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March 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is the top prosecutor in the most populous state in the nation, but her counterparts in six other states, including Tennessee and Alabama were paid more last year, a state salary survey has found. The California attorney general's salary was also less than the pay received by the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento. The survey was conducted by the staff of the California Citizens Compensation Commission in preparation for a meeting Thursday at which it will consider whether to provide pay raises to the governor, legislators, attorney general and other statewide constitutional officers.
April 16, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. has been crusading for more lenient treatment for nonviolent drug offenders, making it a top priority before he is expected to leave office this year. Recently, however, he has been forced to confront an epidemic of deaths from heroin and prescription drug abuse, one that his opponents have cited as a reason for not loosening drug sentences. In prepared remarks for a speech Wednesday, Holder cited the "stunning rise in heroin and prescription opiate overdose deaths" and vowed the Justice Department was committed to "rigorous enforcement" of the drug laws and "robust treatment" of drug addicts.
Primary election campaigns can be like this. Edgy voices, an undercurrent of anger--lots of emotion. But when the candidates sit down together for breakfast, in this case Democratic contenders for attorney general Arlo Smith and Ira Reiner, what emerges is squabbling brothers at the kitchen table--two people who see the world much the same, whose goals are quite similar, and whose rivalry is all the keener for it.
April 4, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Friday that the Justice Department is investigating the practice of high-speed trading on the stock exchanges. Holder, in testimony prepared for delivery before the House Appropriations Committee, said the Justice Department is investigating the use of computer algorithms and ultra-high-speed data networks to execute trades as a possible violation of antitrust laws. Firms that use such tactics, employing physicists and other scientists to predict changes in the markets sometimes only seconds in advance, have been around for more than three decades.
October 31, 1993 | Nina J. Easton and Ronald J. Ostrow, Nina J. Easton is a staff writer of this magazine. Ronald J. Ostrow is a Times staff writer who has covered the Justice Department for 27 years.
JANET RENO'S VISION OF JUSTICE BEGINS IN A DINGY, OVERCROWDed Miami courtroom swarming with junkies. Anxiety and cynicism hover over the addicts filling the public viewing seats, the former emanating from those sincerely trying to kick their habit, the latter from a savvy few adept at playing the system. The new arrestees, handcuffed and sitting in the jury box, are a sorrier lot, dirt on their elbows, eyes glazed over, smelling of a night in the pen, smelling of failure.
August 21, 2012 | By Victoria Kim and Weston Phippen, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Larsen was in a California prison serving a life sentence when he received the news he had awaited more than a decade. A federal court in Los Angeles had thrown out his conviction for carrying a concealed knife. Two judges concluded that jurors who convicted Larsen would never have found him guilty had they heard from additional witnesses who saw a different man with the knife. Larsen's attorney, who has since been disbarred, failed to adequately investigate the case and identify the witnesses before the trial, the judges found.
December 8, 1997
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February 11, 2009 | Kim Murphy
Alaska Atty. Gen. Talis Colberg, who defended Gov. Sarah Palin's administration in the "Troopergate" abuse-of-power investigation, resigned Tuesday in what he said was the "best interest" of the state. The move came less than a week after an acrimonious showdown with the Legislature, which found the governor's husband and nine state employees, including several top administration aides, in contempt over their delay in responding to subpoenas in the investigation.
January 28, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Elyakim Rubinstein, who was nominated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to replace the attorney general who resigned, was hailed as "Mr. Clean" by many across the political spectrum. Rubinstein, a 49-year-old Jerusalem court judge, served as Cabinet secretary under Netanyahu and the late Yitzhak Rabin. Cabinet approval is expected Wednesday. Atty. Gen. Roni Bar-On quit 12 hours after taking office.
April 4, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton and Timothy M. Phelps
If you're not investigating high-speed stock trading, you're missing one of the hottest trends on Wall Street. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Friday that the Justice Department is examining high-frequency trading for possible violations of antitrust and insider-trading laws. When Justice Department investigators visit companies, they may bump into their compatriots from other state and federal agencies. The FBI disclosed this week that it is in the middle of a months-long probe.
March 17, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Twenty-eight attorneys general from 24 states, three U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. are pressuring five retailers, including Walgreen Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to follow the move by CVS Caremark Corp. and end sales of tobacco.  CVS Caremark in early February announced it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. The pharmacy and retail chain, which has increased its business providing medical care through clinics, said "the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent" with its purpose.  Health advocates cheered the move and said it would probably spur other retailers to do the same.  The effort was spearheaded by Eric T. Schneiderman and Michael DeWine, attorneys general of New York and Ohio, respectively.
January 23, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris' staff has agreed to meet Friday in Los Angeles with a coalition of critics who believe that Herbalife Ltd. preys on poverty-stricken immigrants with false hopes of easy money, a member of the group said. “The momentum is heading in the wrong direction for Herbalife,” said Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, who is among those scheduled to meet with Harris' staff. “There's a lot of people who have been shown the evidence and now believe the company is defrauding hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people.” An Herbalife spokeswoman declined to comment.
December 31, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - With an emergency appeal filed Tuesday by Utah, the U.S. Supreme Court is again facing a difficult decision on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry - a question the justices carefully dodged last year. Utah's attorney general is asking the high court to issue an emergency stay to restore a state law banning same-sex marriage that was struck down a week and a half ago by a U.S. District Court judge. Since then, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in Utah have rushed to marry.
December 30, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
SALT LAKE CITY - Wade Hunt could see change looming on the horizon, a stubborn movement to legalize gay marriage that crept toward Utah's Mormon faithful state by state, one same-sex wedding at a time. But he never dreamed it would reach here. What works in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and 15 other states would never fly in the traditional Beehive State, he believed. This is conservative country, where the locally-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made clear that a marriage is a bond between a man and a women.
December 26, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Californians could be faced in November with a proposal to dramatically alter the pension and benefit system for public employees. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has submitted a statewide ballot initiative that would allow government agencies to negotiate changes to current employees' future retirement benefits, reversing the long-standing principle that once a public employee is hired, his or her retirement benefits cannot be reduced. Public employee unions are already gearing up for a major fight over Reed's initiative, which he could put on the ballot as soon as 2014 (or as late as 2016)
December 20, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Instead of basking in holiday cheer, Target Corp. is spending the crucial shopping days before Christmas dealing with probes from several state attorneys general, infuriated social media comments and customer lawsuits over a massive data breach. In a rough year for retail, when consumers are already hesitant to splurge, the fiasco is fast becoming a nightmare. "There's never a good time for this to happen," said Charles O'Shea, an analyst with Moody's Investors Service. "But if there's a worse time than during the holidays, I'd like to know what it is. " Target - one of the country's largest retailers - is facing accusations that it waited too long in disclosing that its system had been hacked, exposing some 40 million of its customers' credit and debit card accounts.
November 5, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If American Airlines and US Airways divest themselves from "key" airports, the U.S. Department of Justice may be willing to drop its challenge to a merger plan for the airlines. That is the word from U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who said the Justice Department was discussing a potential settlement of a suit the agency filed in August to halt the merger that would create the nation's largest airline. "What we have tried to focus on is to make sure that any resolution in this case necessarily includes divestitures of facilities at key constrained airports throughout the United States," Holder said during a press conference on an unrelated matter.
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