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Jun 13, 2013

Justice Department steps into NYC stop-and-frisk lawsuit

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department if she rules the department’s stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin presided at a 10-week civil trial over the New York police practice of stopping people suspected of unlawful activity and frisking those suspected of carrying weapons.

Jun 13, 2013

Justice Dept steps into NYC stop-and-frisk lawsuit

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department if the rules of the department’s stop-and-frisk policy are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin presided at a 10-week civil trial over the New York police practice of stopping people suspected of unlawful activity and frisking those suspected of carrying weapons.

Jun 13, 2013

Department of Justice steps into NYPD stop-and-frisk lawsuit

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department if she rules the department’s stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin presided at a 10-week civil trial over the New York police practice of stopping people suspected of unlawful activity and frisking those suspected of carrying weapons.

Jun 12, 2013

Factbox: Nine cases of Americans indicted for media leaks

By David Ingram and Joseph Ax

(Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors are increasingly seizing on an anti-espionage law to pursue Americans suspected of divulging government secrets to the press, a major shift in the use of a 1917 law that was designed to stop leaks to America’s enemies.

Nine times in U.S. history, all of them since 1971, federal prosecutors have brought charges under the Espionage Act for disclosing information to a newspaper, blog, book or other media outlet. Six cases occurred in the last eight years.

Jun 10, 2013

If past is any indicator, ex-NSA contractor may escape long jail term

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans accused of divulging secrets to the media have escaped long prison sentences, a pattern that may reassure Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who exposed the U.S. government’s top-secret surveillance programs last week.

In the nine such criminal cases in U.S. history, two people served no prison time, one person was sentenced to 10 months in a halfway house and three defendants received sentences of about two years. Three cases are unresolved, including that of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, the accused source of secret files given to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Jun 10, 2013

In Hong Kong, ex-CIA man may not escape U.S. reach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Edward Snowden’s decision to flee to Hong Kong as he prepared to expose the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs may not save him from prosecution due to an extradition treaty in force since 1998.

A 29-year-old former CIA employee, Snowden has identified himself as the person who gave the Guardian and the Washington Post classified documents about how the U.S. National Security Agency obtained data from U.S. telecom and Internet companies.

Jun 9, 2013

Attorney general under pressure to open more leak inquiries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder appears to have little choice but to launch a new round of investigations into media leaks, the very issue that consumed him for the last month and led to renewed calls for his resignation.

U.S. officials said Holder will undoubtedly be called upon to identify leakers who gave a secret court order to Britain’s Guardian newspaper and a document describing surveillance methods to both the Guardian and the Washington Post.

Jun 9, 2013

U.S. attorney general under pressure to open more leak inquiries

WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder appears to have little choice but to launch a new round
of investigations into media leaks, the very issue that consumed
him for the last month and led to renewed calls for his
resignation.

U.S. officials said Holder will undoubtedly be called upon
to identify leakers who gave a secret court order to Britain’s
Guardian newspaper and a document describing surveillance
methods to both the Guardian and the Washington Post.

Jun 6, 2013

Congress was briefed on Verizon records: Attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday that members of Congress were fully briefed on the intelligence-gathering program that included the daily collection of telephone records from Verizon Communications.

Holder, the chief law enforcement official, said it would not be appropriate for him to say anything more in a public forum about the program. Britain’s Guardian newspaper published on Wednesday a secret court order related to the collection of records of millions of Verizon customers.

Jun 6, 2013

Congress was briefed on Verizon records -U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder said on Thursday that members of Congress were fully
briefed on the intelligence-gathering program that included the
daily collection of telephone records from Verizon
Communications.

Holder, the chief U.S. law enforcement official, said it
would not be appropriate for him to say anything more in a
public forum about the program. Britain’s Guardian newspaper
published on Wednesday a secret court order related to the
collection of records of millions of Verizon customers.