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.

#attorneys-general, #clark-ramsey, #deaths-obituaries, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #legal-profession, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vietnam-war

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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.

#attorneys-general, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #ebay-inc, #etsy-inc, #facebook-inc, #frauds-and-swindling, #robberies-and-thefts, #shapiro-josh-1973, #shopify-inc, #social-media, #twitter, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #attorneys-general, #constitution-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #ohio, #republican-party, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taxation, #treasury-department, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#metoo-movement, #attorneys-general, #australia, #higgins-brittany, #politics-and-government, #porter-christian-1970, #sex-crimes

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Garland Says as Attorney General He Will Combat Domestic Extremism

The judge is also expected to affirm his commitment to equal justice under the law and to vow to root out widespread discrimination.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #senate

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Lawyers Enabled Trump’s Worst Abuses

The legal profession must reckon with its complicity in Trump’s attack on democracy.

#american-bar-assn, #attorneys-general, #justice-department, #legal-profession, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-south-africa, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Another Alaska Attorney General Resigns

Ed Sniffen’s resignation came less than six months after his predecessor, Kevin G. Clarkson, resigned amid revelations that he had sent hundreds of text messages to a female state employee.

#alaska, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #clarkson-kevin-g, #dunleavy-mike-1980, #sex-crimes, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel

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N.Y. Severely Undercounted Virus Deaths in Nursing Homes, Report Says

The state attorney general, Letitia James, said it’s likely that the Cuomo administration failed to report thousands of Covid-19 deaths of nursing home residents.

#attorneys-general, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #health-department-nys, #james-letitia, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes

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Behind a Secret Deal Between Google and Facebook

Facebook was going to compete with Google for some advertising sales but backed away from the plan after the companies cut a preferential deal, according to court documents.

#advertising-and-marketing, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Biden Said to Pick Merrick Garland as Attorney General

The choice of a judge is unusual and may reflect an effort by the president-elect to bring in an apolitical leader to bolster the Justice Department’s independence from politics.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Richard Thornburgh, Former Governor and Attorney General, Dies at 88

He steered Pennsylvania through the Three Mile Island nuclear plant meltdown and led the Justice Department under Reagan and the first President Bush.

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Barr Leaves a Legacy Defined by Trump

Though he sometimes departed from the president, the outgoing attorney general’s term was dominated by how he navigated the Russia investigation and other fraught issues.

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Lockerbie Bombing of 1988: US Unseals Charges Against New Suspect

Attorney General William P. Barr said that investigators had obtained a confession in 2012 from a bomb expert admitting his role in the terrorist attack on a jetliner over Scotland.

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U.S. Unseals Charges Against New Suspect in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

Attorney General William P. Barr said that investigators had obtained a confession in 2012 from a bomb expert admitting his role in the terrorist attack on a jetliner over Scotland.

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The Antitrust Case Against Big Tech, Shaped by Tech Industry Exiles

Regulators are relying on insiders like Dina Srinivasan, who left her digital ad job after concluding that “Facebook and Google were going to win and everybody else is going to lose.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #james-letitia, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #paxton-ken, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Barr Says C.I.A. ‘Stayed in Its Lane’ in Examining Russian Election Interference

In an interview with a Wall Street Journal columnist, the attorney general defended his legacy and criticized the special counsel’s investigation.

#attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #central-intelligence-agency, #durham-john-h, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Thank the Supreme Court, for Now

The justices did the right thing by declining to hear the case brought by red states to overturn the election results. But let’s see what happens down the road.

#attorneys-general, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chuang-theodore-d, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #nessel-dana, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Said to Be Near Charges for Another Suspect in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

The attack on Pan Am flight 103 killed 270 people, including 189 Americans.

#attorneys-general, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #barr-william-p, #justice-department, #libya, #lockerbie-scotland, #megrahi-abdelbaset-ali-mohmed-al, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #netherlands, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #senussi-abdullah-al, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Drug Makers Are Pulling Back From a Program to Help the Needy

Some pharmaceutical companies are scaling back their participation in a federally mandated drug discount program. State attorneys general are demanding that the administration take action.

#attorneys-general, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #equitas, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #health-resources-and-services-administration, #sanofi-sa, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-economy

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Who Is Jeffrey Rosen, Who Will Lead the Justice Dept. for Trump’s Endgame?

Attorney General William P. Barr’s resignation makes his low-profile deputy the nation’s top law enforcement official for President Trump’s last month.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #content-type-personal-profile, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rosen-jeffrey-adam-1958, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republicans Find Themselves Speechless Following a Supreme Court Defeat

A ruling against President Trump appears to leave no avenue forward for the president, forcing Republicans to “play the hand we’re dealt.”

#attorneys-general, #collins-susan-m, #kinzinger-adam, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #texas

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Republicans Faced Trump’s Loss by Embracing Nihilism

The Supreme Court thwarts the latest Trumpist attack on American democracy.

#attorneys-general, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Investigation of His Son Is Likely to Hang Over Biden as He Takes Office

Unless the Trump Justice Department clears Hunter Biden, the new president will confront the prospect of his own administration handling an inquiry that could expose his son to criminal prosecution.

#attorneys-general, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conflicts-of-interest, #justice-department, #presidential-transition-us, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘It’s Hard to Prove’: Why Antitrust Suits Against Facebook Face Hurdles

The U.S. and states cases against the social network are far from a slam dunk because the standards of proof are formidable.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #instant-messaging, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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17 Republican Attorneys General Back Trump in Far-Fetched Election Lawsuit

The move is an attempt to bolster a baseless legal effort by Texas that seeks to delay certification of the presidential electors in four battleground states that Mr. Trump lost.

#attorneys-general, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #texas

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Xavier Becerra, Surprise Pick to Run H.H.S., Is ‘the Latino Joe Biden’

Mr. Becerra was the first in his family to go to college. As attorney general of California, he took on the Trump administration on nearly every front. But can he take on the pandemic?

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #health-and-human-services-department, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-transition-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Xavier Becerra Brings Environmental Justice to Forefront

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services is the first state attorney general to create an environmental justice bureau.

#air-pollution, #attorneys-general, #becerra-xavier, #environment, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Barr Is Said to Be Weighing Whether to Leave Before Trump’s Term Ends

The attorney general’s future came into doubt after he acknowledged that the Justice Department had not found evidence of widespread voter fraud in the president’s election loss.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Barr Makes Durham a Special Counsel in a Bid to Entrench Scrutiny of the Russia Inquiry

The move would leave the investigation into the Trump-Russia inquiry open when the Biden administration takes over.

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Top Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet Draw Fire From All Sides

Lists of names of those the president-elect is said to be considering are flying across Washington, prompting lawmakers and interest groups to raise questions about some top contenders.

#attorneys-general, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #energy-department, #environmental-protection-agency, #homeland-security-department, #interior-department, #justice-department, #liberalism-us-politics, #national-economic-council-us, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Buffalo Diocese Accused of Yearslong Cover-Up of Sexual Abuse

The state attorney general said in a lawsuit that two former church leaders helped shelter more than two dozen priests accused of harming children.

#attorneys-general, #buffalo-ny, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #james-letitia, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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How Progressive States Can Respond to Conservative Courts

We need to prepare now to protect the values and institutions that matter most.

#attorneys-general, #conservatism-us-politics, #federal-state-relations-us, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Ken Paxton Fought Trump’s Legal Wars From Texas. Now He’s in Trouble.

The Texas attorney general, who fought against the Affordable Care Act and mail-in voting, has been accused of wrongdoing by his own aides amid calls for his resignation.

#attorneys-general, #paxton-ken, #texas

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Justice Dept. Is Said to Quietly Quash Inquiry Into Tamir Rice Killing

Supervisors denied civil-rights prosecutors’ request to use a grand jury for their investigation into the 2014 shooting of a Black boy by a Cleveland police officer, but did not tell his family.

#attorneys-general, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #cleveland-ohio, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #loehmann-timothy-1988, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rice-tamir-e-2002-14, #statutes-of-limitations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump

New details of the Justice Department’s handling of the accusations against Halkbank reveal how Turkey’s leader pressured the president, prompting concern from top White House aides.

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The Problems with Prop 24 and California’s Internet Privacy Law

An update to California’s groundbreaking privacy law falls short.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #attorneys-general, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #electronic-frontier-foundation, #law-and-legislation, #privacy, #referendums, #steyer-james-p

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Third Justice Dept. Prosecutor Publicly Denounces Barr

The prosecutor also said he retired after staying on to protect a public corruption case against a Republican congressman.

#attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Kamala Harris and the Push to Cut Hosptal Bills in California

She took on the drug and hospital industry as California attorney general, seeking consumer relief from anti-competitive pricing.

#attorneys-general, #consumer-protection, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #health-affairs-journal, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sutter-health, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Eric Trump Finally Interviewed in N.Y. Fraud Inquiry

President Trump’s son had sought to postpone a deposition with the New York attorney general’s office until after Election Day.

#attorneys-general, #carroll-e-jean, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #engoron-arthur-f, #federal-taxes-us, #james-letitia, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #trump-eric-f-1984, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texas Attorney General Is Accused by Top Aides of Abusing His Office

Ken Paxton, one of the most prominent conservative attorneys general, is already under indictment. The allegations of impropriety raised in a recent letter draw intense new scrutiny.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #attorneys-general, #democratic-attorneys-general-assn, #healey-maura-1971, #paxton-ken, #texas, #trump-donald-j

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Breonna Taylor Case Is Formidable Test for an Ascending AG, Daniel Cameron

Daniel Cameron, a rising G.O.P. star in Kentucky, is seen as a possible successor to Senator Mitch McConnell. But first, he has to navigate a case roiling the nation.

#attorneys-general, #black-lives-matter-movement, #cameron-daniel-j-1985, #kentucky, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #republican-party, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020

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Justice Dept. Case Against Google Is Said to Focus on Search Dominance

The decision to narrow the case to search could set off separate lawsuits from states over Google’s power in other business segments.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #justice-department, #online-advertising, #search-engines, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. to Brief States on Google Antitrust Inquiry

The department is expected to outline a potential antitrust case against Google, which could be filed in the coming days.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Top Justice Dept. Official Embraces Use of Sedition Charges for Protest Violence

The deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, emphasized that the sedition statute covered a variety of crimes and the push to consider it was proper.

#attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #justice-department, #rosen-jeffrey-adam-1958, #treason-and-sedition, #united-states-attorneys, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Barr Defends Right to Intrude in Cases as He Sees Fit

The attorney general’s remarks scanned as a rebuke of career Justice Department lawyers who have questioned his level of involvement.

#attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hillsdale-college, #justice-department, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota’s Attorney General, on Crash: ‘I Discovered the Body’

Jason Ravnsborg, the attorney general, elaborated on what happened after his car struck something on a dark highway, saying he returned in the morning to find the dead man, Joe Boever, 55, nearby.

#attorneys-general, #boever-joe-1964-2020, #deaths-fatalities, #noem-kristi, #politics-and-government, #ravnsborg-jason, #south-dakota, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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