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1590 ABA Journal Attorney General articles.

Judge rules former White House counsel must testify in House probe, says ‘presidents are not kings’
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Monday that former White House counsel Don McGahn must appear before the House Judiciary Committee to testify in an investigation into how Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election and whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice.
Judge blocks 4 federal executions, rules DOJ protocol doesn’t follow law

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has halted the Department of Justice’s plans to resume executions after a 16-year hiatus. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday. She ruled on behalf of four federal death-row inmates.

AG Barr accuses Democrats of war on Trump that’s intended to ‘incapacitate the executive branch’
The legislative and judicial branches of government are encroaching on President Donald Trump’s constitutional authority, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Friday evening in a Federalist Society speech that took aim at Trump’s “resistance” opponents.
Afternoon Briefs: AG Barr reportedly declined Trump request on Ukraine statement; Trump ordered to pay $2M

Barr reportedly refused to announce that Trump broke no laws in Ukraine matter

Officials reportedly told Attorney General William Barr that President Donald Trump wanted him to hold a press…

DC Circuit stays judge’s order requiring release of Mueller grand jury documents to Congress
A federal appeals court has stayed a judge’s order requiring the release of grand jury materials from the special counsel probe to Congress.
Afternoon Briefs: Indiana AG defends his law license; Secret Service asked rapper Eminem about lyrics

Indiana AG testifies his touching at party wasn’t ‘lewd’

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill testified last week in an ethics hearing that he is “a fun guy” who likely made…

Scores of inspectors general criticize DOJ response to Ukraine whistleblower
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is among about 70 federal inspectors general who are criticizing the department’s conclusion that the Ukraine whistleblower complaint did not need to be turned over to Congress.
Afternoon Briefs: DOJ opens criminal review of Russia probe; DeVos held in contempt

Department of Justice reportedly opens criminal inquiry into origins of Russia probe

The U.S. Department of Justice’s review of the origins of the Russia probe has shifted from an administrative…

Afternoon Briefs: NYC bar calls for Barr’s Ukraine recusal; law school renamed after donor

U.S. attorney general should recuse himself in Ukraine matters, bar group says

The New York City Bar Association is calling on Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself from any…

Parents of Matthew Shepard use DOJ speech to criticize Barr’s stance on gender identity protections
The parents of Matthew Shepard, a college student murdered because he was gay, criticized the Justice Department’s stance on LGBTQ workplace protections on Wednesday in a speech delivered at an event commemorating a hate-crime law named after their son.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge reprimanded for yelling; prosecutor wants nearly 800 cases tossed

Judge reprimanded for yelling at former supporters

Judge William Maruszczak of Pennsylvania has received a public reprimand for “loudly and publicly berating former supporters who had changed their support…

Questions raised about attorney general and DOJ legal opinion as whistleblower complaint is released
The whistleblower complaint released by Congress on Thursday says President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is “a central figure” in Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr “appears to be involved as well.”
Trump urged Ukrainian president to speak with Barr about investigating Biden, transcript shows
President Donald Trump urged the president of Ukraine to speak with Attorney General William Barr about investigating the conduct of former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a transcript of a July 25 phone call released on Wednesday.
Afternoon Briefs: Law school lost $1.6M to fraud; 3rd Circuit strikes down religious ad ban

Audit concludes financial wrongdoing cost law school $1.6M

The University of Texas School of Law has tightened its financial controls after an internal audit concluded that a former employee’s improprieties…

Vigilante child predator stings are dangerous and illegal, Wisconsin attorney general says

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is seeing a resurgence of child predator stings by vigilante groups in the state.

Kaul discouraged the practice in a press release that said…

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