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Government Says FBI Exempt From Privacy Protection Law

The Florida socialite whose FBI complaint led to the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus is suing the government for allegedly leaking her private emails to the press and tarnishing her reputation. But the Department of Justice is demanding that the suit be tossed on a technicality. Until late last year, Jill Kelley was a fixture of Tampa society who regularly hosted parties attended by military leaders from U.S. Central Command. Kelley’s attorneys say she was just doing the right thing …

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Posted 10 months ago in Crime Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Federal Courts Remain Open During Government Shutdown

The federal court system will remain open – for a bit, anyway – in spite of the government shutdown, with cases being processed more slowly and access to justice being harmed.   10-Day Window “In the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2013, the federal Judiciary will remain open for business for approximately 10 business days,” according to a statement from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. “On or around October 15, 2013, the Judiciary will reassess its …

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Posted 10 months ago in Crime Government Marijuana by Betsy Kim  
Your Views on U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag [Poll]

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag is known for aggressively closing medical marijuana dispensaries, seizing property under forfeiture laws. California law allows medical patients and their designated primary caregivers to legally possess and grow marijuana. (But they cannot sell or distribute it.) Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance under federal law. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is reforming drug laws, reducing sentences of low level drug offenders. He also says the federal government will not …

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Posted 10 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Senate Committee Grills Officials on Conflicting Pot Laws

Deputy Attorney General James Cole defended the Department of Justice’s decision to allow state-level legalization of marijuana, testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that such states’ “regulatory schemes must be tough in practice, not just on paper.” The hearing, scheduled by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, was called to address the conflict between federal law and those of Colorado and Washington, whose citizens voted to legalize recreational marijuana last November. In his opening statement, Leahy …

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Posted 11 months ago in Crime Marijuana by Josh Crank  
US Attorney Hints Medical Marijuana Crackdown to Continue

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, one of four federal attorneys behind the nearly two-year crackdown on medical marijuana in California, suggested her enforcement will continue despite new drug policy guidance from the Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in late August that the federal government won’t sue to block state laws legalizing marijuana in various forms, including the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington. An accompanying memo issued by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole identified eight …

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