
Acting ATF Director Jones Fields Questions about Fast & Furious, Gun Control and Whistleblowers During Nomination Hearing
Stuart Delery also appeared before the committee as part of his nomination to permanently head the Civil Division. But his presence seemed to be an afterthought for most senators on the panel who turned their attention to Jones.
Noted Former Senior Litigation Counsel Dies of Cancer
Ann L. Arbor tackled some of the department’s most challenging criminal fraud cases against corporations and businesses.
Justice Department Launches Criminal Investigation of NSA Leak
The Guardian, which first broke the story, identified former CIA technical assistant Edward Snowden as the source of the leak.
Holder: Justice Department Likely to Appeal Judge’s Order in Stevens Case
This spring, an administrative judge overruled the suspensions of James Goeke and Joseph Bottini for allegedly failing to turn over exculpatory evidence during the Justice Department’s botched prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens.
GOP Lawmakers Ask Holder to Testify Before Recess
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said the American people “deserve to hear” from the Attorney General directly regarding his knowledge of the criminal investigation into Fox News reporter James Rosen.
Valerie Jarrett: Holder an Advocate for ‘Anyone Whose Rights Have Been Infringed’
The president’s senior adviser also brushed aside talk of Eric Holder stepping down, predicting that the attorney general would “be in his position for quite a while.”
Christie Names Ex-Colleague in U.S. Attorney’s Office to New Jersey Senate Seat
Jeffrey S. Chiesa, the state’s attorney general, will briefly fill the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg.
Holder Addresses NSA Surveillance Revelations During Hill Appearance
Foretelling a future congressional investigation, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk told the Attorney General to make sure to keep all records of the surveillance order.
Holder: ‘No Intention’ of Stepping Down Amid Leak Controversy
“There’s some things that I want to do, some things I want to get done. I’ve discussed that with the president,” Holder told NBC News.