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DOJ ethics report clears Bush administration 'torture memo' lawyers
Former US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) lawyers John Yoo [academic profile; JURIST news archive] and Jay Bybee have been cleared of allegations of wrongdoing in relation to their controversial memos asserting the legality of (More)
Holder defends 9/11 federal trials decision before Senate committee
US Attorney General Eric Holder appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions regarding the decision to try five men accused of conspiring to commit the 9/11 terrorist attacks in federal court. In his opening remark (More)
Torture Tales: Calling John Durham
JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that justice would be better served by former Bush Administration officials if they would talk to federal prosecutor John Durham about the administrative missteps t (More)
DOJ to open investigation into CIA prisoner abuse reports
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will "open a preliminary review" into allegations of prisoner abuse by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogators during the Bush administration (More)
US immigration home raids violate constitution: report
Federal immigration agents conducting home raids have committed numerous constitutional violations, according a report released Wednesday by the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Cardozo School of Law. The report found that, since 2006, US Immigra (More)
US House committee urged to reform mandatory minimum sentences
The US House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday examined the effects of mandatory minimum sentences in advance of consideration of three proposed bills intended to provide more discretion to judges during sentencing. Representatives of the Families Ag (More)
Federal judge allows class-action status for immigrant fee challenge
A federal judge on Monday granted class-action status to approximately 400,000 immigrants from Central America who allege that a separate service fee for immigration applicants violates a federal law . Judge Thelton Henderson of the US District Cour (More)
Germany prosecutors file charges against alleged Nazi guard
German prosecutors on Monday filed charges against alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive] for being an accessory to murder during World War II. Demjanjuk faces 27,900 accessory counts stemming from his alleged (More)
US immigration authorities announce changes to local enforcement policies
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday announced changes to immigration enforcement policies for state and local agencies. Created by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the changes affect agreements made betw (More)
Federal judges urge simplification of sentencing guidelines
A group of federal judges on Thursday urged the US Sentencing Commission (USSC) to revise complicated and mechanical calculations used to determine federal criminal sentences. Federal circuit and district court judges praised the 2005 Supreme Cour (More)