Apparently, concerns about government abuse of civil liberties depend on who is in control. While Republicans and Independents disapprove of the Justice Department’s obtaining the AP phone records, a plurality of Democrats support it. From Pew: The Republican and Independents who have heard the most about it disapprove of it the most strongly, while better [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 21, 2013 9:23 am|
|By: Brian Sonenstein Monday February 25, 2013 12:02 pm|
We’re happy to see the Department of Justice take Standard & Poor’s to court — but this civil suit represents just a small first step in holding Wall Street accountable for the 2008 financial crisis. Many people are still unsatisfied about the lack of prosecutions against Wall Street fraudsters. We need to make sure the [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday March 1, 2012 4:54 pm|
Moral of the story: Bradley Manning gets charged with “aiding the enemy” for potentially leaking information that was available on the SIPRNET to hundreds of thousands of people. This guy gets a gold watch and no investigation for potentially leaking the existence of a sealed DoJ indictment of Julian Assange that I imagine almost nobody knew about.
If I were Bradley Manning’s lawyer I’d be putting James Casey, LLC on my witness list pronto. He seems to be the chatty type.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 22, 2011 9:42 am|
As part of the basic social contract, we as a society have given the police the awesome responsibility of protecting public safety by having a monopoly on the legal use of force. We do not provide police this awesome power because we think society would be better off if a special group of sadists could [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 31, 2011 5:09 pm|
At the beginning of Day 3 of the government’s case against Dan Choi, the defense filed a motion to compel production of certain documents. Among them was a Secret Service email sent the day before Choi’s arrest on November 15, 2010 for chaining himself to the fence of the White House with 12 others in order to protest Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Defense attorneys Robert Feldman and Norman Kent asserted that there was a coordinated effort among federal agencies to use the power of the government to single out Choi and persecute him in order to silence him. Judge John Facciola decided in favor of the defense, saying that he believed a prima facie case had been made that the government was engaging in “vindictive prosecution” of Choi.
Assistant US Attorney Angela George asked for a recess while she conferred with her supervisors at the Department of Justice. Following a 2 hour break, the trial resumed. There were four Supervising US Attorneys present as George informed the Judge that she was filing a writ of mandamus to prevent him from allowing Choi’s attorneys to present a defense of “defensive prosecution” or “vindictive prosecution.”
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 18, 2011 7:21 am|
The United States’ Department of Justice is now investigating the rating agency Standard & Poor’s according to the NYT