Tag: Justice Department

American Airlines and JetBlue Face Antitrust Suit Over Alliance

In an interview, Robin Hayes, the chief executive of JetBlue, said that argument was “plain wrong.” He said the alliance with American was allowing JetBlue to significantly increase the number of flights to New York airports. “JetBlue has never been able to add so many new flights in such a short space of time to […]

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Lawsuits Filed Against Texas Doctor Could Be Best Tests of Abortion Law

DALLAS — When the United States’ most restrictive abortion law went into effect in Texas on Sept. 1, it worked exactly as intended: It effectively stopped all abortions in the second-most populous state. But its very ingenuity — that ordinary citizens, and not state officials, enforce it — has begun to unleash lawsuits that are […]

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Justice Dept. Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department urged the Supreme Court on Monday to reaffirm Roe v. Wade when it hears a case challenging Mississippi’s restrictive abortion law later this year, arguing that any other decision would uphold an unconstitutional law and undermine a doctrine that gives power to Supreme Court precedents. The department also asked for […]

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U.S. Seeks to Block Bankruptcy Plan That Would Free Sacklers From Opioid Claims

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department moved on Thursday to block a bankruptcy plan that grants broad legal immunity to the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, whose drug OxyContin has been at the heart of the nation’s opioid epidemic. William K. Harrington, the U.S. trustee for the Justice Department, filed a motion in federal court to halt […]

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Trump-Era Special Counsel Secures Indictment of Lawyer for Firm With Democratic Ties

WASHINGTON — A prominent cybersecurity lawyer was indicted on a charge of lying to the F.B.I. five years ago during a meeting about Donald J. Trump and Russia, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. The indictment of the lawyer, Michael E. Sussmann, had been expected. Mr. Sussmann — of the law firm Perkins Coie, which […]

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Justice Dept. to Review Enforcement of Civil Rights Protections in Grants

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will review how it enforces prohibitions on racial discrimination by law enforcement agencies that receive federal funding, according to a department memo, a move that could broaden the Biden administration’s efforts to combat systemic racism in policing, prisons and courts. While the review concerns law enforcement funding, it could affect […]

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Struggle for Control of Afghanistan Comes to K Street

“No entity could receive legitimacy without the support, endorsement of his excellency Ahmad Massoud, because he is the source of legitimacy today,” said Ali Nazary, who represents Mr. Massoud in the United States. Mr. Massoud, the 32-year-old son of a legendary mujahedeen commander who led the fight against repeated Soviet offensives in the 1980s, is […]

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Durham Is Said to Seek Indictment of Lawyer at Firm With Democratic Ties

WASHINGTON — John H. Durham, the special counsel appointed by the Trump administration to scrutinize the Russia investigation, has told the Justice Department that he will ask a grand jury to indict a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on a charge of making a false statement to the F.B.I., people familiar with the matter said. Any indictment […]

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Biles, Raisman, Maroney and Nichols to Testify in Nassar Hearing

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, Christopher Wray, and several elite gymnasts, including Simone Biles, will testify at a Senate hearing on Wednesday on the agency’s botched handling of the Lawrence G. Nassar sexual abuse case, the first public questioning of the failure to properly investigate one of the biggest sexual abuse cases in United States […]

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Justice Dept. Asks Judge to Block Texas From Enforcing Restrictive Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department asked a federal judge late Tuesday to issue an order that would prevent Texas from enacting a law that prohibits nearly all abortions, ratcheting up a fight between the Biden administration and the state’s Republican leaders. The department argued in its filing that Texas had adopted the law, known as […]

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Justice Dept. to Investigate Georgia Prisons

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened an investigation into allegations of unconstitutional abuses of prisoners in Georgia, a sweeping civil rights inquiry that could force the state to carry out a federally mandated overhaul. The department also separately limited whether and how federal law enforcement officers can use tactics that have been widely criticized […]

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Ex-U.S. Intelligence Officers Admit to Hacking Crimes in Work for Emiratis

WASHINGTON — Three former American intelligence officers hired by the United Arab Emirates to carry out sophisticated cyberoperations admitted to hacking crimes and violating U.S. export laws that restrict the transfer of military technology to foreign governments, according to court documents made public on Tuesday. The documents detail a conspiracy by the three men to […]

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Justice Dept. Imposes Limits on Oversight of Local Police

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will curb the power of the monitors who oversee local police departments carrying out federally mandated reform plans, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland told the nation’s law enforcement officers on Monday. The announcement was praised by law enforcement officials. They have long argued that the monitors, who earn lucrative consulting […]

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Betraying the Victims of the Opioid Crisis

Victims deserved better — and they deserved more. And they did not deserve to have the Sackler family shielded from any civil litigation. The family has denied any wrongdoing. Several options could have been considered that would have distributed equitable financial compensation to those harmed by Purdue, without utilizing the contentious third-party releases. Every state […]

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The Justice Dept. Sues Texas Over Abortion Law

The Justice Department sued Texas on Thursday over its recently enacted law that prohibits nearly all abortions in the state, the first significant step by the Biden administration to fight the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion. The department argued that the Texas law is unconstitutional because it allows the state to essentially prohibit abortion […]

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Proponents of Post-Trump Curbs on Executive Power Prepare New Push

WASHINGTON — As Donald J. Trump’s norm-busting presidency careened through two impeachments, his departure set the stage for lawmakers to impose new limits on executive power like the period after Watergate and the Vietnam War. But nearly nine months after Mr. Trump left the White House, the legal rules that govern the presidency have yet […]

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Democrats Press Biden to Take On Texas Abortion Law

Democrats and reproductive rights activists pressed the Biden administration on Tuesday to take more aggressive action to stop a Texas law that prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, even as administration officials and legal experts acknowledged it would be difficult to curtail the law in the coming months. House Democrats, following similar calls over […]

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Man Gets 4 Years in $126 Million Printer Toner Fraud

The sales script went something like this, federal prosecutors say: The price of printer toner has gone up, but customers can lock in at the lower rate they’ve been paying for the office supply. But by the time tens of thousands of small businesses, charities and other organizations that signed orders for toner — the […]

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Justice Department Says U.S. Will ‘Protect’ Texas Women Seeking Abortions

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said on Monday that the Justice Department would continue to protect women who seek an abortion in Texas, days after a state law enacting a near-complete ban on the procedure went in effect. “We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services,” Mr. Garland […]

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Biden Moves to Declassify Some Documents Related to Sept. 11

WASHINGTON — Making good on a campaign promise, President Biden directed the Justice Department and other federal agencies on Friday to oversee the review and declassification of documents related to the F.B.I.’s investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In an executive order, Mr. Biden instructed Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to publicly release the […]

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Mueller Scrutinized an Unidentified Member of News Media in Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The special counsel who investigated Russia’s 2016 election interference, Robert S. Mueller III, scrutinized “a member of the news media suspected of participating in the conspiracy” to hack Democrats and make their emails public, the Justice Department disclosed on Wednesday. The deputy attorney general at the time, Rod J. Rosenstein, who was overseeing […]

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Justice Dept. Is Said to Accelerate Google Advertising Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has accelerated an investigation into Google’s digital advertising practices and may file an antitrust lawsuit against the internet giant before the end of the year, two people with knowledge of the government’s thinking said on Wednesday. The investigation focuses on Google’s power in the digital ad market, looking at […]

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Developer Charged in Scheme to Bilk Matt Gaetz’s Family

A Florida real estate developer was arrested on Tuesday by the Justice Department for his role in a scheme to bilk $25 million from the family of Representative Matt Gaetz in exchange for a purported presidential pardon that would have ended a sex trafficking investigation into Mr. Gaetz. The real estate developer, Stephen Alford, and […]

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Capitol Riot Defendant Lawyer, John Pierce, Has Disappeared for a Week

“I’m like Gerard Butler in ‘300,’” Mr. Pierce said in an interview before dropping out of sight, comparing himself to the action star who played a Spartan king. “I’m in the hot gates at Thermopylae, holding the pass against the million-man Persian army.” While the government has not yet weighed in on the merits on […]

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Biden Considers Clemency for Some Drug Offenders in Home Confinement

Against that backdrop, in a little-noticed comment at a press briefing this month, the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, let slip that Mr. Biden was taking a closer look at clemency to help the subgroup who are nonviolent drug offenders. “He is therefore exploring multiple avenues to provide relief to nonviolent drug offenders, including […]

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How a Defunct Federal Provision Helped Pave the Way for New Voting Restrictions

Georgia toughened identification requirements for absentee voting. Arizona authorized removing voters from the rolls if they do not cast a ballot at least once every two years. Florida and Georgia cut back sharply the use of drop boxes for mail-in ballots. All of these new voting restrictions would have been rejected or at least softened […]

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Justice Dept. to Close Troubled Jail Where Jeffrey Epstein Died

Conditions at a high-security federal jail in Lower Manhattan have deteriorated so much that federal officials said on Thursday that they planned to close the facility, at least temporarily. The decision comes just weeks after the deputy attorney general, Lisa O. Monaco, visited the jail in order to get a firsthand look at its operations, […]

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Spies for Hire: China’s New Breed of Hackers Blends Espionage and Entrepreneurship

One posting from Hainan Xiandun stood out. The ad, on a Sichuan University computer science hiring board from 2018, boasted that Xiandun had “received a considerable number of government-secret-related business.” The company, based in Hainan’s capital, Haikou, paid monthly salaries of $1,200 to $3,000 — solid middle-class wages for Chinese tech workers fresh out of […]

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FIFA Will Share in $200 Million Payout From Justice Department

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, and two other organizations in the Americas are set to receive about $200 million in compensation from the United States government after the Justice Department classified them as victims in the corruption scandal that toppled most of their senior leadership in 2015. The repayment will begin with an initial payment […]

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Former Alabama Officer Is Sentenced to 25 Years for Murdering Suicidal Man

A former Huntsville, Ala., police officer who fatally shot a suicidal man was sentenced on Friday to 25 years in prison, capping a trial in which he was strongly supported by city officials who spent $125,000 in public money on his legal defense. The former officer, William Darby, 28, resigned from the force only last […]

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Tulsa Massacre Survivors Ask Justice Dept. to Intervene in Search for Graves

A group of survivors and descendants of victims of the Tulsa race massacre have asked the Justice Department to take over the search for mass graves of Black residents who were killed during the rampage in 1921. The group, Justice for Greenwood, said it did not trust city officials to lead the search for the […]

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