The Administration of Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania is stamping its feets about Justice Department requests for documents on the state’s new voter ID law. They don’t want to turn over the data on how many voters could be disenfranchised the law, for fear that the DoJ would… find out, I guess.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 21, 2012 10:40 am|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 3, 2012 12:45 pm|
In his first interview since being held in contempt by the House of Representatives, Attorney General Eric Holder charges that he has been turned into a symbol by the Republican Party, as a means to attack the President. In doing so, he veers close to the kind of conspiracy theories that have characterized the Republican approach to the Fast and Furious scandal.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 26, 2012 5:24 pm|
A day after getting a ruling that would not take down the “show your papers” section of their immigration law, Arizona rushed to implement the section at the local law enforcement level. The state has specific guidelines to use to determine when to ask for immigration papers, but they’re so broad as to capture just about everyone stopped by a cop.
|By: David Dayen Friday June 1, 2012 6:04 am|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 22, 2011 11:30 am|
While police are legally empowered to use violence to maintain peace, that empowerment is only to prevent individuals from using violence against others. Under our Constitution, the empowerment laws are not intended to give police carte blanche authority to use violence against individuals who pose no threat or harm to anyone. For law enforcement to use violence outside these specific conditions is itself a crime.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 28, 2011 6:30 am|
Many observers have noted that one of the few bright spots in the Justice Department under Barack Obama has been the Civil Rights division, under the direction of Thomas Perez. They have restored that division to its core mission of protecting minorities. So it’s no surprise that they, not the new financial fraud task force, not any of the other enforcement and regulatory bodies, would be the ones to pursue an investigation into the banksters.