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Benjamin Crump appears in Cocoa alongside families of teens shot by deputy

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Handfuls of white balloons floated into the sky above Provost Park in Cocoa Saturday afternoon. Just moments before they were being held by the families and friends of A.J. Crooms and Sincere Pierce, the two teenagers shot and killed by a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy Nov. 13. 

The deaths of 18-year-old Pierce and 16-year-old Crooms have sparked anger and protest locally amid the nationwide debate over policing in America. 

National figure and civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump came to Brevard County Saturday, and along with his co-counsel Natalie Jackson, spoke to the media and supporters of the families, saying that he would be seeking justice for the teens. 

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NJ Attorney General Asks Prosecutors For Dismissal Of Low Level Marijuana Offenders

On Wednesday, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asked prosecutors to halt all low-level marijuana cases until at least January 25, 2021, as lawmakers continue to debate a bill to legalize adult- use cannabis use for New Jersey.

In a statement to all municipal and county prosecutors, and prosecutor liaison’s, low-level cases include adults and juveniles charged with possession, being under the influence of marijuana, or having marijuana while driving, amongst other charges. The statement does not include offenders of distribution.

Additionally, Grewal suggested prosecutors “use their discretion” with people facing additional charges on top of low-level marijuana offenses by asking for either a postponement or dismissal. Unfortunately, the lack of directive

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D.C.’s Karl Racine to the lead the National Association of Attorneys General and take on hate and extremism

In the past five years, he has gone after price gougers and corrupt landlords, opened an investigation into sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in D.C. and repeatedly taken on President Trump, bolstering the city’s national profile in the process.

And next week, he will assume the presidency of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), a nonpartisan coalition representing every U.S. state and six territories. Using his new platform, Racine, a Democrat, will ask his fellow attorneys general to set aside political differences to combat hate crimes and extremism across the United States.

Each NAAG president, elected as part of a regional rotation, gets to choose a focus for the year-long term; previous efforts have included elder abuse and human trafficking. Racine is the first to take on hate crimes. Attorneys general from both parties have praised the initiative as timely, albeit sensitive, amid national conversations about racial justice

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City attorney mistakenly said employees could run for office. Now four could lose jobs

North Miami’s city attorney “erroneously” told employees they could run for elected office without resigning their positions with the city, according to a memo issued Tuesday. Four employees could now lose their jobs.

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Two city employees who were recently elected in other cities — Daniela Jean as a commissioner in North Miami Beach and Linda Julien as a councilwoman in Miami Gardens — resigned from their positions Friday after the city attorney, Jeff Cazeau, issued an opinion that said they could no longer work for North Miami.

Jean was an administrative coordinator in the risk management department and Julien was an economic development manager. Julien said she had previously been told there was nothing stopping her from running for office in Miami Gardens while keeping her job in North Miami, even if she was elected.

“If I was told otherwise, I would have prepared myself,” Julien told the

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Redeeming justice: the next attorney general

In October 2020, Philip Halpern, a respected federal prosecutor of 36 years, resigned from the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) because of what he called Attorney General William Barr’s “slavish obedience” to the whims of President Trump. In November, Richard Pilger, director of the department’s election crimes unit, stepped down when Barr changed department policy and authorized federal prosecutors to investigate voter fraud while post-election controversies still raged. In response, 16 prosecutors given the assignment reported no fraud and complained that Barr’s memo improperly thrust them into partisan politics.



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Such objections were nothing new. In February, all four prosecutors handling Roger Stone’s case resigned when the department reduced its recommended sentence. In May, the top prosecutor on the Michael Flynn case quit when Barr ordered its dismissal. More than 2,000 former DOJ prosecutors and FBI officials followed with a demand for Barr’s

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Merrick Garland is being considered for Attorney General in the Biden administration: report



Joe Biden, Merrick Garland are posing for a picture: Judge Merrick Garland, right, was nominated by President Barack Obama to the US Supreme Court in March 2016 after the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, but was subsequently blocked from hearings by Senate Republicans. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


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Judge Merrick Garland, right, was nominated by President Barack Obama to the US Supreme Court in March 2016 after the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, but was subsequently blocked from hearings by Senate Republicans. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

  • Judge Merrick Garland is under serious consideration by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as Attorney General, according to a NPR report.
  • In 2016, Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by then-President Barack Obama, but he never received a hearing and the nomination by blocked by Senate Republicans.
  • Garland has served as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997, and was its chief judge from February 2013 to February 2020.
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Judge Merrick Garland, whose 2016 nomination to the US Supreme Court was blocked by Senate Republicans, is under serious consideration by President-elect

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Mueller prosecutor says next attorney general should investigate Trump

Andrew Weissmann, a deputy to former special counsel Robert Mueller, said Tuesday that the next attorney general under President-elect Joe Biden should investigate President Trump.



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Weissmann in a New York Times op-ed said that any investigation or prosecution of Trump “would further divide the country” and “would surely consume the administration’s energy.” But he added he thinks it’s necessary.

“But as painful and hard as it may be for the country, I believe the next attorney general should investigate Mr. Trump and, if warranted, prosecute him for potential federal crimes,” he wrote.

The former deputy to Mueller during his investigation said he didn’t come to the viewpoint to pursue a probe into the soon-to-be former president “lightly” but added that “Trump’s criminal exposure is clear.”

Weissmann cited the evidence collected during Mueller’s investigation to determine whether Russia

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Family law attorney helps domestic violence victims navigate complex legal landscape

Pro bono work for a lawyer isn’t a California state bar requirement, but one firm has made it part of its mission to encourage its attorneys to take on some domestic violence cases without charge.

Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, a firm with Santa Ana and Mission Viejo locations, began practicing family law exclusively about a decade ago. Most of its clients seek out the firm for complex divorces and custody work. But like local domestic violence resource centers, the firm has experienced an uptick in calls from victims of domestic violence — one to two calls per week has risen to about four to six — during the coronavirus pandemic.

Robert Farzad, the firm’s managing partner, said there are three common cases: ongoing victims whose abusers have escalated violence, victims with no history of domestic violence experiencing it for the first time during the pandemic, and

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Sally Yates Deserves Serious Consideration for Attorney General

Sidney Powell’s public implosion last week ended with the Trump legal team disowning her and her rabid conspiracy theories about election theft.



Sally Yates posing for the camera: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates addresses the virtual Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020. Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images


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Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates addresses the virtual Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020. Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images

Unfortunately, the now-widespread recognition that Powell is a crank and conspiracy theorist may have come a little too late for Sally Yates. The former acting attorney general is among the many people whose names Powell has dragged through the mud as she has worked with Trump’s Justice Department to vacate the conviction of Michael Flynn.

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With thanks to Powell among others, Yates’s involvement in the Flynn investigation in the waning days of the Obama administration now seems to be perhaps her greatest weakness in the heated competition to become President-elect Joe Biden’s attorney general. The Wall Street Journal, NPR,

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Biden Considering Lisa Monaco, Sally Yates For Attorney General

(Bloomberg) — The Biden transition team is weighing attorney general contenders led by Lisa Monaco, who held key national security posts in the Obama administration, and Sally Yates, who gained fame when she was fired by President Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.

The choice of either would help President-elect Joe Biden achieve his goal of having women represented at the highest levels of his administration.

Other candidates under consideration include Alabama Senator Doug Jones, who lost his re-election bid this month, and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, one person said.

Monaco and Yates both had extensive careers inside the Justice Department and previously held positions that required Senate confirmation. But her history of tussling with the Trump White House might make Yates’s approval harder if the Senate is still controlled by Republicans.

Monaco declined to comment, while Yates and officials with Biden’s transition team didn’t

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