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Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of black man
May 27, 2020
Four officers were fired a day after George Floyd’s death, a stunning and swift move by the Minneapolis chief with the mayor’s full backing. But despite their dismissal, whether the incident will be considered criminal, or even excessive force, is a more complicated question that will likely take months to investigate.  The officers were dismissed soon after a bystander’s video taken outside a south Minneapolis grocery store Monday night showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. Floyd’s death prompted protests Tuesday, with thousands taking to the streets at the intersection where he died.  ... read more »
Harris to Graham: Hold Immediate Hearing on Roger Stone Case and Make AG Barr Testify
February 14, 2020
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday sent a letter to Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) demanding that the committee hold a hearing—with Attorney General Bill Barr as a witness—on potential political interference in the sentencing of Roger Stone, President Trump’s former campaign advisor and longtime friend. Harris’ letter comes after reports that the Department of Justice was considering reducing the sentencing recommendation put forward by the career prosecutors overseeing Stone’s case, all four of whom have since requested to withdraw from the case, and after the Department filed an updated sentencing recommendation in the case that contradicted the career prosecutors. ... read more »
House Passes Bill to Restore Key Parts Of Voting Rights Act
December 13, 2019
The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act that once required officials in all or parts of 15 mostly Southern states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process. ... read more »
Harris, Blumenthal, Whitehouse Demand Documents on Trump’s Request for Barr News Conference
November 22, 2019
U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Friday sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Attorney General William Barr seeking documents relevant to any attempt by President Trump to convince Barr to hold a news conference declaring Trump had broken no laws during his July 25, 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.  ... read more »
Police Officer in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Death Won’t Be Charged
July 18, 2019
After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won’t bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — “I can’t breathe” — became a national rallying cry against police brutality. ... read more »
2020 Candidate Kamala Harris Targets State Abortion Bans
May 30, 2019
The move comes as the issue of abortion moves to the forefront of the presidential campaign. Harris is among the Democratic presidential candidates who have been sharply critical of a new spate of abortion laws that have cleared state legislatures and sharply curb abortion access. Supporters of such measures have openly predicted that the laws could spark court fights that will eventually lead the Supreme Court to revisit the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision. ... read more »
Senator Schumer: Trump and Barr Threaten African American Gains Under Obamacare
April 12, 2019
Schumer noted that African American gains under the health care legislation, commonly known as Obamacare, are threatened by Trump and Attorney General William Barr as the Justice Department has argued in federal court that the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down – “Not just vital insurance reforms like protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, as they had first argued last year,” Schumer said. ... read more »
Chicago Verdict Raises Hope of Greater Police Accountability
October 11, 2018
A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A White officer stood before a mostly White jury and was convicted of killing a Black teenager. ... read more »
Use of the ‘N-Word’ is Far From the Only Measure of Racism
August 30, 2018
Omarosa Manigault Newman, the president’s former aide, claims there is a tape of him using the vile racial slur. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she “can’t guarantee” that a tape doesn’t exist. Trump tweeted, “I don’t have that word in my vocabulary.” The press pursued the question as if this would establish for one and for all whether Trump is a racist. ... read more »
Trump Considers Pardon for Ali, Wants Athletes’ Advice
June 14, 2018
Trump has been on a clemency kick of late, using his near-limitless power to pardon a growing list that includes a former White House aide, a conservative commentator and a former sheriff convicted of violating a judge's orders who campaigned with Trump in 2016. ... read more »
No charges in Alton Sterling’s fatal shooting
March 27, 2018
Louisiana’s attorney general ruled out criminal charges Tuesday against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man outside a convenience store. ... read more »
Justice Dept. sues to stop AT&T’s $85B Time Warner deal
November 23, 2017
The White House and the Justice Department have both said that the president did not tell the antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, what to do. ... read more »
California AB284 Will Determine Police Reform in the Age of Trump
July 13, 2017
Our justice system was intended to be the one nonpolitical check on our two politicized branches of government. ... read more »
Lawyers’ Committee Goes on Red Alert as Trump Rolls Back Civil Rights
February 2, 2017
President Donald Trump began his first term by attempting to roll back the civil rights gains that occurred under his predecessor, President Barack Obama. ... read more »
Family of Marcus Garvey Seeks Support for Posthumous Presidential Pardon of Civil Rights Pioneer
September 15, 2016
100,000 Signatures of Support Must Be Received by September 28 via White House We the People Platform to Trigger Response to the Petition by Obama Administration ... read more »
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