Department of Justice Posts

Congress Finds BOP Fails to Adequately Address Misconduct in Federal Prisons

Misconduct in Federal Prisons Is Tolerated or Ignored, Congressional Report Says: (“Misconduct in the federal prison system is widespread, tolerated and routinely covered up or ignored, including among senior officials, according to a congressional report released this week. * * * The report, by the House Subcommittee on National Security, found that a permissive environment in the Bureau of Prisons had often made lower-ranking employees targets of abuse—including sexual assault and harassment—by prisoners and staff members. * * * Inmates can easily exploit that culture of permissiveness, the report said. ‘If they know that an employee will get little support from management if harassed, that employee becomes a target.’”)

William Barr Gets Attorney General Nomination

Trump Picks William Barr as Next Attorney General: (“President Trump on Friday said he would nominate former Attorney General William Barr to once again helm the Justice Department. * * * The selection of Barr, who served as the nation’s top law enforcement official under President George H.W. Bush, could have implications for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. Barr has recently criticized parts of the probe and defended Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as FBI director.”)

US Attorneys’ Manual Updated; Now “Justice Manual”

Department of Justice Announces the Rollout of an Updated United States Attorneys’ Manual: (“The Department of Justice announced the rollout of an updated United States Attorneys’ Manual, now titled the Justice Manual. It is the first comprehensive review and overhaul of the Manual in more than 20 years. The Department-wide effort involved the dedicated work of over 200 Department of Justice employees.”)

FBI Assistant Deputy Director Strzok Testifies Publicly Before Congress

FBI agent Defends Actions in Russia Inquiry in Contentious House Testimony: (“The embattled F.B.I. agent who oversaw the opening of the Russia investigation mounted an aggressive defense of himself and the F.B.I. on Thursday, rejecting accusations that he let his private political views bias his official actions and labeling Republicans’ preoccupation with him ‘another victory notch in Putin’s belt.’ * * * ‘Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,’ the agent, Peter Strzok, told House lawmakers investigating what Republicans say is evidence of rampant bias at the top levels of the F.B.I.”)

DOJ: No “Need for Free Press and Public Trial” Now?

The Justice Department Deleted Language about Press Freedom and Racial Gerrymandering from Its Internal Manual: (“Since the fall, the US Department of Justice has been overhauling its manual for federal prosecutors. In: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tough-on-crime policies. Out: A section titled “Need for Free Press and Public Trial.” References to the department’s work on racial gerrymandering are gone. Language about limits on prosecutorial power has been edited down.”)

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