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June 5, 1999 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
In a groundbreaking decision, a deeply divided federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Friday that the U.S. Justice Department can revoke citizenship of naturalized immigrants through closed administrative hearings outside the court system. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 1998 injunction by a federal judge in Seattle that had brought to a halt the new procedures being used by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a unit of the Justice Department.
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April 25, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Almost 30 years ago, two young women allegedly obtained fake passports in Europe for a clandestine trip to Cuba. Today, one is in prison serving a 25-year sentence for espionage; the other has taken shelter in Sweden. On Thursday, the U.S. government stepped up its efforts to get that second woman, Marta Rita Velazquez, from Sweden to an American courtroom. Velazquez, 55, a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico, was charged in 2004 with conspiracy to commit espionage for her role in recruiting Ana Belen Montes to give American secrets to Cuba, according to a previously sealed indictment that the Justice Department released Thursday.
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NEWS
December 24, 1993 | PAUL RICHTER and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton on Thursday ordered his attorney to give federal investigators files on the First Family's land deal with the owner of a failed Arkansas savings and loan company, amid deepening White House concern that the probe could set off a political thunderstorm. Reversing ground from earlier this week, Clinton ordered "all documents" on the Clintons' money-losing investment in Whitewater Development Corp. released to Justice Department investigators.
NATIONAL
May 14, 2006 | Joseph Menn and Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writers
The Justice Department on Saturday asked a federal judge to throw out an eavesdropping lawsuit against AT&T Corp., citing possible damage from the litigation to national security. Officials wrote that the lawsuit by AT&T customers would bring up matters too sensitive for public discussion. The 34-page filing was bolstered by statements from John D. Negroponte, who is director of national intelligence, and from Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency.
NEWS
June 18, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One month after President Clinton issued a plan to improve U.S. preparedness against bioterrorism, top FBI officials warned Wednesday that overlapping agency responsibilities could sow confusion and actually hamper government responses to deadly germ and chemical attacks. John F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
One of the nation's top public interest lawyers could soon be leaving Los Angeles for a bigger job--chief of the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division. White House sources disclosed recently that Bill Lann Lee, western regional counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is one of two finalists to succeed Deval Patrick as assistant attorney general for civil rights.
NEWS
October 19, 1994 | AARON NATHANS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Representatives of three anti-abortion groups met with a top Justice Department official Tuesday to decry the slayings of abortion clinic doctors. The meeting marked the first time that members of Operation Rescue, one of three anti-abortion groups present, have met with an official in any presidential Administration, said Justice Department spokesman John Russell. Operation Rescue is one of the nation's most militant anti-abortion groups. The 45-minute session with Assistant Atty. Gen.
NEWS
May 13, 1997 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court made it slightly more difficult Monday for the Justice Department to block changes in electoral districts in the South that could reduce the political clout of African Americans and other minorities. Interpreting the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the court said the law empowers federal civil rights officials to "freeze" proposed changes only when it is clear that they will cut back on the number of minority representatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
One of the nation's top public interest lawyers could soon be leaving Los Angeles for a bigger job--chief of the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division. White House sources disclosed recently that Bill Lann Lee, western regional counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is one of two finalists to succeed Deval Patrick as assistant attorney general for civil rights.
NEWS
September 9, 1997 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department, its case weakened by Saudi Arabia's failure to provide sufficient evidence or intelligence to U.S. investigators, moved Monday to dismiss terrorism charges against the Saudi dissident suspected of involvement in the 1996 bombing that killed 19 U.S. servicemen in Saudi Arabia. At a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday, U.S. attorneys will ask instead to have suspect Hani Abdel Rahim Hussein Sayegh deported, a Justice Department statement disclosed.
NEWS
June 5, 1999 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
In a groundbreaking decision, a deeply divided federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Friday that the U.S. Justice Department can revoke citizenship of naturalized immigrants through closed administrative hearings outside the court system. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 1998 injunction by a federal judge in Seattle that had brought to a halt the new procedures being used by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a unit of the Justice Department.
NEWS
February 20, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Justice Department said it will not file civil rights charges against white police officers accused of suffocating a black motorist during a 1995 fight near Pittsburgh. Bill Lann Lee, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, said there was not enough evidence to support a charge that officers used unreasonable force to subdue Jonny Gammage. Gammage, 31, was pulled over for tapping his brakes late at night.
NEWS
June 18, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One month after President Clinton issued a plan to improve U.S. preparedness against bioterrorism, top FBI officials warned Wednesday that overlapping agency responsibilities could sow confusion and actually hamper government responses to deadly germ and chemical attacks. John F.
NEWS
April 29, 1998 | MYRON LEVIN and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ratcheting up the pressure on Big Tobacco, the Justice Department announced Tuesday that renegade cigarette maker Liggett Group Inc. has agreed to assist its long-running criminal investigation of the tobacco industry. In a terse written statement, Justice officials said that, under the cooperation agreement, which does not include a promise of immunity, Liggett will furnish "truthful, complete and accurate information" about alleged industry wrongdoing.
NEWS
September 9, 1997 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department, its case weakened by Saudi Arabia's failure to provide sufficient evidence or intelligence to U.S. investigators, moved Monday to dismiss terrorism charges against the Saudi dissident suspected of involvement in the 1996 bombing that killed 19 U.S. servicemen in Saudi Arabia. At a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday, U.S. attorneys will ask instead to have suspect Hani Abdel Rahim Hussein Sayegh deported, a Justice Department statement disclosed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1997 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered Los Angeles County to take drastic action to fix what investigators termed "constitutionally inadequate" care for mentally ill inmates in the county jails--or face a federal lawsuit. In a scathing 32-page letter issued Friday, Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Isabelle Katz Pinzler said investigators found "deliberate indifference" to the medical needs of mentally ill inmates in the county jail system.
NEWS
April 29, 1998 | MYRON LEVIN and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ratcheting up the pressure on Big Tobacco, the Justice Department announced Tuesday that renegade cigarette maker Liggett Group Inc. has agreed to assist its long-running criminal investigation of the tobacco industry. In a terse written statement, Justice officials said that, under the cooperation agreement, which does not include a promise of immunity, Liggett will furnish "truthful, complete and accurate information" about alleged industry wrongdoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1997 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered Los Angeles County to take drastic action to fix what investigators termed "constitutionally inadequate" care for mentally ill inmates in the county jails--or face a federal lawsuit. In a scathing 32-page letter issued Friday, Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Isabelle Katz Pinzler said investigators found "deliberate indifference" to the medical needs of mentally ill inmates in the county jail system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
One of the nation's top public interest lawyers could soon be leaving Los Angeles for a bigger job--chief of the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division. White House sources disclosed recently that Bill Lann Lee, western regional counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is one of two finalists to succeed Deval Patrick as assistant attorney general for civil rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
One of the nation's top public interest lawyers could soon be leaving Los Angeles for a bigger job--chief of the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division. White House sources disclosed recently that Bill Lann Lee, western regional counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is one of two finalists to succeed Deval Patrick as assistant attorney general for civil rights.
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