U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Justice Department: Alabama Prisons Violate U.S. Constitution—Reaction Added

Alabama's actions are "A failure to respect the rule of law".

“The United States Constitution bans ‘cruel and unusual punishments’ but the conditions found in our investigation of Alabama prisons provide reasonable cause to believe there is a flagrant disregard of that injunction,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Moore. “The failure to respect the rule of law by providing humane treatment for inmates”   All three U.S. Attorneys in Alabama have agreed…

HB 1 would restore the Voting Rights Act

Bill woud put Alabama elections back under Dept. of Justice review.

     A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013 did away with the requirement that the U.S. Justice Department approve any election law changes in Alabama and other mostly Southern States that had a history of preventing minority voters from casting ballots. Now the very first bill introduced in the newly Democratic majority U.S. House would restore that Voting Rights Act….

Federal Grants to Alabama—Domestic Violence

ADECA

  Federal funding sent from the U.S. Department of Justice to Alabama is going to be used for a variety of domestic violence programs. That includes some organizations in the Black Belt. Family Resource Center of Northwest Alabama (Walker County) – $22,160 for emergency shelter, case management and out-of-shelter services. The organization will also expand services to include an office…

Federal Judge Swats Aetna-Humana Insurer Combo

A federal judge has rejected health insurer Aetna’s plan to buy rival Humana for about $34 billion and become a major player in the market for Medicare Advantage coverage. U.S. District Judge John Bates says in an opinion filed Monday that he largely agrees with federal regulators who contended that such a combination would hurt competition. An Aetna spokesman says…

Loretta Lynch to Give Speech in Birmingham Ahead of MLK Day

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will deliver her final speech as attorney general in Birmingham at 16th Street Baptist Church. The Sunday speech will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. and comes on the eve of the national holiday named for King. Lynch has served as attorney general in the Obama administration since 2015. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the…