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Washington lawmakers violated state Constitution when rewriting police deadly force laws, judge says

“Judge Christine Schaller said state lawmakers acted improperly when they passed an amendment to Initiative 940 before actually approving the initiative itself” writes Joseph O’sullivan for seattletimes.com. With an initiative to the Legislature, lawmakers have three choices.Those changes came from a last-minute agreement between the backers of I-940 and several law enforcement groups, many of which had opposed changes to the law. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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A little too late: Europe’s lax policy on binary options hampers US enforcement actions

“This lax policy, which has allowed binary options companies to proliferate in European jurisdictions like Cyprus, Malta, Bulgaria and even the UK, is now making it hard to take enforcement action against binary options entities that committed violations in the past” reports financefeeds.com. These measures, which appear harsh with regard to binary options, however, might have come a little too late, given the years of lax attitude of the authorities in Europe towards binary options brokers and the call centres and other marketing affiliates of this type of entities.The Zilmil…

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Federal appeals court rules against Trump in challenge to sanctuary cities

“A panel of three Republican-appointed judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction issued by a federal district court judge in Chicago” writes Haven Daley Ap for washingtonexaminer.com. A federal appeals court on Thursday delivered a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on sanctuary cities, by upholding a nationwide injunction that blocked the Justice Department from denying funding to jurisdictions that fail to cooperate on immigration matters.”Nationwide injunctions allow a single federal district judge to set policy by ordering relief outside the scope…

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The Principle of Professional Law Enforcement Is Now on the Line

“As Donald Rumsfeld might say, you defend democratic institutions with the deputy attorney general you have, not the deputy attorney general you wish you had” writes Benjamin Wittes for theatlantic.com. In other words, the president wants to fire Rosenstein because apolitical law enforcement is stronger with him than without him, and the president is at war with the very notion of apolitical law enforcement.That is a notion of federal law enforcement that this country turned decisively away from over a long period of time.More broadly, Rosenstein’s forcible removal at this…

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Congress is expected to make a major push in the next few months to approve dozens of bipartisan bills to combat the opioid epidemic.

“On the same day, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on major opioid legislation” writes Ap Photo Jacquelyn for washingtonexaminer.com. When asked about why her legislation was not included in this major legislative effort, McCaskill responded, “It’s really fascinating, isn’t it?. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee is expected to hold its third legislative hearing on opioid legislation on Wednesday.Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced a bill last year in the Senate to restore DEA powers to fight suspicious drug wholesalers. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Trump resumes attacks on law enforcement after FBI raids his lawyer’s office

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump reprised his angry attacks on law enforcement on Tuesday following FBI raids targeting his personal lawyer that were related to a federal investigation into possible collusion by Trump campaign aides with Moscow” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. One source said Cohen was under investigation for activity including possible bank and tax fraud and possible campaign law violations.The attorney-client privilege Trump referred to is intended to encourage open communications between lawyers and their clients, so that lawyers can provide sound legal advice.FBI agents…

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Enforcement of Anti-Money Laundering Rule Will Start Slowly, Regulators Say

“Regulators said Monday at an anti-money laundering conference in Florida they won’t immediately crack down on financial institutions once a new AML rule takes effect next month” writes Samuel Rubenfeld for wsj.com. It will get a light enforcement touch in the early days after the May 11 effective date, regulatory officials said Monday at an anti-money laundering compliance conference.Photo: The Wall Street Journal/Samuel Rubenfeld Hollywood, Fla.—Regulators said they won’t immediately crack down on financial institutions once a new anti-money laundering rule takes effect next month.The rule requires financial institutions to…

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seized the sex marketplace website Backpage.com

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. law enforcement agencies have seized the sex marketplace website Backpage.com as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a posting on the Backpage website on Friday” writes Sarah N for reuters.com. But the site has since then faced a slew of other lawsuits alleging child sex trafficking.The Supreme Court in January 2017 refused to consider reviving a lawsuit against Backpage.com filed by three young women alleging the site facilitated their forced prostitution. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Rival banks applauded U.S. watchdog on 2016 Wells Fargo settlement: emails

“The bankers said at the time that while incentive programs differed, it was standard across the industry to incorporate customer feedback when considering employee rewards” reports businessinsider.com. The number of potentially affected customers subsequently grew to 3.5 million as Wells expanded its probe of sales abuses.The next day, Baal Guidorizzi forwarded the feedback to the broader CFPB enforcement team, the documents show. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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No, California’s ‘sanctuary state’ law does not allow the release of dangerous criminals to the streets

“Law enforcement officials also are able to participate in multi-agency joint task forces responsible for broad investigations, which sometimes include ICE criminal investigators” writes Jazmine Ulloa for latimes.com. Gen. , in a March 7 speech to law enforcement officers in Sacramento The argument: U.S. Atty.California won’t let law enforcement officers… transfer prisoners to ICE custody or even communicate with ICE that you’re about to release them.Jeff Sessions overstates the limits on law enforcement officers regarding who they can communicate about or transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Despite the severe…

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