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Justice Department rejects tech industry’s call for transparency

A request by major technology firms to disclose more about US intelligence services’ data requests would “cause serious harm to national security,” the government said in a court filing Wednesday. The Justice Department, responding to petitions from major US Internet firms, said it opposes the move for more transparency in…

JPMorgan chief Jamie Dimon holds talks with Justice Department

JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon held talks with the Department of Justice Thursday on a possible $11 billion deal to settle alleged violations, a source close to the matter said. Dimon and US Attorney General Eric Holder met in Washington amid intense negotiations to wrap up a slew of misbehavior…

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence in Gulf spill

Halliburton pleaded guilty Thursday to destroying evidence relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Justice Department said. Halliburton was sentenced to the maximum fine allowed, the department said in a statement. The court statement did not disclose the amount, but Halliburton put…

Ex-cops get new trial over prosecutors’ postings in post-Katrina bridge shootings

A federal judge tossed the convictions of five ex-New Orleans police officers accused of shooting an unarmed family and firing on others as they tried to flee the flooded city. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt issued a 129-page ruling that cited a lengthy list of “egregious and inflammatory” comments made…

Justice Department sues Texas over ‘discrimination’ in voter I.D. and redistricting laws

The Department of Justice announced today that it will sue Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety over the state’s new voter identification law (S.B. 14). The law creates strict new standards that the Justice Department believes to be in violation…

Attorney General Eric Holder to outline new drug offender sentencing proposal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department plans to change how it prosecutes some non-violent drug offenders, so they would no longer face mandatory minimum prison sentences, in an overhaul of federal prison policy that Attorney General Eric Holder will unveil on Monday. Holder will outline the status of a broad,…

Government tried to aggressively punish ‘leaker’ journalist in World War II

In a story that has echoes of the current cases of Amry PFC Bradley Manning and former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, the U.S. government attempted to aggressively prosecute a journalist who revealed early in World War II that American intelligence agencies had cracked the Japanese military’s secret code language. According…

Justice Department sues Bank of America over mortgage-backed securities fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said it had filed a civil lawsuit against Bank of America for what government lawyers said was a fraud on investors involving $850 million of residential mortgage-backed securities. The government filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina,…

Justice Department to review DEA’s mass surveillance program

By John Shiffman and David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department is reviewing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that passes tips culled from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a large telephone database to field agents, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. Reuters reported Monday that agents…

Appeals court rules intelligence reporter James Risen must testify if indicted whistleblower was his source

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the First Amendment right to free speech does not prevent a New York Times journalist from giving testimony in a high-profile government leak case. The ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

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