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August 27, 2010 | From staff and wire reports
The Justice Department said Friday that it had approved the proposed union of United and Continental airlines, after an unexpectedly speedy four-month review that paves the way for the merger to close before Thanksgiving. To win the blessing of federal antitrust regulators, United and Continental agreed to lease slots for 18 round-trip flights to Southwest Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport, giving the low-cost carrier its second foothold at a major airport servicing New York City.
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April 10, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Albuquerque police have used deadly force more often than necessary, resulting in a series of unjustified fatal shootings by officers, according to a damning report released Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department. Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Jocelyn Samuels said the Albuquerque Police Department needed a "systematic change" to address a long-ingrained culture of using deadly force - a culture the report called indifferent to operating within constitutional guidelines. "This is no longer an acceptable way to proceed," Samuels said.
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OPINION
July 14, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Obama administration stumbled badly in recent months as it repeatedly overstepped its authority in seeking information from news organizations. Prosecutors swept up phone records tracking calls by reporters and editors of the Associated Press, suggested that a Fox News reporter might be criminally prosecuted and continued their vigorous pursuit of information held by reporters in ferreting out alleged leaks. For that, the administration has been properly excoriated. On Friday, however, Atty.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins has been promoted to president of the pay-TV channel. Nevins, who as president of entertainment gave the green light to Showtime's successful dramas "Homeland" and "Ray Donovan," will now have oversight over the network's sports unit as well its marketing, creative and digital divisions. The promotion to the newly created position is part of a new contract Nevins signed with Showtime that runs through 2018. He will continue to report to Showtime Chairman and Chief Executive Matt Blank.
NEWS
March 27, 1986 | Associated Press
President Reagan plans to nominate Robert M. Olsen as an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's tax division, the White House said Wednesday. He would succeed Glenn L. Archer Jr.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Albuquerque police have used deadly force more often than necessary, resulting in a series of unjustified fatal shootings by officers, according to a damning report released Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department. Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Jocelyn Samuels said the Albuquerque Police Department needed a "systematic change" to address a long-ingrained culture of using deadly force - a culture the report called indifferent to operating within constitutional guidelines. "This is no longer an acceptable way to proceed," Samuels said.
NEWS
July 31, 1986
The Justice Department, facing a budget shortfall, has ordered its 93 U.S. attorneys to begin no new investigations that involve travel or legal expenses for the next two months. The department, in an internal memo, also told its chief prosecutors to stop using computer research services, limit travel for ongoing investigations, seek to delay court cases, buy no new equipment and reduce orders for court and grand jury transcripts until the 1986 fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
NEWS
May 31, 1989 | From Reuters
The Justice Department is investigating news leaks of information on government probes involving prominent Democratic politicians, a spokesman said today. Spokesman David Runkel said the news leak inquiry, ordered by Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh, began last week and has been broadened to include reports that the FBI was investigating personnel practices in the office of Rep. William H. Gray III of Pennsylvania, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House. Gray, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, questioned the timing of the reports and the motives of the unidentified sources in view of the fact that he may soon be competing for higher position in the House Democratic hierarchy.
NEWS
December 11, 1987 | Associated Press
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall thinks the Justice Department under the Reagan Administration is more interested in politics than sound legal arguments, it was disclosed Thursday. "I think there are certain movements that the Department of Justice is making which could be interpreted as trying to undermine the Supreme Court itself, which is, of course, impossible," Marshall said. "They can't separate the political from the legal.
OPINION
July 5, 2008
Re "Tainted justice," Opinion, June 28 Bruce J. Einhorn is incorrect in one respect. It was not John Ashcroft and Alberto R. Gonzales alone, as attorneys general, who established the hiring policy at the Department of Justice, but rather it was under the direction of their boss. Clearly, President Bush himself has tainted the department by requiring politically-based hirings in areas that have been historically apolitical. To write an opinion article that doesn't mention our president in this matter is not fully accurate or reasonable, despite such an article being otherwise correct in its condemnation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Two of the nation's preeminent legal experts on copyright law are siding with broadcasters in their legal fight against Aereo, a start-up service that transmits local television signals via the Internet. In a brief filed at the Supreme Court, UCLA School of Law professor David Nimmer and Peter Menell, a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law, warned that if Aereo were found to be legal it could "decimate multiple industries. " The broadcasters are hoping that the high court will overturn last year's 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruling that found Aereo's transmissions and recordings are not "public performances" of copyrighted material.
OPINION
July 14, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Obama administration stumbled badly in recent months as it repeatedly overstepped its authority in seeking information from news organizations. Prosecutors swept up phone records tracking calls by reporters and editors of the Associated Press, suggested that a Fox News reporter might be criminally prosecuted and continued their vigorous pursuit of information held by reporters in ferreting out alleged leaks. For that, the administration has been properly excoriated. On Friday, however, Atty.
NATIONAL
May 29, 2013 | By David G. Savage and Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former senior Justice Department official who famously challenged warrantless eavesdropping under President George W. Bush, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as director of the FBI, officials said Wednesday. For the Obama White House, Comey's Republican credentials and record as a federal prosecutor made him an appealing candidate for the nation's top law enforcement job. By tradition, the FBI director is considered nonpartisan.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
John Green, bestselling and prize-winning author of young adult novels including "The Fault In Our Stars" and "Looking for Alaska," gave the commencement address at Butler University on May 11. It's witty, smart, thoughtful, and going viral; if you start hearing people in your life saying "happy birthday, sir," you can thank him. There's a YouTube video of the entire graudation ceremony -- Green begins speaking about an hour in -- and he's...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — California's policy barring beards on prison guards has come under scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department after a discrimination lawsuit by a Sikh man who said he was denied a job because of his facial hair, which is part of his religious practice. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation settled the lawsuit last year by paying $295,000 to the plaintiff, Trilochan Oberoi, and giving him a $61,000-a-year administrative job. He had been told he would have to shave to be considered for a prison guard job. But the state has maintained its no-beard policy, citing safety issues.
OPINION
April 16, 2012 | By Michael Shermer
The Justice Department filed suit last week againstApple Inc.and two major book publishers, Macmillan and Penguin Group USA, accusing them of colluding in 2010 to raise the prices of e-books. Three other publishers that were investigated - Hachette, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins - agreed to a settlement, which Sharis A. Pozen, the acting director of the Justice Department's antitrust division, said "will begin to undo the harm caused by the companies' anticompetitive conduct, and will restore price competition so that consumers can pay lower prices for their e-books.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2010 | By Joe Flint
The Department of Justice, in a major antitrust review for the Obama administration, will join the Federal Communications Commission in reviewing Comcast Corp.'s deal to take control of General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal. The decision settles a tug of war between the department and the Federal Trade Commission, each of which sought to weigh in on the $30-billion deal announced in December. But other recent big media mergers have been swung to Justice Department lawyers, so the decision did not come as a surprise to regulatory insiders.
NEWS
February 3, 1988 | Associated Press
Assistant Atty. Gen. Richard Willard, who led Reagan Administration efforts to begin testing some federal employees for use of drugs, said Tuesday that he will resign to join a private law firm. Willard, 39, joined the Administration in 1981 as special counsel on intelligence policy to then-Atty. Gen. William French Smith. The next year, he was named deputy assistant attorney general. For the past three years he has headed the Justice Department's civil division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge in Riverside on Thursday declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional, saying the "don't ask, don't tell" policy violates the 1st Amendment and due process rights of lesbians and gay men. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the policy does not preserve military readiness, contrary to what Justice Department attorneys and many supporters have argued, because evidence shows that the policy...
WORLD
August 27, 2010 | From staff and wire reports
The Justice Department said Friday that it had approved the proposed union of United and Continental airlines, after an unexpectedly speedy four-month review that paves the way for the merger to close before Thanksgiving. To win the blessing of federal antitrust regulators, United and Continental agreed to lease slots for 18 round-trip flights to Southwest Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport, giving the low-cost carrier its second foothold at a major airport servicing New York City.
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