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DOJ Plan: Cut 20K Inmates' Jail Time by 23 Months

Holder-endorsed proposal would reduce nonviolent offenders' sentences

(Newser) - Some 9% of the federal prison population could see their sentences reduced by an average of 23 months thanks to a new Justice Department proposal endorsed by Eric Holder. The US Sentencing Commission voted in April to reduce drug sentences for nonviolent offenders in the future; this proposal, presented to... More »

Holder: Forget 'Hateful Rants,' Real Racism Lurks Quietly

Cites disparities in sentencing, voting, education as far more damaging

(Newser) - Eric Holder dismissed the likes of Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy and their very public brouhahas, and focused on "policies that disenfranchise specific groups" as "more pernicious than hateful rants." His commencement speech yesterday at Baltimore's Morgan State University marked his most pointed commentary on race... More »

Muslims: FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Us

Lawsuit alleges that agents try to strong-arm people into becoming informants

(Newser) - The FBI has been using the no-fly list to try to strong-arm American Muslims into becoming confidential informants, four men allege in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday. The plaintiffs' stories are all slightly different, but in each case FBI agents allegedly offered an explicit or implied quid-pro-quo, the Guardian reports.... More »

Thousands of Drug Offenders Get New Shot at Clemency

White House calls for 'justice, fairness, proportionality'

(Newser) - Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders now serving long sentences in federal prisons could receive clemency from President Obama under a major Department of Justice overhaul. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that "a larger field of eligible individuals" will be eligible for clemency under new guidelines and the administration... More »

Holder: House Panel's Treatment of Me Is Offensive

'What attorney general has ever had to deal with that?'

(Newser) - Relations between Eric Holder and House Republicans have been testy for a while, but the attorney general made the case yesterday during a civil-rights speech that he's being treated worse than any of his predecessors. In the speech to Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Mediaite reports that Holder... More »

Eric Holder Hospitalized for Shortness of Breath

AG resting comfortably after dizzy spell

(Newser) - The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder has been taken to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work. A statement says Holder is "resting comfortably and in good condition" at a Washington hospital after feeling the symptoms during a morning meeting... More »

Holder: State AGs Needn't Defend Bans on Gay Marriage

Attorney general: It's up to them to 'make that determination'

(Newser) - As attorney general Eric Holder pushes for marriage equality, he's taking a controversial stance on the duties of his state counterparts: They don't need to defend laws they believe violate key constitutional values, he tells the New York Times . They shouldn't make their decisions based on politics,... More »

Holder: Let Ex-Cons Vote

Attorney general asks states to reconsider 'unjust' rules

(Newser) - Eric Holder today called on states to get rid of laws that prevent felons who have served their time from voting. The New York Times calls it a "mostly symbolic" move by the attorney general because he can't force states to do so, but the Washington Post suggests... More »

Feds Plan New Protections for Same-Sex Marriages

Holder's Justice Department calls for equality

(Newser) - Thirty-four states don't recognize same-sex marriage—but when it comes to criminal justice, the attorney general is ready to afford all marriages the same protections. "In every courthouse, in every proceeding, and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the... More »

Next Big Step for Pot Business: Banks?

Holder says feds are working on new regulations

(Newser) - The Obama administration will soon take the radical step of allowing legal pot businesses to actually put their money in banks—sort of. At an event yesterday, Eric Holder said he was working with the Treasury Department on new regulations and would unveil them "very soon," Politico reports.... More »

Russia Is Keeping Snowden

Eric Holder says he'd 'engage' with Snowden's lawyers

(Newser) - Edward Snowden is free to keep on enjoying Russian hospitality. Russia won't send Snowden back to the US, and will extend his asylum when the initial year it granted him runs out, the head of the Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee said today in Davos, according to CNN . In... More »

Feds Set to Ban Profiling by Religion, Nationality

But national security loophole may stay open

(Newser) - The Justice Department is poised to ban federal agents from profiling suspects by religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation as well as race, reports the New York Times . Sources say Attorney General Eric Holder, who has condemned profiling in the past, revealed plans to expand the ban on racial profiling... More »

House GOP Starts Longshot Move to Impeach Holder

Lawmakers cite Fast and Furious, same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Ten angry men and Michele Bachmann have launched a longshot bid to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder. The group of conservative House Republicans plans to formally introduce the articles of impeachment today, calling for Holder's removal for refusing to turn over documents in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal,... More »

NC Voter ID Law Runs Into Roadblock: the DOJ

Eric Holder to announce lawsuit today: source

(Newser) - North Carolina passed a controversial voter ID law in July, but if the Department of Justice has its way, the law—said to be the most sweeping of its kind in the nation—may never be enforced. The DOJ will file suit against the state today, a source tells Politico... More »

Money Is Driving End of 'Draconian' Drug Sentences

Brad Plumer looks at the DOJ's budget

(Newser) - In announcing yesterday that it planned to do away with "draconian" mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders, the Justice Department is righting an injustice, right? As Eric Holder explained it, "Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good... More »

Holder to Ax 'Draconian' Drug Sentences

For low-level offenders not associated with gangs or drug rings

(Newser) - Eric Holder is set to today to reveal what the Washington Post is calling the planned "cornerstone of the rest of his tenure": a revamp of federal prison policy. And one part of the overhaul—a big change to sentencing for low-level drug offenders—is getting a great deal... More »

Holder: We Won't Try to Kill Snowden, Promise

Russia and US 'in talks' over fugitive leaker's fate

(Newser) - Come on home, Edward Snowden; the Obama administration promises not to try to execute you or anything! Eric Holder has sent a letter to Russian authorities promising that if they extradite Snowden he won't be charged with any capital offenses, and that even if he were, the administration would... More »

DoJ Fires Opening Salvo at Texas Over Voting Laws

Eric Holder wants state subjected to 'preclearance'

(Newser) - The Justice Department has made its first move since the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act : Eric Holder said today that the department wants to require Texas to get federal permission before making any changes to voting rules . A motion asking a court to... More »

Obama's Remarks on Trayvon 'Instantly Historic'

Presidents gets raves, and jeers, after race comments

(Newser) - President Obama's surprise comments yesterday on the George Zimmerman verdict—"Trayvon Martin could have been me "—continue to resonate today. Examples:
  • New York Times editorial : It lavishes high praise on Obama for "laying bare his personal anguish and experience" to explain why black Americans were
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Times Reporter Ordered to Testify in Leaks Case

James Risen expected to appeal in case with free-press implications

(Newser) - A reporter for the New York Times has been ordered by an appeals court in Virginia to testify against the man accused of slipping him classified CIA secrets, reports USA Today . James Risen has previously promised to appeal all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary and to... More »

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