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Iraqi pleads guilty in U.S. terror case

WASHINGTON — A US-based Iraqi pleaded guilty to terror charges for conspiring to kill Americans in Iraq and smuggle Stinger missiles to insurgents, the Justice Department said Monday. Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, had been arrested in Kentucky in May with an Iraqi co-defendant, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 24, capping a lengthy…

Justice Department says Seattle police used excessive force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seattle police officers used excessive force over the last two years and were too quick to resort to using their batons and other weapons, but were not guilty of systematically victimizing minorities, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The city’s police have been criticized for their…

DOJ says Arizona’s ‘Sheriff Joe’ violated civil rights laws

WASHINGTON/PHOENIX, Dec 15 (Reuters) – An Arizona sheriff and his deputies violated U.S. civil rights laws by engaging in racial profiling of Latinos and making unlawful arrests in their bid to crack down on illegal immigrants, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies regularly…

New state laws threaten U.S. voting rights: Holder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder is venturing deeper into a political thicket over how individual states run elections, saying discrimination based on race or ethnicity still prevents people from voting. Holder, the chief U.S. law enforcement official, is addressing the issue on the eve of an election year.…

Why no financial crisis prosecutions? Ex-Justice official says it’s just too hard

It’s an issue we and others have noted again and again: Years after the financial crisis, there have still been no prosecutions of top executives at the major players in the financial crisis. Why’s that? Well, according to a now-departed Justice Department official who used to be in charge of investigating…

Man gets 315 years prison for child porn crimes

WASHINGTON — A man in the midwestern US state of Indiana was sentenced to 315 years behind bars for producing and distributing child pornography, the Justice Department said Tuesday. David Bostic, 25, “committed heinous acts of sexual abuse against the most vulnerable in our society,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny…

U.S. government sues over Utah immigration law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration Tuesday challenged a new immigration law by Utah, the third such law it has taken on, arguing it is unconstitutional and undercuts federal immigration authority, the Justice Department said. Federal prosecutors said in a complaint filed in Utah that the law, called H.B. 497,…

Justice Department files lawsuit against Arizona

Good news, though it’s sorry that it’s come to this—the Justice Department is now officially moving to sue the state of Arizona over the “papers please” law. The argument is that the law usurps the federal government’s authority over issues such as immigration law enforcement. I’m sure the lawyers out…

Fed hate crimes bill back in the queue, more lame fundie lies

The Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) re-introduced hate crimes legislation — the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act — a bill that has bipartisan support. The LLEHCPA gives the Justice Department the power to investigate and prosecute bias motivated violence where the perpetrator has…

Reading and misreading Eric Holder’s call to discuss race

I was on the Mike Signorile Show today and we discussed recent comments made by Attorney General Eric Holder at an event at the Justice Department in honor of Black History Month: Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have…

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