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Pro-abortion protesters in front of the Supreme Court building

Backgrounder on Barre Seid, the Billionaire Extremist who Enabled Leonard Leo to Stack the Court and Overturn Roe

by Lisa Graves | Oct 31, 2022 | Legal Affairs, Politics

On August 22nd of this year, the New York Times reported that a secretive Chicago industrialist named Barre Seid had transferred more than $1.6 billion into the control of Leonard Leo, to whom Donald Trump outsourced the packing of the U.S. Supreme Court. (For more on that court-packing, check out Jim Hightower’s piercing series on Leo.) That story by […]

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Death Penalty

Racial Disparities, Cowboy D.A.s, Prosecutorial Impunity, Hanging Judges, and Above All­—Texas;  the Death Penalty’s Time is Up

by Barbara Koeppel | Sep 3, 2021 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Some 4,000-year-old dogmas, like the Bible’s “eye for an eye,” never die. State-sponsored killings have morphed over millennia (from stonings, beheadings, burning at stakes, firing squads, gas chambers, lynchings, and electric chairs to lethal injections) but continue apace. In the United States, the federal government and the 27 states that still impose the death penalty […]

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Office of the Attorney General

Contributing to Barr’s Effort to Undermine Impeachment, US Attorney John Durham Violated DOJ Guidelines

by Murray Waas | Oct 28, 2020 | Legal Affairs, Politics

John Durham—the United States attorney tasked by Attorney General William Barr to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the origins of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s Russia inquiries—contributed to a September 2019 statement released by Barr and the Justice Department intended to undermine efforts to impeach President Trump. Durham approved portions of the statement describing his […]

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WIlliam Barr and President Trump

Under Pressure From Trump, Barr Misrepresented the DOJ Investigation of Ukraine, Misled Congress, and Enabled Trump to Evade Conviction

by Murray Waas | Oct 28, 2020 | Legal Affairs, Politics

In late September 2019, President Donald Trump called Attorney General William Barr, seeking a favor. Trump was at the time facing impeachment in the House of Representatives for pressuring the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to announce investigations that could be politically advantageous to the U.S. president. Trump pressed his attorney general to hold a […]

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Multiple Agendas in Attack on ICC

by Aryeh Neier | Jul 31, 2020 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Though Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton is now at odds with the president, the Trump administration seems to have belatedly adopted Bolton’s policy of extreme hostility to the International Criminal Court as its own. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has now called the ICC “corrupt”—without any evidence—and labeled it a “kangaroo court.” Further, […]

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