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Justice Dept. report jibes Albuquerque police for pattern of excessive force

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department cited the Albuquerque police department on Thursday for engaging in what federal civil rights investigators call a pattern of excessive force, some of it deadly, against residents of New Mexico’s largest city. A 46-page report capped an 18-month inquiry by the…

House panel urges prosecution for ex-IRS official Lois Lerner over Tea Party fiasco

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee has asked the Justice Department to consider criminal prosecution for a former U.S. Internal Revenue Service official who played a key role in last year’s Tea Party scandal at the IRS. By a vote of 23-14 along party…

GOP-led House panel urges prosecution of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in Tea Party case

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has asked the Justice Department to consider criminal prosecution for a former U.S. Internal Revenue Service official who played a key role in last year’s Tea Party scandal at the IRS. By a vote of 23-14 along party lines, the Republican-led Ways and Means…

Justice Department worried about criminals using bitcoin, Eric Holder tells Congress

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department will have to be creative in order to make sure criminals do not use virtual currencies such as Bitcoin to secretly move funds, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday. The scrutiny at the highest levels of the Justice Department comes…

Louie Gohmert’s logic: Companies are subject to laws so they can believe in God like people too

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) argued on Wednesday that corporations like Hobby Lobby should be able to legally practice religion — and be able to deny birth control to women — if they were also subject to criminal prosecution under U.S. law. During an interview with Family Research Council President Tony…

Justice Department will not appeal judge’s ruling in no-fly list challenge

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday it will not appeal a court ruling this year that found problems with how the government administers its no-fly policy. The U.S. no-fly policy excludes individuals from commercial air travel if they are suspected of…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others question lack of prosecutions for mortgage fraud

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three Democratic lawmakers asked to discuss with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder the Department of Justice’s allegedly uneven efforts to prosecute mortgage fraud, according to a letter dated Monday. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and representatives Elijah Cummings and Maxine Waters are seeking an audience…

FBI investigating Senate staffers’ unauthorized removal of documents about CIA interrogations

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating whether staff members for the Senate Intelligence Committee removed classified documents without authorization for use in a committee report criticizing the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) interrogation techniques, McClatchy Newspapers reported on Thursday. The FBI’s probe was instigated by a request from the…

U.S. Justice officials accuse Montana prosecutor of bias against women in rape cases

he U.S. Justice Department said on Friday that its investigation into the handling of rape reports by prosecutors in Missoula, Montana, has found substantial evidence that the county attorney’s office discriminates against women. The 20-page letter caps a nearly two-year inquiry into how the Missoula County Attorney’s Office deals with…

Death of Texas man with slit throat and missing ear ruled ‘accidental overdose’

Prosecutors have turned over an investigation of a Texas man’s disappearance and death to the state attorney general’s office after the Justice Department launched its own investigation. Alfred Wright disappeared Nov. 7 while going to visit a physical therapy client when his truck broke down. He called his wife to…

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