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California attorney general threatens legal action if employers assist federal immigration raids

“California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned businesses on Thursday to keep quiet when talking to federal immigration authorities or face legal ramifications” writes Katie Leach for washingtonexaminer.com. In response to the controversial law, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan told Californians to “hold on tight” while vowing to “protect their communities.”. Under the new law, which seeks to prevent workers from being detained at their workplaces, businesses could face up to a $10,000 fine if they share information on their employees with federal authorities or grant them access to…

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EDITORIAL: Foxx should steer clear of donations from property tax lawyers

“More broadly, any elected official in a position to influence the size of a property tax bill should not be allowed, by state law, to accept campaign contributions from property tax lawyers” writes Sun-times Editorial Board for suntimes.com. Property tax lawyers make donations to the county assessor and members of the Cook County Board of Review.To our thinking, the state’s attorney should never accept a donation from any litigant involved in a case that also involves the state’s attorney.For exactly that reason — because we’re talking about your money —…

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Sheriff’s son, longtime attorney declare bids for Genesee County circuit bench

“Since December 2017, the seat of another longtime Genesee County Circuit Judge – Archie L. Hayman – has been vacated after the judge retired to go into private practice” writes Courtesy I Richard for mlive.com. Neithercut will leave his spot on the bench in November after 24 years as a county circuit judge and eight years on the district court bench.Another Genesee County lawyer -Richard McNally – has also thrown his hat in the ring for 7th Circuit judicial seat.GENESEE COUNTY, MI – The race for Genesee County’s next judge…

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Madigan: Man deemed sexually violent, ordered to remain in custody

“Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Thursday that a Cook County judge ruled that a registered sex offender and convicted murderer is a sexually violent person” writes Tom Schuba for suntimes.com. Prosecutors must also prove that the offender is likely to commit future acts of sexual violence if released from custody, according to the attorney general’s office.Montanez buried the woman’s body in the basement of an apartment building where it was found after he had left the state for California, according to the attorney general’s office. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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Donald Trump attempted to keep ally overseeing Russia investigation

“Donald Trump attempted to stop his attorney general from recusing himself from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, it has been reported” writes Charles Moore for telegraph.co.uk. Mr Trump told a White House lawyer to stop Jeff Sessions, the attorney general and a key political ally, from ceding control over the inquiry into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, according to official sources. Mr Sessions’ recusal has been a sore spot with Mr Trump for months, with the president publicly deriding the move and lamenting…

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Sessions takes aim at judges’ handling of immigration cases

“The attorney general invited feedback from advocates and others, after which time he may issue new instructions for immigration judges nationwide” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Immigration judges are employees of the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, giving the attorney general broad oversight powers even as they assert independence.The attorney general asked Homeland Security, Castro-Tum and outside parties to submit written responses by Feb. 9.SAN DIEGO (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday launched a review of a little-known but widely used practice of immigration judges…

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Florida anti-trafficking efforts are model for US, top federal officia says

“In South Florida, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Greenberg said since 2010 there have been 92 offenders prosecuted in 58 human trafficking cases” writes Curt Anderson for sun-sentinel.com. Rosenstein says the Justice Department prosecuted 553 human trafficking cases across the country in 2017.Many are victims of human trafficking and need all types of therapy, services and support to recover.A human trafficking task force operating in Florida could be a national model because it focuses on more than just investigation and prosecution, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the group Thursday. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share…

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Yet More Reported Examples of Trump Trying to Exert Control Over the Russia Investigation

“McGahn was unsuccessful, and the president erupted in anger in front of numerous White House officials, saying he needed his attorney general to protect him” writes Jamelle Bouie for slate.com. Comey, part of an apparent effort to undermine the F.B.I. director… The attorney general wanted one negative article a day in the news media about Mr. Source: slate.com Share This:

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