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Task Force Brings First Case on Threats to Election Workers

Indictment says Texas man wanted to 'put a bullet' in Georgia official

(Newser) - A Craigslist post saying "it's time to put a bullet" in a Georgia elections official has resulted in the indictment of a Texas man, prosecutors say. Chad Christopher Stark was charged Friday, CNN reports. The indictment says Stark posted the threat on Jan. 5, the day before the...

Garland: Feds Are Building More Complex Jan. 6 Cases

He says perpetrators at all levels are being pursued

(Newser) - A day before the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed to protect America's democratic institutions and said the people responsible for the attack will face justice whether they were present at the Capitol or not. "The Justice Department remains committed to holding...

Only 3 Federal Officials Viewed Favorably by Most in US

John Roberts, the Fed's Jerome Powell, and Anthony Fauci

(Newser) - Gallup put the names of 11 federal officials in front of Americans in a new survey, and only three registered positive ratings from the majority of respondents. The clear No. 1 was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (60%), followed by Fed chief Jerome Powell (53%) and Dr. Anthony Fauci...

Garland Announces Suit to Throw Out Texas Abortion Law

New state legislation is 'in open defiance of the Constitution,' filing says

(Newser) - The Justice Department is suing Texas over its new state law prohibiting most abortions, arguing that it was enacted "in open defiance of the Constitution." The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Texas, asks a federal judge to declare that the law is invalid, "to enjoin...

AG on Texas Abortion Move: 'We Will Not Tolerate Violence'

Merrick Garland says DOJ will enforce FACE Act to protect women's constitutional right to abortion

(Newser) - The Justice Department said Monday that it won't tolerate violence against anyone who's trying to obtain an abortion in Texas as federal officials explore options to challenge a new state law that bans most abortions. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department would "protect those seeking...

Phoenix Police Also Are In for a Federal Investigation

Garland announces third review of a city's law enforcement activities

(Newser) - The US Justice Department is launching a widespread probe into the police force in Phoenix to examine whether officers have been using excessive force and abusing people experiencing homelessness. The investigation into the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department is the third sweeping civil investigation into a law...

After Wave of 13 Federal Executions, a Halt

Department of Justice reviewing policies

(Newser) - After the Trump administration restarted federal executions following a 17-year hiatus, Donald Trump oversaw 13 executions —more than any US president since the 1800s, Reuters reports. (Those executions also included the first woman put to death by the federal government in almost seven decades.) On Thursday, US Attorney...

Garland Tosses Asylum Opinions by Barr, Sessions

Immigration judge should drop the old rules, attorney general says

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland moved Wednesday to undo a pair of immigration decisions by Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr. The opinions by Garland's predecessors put limits on who could qualify for asylum by claiming to be a persecuted member of a "particular social group," the Hill reports,...

DOJ Announces a 2nd Major Policing Probe

Feds are investigating policing in Louisville in the wake of Breonna Taylor's death

(Newser) - The Justice Department is opening a sweeping probe into policing in Louisville, Kentucky, after the March 2020 death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death by police during a raid at her home. It's the second such sweeping probe into a law enforcement agency announced by the Biden...

Murkowski's Vote Lifts Gupta to Confirmation

Nominee to be associate attorney general faced broad GOP opposition

(Newser) - Senate Republicans were nearly united in their opposition to making Vanita Gupta the No. 3 official in the Justice Department. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that Gupta has "a record of astoundingly radical positions." Democrats said she was the victim of a smear campaign and was endorsed...

DOJ Will Investigate the Minneapolis Police Department

Merrick Garland announces 'pattern or practice' probe

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announced a wide-ranging DOJ investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, saying the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial "does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis." And that's exactly what the DOJ "pattern or practice" investigation will attempt to...

'Straight Shooter' Garland Is Our New Attorney General

McConnell was among the Republicans who voted to confirm Biden nominee

(Newser) - There's a new attorney general in town—and a new vacancy on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Merrick Garland, the court's chief judge, was confirmed as attorney general in a 70-30 Senate vote Wednesday, CBS reports. The confirmation comes almost five years to the day after former...

Garland to Senators: 'I Am Not the President's Lawyer'

in Senate confirmation hearing, he says Capitol riot inquiry would be his top priority

(Newser) - Five years after Barack Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland is finally getting a Senate confirmation hearing—for a different role. Garland, nominated to be President Biden's attorney general , told the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday that his first priority would be the investigation of the...

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Biden Confirms He's Going With Merrick Garland

Says his pick for attorney general will 'restore the independence of the department'

(Newser) - President-elect Joe Biden has announced Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general, saying the federal appeals court judge and three others he has selected for senior Justice Department positions will "restore the independence of the department so it serves the interests of the people not a presidency" and...

McConnell Has New Position on High Court Vacancies

Senate leader blocked Obama pick, but wouldn't stop Trump's

(Newser) - If a vacancy opens up on the Supreme Court next year during the presidential campaign, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll try to win confirmation for President Trump's nominee. During the last campaign, McConnell blocked confirmation for Merrick Garland, who was nominated by President Obama. On Tuesday,...

Mitch McConnell Has Surprising Choice to Head FBI

He thinks Merrick Garland should get the gig

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell didn't want Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court, but he does think Garland would be a good choice to head the FBI in the wake of James Comey's firing . "It may surprise people, but he has a deep background in criminal law, he was the...

Trump Is About to Reshape the Federal Judiciary

He has more than 100 vacancies to fill

(Newser) - It's going to be a happy new year for busloads of conservative judges: Donald Trump has 103 vacancies in the federal courts to fill when he becomes president, meaning he has the chance to build the foundations of a legacy immediately on issues including gun control and abortion, the...

Obama's SCOTUS Pick Is Going Back to Work

But not at the job he'd hoped

(Newser) - Merrick Garland is ready to move on, 10 months after President Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court. After withdrawing from cases after his nomination in March, Garland will return to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit beginning Jan. 18, reports BuzzFeed . The move suggests Garland has...

GOP's Risky Move Over Supreme Court Pays Off

Trump could shape Court's direction for years to come

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell's controversial decision to put Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court on hold until the next president takes office is suddenly looking quite savvy, notes Politico . Conservative critics who were worried Hillary Clinton would win warned the move could backfire in allowing her to nominate someone...

Obama's SCOTUS Pick Is About to Make History

Merrick Garland will have waited the longest without being confirmed

(Newser) - Merrick Garland is about to break a century-old record without breaking a sweat. As of Wednesday, President Obama's nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court will have gone 126 days without being confirmed, besting the 125-day record America's first Jewish justice, Louis Brandeis, set in 1916,...

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