April 5, 2009 |
In the annals of capital partisanship, their names are boldfaced: the candidates for America's highest civil rights post who never got confirmed. During the last Democratic administration, conservatives succeeded in blocking Senate approval of Lani Guinier and Bill Lann Lee to head the civil rights division at the Justice Department. Now they're gearing up to put Thomas Perez, a Maryland lawyer and President Obama's nominee for the job, through the grinder.
January 14, 2009 |
The Obama administration must be given copies of documents the Bush White House has been withholding from Congress on the firings of nine U.S. attorneys, U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled. The House Judiciary Committee has sought the documents as part of an investigation that led to the resignation of Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales. The Bush administration contended that it was required to give the documents to the National Archives. The House panel wanted them left at the White House.
November 19, 2008 |
Former Justice Department official Eric H. Holder Jr. emerged Tuesday as Barack Obama's leading candidate for attorney general, and the president-elect's transition team was trying to gauge whether there was sufficient bipartisan support for him in the Senate, sources close to the transition confirmed.
August 13, 2008 |
Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey said Tuesday that the Justice Department had no plans to bring criminal charges in connection with hiring abuses that took place under his predecessor, Alberto R. Gonzales. Mukasey said the findings in two recent reports by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine -- that a group of influential Gonzales aides considered politics and ideology in hiring career employees and summer interns -- were "disturbing. " The aides violated civil service laws and department regulations, Mukasey said, but they did not commit crimes that could send them to jail.
August 1, 2008 |
Justice Department officials who prosecuted hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested at an Iowa meatpacking plant in May used a government-created manual to speed through guilty pleas, a potential violation of the rights of those detained in the raid, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday. The manual was assembled before the workers were arrested or their lawyers were appointed.
July 29, 2008 |
When Bush administration officials at the Justice Department dismissed nine U.S. attorneys in 2006, there were various theories as to why the prosecutors were being let go. They were too soft on the death penalty. They did not prosecute enough illegal immigrants. They did not go after enough Democrats. On Monday, the Justice Department's internal watchdog hinted at perhaps the most sensational justification yet -- perceived homosexuality. In the second of a series of reports on the politically charged tenure of former Atty.