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Conyers & Nadler Urge Supreme Court to Preserve Critical Legal Tool in the Fight Against Housing and Lending Discrimination

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. At the heart of this case is whether disparate impact – a metho... Read more »

Conyers, Nadler, and Petri Reintroduce the Bipartisan State Secrets Protection Act

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and Congressman Tom Petri (R-Wisc.), reintroduced legislation that would ensure meaningful judicial determination of the state secrets privilege. The bipartisan State Secrets Protect... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Nomination of Jeh Johnson to Become Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

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Today, President Obama announced the nomination of Jeh Johnson to become the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security following the retirement of Janet Napolitano. Mr. Johnson most recently served as the general counsel for the Department of Defense. After the nomination was announced, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “I congratulate Jeh Johnson ... Read more »

Conyers Calls on DOJ to Bring Justice in the Case of Alex Odeh

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) joined Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.); Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC); Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of the Jewish Voice for Peace, in calling for the Department of Justice to bring... Read more »

Conyers Condemns Threats to Judiciary at Forum on the Government Shutdown and Sequestration

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Yesterday, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Democratic members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a forum on the impact of the government shutdown and sequestration on the provision of justice in the United States. Participants in the forum were: James R. Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association; the Honorable W. Royal Furgeson, Jr., a retired federal district judg... Read more »

Conyers Warns of Dire Prospects for Federal Government and the Nation in Face of Government Shutdown

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement concerning the shutdown of the federal government, including the federal Judiciary: “Following the election of the Republican majority to Congress in 2010, we have careened from one manufactured fiscal crisis to another. At midnight last night, House Republicans forc... Read more »

Judiciary Democrats Deliver Letter to Chairman Goodlatte Calling for Hearings on Gun Violence

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Today, all of the Democratic members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) calling for hearings on gun violence. A copy of this letter is attached and the body of the message can be found below: --- September 20, 2013 Chairman Bob Goodlatte House Judiciary Committee 2138 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Goodlatte: Afte... Read more »

MEDIA ADVISORY: Conyers Announces Forum on Legal Implications of Detroit’s Bankruptcy Filing; Forum To Be Moderated by Professor Michael Eric Dyson

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(DETROIT) – This Saturday, September 7th, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will be holding a forum to discuss legal and other implications of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. The forum will be held at the Fellowship Chapel in Detroit at 3 pm, and will be moderated by acclaimed scholar and commentator Professor Michael Eric Dyson. Participants in the forum will include key public officials, lega... Read more »

Conyers Lauds President Obama’s Speech at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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Fifty years ago in 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King inspired a nation by declaring a vision of an America where all men were created equal and entitled to the promises of the Constitution. Yesterday, thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that marked the turning of the tide in the civil rights movement. Following the events, C... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Attorney General’s Efforts to Block Discriminatory Texas Voter ID Law

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Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit challenging the strict voter identification law implemented by the state of Texas in the wake of suspension of the Section 5 preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act. In its complaint, DOJ alleges that the voter ID provision was adopted with discriminatory purpose, and will have the result, of denying or abridging the right to vote... Read more »