January 6, 2009
Elena Kagan Current job: Dean, Harvard Law School What she offers: She is admired for her legal scholarship, government experience and five-year tenure at Harvard, where she ushered in curriculum changes, encouraged public service and hired some of the nation's brightest legal scholars across the political spectrum. Vetting: She has limited courtroom experience and has never argued a case before the Supreme Court. Quote: "I have accepted this nomination because it offers me the opportunity, working under the...
May 19, 2013 |
When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material. They used security badge access records to track the reporter's comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit . They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report.
February 14, 2012 |
The Justice Department, beating fierce competition from the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security and others, has won this year's coveted Rosemary Award, named for President Richard M. Nixon 's secretary Rose Mary Woods , who somehow erased 18 1 / 2 minutes of a crucial Watergate tape. The seventh annual award, presented by the George Washington University-based National Security Archive , honors the agency that has done the very most in the previous year to enhance government secrecy...
September 14, 2013 |
IN 2003, Congress unanimously approved the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The act called for the creation of a commission to study sexual violence in prisons across the country and recommend regulations that would, at the very least, curb its frequency. The commission delivered proposals on schedule in 2009, but the Obama administration dragged its feet. The Justice Department was supposed to have regulations on the books by 2010, but it didn't until 2012. Just recently — 10 years after PREA was signed...
July 25, 2013 |
The Justice Department is preparing to take fresh legal action in a string of voting rights cases across the nation, U.S. officials said, part of a new attempt to blunt the effect of a Supreme Court ruling that the Obama administration has warned will imperil minority representation. The decision to challenge state officials marks an aggressive effort to continue policing voting issues and is likely to spark a new round of politically contentious litigation that could return consideration of the 1965...
May 2, 2012
John M. O'Donnell, a retired antitrust lawyer who served in the Justice Department for four decades, died March 28 at his home in Bethesda. He was 91. He had pneumonia, said his daughter Peggy O'Donnell. Mr. O'Donnell joined the Justice Department in the early 1950s and oversaw cases involving proposed mergers and possible monopolies. In 1975, he served on the staff of President Gerald R. Ford's clemency board. He retired in 1980. John Michael O'Donnell was born in Troy, N.Y. He served in the Army during World...