Is the government sending you a friend request? The DEA has claimed in court documents that it has the right to use information obtained from someone arrested to create a fake social media account in order to further a drug investigation.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 8, 2014 7:06 am|
|By: Peterr Saturday September 27, 2014 9:37 am|
The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the continuing actions of Ferguson and St. Louis County officials are providing a textbook case study in avoiding accountability. There are lots of steps along the way, but at the end, the big lesson is that the protection granted by a culture of non-accountability is only for those in power.
|By: Peterr Saturday August 9, 2014 9:00 am|
First it was former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Coulter and his football teammates taking a chunk out of the NCAA, and yesterday it was former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and 19 other former college players. They did what few thought possible in going after a Too Big to Challenge institution, and won.
You know, the president is a sports-loving guy. Imagine what would happen if he called the attention of the DOJ and Treasury to these college athletes: “This is how you go after Too Big To Challenge institutions.” . . .
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday July 23, 2014 2:18 pm|
The NSA sits at the nexus of violations of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments with a legal dodge called Parallel Construction.
Parallel Construction is a technique used by law enforcement to hide the fact that evidence in a criminal case originated with the NSA. In its simplest form, the NSA collects information showing say a Mr. Anderson committed a crime. This happens most commonly in drug cases.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday July 11, 2014 3:50 pm|
The CIA attacks on the Senate, designed to impede, alter or influence the outcome of a report on torture, coupled with a lack of concern from the White House and the Department of Justice, as well as apparently by the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee itself, are another example of our new world, a Post-Constitutional America where the old rules of an aging republic no longer apply.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday May 16, 2014 7:47 am|
Former leaders within the Department of Justice and DEA, including Michael Mukasey and Bill Bennet, have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking them to defeat the Smarter Sentencing Act.
|By: DSWright Monday April 14, 2014 12:05 pm|
A story by The American Lawyer seems to provide serious evidence that the SEC essentially planned to ensure that Wall Street firms would never be held fully accountable for their crimes. That there was collusion between the banksters and the SEC that CDO prosecutions would be limited in number and impact.
|By: msmolly Friday March 14, 2014 12:05 pm|
This has been an interesting week in our surveillance state, with a tug-of-war between the FISA Court (FISC) and the DoJ over an ability to keep — or a requirement to dispose of — collected metadata.
|By: joe shikspack Thursday February 13, 2014 6:00 pm|
Would the US Government executive branch abuse its state secrets privilege, abuse the classification of documents, and use its ability to prevent a foreign national’s entry to the US to bar her access to the court system? Would it spend millions of taxpayer dollars on lawyers improperly?
|By: DSWright Tuesday January 7, 2014 8:14 am|
Nothing says justice like giving people involved in one the biggest ponzi schemes in history a laughably small fine. JPMorgan will pay $2 billion for its criminal role in helping Bernie Madoff defraud charities and private investors of $65 billion. Oddly, it was this particular crime that put JPMorgan in jeopardy of finally facing the music in criminal court. But that was really just a dream.