Britany Riley  //  7/23/17  //  Topic Update


In a recent speech to the National District Attorneys Association, Attorney General Sessions said that the United States is facing “a multi-front battle” involving violent crime and the opioid epidemic. (Sentencing Law & Policy).

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has published an op-ed defending the Department of Justice’s new policy instructing federal prosecutors to seek the most serious possible charges in all cases (SF Chronicle).  

Sessions released new guidance expanding federal asset forfeiture programs (APThe Hill, WaPo).

  • The new guidance is here
  • The Attorney General’s order is here
  • The DOJ press release is here
  • Kanya Bennett (ACLU) objects to the new policy as unjust. 

Senator Kamala Harris publicly criticized Session’s tough on crime approach (The Hill). 

Congresswoman Maxine Waters called for the recusal of Sessions from the DOJ investigation into Deutsche Bank (The Hill).

Despite sharp criticism from President Trump regarding his decision to recuse himself from investigations in Russian interference in the election, Sessions plans to remain in his position (NYTWaPo).

  • The Attorney General should resign in the face the President’s blatant disregard for federal law enforcement, argues Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare
  • Jack Goldsmith disagrees at Lawfare

Protecting an FBI Director from firing without good cause has merit, argues Andrew Kent at Lawfare.


Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The White House conducts a "listening session" with criminal justice reform advocates focused on prisoner re-entry. The Justice Department is heightening efforts to increase the use of capital punishment.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

The Attorney General announced stepped-efforts to address the opioid crisis.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School