Matthew Shepard’s Parents Slammed AG William Barr on LGBTQ Rights

In a stunning act of rebellion, Justice Department employees gave a standing ovation to a woman who publicly lambasted Attorney General William Barr about his recent efforts to dismantle protections for transgender Americans.

Barr and DOJ employees had gathered in the Department’s Great Hall for an event celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded federal hate crime law to protect LGBTQ people.

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US official charged with leaking secrets to press

A Defense Intelligence Agency official was arrested Wednesday and charged with leaking classified intelligence information to two journalists, including a reporter he was dating, the Justice Department said. (Oct. 9)

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Mayor James Knowles III talks about how Michael Brown’s death changed Ferguson

James Knowles III, who is white, was re-elected to a third three-year term last year. He said the election was evidence that despite those who speak out at council meetings, he has plenty of support, including in the black community. Knowles, 40, is proud of the work Ferguson has done to reform its police and court practices, reforms that he points out began weeks after Brown’s death, long before they were mandated by a 2016 agreement with the Justice Department. The Ferguson Police Department drew heavy criticism in 2014 for many reasons: It had only three black officers out of 53 in a city that is two-thirds African American. Police were accused of racial profiling in traffic stops, of treating blacks with aggression. Today, Knowles said, the department is almost evenly split between white and black officers. Officers now wear body cameras. They’re more involved with people rather than just reacting to crime.

Trump calls for death penalty for hate crimes

President Donald Trump is asking the Justice Department to propose legislation so that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty. (Aug. 5)

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Mueller: Charging US president with a crime was ‘not an option’ | AFP

Long-silent Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Trump with a crime was “not an option we could consider”. He was speaking at the Justice Department for the first time since his report on the Russia meddling investigation. SOUNDBITE

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Nadler threatens to hold Barr in contempt

Attorney General William Barr skipped a House hearing Thursday on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report, escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and President Donald Trump’s Justice Department. (May 2)

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