Senator challenges home state voter ID law
August 13th, 2013
03:35 PM ET
8 months ago

Senator challenges home state voter ID law

Updated 8/13/2013 at 5:22pm
(CNN) - The day after North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed a controversial voter ID bill into law, one of the U.S. senators from his state is seeking to challenge it.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan asked that the Justice Department look into the law she worried would "restrict the ability of minorities, seniors, students, the disabled, and low and middle income citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote," she wrote.
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Filed under: Justice Department • Kay Hagan • North Carolina
Eric Holder seeks to cut mandatory minimum drug sentences
August 12th, 2013
03:15 PM ET
8 months ago

Eric Holder seeks to cut mandatory minimum drug sentences

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, noting the nation is "coldly efficient in jailing criminals," but that it "cannot prosecute or incarcerate" its way to becoming safer.

"Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason," Holder told the American Bar Association's House of Delegates in San Francisco.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
Justice plans sentencing changes for non-violent criminals
August 7th, 2013
05:14 PM ET
8 months ago

Justice plans sentencing changes for non-violent criminals

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department is preparing an overhaul of how federal prosecutors deal with non-violent criminal offenders in a move that could mark the end of the tough-on-crime era, which began with strict anti-drug laws in the 1970s and accelerated with mandatory minimum prison sentences and so-called three-strikes laws.

The idea is to change the type of sentences that prosecutors seek in cases where instead of prison, offenders could benefit from alternatives such as drug court, a Justice Department official said.

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Senate narrowly confirms ATF chief
July 31st, 2013
07:34 PM ET
9 months ago

Senate narrowly confirms ATF chief

Washington (CNN) - The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm B. Todd Jones as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, giving the politically controversial agency its first permanent director since 2006.

Senators voted 53-42 to approve Jones - the ATF's acting director since the fall of 2011 - shortly after he received the bare 60 votes needed to clear a key procedural hurdle.
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Filed under: Congress • Justice Department • Senate
Holder gave 'deceptive and misleading' testimony, House Republicans say
July 31st, 2013
06:48 PM ET
9 months ago

Holder gave 'deceptive and misleading' testimony, House Republicans say

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans issued a report Wednesday finding that Attorney General Eric Holder gave "deceptive and misleading" testimony, but abandoned accusations that he had perjured himself in May during a hearing on the government's seizure of journalists' phone and email records.

The House Judiciary Committee's Republicans launched an investigation after the hearing because Holder claimed not to know of any potential prosecution of members of the press in leak investigations. After the hearing, the Justice Department acknowledged that Holder had signed a search warrant to seize emails from Fox News Channel reporter James Rosen. The search warrant included a declaration that Rosen was a "co-conspirator" in the leak probe targeting a former State Department contractor.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
Petitions get one million signatures for Zimmerman charges
July 16th, 2013
04:48 PM ET
9 months ago

Petitions get one million signatures for Zimmerman charges

(CNN) – One million people have so far signed online petitions by the NAACP and MoveOn.org calling for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Three days after Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter after a February 2012 confrontation with Martin, thousands have taken to the streets and the digital highways to call for federal action.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department • NAACP
GOP congressman on verdict: 'Get over it'
July 16th, 2013
02:11 PM ET
9 months ago

GOP congressman on verdict: 'Get over it'

(CNN) – Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, has some blunt advice for those protesting or focusing on last week's verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

"We're hung up on this one case, where this one fellow was, in fact, found not guilty by a jury. That's the way the American law system works," Harris said Tuesday morning in a radio interview. "Get over it."
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Filed under: House • Justice Department
Holder faces political pressure over possible Zimmerman charges
Atty. General Eric Holder spoke of Trayvon Martin's killing at a Delta Sigma Thetas Social Action event Monday, July 15, 2013.
July 16th, 2013
11:05 AM ET
9 months ago

Holder faces political pressure over possible Zimmerman charges

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder, a longtime target of Republicans who have tried to force him out of office, now faces the prospect of angering liberal supporters when his Department of Justice decides whether to file federal charges in the Trayvon Martin killing.

Civil rights groups are planning nationwide protests, and hundreds of thousands of people support an online petition drive calling for admitted shooter George Zimmerman to face federal charges in the February 2012 killing.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
July 14th, 2013
10:02 AM ET
9 months ago

NAACP talking to Justice Department about Zimmerman case

Updated 12:22 p.m. ET on Sunday 7/14

(CNN) – Leaders at the nation's oldest civil rights organization have spoken with senior members of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's team at the Justice Department about pursuing federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, NAACP president Ben Jealous said Sunday, though Holder himself has noted the high bar for establishing a hate crime.

Speaking to chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union," Jealous said he hadn't yet spoken with Holder himself, but that in conversations with Justice Department officials, he had pressed the federal government to continue investigating the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
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Filed under: Justice Department • NAACP
DOJ tightens rules on subpoenas, warrants involving journalists
July 12th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
9 months ago

DOJ tightens rules on subpoenas, warrants involving journalists

Washington (CNN) – Federal prosecutors can no longer obtain search warrants for information obtained by journalists unless reporters are the subject of a criminal investigation, a Justice Department official said Friday.

It is one key change in guidelines stemming from controversial federal investigations that resulted in efforts by prosecutors to obtain journalist records about reporting on national security issues.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
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