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Claytoonz: Jan. 6 insurrection probe mucked up by Merrick

First, “Meadows and Scavino” sounds like one of those soft rock musical duos from the '70s that’d sing songs like “Precious and Few.” It is a good thing that the Justice Department under Merrick Garland isn’t political as it was under William Barr. But It’s a bad thing the Justice Department under Merrick Garland isn’t enforcing the law and going after some criminals. ... Read more»

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Hate crime initiatives launched in U.S. after back-to-back racist shootings

The Justice Department unveiled a plan Friday to combat hate crimes including new guidelines for law enforcement officials and local leaders in conjunction with a slew of state grants focused on hate crime prevention programs and data gathering.... Read more»

Grijalva says Benson developer, former U.S. Interior secretary involved in criminal bribery plot

Rep. Raúl Grijalva asked the Justice Department to investigate a former Trump administration Cabinet member, saying he engaged in a quid-pro-quo relationship with a real estate developer, seeking campaign funds in exchange for a water permit needed for a massive housing project outside of Benson, Ariz. ... Read more»

Fleet of asylum officers tapped to crack yearslong immigration backlog

U.S. officials announced a new rule on Thursday aimed at screening the immigration claims of people who would otherwise face expedited removal but have asserted that they will be persecuted or tortured if returned to their homelands. ... Read more»

Mexican woman sentenced to 21 months for role in Arizona human-smuggling ring

A Mexican woman was sentenced to 21 months in prison after she pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to transport and harbor at least 100 people in the country without authorization, authorities said. ... Read more»

Justice head vows for Jan. 6 probe to target 'perpetrators, at any level'

Assuring the public that the Department of Justice's investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection is far from over, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that his office will continue to seek justice against "perpetrators, at any level." ... Read more»

Tribal leaders welcome return of White House meetings after four years

Tribal leaders said the just-ended White House summit on tribal affairs “shows promise” for the federal commitment to solving problems in Indian Country and to giving Native Americans a voice in the process. ... Read more»

Attorney General Garland defends memo in school speech maelstrom

Rejecting assertions from Republican lawmakers that he is trampling conservative speech, Attorney General Merrick Garland is doubling down on his efforts to protect school board members as division over critical race theory and mask mandates usher violent threats. ... Read more»

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools.... Read more»

Texas abortion law reflects GOP turn towards citizen enforcement

The new Texas law effectively banning nearly all abortions in the state relies on private citizens to enforce it, the highest-profile example of a growing push by Republicans to give supporters broad power to sue over issues important to their base. ... Read more»

Justice Department sues Texas over near-total abortion ban

The Biden Justice Department on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging Texas’ near-total abortion ban as an “unconstitutional attack” on women that deprives them of abortion services “in open defiance” of U.S. Supreme Court precedent.... Read more»

Attorney General Garland: Justice Dep't exploring ways to challenge Texas’ abortion ban

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland provided no details of how federal officials may challenge one of the nation’s strictest bans on abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block the Texas state law, at least for now. ... Read more»

Biden proposes new asylum system for crossings at Mexico border

Facing more than a million backlogged cases, the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department wants to update how it handles people seeking asylum at the U.S. - Mexico border.... Read more»

Justice Dep't probing Phoenix police over excessive force allegations

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the City of Phoenix and its police department, to review whether law enforcement officers there have engaged in a pattern of excessive force and discriminatory practices.... Read more»1

Justice Dep't sues Texas over governor's order for law enforcement to pull over vehicles with migrants

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Texas over Gov. Greg Abbott's order allowing state troopers to reroute civilian vehicles back to their origin point or a port of entry, or seize the vehicles, if police suspect the driver is transporting migrants who have COVID-19. ... Read more»

Justice Department issues clearest warning yet on Arizona election 'audit'

The Justice Department issued guidance Wednesday on voting rights and on the pitfalls of post-election audits, reminders that were sent to all states but clearly aimed at Arizona and its 'audit' of Maricopa County elections. ... Read more»

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