WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Robert Mueller was given the U.S. Justice Department’s highest award on Thursday at a ceremony a month before he completes what colleagues called a transformative tenure atop the nation’s largest investigative agency.
Mueller, 68, became FBI director one week before the September 11, 2001, attacks, and is due to retire when his term expires on September 4. He was dubbed “Bobby Three Sticks” because his full name is Robert Mueller III.
WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday
confirmed a director for the federal agency that regulates
firearms, fulfilling one of the demands President Barack Obama
made after the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting.
After a delay while lawmakers awaited the return of a
colleague who was flying in from North Dakota, senators voted
53-42 to install prosecutor Todd Jones as director of the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden would not face the death penalty or be tortured and would have all the protections of the U.S. civilian court system if he were sent home, the chief U.S. prosecutor wrote in a letter to his Russian counterpart this week.
In the letter dated Tuesday July 23 and released on Friday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that he sought to dispel claims about what would happen to Snowden if Russia handed him over to face charges of illegally disclosing government secrets about surveillance programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.