Tag: Loretta Lynch

Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Next U.S. Attorney General

In a 52-47 vote late Wednesday, largely along party lines, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as the nation’s next attorney general. Despite strong opposition from lawmakers, citizens and civil rights groups across the spectrum from the NAACP to the HRC and ACLU Sessions will lead the U.S….

Justice Department Replaces Team Investigating Eric Garner Death

In an unusual move, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has taken New York-based lawyers and investigators off the team tasked to Eric Garner’s case, meaning the federal criminal investigation into Eric Garner’s death may finally be moving forward — two years after his death. The investigation into Garner’s 2014 death was…

Voter ID Laws Smacked Down as Being Overtly Racist

Recent court rulings in five separate states have overturned portions of voting laws the courts determined specifically restricted voting rights among minorities. Two unrelated federal court rulings on Friday explicitly stated that voter ID laws in North Carolina and Wisconsin were created to disenfranchise Black voters. On Monday, a federal…

Texas Voter ID Law Discriminates, Federal Court Rules

A strict voter ID law in Texas does indeed discriminate against Blacks and Latinos, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, saying the law violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, partially upheld a 2014 district court ruling, agreeing that the Texas…

Police Afraid to do Their Jobs, Says FBI Director

FBI Director James Comey attributed a recent spike in crime to police officers not doing their jobs because they are afraid of being caught on video doing something wrong an unfounded claim that sparked outrage in police officials, the Obama administration and the Justice Department. The “viral video effect” is…