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US should investigate potential civil rights violations of jailed Capitol riot defendants, judge says

A federal judge found Washington, D.C., jail officials in civil contempt Wednesday for failing to promptly forward medical records of a U.S. Capitol riot defendant with a broken hand to federal officials who would approve surgery.

Justice Department lawyers threatened mass resignations if Trump appointed loyalist to pursue election claims

Top Justice Department lawyers and White House counsel Pat Cipollone threatened mass resignations during a White House meeting in which they opposed President Donald Trump’s plan to install a loyalist as acting attorney general to help him overturn the election results through voter fraud investigations.

Weekly Briefs: DOJ opposes Purdue Pharma bankruptcy deal; California bill bans ‘stealthing’

DOJ seeks to stop Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan

The U.S. trustee for the Justice Department has filed a motion to halt a judge’s approval of a controversial bankruptcy plan for…

AG Garland announces limits on federal monitors overseeing police department consent decrees

Monitors overseeing police departments as a result of federal consent decrees and lawsuit settlements will have their powers curbed as a result of changes implemented by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.

DOJ sues to block Texas abortion law, cites conflict with federal constitutional duties

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state of Texas on Thursday in a bid to block its law that bans abortions at about six weeks of pregnancy.

How could the DOJ counter Texas abortion restrictions? Law prof suggests prosecution

How can U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland challenge Texas’ new restrictive abortion law when the state isn’t charged with enforcing it and there is no state defendant to sue?

DOJ explores ways to challenge Texas abortion law; judge grants TRO against anti-abortion group

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has said the U.S. Department of Justice will use a federal law to protect the safety of women seeking abortions in Texas as the department “urgently explores all options” to challenge a law restricting abortions in the state.

New York extends eviction protections in wake of SCOTUS decision blocking federal ban

New York has become the first state to extend its eviction moratorium since the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the federal ban on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic late last month.

Volunteer legal work needed for pending evictions crisis, says ABA president

Millions of households are behind on their rent and think they will be evicted in the next few months, wrote U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in an Aug. 30 letter to the legal community calling for volunteer services.

Weekly Briefs: Trump sued by Capitol officers; state AG pleads no contest in fatal crash

Capitol officers sue Trump, far-right groups

Seven Capitol police officers have sued former President Donald Trump, far-right groups, Stop the Steal rally organizers and others. The Aug. 26 lawsuit alleges…

Federal white-collar prosecutions continue a long-term decline

Projected numbers for white-collar prosecutions in 2021 show a continuing decline over the last 20 years, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

Biden’s new picks for solicitor general and Manhattan US attorney once clerked for AG Garland

President Joe Biden’s new nominees for U.S. solicitor general and for U.S. attorney in Manhattan, New York City, both clerked for U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland when he was a federal appeals judge, and both clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Investigators conclude Cuomo sexually harassed women; ‘the typical rules did not apply,’ says one employee

A report by investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James has found that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including former and current state employees.

Hackers accessed at least 80% of email accounts in New York federal prosecutors’ offices, DOJ says

Hackers accessed at least 80% of email accounts used by employees in the four U.S. attorney’s offices in New York over a period of more than seven months last year, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed Friday.

Treasury must provide Congress with Trump’s tax returns, Justice Department says in legal opinion

The U.S. Treasury Department must turn over former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress because it has provided facially valid reasons for the request, according to an opinion released…

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