Former presidential adviser, civil rights figure Katzenbach dies
May 10th, 2012
10:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Former presidential adviser, civil rights figure Katzenbach dies

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday led Justice Department tributes to former presidential adviser and Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, who died at 90.

Holder had a personal connection to Katzenbach, remembered for facing down Alabama Gov. George Wallace at a schoolhouse door in June 1963 to desegregate the University of Alabama.

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Justice Department approves proposed redistricting plans in Florida
April 30th, 2012
06:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Justice Department approves proposed redistricting plans in Florida

Washington (CNN) – The Justice Department announced Monday it has approved all redistricting plans for the state of Florida.

The head of the Civil Rights Division, Thomas Perez, sent a letter to the Office of the Florida Attorney General, as well as lawyers for the Florida House and Senate, saying the plans are adequate to meet the requirements of the Civil Rights Act.
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Filed under: Florida • Justice Department • Redistricting
Senators pounce on Holder over report on Ted Stevens prosecution
March 8th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Senators pounce on Holder over report on Ted Stevens prosecution

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday ran into unexpected bipartisan opposition on Capitol Hill over the Justice Department's failure to release its report on the alleged misconduct of the prosecutors who mishandled the prosecution of the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Two Democrats and two Republicans jumped on Holder for not releasing the report by the Justice watchdog unit, the Office of Professional Responsibility.

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Filed under: Alaska • Eric Holder • Justice Department • Senate • Ted Stevens
Justice Dept.: Obama recess appointments valid
January 12th, 2012
12:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Justice Dept.: Obama recess appointments valid

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department Thursday made public its legal opinion that President Barack Obama's controversial recess appointments last week are constitutional.

In an internal opinion, the Justice Department said the president has the authority to make recess appointments during pro-forma Senate sessions in which no business is to be conducted.

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Filed under: Justice Department • President Obama
White House, GOP senators file health care law arguments
January 6th, 2012
09:06 PM ET
3 years ago

White House, GOP senators file health care law arguments

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration Friday filed papers with the U.S. Supreme Court outlining its arguments in favor of the minimum coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act - the latest move in a high-stakes legal battle playing out in the heat of the presidential campaigns.

Justice Department lawyers essentially mirrored their arguments from cases in appeals courts.

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Justice Department sends Congress 1,400 pages on 'Fast and Furious'
December 3rd, 2011
03:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Justice Department sends Congress 1,400 pages on 'Fast and Furious'

Washington (CNN) - An intense struggle among several senior Justice Department officials was revealed Friday as internal documents on the gun-running Operation Fast and Furious were released by the department.

About 1,400 pages that had been demanded by Capitol Hill investigators were sent to three key congressional committees in advance of what is expected to be a contentious hearing next Thursday when Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on the subject.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Eric Holder • Justice Department
U.S. sues South Carolina over immigration law
October 31st, 2011
09:14 PM ET
3 years ago

U.S. sues South Carolina over immigration law

(CNN) – Justice Department officials pressed their campaign against an immigration law in South Carolina on Monday, saying the measure passed there this summer unconstitutionally pre-empts federal authority.

South Carolina's law also could lead to the harassment and detention of authorized visitors, immigrants and citizens, federal officials argue in court documents.

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Filed under: Immigration • Justice Department • South Carolina
Holder vows to keep fighting for terror trials in civilian courts
June 17th, 2011
11:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Holder vows to keep fighting for terror trials in civilian courts

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder promised an audience of progressives and liberals Thursday that he will not abandon the fight to steer accused terrorists to civilian court trials rather than military tribunals.

Holder lashed out at Congress for forcing him to recently surrender on the issue, and to place accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other co-conspirators before military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Mueller bumped, bruised - but largely backed - for FBI extension
May 14th, 2011
10:14 AM ET
3 years ago

Mueller bumped, bruised - but largely backed - for FBI extension

Washington (CNN) – It will take an act of Congress to keep Robert Mueller at the helm of the FBI, and all signs indicate that's precisely what lawmakers will do.

No sooner had President Barack Obama announced plans to extend Mueller's statutorily limited 10-year term to 12 years than Democrats and
Republicans alike began to smartly salute the decorated Marine and declare the move a grand idea.
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Filed under: Justice Department • Robert Mueller
High gasoline prices prompt Justice Department to eye energy industry
April 21st, 2011
05:19 PM ET
3 years ago

High gasoline prices prompt Justice Department to eye energy industry

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Prodded by growing public frustration over sharply rising gasoline prices, the Justice Department on Thursday announced the formation of a team - the "Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group - tasked with the goal of ensuring consumers are not victims of price gouging.

Gas prices exceeding $4 per gallon or higher are "tough" for most Americans, President Barack Obama told an audience in Reno, Nevada. "We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of American consumers for their own short-term gain."

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