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AG Lynch and Dept. Of Justice work to help Comey and the FBI recover in emails case…

After the FBI Director Comey started a political storm on Friday afternoon and took a BIG hit in the media over the weekend?

His bosses at the Justice Department have moved to provide assistance and speed up the look at the Abedin/Weiner emails that could be doubles and could number up to 650,000….

Both Lynch and Comey will find themselves dealing with a incoming Clinton Admin in less than two weeks….

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Top Justice Department officials have a new strategy for dealing with their high-wattage clash with FBI Director James Comey over disclosures about the Hillary Clinton email probe: Downplay their disagreement and concentrate instead on pushing the FBI to move quickly to analyze the newly found messages.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates are now seeking a kind of detente with the beleaguered FBI chief after the extraordinary rift between Comey and the Justice Department last week over his plans to tell Congress that unexpected new evidence was under review in the Clinton email inquiry, officials familiar with the episode said.

While Justice officials disclaimed any political motivations in their shift in strategy, the effort to put the investigation on a fast track would be a step toward meeting the demands of top Democrats and the Clinton campaign for more answers in advance of the election.
Lynch and Yates “felt they needed to make clear that they disagreed with Comey’s decision,” one top Justice official said. “But no one is dragging their feet here. The Justice Department is committed to working with the FBI to move the case forward.”

Top prosecutors have echoed that view, telling colleagues that it’s time to put their disputes with Comey in the rear-view mirror and get on with an expeditious review of thousands of emails found on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Letters the Justice Department sent to angry Democratic lawmakers Monday underscored that approach. Justice Department legislative liaison Peter Kadzik told the senators and House members that the agency “appreciates the concerns” they expressed about the impact of the disclosure on the election, but he never said explicitly that Comey had defied Lynch’s strong advice to follow the usual DOJ practice of avoiding any disclosures close to elections.

Kadzik did say that Justice is working “closely with the FBI” to pursue the inquiry “as expeditiously as possible….

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White House announces challange to Texas Judge on Obama executive action on Immigration…

It’s about time…

One hopes the Justice Department has gamed this out if the Right leaning New Orleans Appeals court does NOT go their way either….

The Justice Department will seek a stay of an order by a federal judge in Texas that blocked the Obama administration’s plan to provide relief to thousands of illegal immigrants.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the stay request will be filed in District Court no later than Monday.

After the ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen late Monday night, Justice officials immediately said they would appeal the order. They will ask for a stay while they prepare the appeal. The administration believes that if a stay is granted, the government can begin accepting applications for the program.

“We will seek that appeal because we believe that when you evaluate the legal merits of the argument, that there is a solid legal foundation for the president to take the steps that he announced late last year to reform our broken immigration system,” Earnest said. “That’s consistent with the way that previous presidents over the course of several decades have used their executive authority. And that is why we are going to continue to pursue this case in the legal system. “

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called the judge’s ruling “an interim step in a process that has more to play out.”…

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The Justice Department is looking for the Banks to cop pleas on rigging prices of foreign currencies…

…from the NY Times….

The Justice Department is pushing some of the biggest banks on Wall Street — including, for the first time in decades, American institutions — to plead guilty to criminal charges that they manipulated the prices of foreign currencies.

In the final stages of a long-running investigation into corruption in the world’s largest financial market, federal prosecutors have recently informed Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Citigroup that they must enter guilty pleas to settle the cases, according to lawyers briefed on the matter. The pleas would be likely to carry a symbolic stigma, if limited actual fallout, in handing felony convictions to some of the world’s biggest banks.

Yet even as those cases head toward negotiations over potential plea deals — a development that has not been previously reported — additional currency misconduct has surfaced in a New York state investigation, confidential documents show….

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No Federal Civil Rights charges against Ferguson cop who shot Micheal Brown…

As expected after NO criminal charges from the Grand Jury….

(Police Offocers are seldomly charged under Federal Laws)

Ex- Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will Not be charged by the US Justice Department with violating Micheal Brown’s civil rights in the shooting of Brown in Ferguson ,Mo…..

Wilson and local and state governments could still be sued civilly…..

The Justice Department is moving to close an investigation into the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson Mo. — clearing the white police officer who shot him, according to a report Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors have started drafting a memo recommending that Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Brown, not face charges for violating the 18-year-old’s civil rights, The New York Times reported.

An FBI investigation has found no evidence to support charges against Wilson, though a federal civil rights investigation into whether Ferguson police engaged in discriminatory traffic stops and used excessive force remains open, the Times reported.

The Ferguson Police Department is overwhelmingly white, though the town, near St. Louis, is mostly black.

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Brown family, said they will “wait for official word from the Justice Department” before commenting. “The family won’t address speculation from anonymous sources,” Crump said in a statement…..

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Going after the Banks Criminally sends tremors thru the system….

The New York Times shed light on the efforts of the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara and the Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. being in negotiations with a couple of foreign banks to charge them criminally in some actions….

The piece has in two days already caused some worries….

The issue of ‘too big to fail’ has been in the media since the bottom fell out of the mortgage market in late 2008 thru 2009…..

That whole thing almost brought down the American and world economy….

Now it turns out that some people/banks where doing some highly illegal things to cause these problems….

The constant noise about the inability of the government to go after these people has been answered with the current efforts by the Feds and the NY DA’s talks about charging the banks….

Bear in mind that the action is aimed at the banks in reports NOT individuals (A few have been charged in cases)….The Banks are worried because if they are convicted…They can lose their licenses  to do business ….And YES fail….

So I am NOT surprised that BusinessWeek is out with a piece already covering the worries among the foreign banks, and others if the Government gets agreements on charges against them….

Oh, yea….Just for your information?

The Law directs the Feds and DA to weigh criminal actions against damaging the Governments economy by their action’s…

(They have also met with the Federal Reserve and  Comptroller of the Currency to gauge their feelings on this)

As U.S. Justice Department prosecutors angle to bring the first criminal charges against global banks since the financial crisis, they’ll have to stare down warnings of uncontainable collateral damage.

The 2002 collapse of Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm indicted in the Enron scandal, “should be a lesson” for prosecutors, Brad Hintz, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., said today in an interview on Bloomberg Television. “Don’t play with matches.”

Stung by lawmakers’ criticism that multibillion-dollar settlements have done too little to punish Wall Street in the wake of the financial crisis, prosecutors are considering indictments in probes of Credit Suisse Group AG and BNP Paribas SA, a person familiar with the matter said. Even after talking with financial regulators about ways to mitigate damage — such as ensuring banks keep charters — prosecutors might not fully understand consequences for the market, according to industry lawyers and bankers who are following the case.

Bank clients — including trustees, fiduciaries and pension funds — could be forced to cut ties with a financial institution labeled a criminal enterprise, the lawyers and bankers said, asking not to be named because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly. Counterparties also might think twice before entering into billion-dollar transactions with such firms. Damaging a bank’s business could lead to broader fallout across the financial industry, just as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s collapse in 2008 prompted investors to withdraw from other firms on concern its exit would set off a wave of losses.

Spook Customers

Criminal action would have to be handled so that any review of a bank’s charter wouldn’t spook customers or revoke a firm’s license, said Gil Schwartz, a partner at Schwartz & Ballen LLP and a former Federal Reserve lawyer.

“The mere threat of requiring a hearing could cause customers to lose confidence in the institution and could cause a run on the bank,” Schwartz said.

The warnings show the resistance prosecutors face in seeking to prove global banks aren’t too big and systemically important to indict. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, signaled in a March speech that a large financial firm would be charged soon, despite the industry’s bleak predictions of fallout.

‘Nuclear Winter’

“Companies, especially financial institutions, will do almost anything to avoid a tough enforcement action and therefore have a natural and powerful incentive to make prosecutors believe that death or dire consequences await,” he said. “I have heard assertions made with great force and passion that if we take any criminal action, the skies will darken; the oceans will rise; nuclear winter will be upon us; and the world as we know it will end.”….

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Is the Banks crying wolf justified?

 

New York Indian Maid Case is thrown out by Federal Judge

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…A Federal Judge invalidated the charges by the US Attorney of the Southern District against Devyani Khobragade, an Indian consular official in New York, for lying about the VISA paperwork for a maid she had working for her in New York…..

During her arrest , she was strip searched….The revaluation of that action set off protests in India and protests by the Indian Government…

While the US State Department has worked with local and state authorities to get diplomats to pay help in this country the prevailing wages …This case drew international media attention…..

The fact that Ms Knobragade was strip searched was the tipping point in the case ……

As in the Russian Spy case several years ago….Things CAN get bumped up to the White House level…Where OTHER solutions get worked out….Like Khobragade being kicked up to full diplomatic status the day BEFORE the US Attorney’s charges where filed…

We would hope that in the deal that the maid got paid what she earned in working…and something extra…..

A federal judge dismissed an indictment Wednesday against an Indian diplomat whose arrest in December on visa fraud charges led to a major diplomatic crisis between the United States and India.

Devyani Khobragade, an Indian consular official in New York, did not have full diplomatic immunity when she was arrested in December for submitting false forms to obtain a U.S. visa for a household worker.

But the Indian government subsequently changed her job to one with full immunity, and the fact that this occurred on Jan. 8, the day before she was formally indicted, meant the indictment was invalid, Judge Shira A. Sheindlin of the Southern District of New York ruled.

The case had provoked outrage in India over both the arrest and the conditions of Khobragade’s brief detention, including a strip-search.

The State Department moved to resolve the situation by simultaneously recognizing her newly acquired immunity and declaring her persona non grata.

Although she left the country on Jan. 9, just hours after the grand jury indictment was issued, the federal prosecutor in the case warned that she would be re­arrested and tried if she ever again entered this country.

Under Wednesday’s ruling, that warning is no longer valid, although the court said she could be re-indicted if the prosecutor chose. Her attorney, Daniel N. Arshack, said that would be an “aggressive and unnecessary act.”

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Undocumented immigrant has been cleared to lawyer in California

That and several other State Laws have been passed in California to allow undocumented immigrants to practice law, to stop law enforcement from enforcing minor federal laws against immigrants, and to make it illegal for employers to discriminate against person based on their citizenship….

California seems to moving towards immigration reform in its own way…..

The unanimous ruling in favor of Sergio Garcia came after California legislators passed a bill last year that specifically authorized the high court to allow qualified applicants into the state bar, regardless of their immigration status.

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote that current immigration policy makes it “extremely unlikely” that a law abiding individual such as Garcia would be deported.

“Under these circumstances, we conclude that the fact that an undocumented immigrant’s presence in this country violates federal statutes is not itself a sufficient or persuasive basis for denying undocumented immigrants, as a class, admission to the State Bar,” she wrote.

A U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman declined to comment, and attorneys for Garcia could not immediately be reached. Nicholas Pacilio, a spokesman for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, applauded the decision.

“California’s success has hinged on the hard work and self-sufficiency of immigrants like Sergio,” Pacilio said.

Last year the Democratic-led U.S. Senate approved a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally, but the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has not yet taken up the legislation.

Meanwhile, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a series of immigrant rights bills last October. In addition to the legislation paving the way for the state Supreme Court to authorize undocumented immigrants for the bar, other new laws prohibit law enforcement officials from detaining immigrants based on federal government instructions – except in cases of serious crimes or convictions – and make it illegal for employers to retaliate against workers on the basis of their citizenship…..

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GOPer admits Florida vote suppression in court papers…..

This week in the War on Voters: Florida Republican says party targeted blacks for voter suppression

by Meteor Blades @ Daily Kos….

James Greer, former head of Florida Republican Party.

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Minorities and young people are far more likely to vote for liberals and other Democrats. Voter advocates have long claimed that Republicans work diligently to suppress the clout of these demographic voting blocs by suppressing their presence at the polls. Republicans, naturally, object vociferously to these accusations. But Jim Greer, the former chairman of the Florida Republican Party, has confirmed that, at least in his state, it’s true. He has a reason to go after the party since he is on trial for corruption, specifically, diverting party funds to personal uses. Indeed, it is in his 630-page deposition in that trial where he “unloaded a litany of chargesagainst the ‘whack-a-do, right-wing crazies’ in his party, including the effort to suppress the black vote,” writes Alex Seitz-Wald. But even if he is guilty of corruption, that doesn’t make his accusations against the party false.

In the deposition, released to the press [Thursday], Greer mentioned a December 2009 meeting with party officials. “I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting,” he said,according to the Tampa Bay Times.

He also said party officials “talked about not letting blacks vote … minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party,” according to the AP.The U.S. Department of Justice has been inquiring into the practices of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, another Republican, in purging the state’s voter rolls. Critics say minorities andDemocrats are bearing the brunt of this disfranchisement.

(For more of this week’s news, continue reading below the fold).

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Will the Gitmo Five be tried in NYC…or not?……

For the past few days the media has proclaimed that the trials will be moved from the Federal CourtHouse in downtown New York City….This possoble move….as everything since the ‘Scott Brown effectr’ kicked in may have a political side to it……

The Hill…the Paper and website has a piece out today saying the White House STILL wants the trial held in New York…..

If one goes back and carefully checks all the media stories one will find that the United States Department of Justice has not indicated in any way shape or form the trial will actually be moved……

You will see all sorts of quotes…from unnamed sources….but no…..”we will move the trial”….from anyone…..

And I think that’s because the political thing has kicked in at the White House…not Justice……someone in one the meetings on this ….has pushed back and surely said…..’the Mayor of the City of New York doesn’t tell the Federal Government what to do…and when…’

and of course…that’s correct…..and judging by the two links I’ve provided in this piece…..the feelings are divided……

Sure businesses are going to lose money…and downtown New York is gonna be locked down…..but alot of people also want the trials to go on…in the City so that they can see the results ……

My guess is they will probably go somewhere else…..

But you never know…..

The political side might just say…..We’re the government and WE decide where we do this…….

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Congress wants the Justice Department to get involved in the College Football BCS Championship System….

The Department of Justice is contemplating a wide variety of actions intended to reform the current college football championship system, according to a letter made public Friday.

The letter, sent in response to a request by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), says that the Justice department is still determining whether or not to open a formal investigation into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

“The Department of Justice is reviewing your letter as well as other materials to determine whether to open an investigation into the legality of the current system under the antitrust laws,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich. “Importantly, and in addition, the administration also is exploring other options that might be available to address concerns with the college football post-season.”

Hatch is a long-time opponent of the BCS and requested that the Justice department open an investigation into the BCS last October. The Utah senator’s office released the letter Friday evening.

Weich did not say if an investigation will be opened, rather he layed out a variety of options the administration and Congress could take to reform or break apart the BCS.

Opponents of the BCS, a group that includes several members of Congress, say that the system is unfair to the five smaller BCS conferences that receive less bowl revenue and automatic bids to the four BCS bowls.

They say that because of this, it is almost impossible for “mid-major” colleges to play for the national championship (a group that has included several undefeated teams over the past several years, including Hatch’s home state Utah Utes in 2008). Thus, opponents contend that the BCS is a oligopoly intended to benefit large athletic conferences.

Note:…..This is the second warning to College Football to change the sytem…The Dog did a post on the first warning, which the BCS didn’t understand …or failed to accept as serious….The current Bowl system is going be changed…..sooner of later…the best thing is get ahead of the ball and start moving so that teh Justice Departmenet doesn’t end up written the new system with a judge……

Stay tuned…… this is going to get REALY INTERESTING…….