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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, August 25, 2005

DOJ Study Finds Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops

Actually, the racial disparity was not found to exist in connection with who is stopped, but rather post-stop treatment.  Minorities are substantially more likely to be searched, handcuffed, etc. than whites.  Story . . . [Mark Godsey]

August 25, 2005 in DOJ News, Political News, Race, Search and Seizure | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 1, 2005

AG on Gangs

Speech here. Homeland Security reports 500 gang arrests over the last two weeks. [Jack Chin]

August 1, 2005 in DOJ News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, July 18, 2005

FBI Emails Reveal Lack of PC for Faulty Link Between Oregon Attorney and Madrid Bombings

From Portland, OR (AP): "The day before a Portland attorney was wrongly arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Madrid train bombings, an FBI official stated in an e-mail that the agency did not have enough evidence to arrest the man on criminal charges. The recently declassified e-mail, written by Portland FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele in May 2004, also noted that the attorney, Brandon Mayfield, was a Muslim convert. And it said the FBI had a plan to arrest Mayfield 'if and when' his supposed link to the March 2004 terrorist attack 'gets outed by the media.'

Mayfield was arrested a day later under the material witness law, which allows the arrest and detention of witnesses who might flee before testifying in criminal cases. The FBI said at the time that fingerprints found on a bag of detonators near the bombings had been matched to Mayfield. Two weeks later, the FBI admitted the fingerprints belonged to someone else, freed Mayfield and apologized to him.

Mayfield, 38, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, alleging he was singled out as a Muslim, and that the government violated his constitutional rights by wrongly arresting him, as well as by wiretapping his house prior to his arrest. Michael Greenberger, a former Justice Department official who heads the University of Maryland's Center for Health and Homeland Security, said: 'This e-mail corroborates what is already widely known - that when the Justice Department does not have probable cause to make a criminal arrest, but they have a suspicion that someone is involved in terrorist activities, one tactic is to arrest them as a material witness.' Such use of the material witness law raises constitutional problems,' he said, because the person can be held for long periods without access to legal protections that come with a normal arrest." Story... [Mark Godsey]

July 18, 2005 in DOJ News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Lawsuit over Mob/FBI Frameup

The Associated Press reports that a man who died in prison after being framed by mobsters who were FBI informants has been posthumously exonerated by the Massachusetts courts.

Judge Nancy Gertner of the District of Massachusetts recently ruled that a lawsuit against the United States based on the frame up may proceed.  Opinion here:

Jack Chin

November 10, 2004 in DOJ News, Exoneration Innocence Accuracy | Permalink | Comments (0)