Posts Tagged: Justice Department

Obama Might Allow People To Smoke Marijuana In States Where It's Now Legal

Good news from the current "former marijuana smoker" in the White House: Barack Obama has finally (and vaguely) said that his administration will not make it a "priority" to prosecute people who legally use marijuana in the western states of Colorado and Washington. Voters there approved recreational weed in the November election, and since then the U.S. Justice Department has continued its weird, threatening rumblings. (States with legal medicinal pot have seen increased prosecution of legal growers and dispensaries during Obama's first term.)

"It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said [...]


How Everyone Got Away With "Collective Embezzlement"

It's worth taking a long, slow read of this morning's Times story on lack of prosecution in general and particularly the lack of Justice Department civil or criminal cases regarding the "financial crisis." For one thing, there are at least two instances of someone directly lying to the reporters in the story (although it is unknown to us which of the parties giving conflicting accounts is lying). Elsewhere, people put the blame on regulatory inaction: "In 1995, bank regulators referred 1,837 cases to the Justice Department. In 2006, that number had fallen to 75. In the four subsequent years, a period encompassing the worst of the crisis, an [...]


Justice Dept. Finally Sued Over Torture Emails

When last we spoke about John Yoo, in early March, The National Archives and Records Administration was begging the Department of Justice to cough up information about all his missing emails from the period that he was composing America's fine torture emails. And back in February, it was demanded that the Justice Department explain whether the missing emails of Yoo and and fellow torture memo author Patrick Philbin were disappeared by means of "unauthorized destruction." John Conyers, chair of the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, made the same demand on March 1. It is now the middle of May and the DoJ is still like "la [...]