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With all his legal worries, can President Trump pardon himself?

Even though President Donald Trump refuses to accept it, his time in office is coming to a close on January 20, 2021. He will lose both his job and one of its perks - his immunity from prosecution on pending charges in lower courts.

Guilty pleas entered in federal criminal fake Parmesan case

The executive of a now defunct cheese company accused of selling "real Parmesan cheese" containing wood pulp instead of cheese had her day in court Friday, entering guilty pleas for herself and the companies.

Justice Department sues city of Ferguson to push police reform

Ferguson - The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, because the City Council tried to amend a deal with the DOJ that would have enacted changes in its policing and court practices.

Manslaughter charges dropped against BP Deepwater Horizon

New Orleans - When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010, it killed 11 workers and spilled at least 134 million gallons of crude over a span of nearly three months. It was soon to become the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Cecil the lion's killer wanted by USFWS and Justice Department

Bloomington - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to talk to Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion, but it seems Palmer has dropped off the map.

Op-Ed: Will body cameras protect people against overzealous cops?

Following the deaths of several unarmed citizens, the majority of them black, police departments across the U.S. have increasingly equipped their officers with body cameras. Yes, this is good news, but body cameras aren't a panacea.

Government secretly spying on millions of American drivers

Washington - The United States government is tracking the movement of millions of American drivers as part of a secret intelligence program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of motorist records.

Department of Justice settles over fake Facebook profile lawsuit

The Justice Department reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after the Drug Enforcement Administration used her information to set up a fake Facebook profile to track other suspects.

New limits on racial profiling released by Department of Justice

Washington D.c. - Attorney General Eric Holder's efforts to have the new limits on racial profiling to be finally pushed through are the result of an expansion of the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies originally put in place in 2003

Republicans slowly embracing marijuana

For years the U.S. House has been turning down proposals dealing with marijuana but this week that all changed when the House approved a new measure.

U.S. increases efforts to prevent foreign fighters going to Syria

The United States Justice Department is seeking to stop the increasing number of foreign fighters going to fight in Syria due to fears they will return to their home countries and cause trouble.

Victims of Citgo environmental crimes to get no restitution

Corpus Christi - After waiting seven years, Corpus Christi, Texas pollution victims learned what restitution they would receive from Citgo Petroleum Corp. last week. A federal court judge determined the victims of Citgo's environmental crimes would get nothing.

Feds sue to block Texas voter ID law

Washington - The Obama administration on Thursday sued the State of Texas over its controversial voter ID law (SB 14), alleging that Texas state lawmakers passed the law to deny minorities the right to vote.

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf oil spill evidence

Houston - Oil services giant Halliburton has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of destroying key evidence in the wake of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent massive oil spill.

Justice Dep't suing Florida over medical care of disabled kids

Washington - The US Justice Department (DOJ) is suing the state of Florida over its controversial practice of housing medically fragile and disabled children in geriatric nursing homes, where many have died.

Justice Dept. helped facilitate Florida anti-Zimmerman protests

Washington - A conservative pro-accountability group has obtained official documents revealing that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) helped facilitate anti-George Zimmerman protests in Florida in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing.

Op-Ed: Memo to GOP — Don’t be a scorpion

A scorpion comes to a flooded river and cannot cross, so the story goes. The scorpion asks a nearby frog to ferry him to the other side.

Justice Dept. wiretapping scandal raises 1st Amendment concerns

Last Monday, the Washington Post reported that Fox News journalist James Rosen had his phone records seized by the Justice Department, causing a firestorm of criticism and raising concerns over the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

Op-Ed: Politics and Comedy — May the farce be with you

A fine line exists between satire and bad taste. Mel Brooks danced up to that line with his “Springtime for Hitler and Germany” in “The Producers.”

Op-Ed: Barack Obama and the forgotten Emmett Till

No presidency is complete without a constitutional crisis, real or imagined. Political critics claimed George W. Bush committed a string of high crimes and misdemeanors, from the Iraq war, to torture, to illegal wiretaps.

Op-Ed: Justice Dept sues S&P for $5 billion over securities ratings

Sydney - In a possible major precedent, the US Justice Department is suing Standard and Poor’s over ratings of subprime mortgage securities. S&P is alleged to have conducted ratings management to the advantage of issuers.

Lawsuit against National Day of Prayer dismissed

Chicago - A US Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that challenged the annual Presidential proclamation of a National Day of Prayer saying "a feeling of alienation cannot suffice as injury."

BP executives could face manslaughter charges

Washington - US prosecutors are assessing whether to pursue manslaughter charges against BP company managers over last year’s Gulf of Mexico fiasco that took the lives of 11 workers and created the largest environmental disaster in the country’s history.

German, US authorities arrest bankers on alleged tax evasion plot

Geneva - Authorities in Germany and the United States have arrested several individuals who allegedly participated in helping thousands of clients evade their taxes. Prosecutors say one case dates back all the way 1953.

US Justice Department sues BP for Gulf oil spill

Washington - The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit Wednesday against BP Exploration and Production Inc. and several other companies, in their first major legal action resulting from the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

U.S. Justice Department accuses FBI of false post-911 information

Washington - The United States Justice Department is accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation of providing false statements following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in order to investigate leftist groups.

US and Russian spies could be used in government swap program

Russia may be interested in exchanging an imprisoned scientist, accused of spying for the Central Intelligence Agency, for one of the Russian agents currently detained in a high-profile spy case in the US.

Ottawa will prosecute Marine Harvest for alleged violations

Vancouver - The Canadian Justice Department has taken over a prosecution undertaken by biologist Alexandra Morton against a Norwegian fish farm located in British Columbia.

OPR Report: Yoo Said President could Order Civilians Massacred

A recently released OPR report reveals that Justice Lawyer John Yoo who authored the Bush administration's torture memo said the President's war-making authority is so broad that he could order a village to be massacred

Justice Department Inspector General has no power

In a four page letter the Justice Department Inspector General outlined how he had been stripped of his power and lacks authority to conduct investigations.
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