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Jul 25, 2013

Obama administration declares new voter rights strategy

WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The Obama administration embarked on a new strategy on Thursday to challenge voting laws it says discriminate by race, an effort to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that freed states from the strictest federal oversight.

Attorney General Eric Holder vowed to start in Texas, a conservative stronghold where his Justice Department will ask a federal court for renewed power to block new election laws it says illegally discriminate against blacks and other minorities.

Jul 25, 2013

Justice Department wants renewed authority over Texas voting laws

WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice will ask a federal court to reinstate its authority over Texas voting laws, part of a new Obama administration strategy to challenge state and local election laws it says discriminate by race, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

“This is the Department’s first action to protect voting rights following the Shelby County decision, but it will not be our last,” Holder said to a standing ovation at the annual conference of the National Urban League, a civil rights organization, which is meeting in Philadelphia.

Jul 24, 2013

U.S. got what bargained for in Lance Armstrong, his lawyers say

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – Lawyers for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said on Tuesday he should be able to keep the sponsorship money he got from the U.S. Postal Service during his record-breaking victories, despite his admission to using performance-enhancing drugs.

In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, Armstrong’s lawyers said the Postal Service benefited from the sponsorship and they asked a judge to dismiss the federal government’s fraud lawsuit demanding its money back.

Jul 23, 2013

Lance Armstrong’s lawyers ask U.S. judge to dismiss fraud case

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – Lawyers for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said on Tuesday that Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis should be barred from suing Armstrong for fraud because Landis, like Armstrong, took performance-enhancing drugs.

In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, Armstrong’s lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit Landis filed under a federal law that allows whistle-blowers to report fraud in exchange for a reward.

Jul 23, 2013

U.S. court invalidates passport law on status of Jerusalem

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday invalidated a U.S. law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to choose to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports contrary to long-standing U.S. foreign policy.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the president – and not lawmakers – had sole authority to say who controls the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians.

Jul 19, 2013

Judge weighs rights of U.S. citizens in drone strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge fired difficult questions at the Obama administration and at civil liberties lawyers on Friday in a court case about whether U.S. citizens abroad targeted in drone strikes can seek compensation from the government.

At a hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, Judge Rosemary Collyer said she would rule as soon as she could, at least on the preliminary question of whether citizens or their family members have a right to bring a lawsuit.

Jul 17, 2013

U.S. appeals court reinstates new Guantanamo detainee searches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a military method for searching Guantanamo Bay detainees, reversing at least temporarily a lower court’s finding that the searches were so invasive that they improperly cut off access to attorneys.

The searches, initiated in the last few months, included frisking of the groin and anal areas before detainees are taken from their cells to meetings or to phone calls with their lawyers, and after they return.

Jul 17, 2013

U.S. charges two former ArthroCare executives with fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two former executives of ArthroCare Corp have been charged with a $400 million scheme to defraud investors by inflating the company’s earnings, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Former chief executive officer Michael Baker and former chief financial officer Michael Gluk were charged in the federal indictment and surrendered to law enforcement officers, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Jul 17, 2013

U.S. lawmakers say little political support for phone surveillance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. spy agencies went too far when they built a massive database of all daily telephone call records and may have jeopardized political support for the very law they relied on to create it, members of Congress said on Wednesday.

Lawmakers said at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee that they doubted the legal provision had the votes to win renewal before it is set to expire in June 2015.

Jul 16, 2013

Voting rights enforcers shift focus after Supreme Court defeat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. office charged with protecting the voting rights of racial minorities is changing its focus but not its commitment after the Supreme Court last month invalidated part of a federal voting rights law, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a major civil rights convention in Florida, Holder said he was shifting staff within the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to emphasize enforcement of parts of the law that the high court left untouched.