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by | February 9th, 2009

In today’s appeal of Mohamed et al v Jeppesen brought by the American Civil Liberties Union before the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals, the Obama Justice Department decided to stand behind the Bush administration’s invocation of the state secrets privilege, “with no ambiguity at all,” report Jake Tapper and Ariane de Vogue at ABC News.
The [...]

by | February 16th, 2009

Public Integrity Section Chief William Welch and his deputy, Brenda Morris, will no longer participate in litigation over alleged government misconduct in the ex-Sen. Ted Stevens case, the Department of Justice said in a court-filing Monday. 
The inevitable but bizarre turn in this increasingly muddied case came after U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a contempt ruling against Welch, Morris and other DOJ [...]

by Andrew Ramonas | March 6th, 2009

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Republicans might delay the nomination of David Ogden as the next deputy attorney general, The BLT reports.
“I am very disappointed…[Ogden] is being held up and filibustered by Senate Republicans,” Leahy said at a Judiciary committee meeting yesterday.
Republican leaders downplayed from the possibility of a [...]

by | March 7th, 2009

Yesterday, an appellate court upheld, for the most part, the conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, reports The Birmingham News.  In it’s ruling, the court upheld bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice counts, but reversed two counts of mail fraud.  Because some of the charges were reversed, Siegelman will have a new sentencing hearing in [...]

by Andrew Ramonas | March 10th, 2009

A suspected al-Qaeda operative is now in the hands of civilian law enforcement after spending nearly six years at a South Carolina military prison without charges, according to the Justice Department.
Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri was indicted in February for conspiring to aid Al-Qaeda. He could face up to 30 years in an Illinois prison, if convicted.
Al-Marri, a [...]

by Andrew Ramonas | April 15th, 2009

Sen. Arlen Specter’s political troubles in Pennsylvania are creating a hurdle to Dawn Johnsen’s confirmation as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

by Mary Jacoby | April 20th, 2009

The unanimous vote for Lanny Breuer as head of the DOJ’s Criminal Division was 88-0. Civil Division chief Tony West was confirmed by a vote of 82-4, and Christine Varney was confirmed to lead the Antitrust Division by a vote of 87-1.

by Mary Jacoby | April 25th, 2009

The former Office of Legal Counsel chief last year suggested to colleagues he wasn’t proud of the quality of his legal work in the Bush administration, The Washington Post reports. Amid calls for his removal from the federal bench, Bybee has retained Latham & Watkins’ Maureen Mahoney.

by Andrew Ramonas | April 27th, 2009

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said today she wants U.S. Attorney Jim Letten in New Orleans to stay on the job. She is the second Democratic senator to come out in favor of keeping a Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney.

by Andrew Ramonas | April 29th, 2009

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said he will back the nomination of Dawn Johnsen, Obama’s pick to head the Office of Legal Counsel, The Journal Gazette reports.

by Main Justice staff | May 6th, 2009

The Senate approved a resolution by voice vote last night that stripped party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter of seniority on all committees. It wasn’t immediately clear why Democrats abandoned their earlier promise to retain Specter’s seniority. But now the 28-year Senate veteran and former Judiciary chairman will have to go to the back of the line.

by Andrew Ramonas | May 7th, 2009

Students and faculty at Truman State University are protesting the college’s decision to give former Attorney General John Ashcroft a honorary degree, The Associcated Press reported today.

by Andrew Ramonas | May 21st, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received a rebuke from the American people on her handling of the harsh interrogations matter, according to a Gallup poll released today.

by Andrew Ramonas | May 22nd, 2009

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to make any further comments on the ongoing interrogation briefings saga today at her weekly press conference.

by Mary Jacoby | June 4th, 2009

The Deputy Attorney General affirmed the DOJ’s commitment to the August 2008 “Filip Memo,” which said prosecutors could no longer require companies to waive attorney-client privilege in order to receive credit for cooperating in a criminal investigation.

by | June 16th, 2009

Federal Judge Jeremy Fogel has referred a lawsuit against Sanford Wallace, the self-professed “king of spam,” to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California for a possible criminal investigation.

by Andrew Ramonas | June 17th, 2009

The Office of Professional Responsibility has been revising the ethics report to reflect input from the lawyers under investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder testified today. Holder also defended his efforts against terrorism and to restore credibility to the Justice Department.

by | June 18th, 2009

A newly-declassified staff monograph composed by the 9/11 commission sheds new light on “the wall” between intelligence and law enforcement personnel that has blocked the sharing of information within the U.S. government.

by Andrew Ramonas | June 18th, 2009

With the exception of Civil Rights Division nominee Tom Perez, several DOJ nominations still pending before the Senate appear stalled at least until after the August congressional recess.

by Andrew Ramonas | June 18th, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) came out against the Supreme Court’s ruling today that DNA testing is not a constitutional right for people who try to prove their innocence after they were convicted.

by Mary Jacoby | June 19th, 2009

The government argues against release of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s 2004 interview with Patrick Fitzgerald about the Valerie Plame leak, saying it could provide fodder for “The Daily Show.”

by | June 19th, 2009

Allen Stanford, chairman of Stanford Financial Group, three of his executives, and the former head of the Antiguan bank regulatory agency have been indicted on fraud and obstruction charges relating to Stanford’s $7 billion ponzi scheme.

by Andrew Ramonas | June 22nd, 2009

The Supreme Court decided today not to consider a lawsuit accusing former Bush administration members of illegally disclosing the identity of then-CIA agent Valerie Plame.

by | June 23rd, 2009

Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin was approached by two people who asked him to fake his own death so that he wouldn’t have to testify against two former AIPAC lobbyists.

by Joe Palazzolo | June 24th, 2009

The Justice Department defended the Bush adminstration’s position that criminal defendants have no constitutional right to obtain DNA evidence post-conviction, but Attorney General Eric Holder says such access makes good policy.

by | June 30th, 2009

His rationale? As the dismissal of talented soldiers damages our national security, people will realize the urgency of reversing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

by Andrew Ramonas | July 7th, 2009

Several Environmental Protection Agency attorneys told ProPublica they doubt Ignacia Moreno has the right stuff to lead the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

by Mary Jacoby | July 14th, 2009

Chris Christie looks unstoppable in the New Jersey governor’s race this fall, despite the best efforts of Democrats to raise questions about lucrative court-monitoring contracts he doled out to friends and mentors when he was the U.S. Attorney.

by ProPublica | July 15th, 2009

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which President Obama promised to reconstitute in May, was removed from the White House website with no public notice.

by Andrew Ramonas | July 15th, 2009

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) isn’t happy with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for introducing the legislation to the Defense Authorization Bill.

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