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You have the right to a lawyer, but public defenders note a lack of resources, respect
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Sixty years ago today the Supreme Court ruled that people accused of crimes but without means to pay for a lawyer would be provided with one… Read More
The vast majority of criminal cases end in plea bargains, a new report finds
WASHINGTON (NPR) — In any given year, 98% of criminal cases in the federal courts end with a plea bargain — a practice that prizes efficiency over fairness and innocence,… Read More
Steve Bannon found guilty on both contempt of Congress charges
Updated July 22, 2022 at 2:56 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A federal jury has convicted former Trump political adviser Steve Bannon of two counts of criminal contempt of… Read More
Activists wanted Biden to revamp the justice system. Many say they’re still waiting
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — People working to overhaul the criminal justice system say they’re frustrated with the Biden administration after they’ve waited nearly a year for the White House to… Read More
Advocates Push For Resurrection Of DoJ Civil Rights Division Under Biden
Critics say President Trump constrained the Civil Rights Division from being as effective as it should. Business could look very different under the new incoming administration.
Federal Government Executes 1st Prisoner In 17 Years After Overnight Court Rulings
Daniel Lee, 47, was put to death on Tuesday morning in the federal death chamber in the first federal execution since 2003. Other inmates are scheduled for death this week.
Judge Orders Halt As Federal Executions Are Set To Resume This Week
A federal judge in Washington D.C. has barred the lethal injections that were scheduled to commence on Monday, citing the likelihood of “pain and suffering.” A legal conflict is likely.
Politics Influenced Justice Department In Roger Stone Case, DOJ Lawyer Tells Hill
Two Justice Department lawyers say their superiors took marching orders from the White House in politically sensitive cases. They’re scheduled to talk to a House committee on Wednesday.
Thousands Freed From Prison Custody As DOJ Implements Sentencing Reform Law
More than 3,100 are moving out of the Bureau of Prisons system on Friday and the Justice Department is making other changes to comply with a law passed by Congress last year.
Seriously Ill Federal Prisoners Freed As Compassionate Release Law Takes Effect
Judges are beginning to limit the sentences of cancer sufferers and other badly ailing prisoners after a law passed last year by Congress.
William Barr, Attorney General Nominee, Gets Nod From Key Senate Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to recommend that the full chamber confirm President Trump’s choice to take over the leadership of the Justice Department.
DOJ, Largely Shut Down, Nonetheless Issued Statements On Southern Border Cases
The department’s public affairs apparatus is mostly idle for lack of funding, but that didn’t stop it from making announcements in support of the administration’s messaging about immigrants.
Maria Butina Was In Contact With Russian Intelligence, Feds Say In New Documents
A Russian woman charged this week with serving as an unregistered agent also “offered sex” in exchange for a job in an organizations she targeted, prosecutors allege.
Trump Pick For Sentencing Commission Has History Of Racially Charged Remarks
The president has nominated a lawyer who’s adopted a tough approach to drug crimes and who has a history of making racially charged remarks about punishment to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI
The former national security adviser is becoming a central figure in the special counsel’s probe of Russian election interference and any possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.