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NATIONAL
June 27, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Conservative Democrats began to desert Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. on the eve of a historic contempt of Congress vote, as Republicans upped the ante by planning to take Holder to court themselves if he doesn't hand over 1,500 pages in documents on a failed gun-tracking operation. House vote-counters predicted that 20 to 31 Democrats would desert their party largely because the influential National Rifle Assn. threatened to oppose lawmakers who supported the attorney general.
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NATIONAL
June 20, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has voted to pursue a contempt of Congress charge against Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. over his refusal to turn over documents related to the committee's investigation of the Fast and Furious operation. Here is a look at the issues: What is Fast and Furious? It was a flawed operation run by the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ATF allowed illegal purchases of about 2,500 guns and then lost track of most of them while trying to trace them to Mexican drug cartel leaders.
NEWS
June 20, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to find Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case, just hours after President Obama asserted executive privilege and backed the attorney general's refusal to release the material. The vote for contempt and the White House insertion into the growing Southwest border “gun-walking” scandal set up a significant constitutional clash between the two branches of the federal government, one that ultimately may not be resolved until it reaches the courts.
NATIONAL
June 20, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A House committee voted along party lines to find Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case, just hours after President Obama for the first time asserted executive privilege and backed the attorney general's refusal to release the material. The developments Wednesday set up a political standoff going into the November election and a significant constitutional clash between the White House and Congress that may not be resolved until after a lengthy journey through the courts.
NEWS
June 11, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Top House Republicans, saying the Department of Justice is “out of excuses,” scheduled a committee vote to hold Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide subpoenaed documents in the ATF's flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. The vote, scheduled in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee for June 20, sets the clock ticking toward a showdown between the GOP-led House and the Obama administration's Justice Department over a central question in the Fast and Furious debacle: Did senior Justice and White House officials know or approve of the program that lost thousands of assault rifles and other weapons on both sides of the Southwest border?
WORLD
May 17, 2012 | By Janet Stobart and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
LONDON — Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic confronted the accusations against him at the opening of his war crimes trial in The Hague on Wednesday with contemptuous gestures to the court and the victims who had come to see him face justice for atrocities during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. Slowed by age and the hardships of 15 years on the run from the indictment by the United Nations tribunal, Mladic still mustered a hint of his trademark swagger as...
NATIONAL
April 27, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Republican House leaders have drafted a proposed contempt of Congress citation against Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in which they charge that he and his Justice Department have repeatedly "obstructed and slowed" the Capitol Hill investigation into the ATF's flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. The 48-page draft citation is being drawn up by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Top committee officials recently met for most of a day in the House speaker's office and were given the green light to proceed toward a contempt citation, according to sources who declined to be identified.
WORLD
April 26, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's Supreme Court convicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday of contempt for failing to revive a long-standing graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari, a ruling that could eventually result in the premier's ouster and ramp up political tension in an important but troubled U.S. ally. The court opted not to sentence Gilani to a maximum six months in prison. However, under Pakistani law, a conviction could entail disqualification from the office he has held since 2008.
WORLD
February 14, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
  Pakistan'sSupreme Court on Monday indicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on contempt charges, accusing him of repeatedly ignoring its orders to revive long-standing corruption proceedings against the nation's president. Gilani must now brace for a trial in coming weeks that could end in his conviction, his disqualification from holding office for five years and a prison term of up to six months. Appearing in the packed courtroom, Gilani could have forestalled the indictment by telling the seven-judge panel that he would comply with its order to write a letter to Swiss authorities asking that they reopen a money laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari.
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