The Heritage Foundation would eliminate the Office of Community Policing Services (COPS) and Violence Against Women (VAWA) grants that help crime victims. Yet Donald Trump has promised to support police interests and women’s groups support VAWA aid.
At least three moderate Senate Democrats may oppose Jeff Sessions’ nomination as attorney general because he voted against the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization in 2013, when new provisions were included that made it easier to prosecute domestic violence against Native American women.
Outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch says consent decree outlining Baltimore police reforms will “live on,” but legal analysts say the administration of President-elect Donald Trump could undermine it.
In an analysis of the attorney general-designate’s criminal justice record, the New York University-based center says he “opposes efforts to reduce unnecessarily long federal prison sentences for nonviolent crimes, despite a consensus for reform within his own party.”
Federal law enforcement agencies are told to document an eyewitness’s confidence an identification at the moment it is made. DOJ also encourages “blind” photo arrays of suspects, in which the agent leading the ID session doesn’t know which photo represents the prime suspect.
Law professors from 170 schools cite Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions alleged racially charged statements from decades ago. Spokeswoman for Sessions, scheduled for confirmation hearings next week, calls criticism “business as usual for… far-left academics.”