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Seattle police file lawsuit challenging federal restrictions on use of force

Seattle police officers filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging new policies that restrict use of force, saying the rules endanger lives of both officers and civilians. More than 120 officers have joined the lawsuit, which seeks a complete dismantling of a new use of force policy hammered out between…

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…

ACLU asks feds to reconsider charges for MI cops in homeless man’s ‘firing squad’ death

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to reconsider its decision not to prosecute six Michigan police officers who fatally shot a homeless man during a confrontation over stolen coffee. The Saginaw police officers fired 47 rounds at Milton Hall, a mentally ill man armed…

Former KKK leader and his mother indicted in Alabama cross-burning and cover-up

An Alabama grand jury indicted a former Grand Cyclops in the racist vigilante group the Ku Klux Klan in the town of Ozark on Wednesday. The man was charged with burning a cross at the entrance to an African-American neighborhood. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 28-year-old Steven Joshua…

Report: JP Morgan Chase to pay $13 billion to settle residential mortgage bond lawsuits

J.P. Morgan will settle civil lawsuits related to mortgage bond matters with the U.S. Department of Justice for a record $13 billion, sources have told Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and other outlets. In a call last night, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and J.P. Morgan negotiators tentatively settled on…

‘Walking Dead’ actress indicted by grand jury for sending ricin letters to Obama

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas actress has been indicted and charged with sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, of New Boston, Texas, was arrested on June 7. (Reporting By…

Former San Diego mayor blames brain tumor for stealing $2 million from charity

A former California mayor admitted in federal court on Thursday to stealing more than $2 million from her dead husband’s charity to fuel a $1 billion gambling binge. According to KPCC-FM, Maureen O’Connor revealed her activities as part of an deferred-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The former…

U.S. judge finds for MegaUpload, orders DOJ to cooperate on user files

A judge in Alexandria, Virginia ruled Friday in favor of attorneys for the cyberlocker website MegaUpload, ordering the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to work with the site’s operators to return personal files to more than 60 million of the site’s users. MegaUplaod founder Kim Dotcom, an eccentric New Zealand…

Obama admin. blocks Texas voter ID law

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday that it objects to a law in Texas which requires voters to present a state-issued photo identification before they may cast a ballot. The department said that Texas failed to show how the voter ID law would not disenfranchise thousands of Latino…

DOJ failed to issue key wiretap reports during Bush’s second term

For the Bush administration’s entire second term, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) failed to tell Congress how many intrusive wiretaps were carried out by law enforcement, despite a legal requirement that it produce an annual report detailing the practice, a security researcher has learned. At the same time, Congress…

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