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Justice Department Gets Tougher on Corporate Crime

wall-streetBy Steve Neavling

The Justice Department is turning up the heat on corporations.

On Monday, the Justice Department notified federal prosecutors that there is no immunity for corporations that don’t disclose all relevant facts about employees involved in an investigation, Reuters reports. 

“In the past, cooperation credit was a sliding scale of sorts and companies could still receive at least some credit for cooperation, even if they failed to fully disclose all facts about individuals,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said in prepared remarks at an American Bar Association conference on money laundering.

“That’s changed now.”

The Justice Department appears to be bending to pressure by advocacy groups that have accused the federal government of going easy on corporations involved in wrongdoing.

New York Post: Justice Department Needs to Let Local Authorities Take Smaller Cases

department-of-justice-logoBy Editorial Board
New York Post

The Justice Department is increasingly jumping into smaller criminal matters so it can look good while “playing daddy” to local authorities — but its efforts are a waste of manpower and tax money, several current and former law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Under the Obama administration, the agency’s Civil Rights Division has been readily opening more federal investigations shortly after violent encounters in municipalities across the country instead of allowing local cops and prosecutors to do their jobs first, the souces said.

The latest example came three weeks ago, when the department announced within 24 hours that the FBI would investigate a South Carolina school-resource officer caught on video dragging a female student across the floor of a classroom.

“The notion that [the] DOJ would jump in so quickly where the offense was so slight on a federal scale is ridiculous,” said retired FBI Deputy Assistant Director Ronald Hosko. “They’re just playing daddy when no daddy is needed.”

A federal source agreed, saying Sunday, “In light of what just happened in Paris, I think more than ever we need to allocate our resources to fighting terrorism instead of worrying about crimes that take place on the local level.”

To read more click here. 


Oregon’s Justice Department Spied on Black Lives Matter Protesters


By Steve Neavling

Oregon’s Justice Department spied on Black Lives Matter supporters to determine whether they presented a threat, the Huffington Post reports.

The digital surveillance included reviewing people who used the movement’s hashtag, BlackLivesMatter.

“When I initially heard about this incident I was appalled,” state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a letter, which was in response to an earlier letter from the Portland chapter of the national civil rights organization the Urban League.

But Rosenblum discovered that at least one Justice Department investigator performed digital surveillance.

Rosenblum said the department put an end to the surveillance after it became known.

“It is improper, and potentially unlawful, for the Oregon Department of Justice to conduct surveillance and investigations on an Oregonian merely for expressing a viewpoint, or for being a part of a social movement,” the letter from Urban League of Portland reads. “We are concerned that such unwarranted investigations are racially motivated, and create a chilling effect on social justice advocates, political activists and others who wish to engage in discourse about the issues of our time.”

Activists Call for Justice for Man Killed by Border Patrol Agents in May 2010

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling

About 100 activists gathered Monday evening to protest the Justice Department’s decision not to file charges against Border Patrol agents in the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. 

Hernandez Rojas died in a clash with federal agents in May 2010.

On Friday, the Justice Department said it opted against charging law enforcement officials in the death, saying “a team of experienced federal prosecutors determined that the evidence was insufficient to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges… Neither accident, mistake, fear, negligence nor bad judgment is sufficient to establish a federal criminal civil rights violation.”

But local immigration rights groups counter that excessive force was used against a handcuffed Hernandez Rojas.

“After five years of investigating, with evidence and with witness accounts, with everything very clear, they come to tell us that there wasn’t enough evidence to bring these agents to trial,” said Maria Puga, the widow of Hernandez Rojas through a translator at the protest. “All of us here know that they’re culpable. They murdered my husband. Two autopsies ruled his death a homicide.”

Justice Department Study: Ambush Attacks on Police Remain Steady, But Are Increasingly Deadly

badge-policeBy Steve Neavling

The number of ambush attacks against law enforcement remains steady – with about 200 a year – but more police are getting killed as a result, a Justice Department study found.

The study examined surprise attacks between 1990 to 2013 and concluded that there is reason for alarm and that “officers must not only be guardians of the public but also be prepared to respond to violence targeting them,” The Washington Post reports.  

“As part of our work to support these brave men and women, the Department of Justice is committed to extensive efforts aimed at preventing violent action against the police,” Lynch said in a statement. “This report will serve as a critical base of knowledge as we work to defend our law enforcement and ensure our officers’ safety.”

One deterrent, the study found, was in-car cameras.

Click here to see the report.

Boston Herald: Former IRS Chief Lois Lerner Enjoys ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card from Obama Administration

IRSBy Adriana Cohen
Boston Herald

Disgraced former IRS chief Lois Lerner is enjoying her “Get Out of Jail Free” card care of the Obama administration.

Who’s surprised she won’t face charges given the fact that most Americans believe the White House was in on allegations the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups 
applying for nonprofit status?

It gets worse. During the “investigation,” IRS head John Koskinen stonewalled big time, refusing to provide Congress with information including Lerner’s “missing” emails. Sound 

If Americans don’t see a pattern here — of obfuscation and obstruction — under the Obama administration, I have a bridge I want to sell you.

“Lerner was caught red-handed targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups, wrote partisan emails to prove it, then engaged in a massive cover-up effort — with a suspiciously crashed server, an oddly missing BlackBerry and plenty of excuses,” reports 
Investors Business Daily.

But never mind that. Lerner, a longtime Obama loyalist, was let off the hook by the 
Justice Department on Friday.

Can you imagine if Lois Lerner were a conservative IRS agent who targeted Democrats, minorities or gays? She’d be in jail right now. And the left-leaning media would’ve been covering the scandal — around the clock.

But thanks to the Obama administration, we’re no longer equal under the law. The rule of law is now arbitrarily applied based on 
political affiliation and whose pinky ring you kiss. And that’s dangerous for all of us — no matter how you vote.

To read more click here. 

DEA Agents Get Bonuses While Investigated for Attending Sex Parties Funded by Drug Cartels

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling

While DEA agents were under investigation for allegedly attending prostitute sex parties funded by Columbian drug cartels, they received thousands of dollars in bonuses, The Daily Mail reports. 

Half of the agents under investigation received up to $32,000 in bonuses.

Even worse, the regional director who failed to report the parties received a $68,000 bonus in May 2013.

The Justice Department made the discoveries.

The bonuses appear to violate a DEA policy that bars bonuses to employees in the three years following disciplinary actions for “significant misconduct.”

“Today’s Inspector General report raises serious concerns about the disciplinary process at the Drug Enforcement Administration,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said. “Not only did the agents involved in sexual misconduct outlined in a previous report escape appropriate punishment, the majority of them received bonuses or other work perks.”

Justice Department Creates New Position to Focus on Threats of Homegrown Extremism

department-of-justice-logoBy Steve Neavling

The rising threat of homegrown extremism has prompted the Justice Department to create a new position to coordinate investigations, the Washington Post reports. 

The new position of domestic terrorism counsel is expected to be announced today at George Washington University.

The position will focus on threats posed by ISIS, as well as by racists and anti-government zealots.

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