South Dakota Attorney General Is Convicted in Impeachment Trial

Jason Ravnsborg, who killed a man with his car in 2020, was removed from office after the State Senate voted to convict him. He was impeached by the House in April.

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Prosecute Trump? Put Yourself in Merrick Garland’s Shoes

The attorney general will have to make three decisions, each more difficult than the previous, and none of which has an obvious answer.

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Republican Drive to Tilt Courts Against Climate Action Reaches a Crucial Moment

A Supreme Court environmental case being decided this month is the product of a coordinated, multiyear strategy by Republican attorneys general and conservative allies.

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Trump Set to Be Questioned Under Oath by New York A.G. Next Month

The questioning of Mr. Trump and two of his adult children as part of the attorney general’s civil investigation will begin July 15 unless New York’s highest court decides to intercede in the case.

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New York A.G. Can Question Trump Under Oath, Appeals Court Rules

The judges unanimously rejected the former president’s appeal of an earlier ruling that ordered him and two of his adult children to testify in a civil investigation into his family business.

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Judge Holds Trump in Contempt Over Documents in New York A.G.’s Inquiry

Former President Donald J. Trump was ordered to turn over materials sought by Letitia James, the New York attorney general, and will be fined $10,000 per day until he does so.

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N.Y. Attorney General Seeks to Hold Trump in Contempt

The attorney general, Letitia James, has been conducting a civil investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s family business.

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Attorneys General Threaten to Investigate N.F.L.’s Treatment of Female Employees

Six state attorneys general, led by New York’s Letitia James, have “grave concerns” about reports of a workplace culture within the N.F.L. that is “overtly hostile to women.”

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Why the Jan. 6 Investigation Is a Test for Biden and Merrick Garland

The inquiry is a test for President Biden and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, who both came into office promising to restore the Justice Department’s independence.

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Supreme Court Lets Kentucky’s Attorney General Defend Abortion Law

After the state’s political landscape shifted in 2019, state officials of different parties disagreed about who should represent the state in the case.

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States Investigate TikTok Over Potential Harms to Younger Users

The group is looking into the Chinese-owned video site for the harms it may pose to younger users.

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Will Trump’s Nod Be Enough for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton?

Attorney General Ken Paxton is likely to end up in a runoff after the Republican primary on March 1. But it remains uncertain who among his big-name challengers will join him there.

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Biden Administration Halts New Drilling in Legal Fight Over Climate Costs

The Justice Department is pausing new federal oil and gas leases and permits after a judge blocked the government from weighing the cost of climate damage in decisions.

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A Virginia Deputy Attorney General Quits as Praise for Jan. 6 Rioters Surfaces

After a report about Facebook posts, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office said it had “parted ways” with Monique Miles for her “lack of transparency.”

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N.Y. Attorney General Outlines Pattern of Possible Fraud at Trump Business

The attorney general, Letitia James, released new details of her investigation into whether the company misrepresented the value of its assets, but her office did not file a lawsuit.

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Letitia James Seeks to Question Trump Children in Fraud Inquiry

The attorney general, Letitia James, has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump as part of a civil investigation.

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Virginia Sues Town of Windsor, Accusing It of Discriminatory Policing

The suit comes after a monthslong investigation, which Attorney General Mark Herring said uncovered a pattern of “discriminatory, unconstitutional policing.”

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Why the Attorney General Stalled a Move to Collect Cuomo’s Book Profits

A state ethics panel said the former governor had to turn over an estimated $5.1 million in proceeds. Not so fast, the attorney general responded.

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Philip B. Heymann, 89, Dies; Prosecuted Watergate and Abscam

He served four presidents over six decades, mostly in the Justice Department and often as a key part of major investigations.

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Zephyr Teachout Will Run for New York Attorney General

The law professor, a darling of New York’s left wing, wants to be attorney general.

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Andrew Cuomo Under Oath: Proud, Prickly and Often Unable to Recall

A transcript of Mr. Cuomo’s 11 hours under questioning over sexual harassment allegations paints an extraordinary portrait of a combative governor.

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Cuomo’s Last Stand: What He and His Accusers Told Investigators

In Andrew Cuomo’s 515 pages of sworn testimony, the former governor defended his behavior and denied touching anyone inappropriately.

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Cuomo Sex-Crime Charge May Be ‘Defective,’ D.A. Says

A judge granted the Albany County district attorney’s request for an adjournment, after prosecutors cited potentially “exculpatory” mistakes in the investigation.

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Garland Revives Effort to Expand Access to Legal Aid

The attorney general acted to reverse a Trump administration decision to cut off funding for the Office for Access to Justice, an Obama-era program to give poor defendants legal representation.

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Letitia James Declares Her Candidacy for N.Y. Governor

The attorney general, who oversaw the inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo, will challenge Gov. Kathy Hochul for the Democratic nomination.

#attorneys-general, #black-people, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #governors-us, #hochul-kathleen-c, #james-letitia, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

New Top Federal Prosecutors in Manhattan and Brooklyn Are Confirmed

One of the two, Damian Williams, will be the first Black person to lead the powerful U.S. attorney’s office for New York’s Southern District.

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Police in Aurora, Colo., Engaged in Racially Biased Policing, Investigation Finds

The inquiry by the Colorado Department of Law began after the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a young Black man who was stopped by the police, put into a chokehold and injected with a powerful anesthetic.

#attorneys-general, #aurora-colo, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #mcclain-elijah-d-2019, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-aurora-colo

Why Does New York State Sue Its College Students?

Thousands of SUNY students have been taken to court by the attorney general’s office over tuition debt. And through a quirk in the law, the only way they can defend themselves is by appearing before a judge in Albany.

#albany-ny, #attorneys-general, #buffalo-ny, #colleges-and-universities, #debt-collection, #financial-aid-education, #james-letitia, #new-paltz-ny, #plattsburgh-ny, #state-university-of-new-york, #suits-and-litigation-civil

South Dakota Attorney General Expected to Take Plea Deal

A spokesman said Jason R. Ravnsborg did not plan to resign over the misdemeanor charges, despite calls from both sides of the aisle for him to do so.

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Four States Start Inquiries Into Recurring Donation Tactics of Both Parties

Letters to WinRed and ActBlue, which process online campaign donations for Republicans and Democrats respectively, ask for documents related to their use of prechecked boxes.

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Justice Dept. Pauses Federal Executions, Reversing Trump Policy

As a candidate, President Biden said that he would work to abolish federal executions and incentivize states to follow suit.

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Liquor Laws Once Targeted Gay Bars. Now, One State Is Apologizing.

New Jersey’s attorney general will apologize and vacate penalties against bars shuttered in the 20th century for allowing gay patrons to congregate.

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Trump Pressed Official to Wield Justice Dept. to Back Election Claims

The former president began pressuring his acting attorney general even before announcing that his predecessor was stepping down, emails show.

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Texas Attorney General Is Being Investigated by State Bar Association

Attorney General Ken Paxton is accused of filing a frivolous lawsuit when he challenged President Biden’s victory.

#attorneys-general, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #legal-profession, #paxton-ken, #texas

Oklahoma Attorney General Resigns, Citing ‘Personal Matters’

Attorney General Mike Hunter announced his resignation one day after The Oklahoman said it had sent him questions about an extramarital affair.

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White House Supports Ban on Phone Data Seizures of Reporters

But the Justice Department is not commenting on whether a seemingly off-the-cuff remark by President Biden is now a policy directive.

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The Crumbling of the N.R.A.

Could an investigation into financial misconduct be the undoing of America’s most powerful gun rights group?

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How a Secretive Legal Process Protects Police From Charges

Grand jury minutes in the investigation into Daniel Prude’s death reveal the many ways the criminal justice system struggles when prosecuting the police.

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Trump Justice Dept. Seized CNN Reporter’s Email and Phone Records

In a wide-ranging request, federal prosecutors obtained records for Barbara Starr’s email accounts and multiple phone lines, the network said.

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New York’s Attorney General Joins Criminal Inquiry Into Trump Organization

The move increased the investigative muscle looking into the former president and his family business.

#attorneys-general, #district-attorneys, #james-letitia, #new-york-state, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #weisselberg-allen

In Rebuke to NRA, Federal Judge Dismisses Bankruptcy Case

The N.R.A. filed for bankruptcy this year as it sought to end run regulatory action in New York, but a judge rejected the strategy.

#attorneys-general, #bankruptcies, #dallas-tex, #firearms, #gun-control, #james-letitia, #lapierre-wayne, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #texas

Maine Officials Say Artist’s Estate Overpaid Lawyers by $3.7 Million

The attorney general demanded in a court filing that the executor for Robert Indiana’s estate repay almost half its legal expenses so far.

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Virginia Attorney General Opens Investigation Into Windsor Police Department

Mark Herring, the attorney general, requested records going back as far as a decade after two officers were involved in a traffic stop during which a Black U.S. Army lieutenant was pepper-sprayed.

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Ramsey Clark, Attorney General and Rebel With a Cause, Dies at 93

Mr. Clark oversaw the drafting of the Fair Housing Act in 1968 and went on to defend both the disadvantaged and the unpopular.

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Online Scammers Have a New Offer For You: Vaccine Cards

Hundreds of sellers are offering false and stolen vaccine cards, as businesses and states weigh proof of vaccinations for getting people back to work and play.

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Biden Administration Faces Legal Fight Over State Aid Restrictions on Tax Cuts

The litigation came amid growing pushback from Republican lawmakers and state officials to a provision in the relief package that the Treasury Department said was constitutional.

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Republican Attorneys General Press Biden Over Restrictions on State Aid in Stimulus Plan

In a letter, 21 officials asked the Treasury secretary, Janet L. Yellen, to clarify how expansively her department would interpret a portion of the law.

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On First Day, Garland Vows to Restore Justice Dept. Independence

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland was sworn in and briefed on the department’s investigation into the Capitol riot.

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Justice Dept. Backs Away From Trump Era but Is Still Expected to Test Garland

Several politically charged investigations await Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general.

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Christian Porter, Australia’s Attorney General, Denies Rape Claim

The attorney general offered his defense just two weeks after a separate case in which a government staff member said she was sexually assaulted in Parliament.

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