‘The personal attacks on our judges and prosecutors must cease,’ says ABA president

BY AMANDA ROBERT–ABA Journal
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“The personal attacks on our judges and prosecutors must cease,” Martinez said, receiving a standing ovation. “No one, no one, should interfere with the fair administration of justice.

“And no one, no one, should have to live in fear for following the law and upholding our Constitution.”

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New York Sues the Trump Administration Over “Trusted Traveler” Eligibility

| Michael C. Dorf | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia
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 … a lawsuit filed last week by New York’s Attorney General Letitia James alleges that the Trump administration is punishing New Yorkers in an illicit attempt to coerce the state into changing its policy of granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and not voluntarily sharing information with federal immigrations officials.
 
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William Barr’s actions spark unease among US prosecutors – CNNPolitics

Barr reportedly interceded to settle a case with a Turkish bank on behalf of Trump and Turkey’s president.
 
By Erica Orden and Kara Scannell, CNN

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Berman has bristled at those demands, according to these people, and has repeatedly pushed for actions on certain politically sensitive cases in opposition to Justice Department leadership, most notably the indictment in October of the state-owned Turkish bank, Halkbank.
According to a person familiar with the discussions, Barr personally spearheaded an effort last year to negotiate a settlement with the bank that would have allowed it to sidestep an indictment after Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pressed Trump in a bid to avoid charges. Berman, however, insisted on criminal prosecution, according to the people familiar with the matter.
A spokesman for the Manhattan US attorney’s office declined to comment for this story.
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DOJ Alumni Statement on the Events Surrounding the Sentencing of Roger Stone

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In an open letter released Sunday, the former officials say Barr broke Justice Department rules when he overruled federal prosecutors in Stone’s criminal case, seeking a far more lenient sentence than the potential nine years prosecutors originally recommended. (AOL.com)
 
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‘Only the Beginning?’: US AG Barr’s Role in Roger Stone Sentencing Roils City Bar and Ex-Prosecutors | New York Law Journal

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“Recent actions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, a component of the United States Department of Justice, raise serious questions about whether the Department of Justice is making prosecutorial decisions based not on neutral principles but in order to protect President Trump’s supporters and friends,” the group said in its letter. “In our criminal justice system, a single standard must apply to all who are accused or convicted of violating the law–unequal treatment based on political influence is to be deplored in all cases but is especially dangerous if it emanates from the presidency.”
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