Categories & Tags: department of justice

'This is our Selma': Prayers, marches, teach-ins planned as NC voting restrictions go on trial   |   July 12, 2015
Arguments begin this week in federal court in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in N.C. NAACP v. McCrory, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the most restrictive voting...

 

As black churches burn, federal officials seek to calm worried congregations   |   July 3, 2015
Since an avowed white supremacist massacred nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina during Bible study two weeks ago, fires...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight to restore the Voting Rights Act   |   March 20, 2015
Date on which the landmark Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress, a little over a week after a national television audience watched state troopers, sheriff's officers...

 

Federal judge in Texas places injunction on Obama immigration plan   |   February 17, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Immigration rights groups are slamming the ruling by a federal judge in Texas who has ordered a preliminary injunction against a set of...

 

Prosecuting corporate culprits   |   January 9, 2015
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest On December 18th, the national page of the New York Times contained two stories on atypical events in the business world. One was headlined...

 

Getting even tougher on corporate crime   |   December 10, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest West Virginia's coal country is not very fond of the Environmental Protection Agency these days, but another part of the federal...

 

Corruption, illegal and legal, seen as a big problem in Southern states   |   December 9, 2014
How do we measure corruption in government -- something that by its very nature involves secrecy? The most common approach involves using data from the U.S. Department of Justice...

 

The strange death of Lennon Lacy: Another lynching mistaken for suicide?   |   December 5, 2014
On the morning of Aug. 29, the body of Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a noose fastened to a swing set at a trailer park in the small eastern North Carolina town of Bladenboro...

 

Bankers gone wild (again)   |   November 14, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest There seems to be no end to the chutzpah of the big banks. They brazenly break the law and then pay growing but still quite affordable...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Texas voter ID law heads to the Supreme Court   |   October 17, 2014
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act last year that Texas began enforcing one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws: 2...

 

Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party: An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell   |   September 8, 2014
By Angola 3 News This past July, students from Northwestern University's Medill Justice Project visited the infamous Louisiana State Prison known as Angola. While there,...

 

The environmental prosecution gap   |   August 25, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest With reports of a $16 billion Justice Department settlement with Bank of America following on the heels of other big payouts by misbehaving...

 

After loss in court, NC voting rights activists turn attention to mobilizing in the streets   |   August 12, 2014
Following a federal judge's decision last week to deny a request by the U.S. Department of Justice and civil rights groups to block North Carolina's restrictive new voting...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Debunking the wild claims used to justify voter ID laws   |   August 8, 2014
In a comprehensive study of voter fraud allegations nationwide from 2000 to 2014, number of incidents that involved someone pretending to be someone else at the polls -- the kind...

 

NC GOP mayor marches to DC to urge Medicaid expansion, prevention of 'medical deserts'   |   July 14, 2014
The Republican mayor of the small town of Belhaven, NC began a 273-mile walk to Washington, DC today to draw attention to the health care crisis threatening his rural coastal...

 

Three things Obama's new clemency initiative doesn't do   |   April 28, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica Last week, the Department of Justice outlined expanded criteria that could allow prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes to win early release from...

 

More evidence of racial discrimination in NC 'monster' election law   |   February 18, 2014
Following last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder that blocked a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina's Republican supermajority...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Just how cozy are Gov. McCrory and Duke Energy?   |   February 13, 2014
Date on which news broke that the U.S. Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)...

 

NC backslides on voting rights by disqualifying 'right church, wrong pew' ballots   |   December 20, 2013
Among the many controversial elements of North Carolina’s new Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), which requires a photo ID to vote, is the disqualification of...

 

True the Vote denied entry into Texas voter ID trial   |   December 18, 2013
Months before the conservative vote-monitoring group Judicial Watch filed to intervene in the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against North Carolina's restrictive new...

 

Judicial Watch joins legal fray to defend restrictive NC voting law   |   December 13, 2013
A conservative group that has previously sued states to get them to purge their voting rolls has joined in the legal fight over North Carolina's restrictive new voting law,...

 

Government shutdown delays Texas voter ID challenge   |   October 4, 2013
A legal challenge to Texas's voter ID law was placed on pause this afternoon at the Justice Department's request, meaning the fight to protect hundreds of thousands of...

 

What the feds' voting rights lawsuit could mean for North Carolina   |   October 1, 2013
Yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder formally announced his plans to sue the the state of North Carolina for passing what many civil rights advocates have called the worst...

 

Corporate watchdogs call for ouster of BP CEO   |   September 30, 2013
Corporate watchdogs are pressuring BP to fire CEO Bob Dudley, who they accuse of trying to keep the oil giant from honoring its obligations to the Gulf Coast in the wake of the...

 

DOJ reportedly will sue NC over voter ID law   |   September 30, 2013
It sounds like U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will answer Sen. Kay Hagan's call to protect voting rights in North Carolina. Late last night word leaked to the Associated...