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Archive for July 24th, 2012

Justice Department Defends Suit Against Apple, Publishers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Justice defended its suit against Apple and book publishers, saying they colluded to raise e-book prices, the New York Times reports.

The government sued Apple and five publishers and reached settlement with the Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins in an attempt to reduce e-book prices.

But Apple and the remaining publishers, Penguin and Macmillan, refused to settle and will face trial next summer.

The Justice Department defended its actions after 868 comments during a 60-day comment period and dismissed claims that the lawsuits would narrow the field of retailers.

The idea is to reduce prices, feds said.

FBI Sued for Documents Related to Muslim-American Groups and Agent Training

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A government watchdog group is suing the FBI to force the release details of  its contacts with American-Muslim groups that urged the the bureau to stop using certain counter-terrorism materials for agents that they deemed offensive, the Washington Examiner reports.

At issue is a Feb. 8, 2012, meeting between Muslim organizations FBI Director Robert Mueller.

“Our concern is that we have these advocates for terrorists controlling how law enforcement approaches the problem of Islamic terrorism,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told the Examiner.

After complaints that some counter-terrorism training was considered offensive or inaccurate to Muslims, the FBI overhauled its program for field agents.

To address the concerns, the FBI meet with American Muslims.

Some Inmates Would Be Released Early Under Justice Department Plan

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is endorsing a plan that would speed up the release dates for well-behaved prisoners in a plan aimed at saving on detention costs, NPR reports.

Strapped for cash, the Justice Department is looking for ways to handle the overcrowded federal prison system that handles 218,000 inmates.

Under the plan, inmates would be given two-months credit for every year they participate in a program that reduce recidivism, according to NPR.

A second plan would increase from 47 to 54 the number of days an inmate can receive for good behavior.

Holder to Announce Major Reforms for New Orleans Police Department

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will announce an array of reforms in the New Orleans Police Department on Tuesday as part of the most far-reaching consent decree of its kind, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

A monitor and federal judge will direct the mandated oversight spelled out in a 125-page agreement for at least four years.

The city will remain under a consent decree until the agency is free of violations for two years, the Times-Picayune wrote.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, virtually every aspect of the police force needs to be reformed.

ICE Investigates Human Smuggling After Deadly Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents are investigating human smuggling after a truck packed with illegal immigrants crashed in rural southern Texas, killing 17 and injuring nine, the Associated Press reports.

Of the those killed, 11 were male and three female. At least two were children. They came from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, according to the AP.

At least 23 people were wedged into the cab and bed of a white 2000 Ford-250 pickup when it veered off the highway about 150 miles northeast of the Mexican border, the AP reported.