Tag Archives: US Department of Justice

US DoJ ending settlement payments to outside groups

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The Justice Department will no longer allow big companies and banks to settle cases by donating to outside organizations, ending a little-known practice that had become a rallying cry for some conservatives. In a memo released early Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is ending the obscure practice that allowed companies to meet some of their settlement burdens by giving money to groups that were neither victims nor parties to the case. That money should go to the U.S. Treasury Department or victims, Sessions said.” [editor’s note: Good, except for the “money should go to the US Treasury Department” part; most of these settlements already seem to be more a matter of extorting money for the state than a matter of getting restitution for victims – TLK] (06/07/17)


US DoJ narrows scope of “sanctuary cities” executive order

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is narrowing the scope of an executive order on so-called sanctuary cities. A federal judge in California last month blocked a key part of that order, reasoning that the Trump administration had overstepped by threatening to yank federal money from those places. In the new memo, the attorney general defines the cities narrowly — as places that ‘willfully refuse to comply’ with federal law. Sessions also made clear the threats apply only to a modest pool of grants administered by the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, not the entire stream of U.S. funding for states and localities.” (05/22/17)


Bumble Bee agrees to pay $25 million in DoJ “price-fixing” extortion scheme

Source: CNN Money

“Tuna giant Bumble Bee is on the hook for bilking customers. The company has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of cans and pouches of tuna in the U.S., the Justice Department announced on Monday. Bumble Bee will also pay a $25 million criminal fine.” [editor’s note: If it is the customers who were bilked, why is DoJ receiving the money? – TLK] (05/08/17)


US Justice Department swears in seven new judges to speed up unconstitutional immigrant abduction project

Source: Washington Examiner

“The Department of Justice on Monday announced the swearing in of seven new immigration judges. ‘After a thorough application process, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Nina M. Carbone, Jennifer I. Gaz, Charlotte S. Marquez, Jose L. Penalosa Jr., Donald W. Thompson, David C. Whipple, and Ryan R. Wood to their new positions,’ a press release stated. The announcement came less than a month after Sessions said the Trump administration was hoping to appoint 50 new immigration judges this year to speed up the deportation process for illegal [sic] immigrants.” (05/08/17)


Trump regime prosecutors consider vexatious/malicious prosecution of WikiLeaks heroes

Source: Washington Post

“Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization, taking a second look at a 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents and investigating whether the group bears criminal responsibility for the more recent revelation of sensitive CIA cyber-tools, according to people familiar with the case. The Justice Department under President Barack Obama had decided not to charge WikiLeaks for revealing some of the government’s most sensitive secrets — concluding that doing so would be akin to prosecuting a news organization for publishing classified information. Justice Department leadership under President Trump, though, has indicated to prosecutors that it is open to taking another look at the case, which the Obama administration did not formally close.” (04/20/17)


The problem with how Jeff Sessions talks about crime

Source: The Nation
by Collier Meyerson

”Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that consent decrees — formal agreements between municipalities and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to improve local policing, often put in place in response to discriminatory practices — can ‘reduce the morale of police departments.’ He wasn’t just paying lip service to police officers; earlier in the month, Sessions ordered a review of all consent decrees across the United States. … ’Every place these decrees, and as you’ve mentioned some of these investigations have gone forward, we’ve seen too often big crime increases,’ Sessions continued …. The Nation asked the Justice Department what evidence Sessions has connecting spikes in crime to cities under consent decree. A spokesperson for the agency declined to comment. This isn’t the first time Sessions has connected scrutinizing law enforcement to an increase in crime. During his confirmation hearings in February, Sessions falsely connected criticisms of police forces to high rates of crime in urban centers.” (04/20/17)


Sessions to Baltimore cops: Go back to murdering people while I review your plans to cut that out

Source: Time

“Baltimore’s mayor and police chief worked closely with Justice Department investigators to scrutinize the city’s police force and embraced a plan they crafted to overhaul the troubled department. So they were surprised by the Justice Department’s sudden request Monday for more time to see how the proposed changes might conflict with the aggressive crime-fighting approach new Attorney General Jeff Sessions favors. Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis believed the proposed agreement would repair public trust in the police while also quelling violence. They swiftly voiced their opposition to the requested delay, and pledged to press ahead with the business of transforming the police department, with or without a court-enforceable consent decree.” (04/04/17)


US DoJ drops Playpen child porn case so that it can continue to hide its methods

Source: ZDNet

“Justice Dept. lawyers are asking a federal court to drop a case against a dark web child porn site because it says it cannot reveal how it used a browser exploit to target thousands of unsuspecting visitors to the site. A court filing posted late on Friday in Washington state said that because the government is ‘unwilling to disclose’ how it carried out the hacks, it has ‘no choice but to seek dismissal’ of the case. ‘The government must now choose between disclosure of classified information and dismissal of its indictment. Disclosure is not currently an option,’ said the filing.” [editor’s note: The DoJ claims to work for “us,” which means that under their own theory that information is “ours.” The judge should start levying financial sanctions on everyone at DoJ involved in the Playpen fiasco until they have either paid back the taxpayers for its costs or decide to stop hiding stuff from their supposed bosses – TLK] (03/06/17)


MD: Baltimore, US DoJ reach consent decree agreement on police reform

Source: Hartford Courant

“The city of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday signed an historic agreement that, if approved in federal court, will mandate a range of costly police reforms in coming years, from how officers stop residents on the street to how they are trained, supervised and disciplined. … The Justice Department began investigating the Baltimore Police Department — with the support of city officials — in 2015, after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked widespread protests that later devolved into rioting, looting and arson.” (01/12/17)


US DoJ to investigate itself over Servergate probe

Source: CNN

“The Justice Department’s internal watchdog announced Thursday it has launched a probe into the department and the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The announcement, which was expected, comes after criticism of the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation, particularly on how the public was notified about the controversy, which was a major issue on the 2016 campaign trail.” [editor’s note: Wait before you cheer, Clinton fans. Investigating the investigation implies revisiting that investigation. Your gal skated once, but there’s a new sheriff on the way … – TLK] (01/12/17)