Eric Holder Is “Cautiously Optimistic” That Marijuana Legalization Is Going Well

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 5:35 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder is sounding relatively happy with how marijuana legalization laws are going in Colorado and Washington State.

When asked on CNN about the experiment with legalization taking place in those two states Holder responded, “I would say I’m cautiously optimistic.” Holder did reiterate that if the Department of Justice isn’t satisfied that the industry is being strictly regulated, DoJ will move to sue the states and shut things down.

While these positive words are good news for the reform movement, they come as Holder is preparing to step down.

 

Elizabeth Warren Says Obama Administration “Protected Wall Street Not Families”

By: Monday October 13, 2014 1:14 pm

Senator Elizabeth Warren condemned the Obama Administration for perpetually siding with Wall Street instead of Wall Street’s victims. In an interview with Salon conducted by Thomas Frank, Senator Warren noted her frustration with the economic team President Barack Obama put together and claimed that they promoted the interests of Wall Street rather than families losing their homes, students mired in debt, and clients that had been defrauded.

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses “Legal Process” to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

By: Saturday October 11, 2014 12:46 pm

In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought the subpoena and lost in July. Despite the fact that the government had defeated , the government withdrew the subpoena in April 2012.

Holder and FBI Looking to Stop Civilian Use of Strong Crypto

By: Friday October 10, 2014 10:26 am

Need more evidence that the government wants access to all your private information? Then check out the recent move by Attorney General Eric Holder and the FBI to subvert the use of strong cryptography by the average citizen.

As noted by Cory Doctorow, the move to weaken civilian use of strong crypto is actually a rehash of an issue that was temporarily settled in 1995 when the Electronic Frontier Foundation won a court case that declared computer code to be part of free speech.

Living Life in Prison Without Parole for Nonviolent Drug Offenses: Euka Wadlington & His Fight for Freedom

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 2:14 pm

“When you have a life sentence, it does not promote rehabilitation,” according to Euka Wadlington, a forty-eight year-old African-American who is serving two life sentences in federal prison in Greenville, Illinois. “By design, you are locked up in a cage until you die.”

As he explains being in prison for life without the possibility of parole, “You have no good time to work towards, you can’t work certain jobs in the institution, you can’t enroll in certain classes that works towards reentry, and you could never go to a federal camp. So, being stripped of these few things, you are naked.”

A Holder of Political Ideology, Not Justice

By: Saturday September 27, 2014 11:40 am

If you ask an attorney if torture is OK, if broad based warrantless wiretapping is allowed, if wealthy private corporations can be absolved of felonies just because they are wealthy corporations, if American citizens can be executed with a no charges leveled against them or trial – it really doesn’t matter what political party they are affiliated with – a member of the bar will generally agree that none of the above statements make sense, and in fact, these statements actually contravene our laws, our treaties and our constitution.

But, if you are asking these questions of a member of the personal staff of the President of the United States, who happens to be an attorney, you can expect to get answers that turn your concepts of fair treatment under the law, constitutional guarantees and international law into shredded and masticated gloppy pulp.

Eric Holder Stepping Down As Attorney General

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 10:03 am

Wall Street lawyer turned cabinet secretary Eric Holder is stepping down as Attorney General of the United States. Holder will resign as soon as his successor is confirmed according to National Public Radio which wrote a laudatory piece on Holder that included the news. Those who spoke to NPR told them it was Holder’s decision to leave.

Why Is DOJ Protecting Anti-Iran Group & Not Prosecuting It for Possessing ‘State Secrets’?

By: Friday September 19, 2014 10:09 am

A lawyer representing a Greek businessman and ship owner, who has accused an anti-Iran advocacy group of falsely and maliciously identifying him as part of their campaign to name and shame individuals and companies that do business in Iran, has responded to the Justice Department’s unprecedented decision to claim state secrets privilege.

In No Fly List Case, Judge Questions Government’s ‘State Secrets’ Claims & Orders Documents Be Produced

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 1:45 pm

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The Justice Department’s Scandalous Decision to Invoke ‘State Secrets’ & Protect an Anti-Iran Group

By: Monday September 15, 2014 6:30 pm

In an unprecedented move, the United States government has moved to invoke the state secrets privilege in a private defamation lawsuit, which does not appear to hinge upon any government activity. The government has also called for the court hearing the case to dismiss the lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed in the US District Court of the Southern District of New York involves Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis and others, who have accused United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) of falsely and maliciously identifying them in their campaign to name and shame individuals or companies that do business in Iran.

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