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On criminal justice, Biden attorney general must right Trump DOJ wrongs

Ben Crump, Opinion contributor
Published 6:59 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2020

Tap former Clinton, Obama appointee for pick committed to comprehensive sentencing, policing reform and restoration of voting rights.

As this most unusual year draws to a close, I’m reflecting on how exhausting 2020 has been for those of us committed to the fight for civil rights. We’ve known great sorrow and disappointment. And we’ve never wavered in speaking truth to power and shining a bright light on the ugliness of inequality. Now, I’m cautiously optimistic that President-elect Joe Biden and his still-unnamed attorney general will be our partner in the hard work of repairing our criminal justice system.

I’ve dedicated my career to the fight against systemic injustice and racism. The global and national outcry for change is encouraging. The marches and activism, which filled the streets with hundreds of thousands saying their names, “Breonna, George and Ahmaud,” now

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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs certifies general election results | Arizona’s Election Authority

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The Arizona 2020 general election results were certified Monday morning by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. 

Hobbs certified results at the official canvass for federal, state, legislative offices, and statewide ballot measures with Chief Justice Robert Brutinel also in attendance and signing. Just ten days prior, Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to confirm that all ballots cast in the county were accounted for, and every valid vote will be in the final election results.



Maricopa County Board of Supervisors certify 2020 general election results

Once all remaining counties in the state certify their results, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Gov. Doug Ducey will make the final certification granting Arizona’s electoral votes to Joe Biden.

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Governor Doug Ducey also signed off on the canvass, which will lead to the selection of the state’s electoral college voters. Because of Arizona’s Electoral College laws, all of the state’s 11 electoral votes

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Attorney general opened investigation into state Rep. David Cook

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Rep. David Cook asks a question during a hearing on HB 2540, January 29, 2019, in the Arizona House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Water at the Arizona State Capitol. (Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic)

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation into state Rep. David Cook, the Pinal County sheriff and others after allegations that the lawman called off plans to seize property belonging to the family of an agriculture industry lobbyist, according to a letter obtained by The Arizona Republic.

In the letter, a special agent from the Attorney General’s Office sought records in June from the Arizona House of Representatives’ ethics investigation into Cook, which revolved around claims Cook, R-Globe, intervened to stop the planned seizure and had a romantic relationship with the lobbyist, AnnaMarie Knorr, which Cook and Knorr have denied.

The chair of the investigation said it was at a minimum

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New York attorney general sues Buffalo diocese for sheltering abusive priests

ALBANY — State Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Monday against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for allegedly mishandling and covering up systemic child sexual abuse, marking the first major step in her office’s two-year investigation of sexual abuse within the Catholic church in New York.

The lawsuit alleges that despite rules promulgated in 2002 by the United States Conference of Bishops for dioceses to promptly investigate claims of sexual abuse by priests — and report the results of those investigations publicly — the Buffalo diocese instead buried the evidence of abuse by priests or others.

At least 24 priests were identified internally by the Buffalo diocese as likely abusers, but then were not forwarded to the Vatican for de-collaring, the lawsuit states.

Two former leaders of the Buffalo diocese, Richard J. Malone and Edward M. Grosz, who are named as defendants in the lawsuit, personally voted for the

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CT attorney general, union leaders criticize Frontier bankruptcy plan

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and the president of Local 1298 of the Communications Workers of America are telling state utility regulators they are skeptical of Frontier Communications’ plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Tong and the Hamden-based union local that represents more than 1,600 Frontier workers raised their concerns in separate legal briefs filed with the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. Frontier’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy is being reviewed by PURA because it essentially involves a change of control.

The company filed for federal bankruptcy protection April 15. Under Frontier’s plan, four investment firms will own between 20 percent and 28 percent of a new, as yet unnamed holding company.

The four investment companies are Elliott Management, Franklin Mutual, Golden Tree Asset Management and HG Vora.

In his brief, Tong urged an outright rejection of the plan, saying “the entire transaction presents substantial risks to Connecticut,

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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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Embezzlement case still unresolved; Attorney General may weigh in

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HENDERSON, Ky. — An embezzlement case against a former employee of the County Attorney’s Cold Check Division has yet to be resolved — nearly nine months after her arrest.

In fact, the adjudication of the felony charge facing Rebecca S. Hein, 38, 300 block of South Main Street, might be delayed as far out as 2021 now that the state Attorney General’s Office could be getting involved, court officials said.

According to information obtained by The Gleaner, the delay in this case stands in contrast to what almost 30 others have experienced in 2020.

Between January and November (which is the last session of the grand jury for 2020), a Henderson County grand jury indicted 27 people for the same D felony — theft over $500, but less than $10,000 — or a similar felony offense — theft by deception under $10,000. Both crimes are punishable by one to

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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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Attorney General Curtis Hill asks Supreme Court to reverse Lafayette couple’s same-sex parenting case

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the country’s highest tribunal should reverse a lower court decision from earlier this year involving a Lafayette couple, which allowed same-sex couples in Indiana the right to both be listed as parents on the birth certificate of their children.  



a little girl posing for a picture: Ruby and Ashlee Henderson, a couple from Lafayette, sued the Indiana Department of Health after they were told they couldn't put both of their names as parents on their son Landon's birth certificate. A U.S. District Court ruled in 2016 that Indiana's law was unfair to same-sex couples. On Jan. 17, 2020, a U.S. Court of Appeals panel agreed, rejecting the state's appeal. Here Ruby, left, and Ashlee Henderson, are shown with Landon, right, and their daughter, Kynlee, left.


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Ruby and Ashlee Henderson, a couple from Lafayette, sued the Indiana Department of Health after they were told they couldn’t put both of their names as parents on their son Landon’s birth certificate. A U.S. District Court ruled in 2016 that Indiana’s law was unfair to same-sex couples. On Jan. 17, 2020, a U.S. Court of Appeals panel agreed, rejecting the state’s appeal. Here Ruby, left, and Ashlee Henderson, are shown with Landon, right, and their daughter, Kynlee, left.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill holds a press conference regarding the finding of more than 2,000 fetal remains in the Illinois home of deceased former Indiana abortion doctor, Ulrich Klopfer, at the Indiana Statehouse on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.


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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill holds a press

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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.



a man wearing glasses: Redeeming justice: the next attorney general


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Redeeming justice: the next attorney general

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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