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Conyers Commends DOJ for Important Step in Federal Profiling Policy

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Yesterday the Department of Justice issued an updated policy statement to curb the risks of unlawful profiling by federal law enforcement agencies. Building on the 2003 guidance issued by the Bush administration, the new policy expands covered classifications to include gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity and includes activities related to national security an... Read more »

Senior House Judiciary Democrats, Outraged by Torture Report, Call for Hearings

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Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a redacted summary of its 6,000-page report on the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency. The report concludes that the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques in the years following the attacks of September 11, 2001 did not effectively assist the agency in acquiring intelligence or in gaining cooperation from detaine... Read more »

Conyers, Scott and Johnson Seek Complete Accounting of Police Tactics & Training from DOJ

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As President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder begin to act on recommendations of an administration review of federal programs and funding that provide military equipment to local law enforcement agencies; and discussions begin on how communities and law enforcement can work together to build trust to strengthen neighborhoods across the country, Reps. John Conyers (MI-13), Bobby Scott (VA-03... Read more »

House Passes Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2014

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Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5421, the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2014 (FIBA), by a voice vote. FIBA is the product of the Judiciary Committee’s multi-year examination of the ability of the bankruptcy laws to resolve a failing financial institution. FIBA incorporates the recommendations of hearing witnesses, regulators and other experts in addition to the record of ... Read more »

House Judiciary Committee Seeks Update on Judge Fuller Investigation

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) sent a letter to Chief Judge Ed Carnes and Judge Gerald Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit regarding the arrest and the ongoing prosecution of Middle District of Alabama Judge Mark Fuller in Atlanta, Georgia for a violation of state criminal law. Following the laws... Read more »

Five Major Sports Leagues Respond to Congressional Letter on Domestic Violence Policies

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Tags: Antitrust

Earlier this year on September 10, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. and eleven other House Judiciary Democrats issued a letter to the National Football League (NFL) raising questions as to how the league handled the Ray Rice situation and about their domestic violence polices. Also copied on the letter were the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), Majo... Read more »

Conyers Urges Peace in Pursuit of Justice after Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

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DETROIT – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. released the following statement after the announcement of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson: “Though the judicial process was fully exercised in this case, I am disappointed in the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, a... Read more »

Conyers Supports President Obama Taking Critical 1st Step Toward Improving Our Broken Immigration System

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. released the following statement in support of President Obama’s impending announcement that he will exercise his authority under existing law to improve our broken immigration system through executive action: “President Obama has the authority, under the U.S. Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act, to improve our broken immi... Read more »

Conyers Still Supports USA Freedom Act Blocked by Senate Republicans

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., released the following statement after the Senate fell two votes short of ending debate on the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014. The 58-42 vote effectively cuts off any prospect of surveillance reform in the 113th Congress. The USA FREEDOM Act would have introduced sweeping reforms to various government surveillance programs, including the ... Read more »

Conyers Statement on Nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. released the following statement today on President Obama’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, Eastern District of New York, to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States: “Loretta Lynch is an accomplished and committed public servant who has proven that she can withstand various challenges in the pursuit of justice... Read more »