President Trump and his team continue to poke needles at the former Alabama senator, who at times during the presidential campaign was the rare politician of national standing willing to stand beside Trump. That history has not saved him from the petulant president’s ire.
A federal task force is expected to release a report next week that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking weed.
Jeff Sessions says police consent decrees are morale-killers for cops. But reporters in the handful of American cities that operate under the court-monitored agreements say they are working well and that Sessions is overplaying the issue of hurt feelings.
Ames Grawert of the Brennan Center says the attorney general’s rhetoric about an alleged crime wave will be used “to try to justify what the administration wants to do in rolling back some Obama-era criminal justice policies.”
Brentwood, Long Island, has become a hub of violence associated with MS-13, a gang with roots in Central America. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to travel there on Friday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo beat him to Brentwood by two days to announce an increase in state police operations in that area.
Will his minions in the U.S. Justice Department be willing to follow Jeff Sessions as he tries to lead American criminal justice back to the lock-’em-up days of the 1990s? Harvard’s Alex Whiting says, “I don’t know if he is really going to be able to persuade the department to follow his lead on this.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has canned a a commission of scientists and legal scholars charged with scrutinizing questionable forensic practices, including hair, handwriting and bite-mark analysis. The onus is now on defense attorneys to challenge such evidence on a case-by-case basis.
The U.S. Attorney General is turning back the clock on the use of questionable forensic practices, such as bite-mark testimony and comparisons of hair, handwriting, tire treads and footprints. New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer, who has written extensively about these practices, says they resemble magic more than science.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will expand the use of Project Exile, a program to reduce gun violence that FBI Director James Comey helped start in Richmond two decades ago when he was a federal prosecutor there. “We’ve seen a priority that’s slipped away from firearms on the federal level,” Sessions told law enforcement officials. “Firearms prosecutions have gone down. This downward trend is going to end.”