The contradiction emerges between what the administration argues the children are constitutionally entitled to, and what Holder says he supports as a policy. On Friday he discussed a new $1.8 million program to help legal aid organizations represent migrant children in courts, and said the department is working “to facilitate access to legal representation for these children.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.
Judges were forced to resort to old-fashioned technology, using four-track tape recorders or pencils and paper in the absence of their usual digital audio recording system. Immigrants and family members looking for information on pending cases from the agency’s phone hotline were greeted with a recording that explained that there were no updates “due to system issues.” The 1-800 number went up again this week, but is still “limited to providing information recorded in the electronic database, which our staff will continue to update,” according to a statement on the Department of Justice’s website. The agency did not respond to a request for an interview. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Credit Suisse AG’s guilty plea and $2.6 billion payment in a high-profile case brought by the Justice Department are being held out as a warning to foreign banks believed to be helping U.S. taxpayers conceal assets.
The Justice Department released a scathing report on its findings of a pattern of “unjustified force” by the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico. The report offers details on 23 fatal shootings since 2010, including the March shooting of James Boyd, a 38-year-old homeless man with a history of mental illness. Jeffrey Brown talks to Gene Grant of KNME, who has been covering this story. Continue reading
Toyota has come to a $1.2 billion settlement to end a Justice Department criminal probe into how the company handled customer complaints and automobile recalls related to safety problems with their vehicles from 2009 to 2010. “Today we can say … Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said his state counterparts are not obliged to defend bans on gay marriage. Meanwhile, an Arizona state senate bill allowing business owners to deny service to gays on religious ground has sparked outrage among gay rights activists. Also, audio recordings appear to show Turkey’s prime minister telling his son to dispose of money before police raids. Continue reading
In a sweeping move, the Justice Department announced it will begin providing equal rights to every lawfully married, same-sex couple under its purview, including inmates in federal prisons and those testifying in courts. In a memo to be issued Monday, … Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, the Justice Department is expected to revise their definition of racial profiling. The new rules are likely to include religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation. Also, Vatican officials appeared at a UN hearing to answer claims that church leaders have protected pedophile priests. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, the Justice Department approved a deal for U.S. Airways and American Airlines to merge into a single carrier. The airlines must meet conditions to avoid stifling competition. Also, heart experts issued new guidelines suggesting 33 million Americans should consider taking statin drugs to cut cholesterol. Continue reading