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DEA Chief Steps Down After Sex Party Scandal

Lawmakers from both parties have lost confidence in her

(Newser) - The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration says she plans to retire after three decades with the agency. The announcement came amid mounting pressure for her resignation from members of Congress who questioned her handling of misconduct allegations against agents. Michele Leonhart, a career drug agent who has led... More »

Eric Holder Has 3 'Soulful' Email Aliases

One involves the Temptations

(Newser) - The email circus continues, with the Huffington Post revealing that Eric Holder has used three email pseudonyms as attorney general. A Justice Department spokesperson says it's all aboveboard and a fairly common practice among top officials to keep their inboxes under control. The three aliases are all official ones... More »

Ferguson Traffic Stops Target Blacks: DoJ Report

Findings expected to show rampant discrimination that fomented tension

(Newser) - Black drivers in Ferguson, Mo., are pulled over much more for traffic stops than white drivers—and this imbalance is the crux of a forthcoming and damning Justice Department report, the New York Times reports. The nearly finished findings, according to law enforcement officials who say they've been briefed... More »

Holder: My Race May Play Role in Lousy Relations With Congress

To Politico: 'There have been times when I thought that’s at least a piece of it'

(Newser) - Eric Holder's relations with Congress over his six years as attorney general have generally ranged from bad to awful—remember when the House held him in contempt? —and he tells Mike Allen of Politico that he thinks his race played some role in that. “There have been... More »

Holder Reins In Police Seizure of Cash, Property

Critics say old policy had been severely abused

(Newser) - In what's seen as a major check on police abuses, Eric Holder today gutted a program that allowed state and local law enforcement to seize citizens' cash and property even when there was no evidence of a crime, reports the Guardian . The attorney general effectively ended the Equitable Sharing... More »

White House: We Should Have Sent Bigwig to Paris

But security made it impossible for Obama, Biden

(Newser) - In a rare public admission of error, the White House said today the US should have sent a high-level official to an anti-terror march in Paris that was attended by more than 40 world leaders. The Obama administration was represented yesterday by the US ambassador to France, though Attorney General... More »

Inmate Writes 'Chilling' Letter, Ends Up Dead

Latandra Ellington was 7 months from being released

(Newser) - The family of a Florida prison inmate who died after writing a "chilling letter" about life behind bars is seeking a federal investigation into her death, the Miami Herald reports. On Sept. 21, Latandra Ellington wrote her aunt about prison officer "Sgt. Q" who, she says, threatened to... More »

Eric Holder: Why He's Great, Why He's Awful

Attorney general wins praise on civil rights, criticism on secrecy, national security

(Newser) - The announcement of Eric Holder's pending resignation as attorney general has the early assessments of his legacy pouring in. One common theme, as in this editorial by the New York Times : He was terrific on civil rights and criminal-justice reform, but lousy on Wall Street accountability and on the... More »

Who Replaces Eric Holder?

Deval Patrick, Kamala Harris turning up on lots of lists

(Newser) - With Eric Holder leaving the post of attorney general, attention shifts to who will succeed the man President Obama today praised as "the people's lawyer." (Read Obama's full remarks here .) Whoever it is will surely face a bruising confirmation battle given Republicans' disdain of Holder,... More »

Eric Holder Will Step Down

Resignation announcement coming today

(Newser) - Eric Holder, the first black attorney general and one of the few remaining original members of President Obama's cabinet, will announce his resignation later today, sources tell NPR . Holder is described as being more and more "adamant" that he will leave, and sources say that could happen as... More »

NY Man Was ISIS Recruiter: Federal Indictment

Mufid Elfgeeh also charged with plotting to kill US troops back from Iraq

(Newser) - A man from Rochester, NY, was indicted yesterday on charges of attempting to help three people (two of them FBI informants) travel to Syria to take up arms with ISIS, reports the LA Times . The Justice Department statement further alleges that Mufid Elfgeeh sent $600 to a potential recruit in... More »

Feds to Probe Ferguson Cops

Civil rights investigation to be wide-ranging

(Newser) - The Justice Department is planning an investigation of the police department in Ferguson, Mo., that will go far beyond the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last month. The probe, which will look at the force's behavior over the last several years to determine whether racial profiling and excessive... More »

Holder: I'm Attorney General, 'But I Am Also a Black Man'

In Ferguson, he says we need 'concrete action' on race, not just talk

(Newser) - In his visit to Ferguson, Mo., yesterday, Eric Holder told residents that he understands their frustration about police. "I am the attorney general of the United States," he said. "But I am also a black man,” Holder recounted being stopped by police on a Washington street... More »

Cop Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Is Suspended

Officer in Ferguson also threatened to kill one of them

(Newser) - Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson, Mo., has been suspended indefinitely for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them. A St. Louis County police spokesman says the incident involving... More »

Ferguson's New Plan: Police Cameras

City calmer ahead of Holder visit

(Newser) - Ahead of a visit from Attorney General Eric Holder today, officials in Ferguson, Missouri, say they want to make big changes to law enforcement and end the "discord and heartbreak" that has followed the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. A statement released by city leaders says it... More »

Obama: Eric Holder Is Going to Ferguson

Americans should 'listen and not just shout,' president says

(Newser) - Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said today that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police. During a brief... More »

Feds Order 2nd Autopsy for Michael Brown

Federal ME will step in due to 'extraordinary circumstances'

(Newser) - Eric Holder today ordered a second autopsy for Michael Brown, reports CBS , this time to be performed by a federal official. "Due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family, Attorney General Holder has instructed Justice Department officials to arrange for... More »

BofA, Feds Near Biggest Settlement in US History

Justice Dept. deal would cost bank $16B-$17B for foreclosure mess

(Newser) - Bank of America is headed toward the biggest settlement to arise from the 2008 financial crash, a deal with the Justice Department reportedly worth $16 billion to $17 billion over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities, a source directly familiar with the matter tells the AP . The tentative... More »

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 »

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