WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The winner of the U.S. presidential election will have an opportunity to remake law enforcement with his choices for two top jobs – attorney general and FBI director – which could become vacant within months of each other in 2013.
Attorney General Eric Holder has not publicly ruled out serving at least part of a second term if President Barack Obama wins re-election on November 6 and wants to keep him in place. Obama was to have filled the FBI job in 2011 but postponed the appointment, persuading Congress to extend the term of Director Robert Mueller by two years, until September 2013.
, Oct 23 (Reuters) – A former Central
Intelligence Agency officer is expected to spend 2 1/2 years in
prison for telling a journalist the name of a covert agent,
marking the first time in 27 years that someone will go to
prison for blowing the cover of a CIA agent.
John Kiriakou, 48, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of
disclosing the identity of a covert agent.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department sued Mississippi state and local officials on Wednesday over what it called a “school-to-prison pipeline” that violates the rights of children, especially black and disabled youths.
The suit alleges that police officers in Meridian, Mississippi, routinely arrested students who were suspended from school, even when they had no probable cause to believe the students had committed a crime.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) – A former Central Intelligence Agency officer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to disclosing the identity of a covert agent, saying he revealed the name in an email to a journalist in 2008.
John Kiriakou, 48, entered the plea in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is expected to spend up to 2-1/2 years in prison for the secrecy violation, in which he helped journalists who wanted information on the CIA’s interrogation of al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. grand jury charged South Korea-based Kolon Industries Inc with criminal trade theft in a long-running dispute over how the company produced high-strength fiber, according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday.
Kolon and five company executives face charges that they stole trade secrets belonging to DuPont Co, maker of Kevlar fabric used in body armor and other products, and to Japan’s Teijin Ltd, maker of Twaron, a rival fabric.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of marijuana rights asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to do what Congress and U.S. presidents have resisted for decades and help ease the level of regulation surrounding the popular recreational drug.
Oakland, Calif.-based Americans for Safe Access said there was no reason for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to control marijuana as tightly as it does heroin.
WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Supporters of marijuana
rights asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to do what
Congress and U.S. presidents have resisted for decades and help
ease the level of regulation surrounding the popular
Oakland, Calif.-based Americans for Safe Access said there
was no reason for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
to control marijuana as tightly as it does heroin.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. tobacco companies told a federal judge on Monday they should not be required to tell the public they manipulated nicotine levels to make cigarettes more addictive, or that they repeatedly lied about the health effects of light cigarettes.
The companies – including Altria Group Inc and Reynolds American Inc – have been fighting with the U.S. Justice Department for six years about the wording of what are known as “corrective statements.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens prodded Congress on Monday to act and presidential candidates to speak out on gun control at a time when gunmen are carrying out mass killings across the United States.
Stevens, 92, spoke to a luncheon hosted by a gun-control lobbying group where he referred to shootings such as a July rampage that killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theater.
WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – A federal court ruled on
Wednesday that South Carolina may not implement a photo ID law
for voters until 2013, in the latest setback for a mainly
Republican effort to establish identification rules in several
states before the Nov. 6 elections.
South Carolina joined Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin as
states with voter ID laws that have been blocked or deferred by
state or federal judges.