By David Burnham
The U.S. division of Justice is an establishment of colossal achieve and tool over the yank humans, with little oversight into its inner operations. This publication examines the ways in which legal professionals common, FBI administrators, federal prosecutors and different Justice division officers have usually abused their powers to accomplish political ambitions instead of pursuing justice. Its caution continues to be as proper within the electronic post-9/11 period of the improved nationwide safeguard kingdom because it used to be within the days of J. Edgar Hoover.
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In drug cases, half were found guilty and two out of five went to prison. Of all the 2,191 individual criminal matters and cases dealt with in that first full week of May 1993, almost half, 46 percent, resulted in a finding of guilt, while only about one third, 32 percent, ended up being sentenced to prison. THE CIVIL SIDE Although it is often forgotten by the public and press, the Justice Department has civil, as well as criminal, enforcement responsibilities. One distinction between the two is that individuals found guilty of a crime can be sent to prison while those found liable in a civil proceeding cannot.
Attorneys and attorneys general have either been young lawyers who see these attention-gathering jobs as the perfect springboard to higher political office, or older men who are buddies of the president. Recent examples of the former are Rudolph Giuliani in New York, James Thompson in Illinois, William F. Weld in Massachusetts and Richard Thornburgh in Pennsylvania. When it comes to the challenging job of running the Justice Department, professional competence has seldom been a concern of either party.
19 That’s it. Unlike the three secretaries, the early attorneys general were not administrators with a department to run and a single, clear, legally mandated loyalty to the president. Instead, the law said, the attorney general had different kinds of duties: advise the president on the nuances of law and represent the government in the Supreme Court. Thus, from the very beginning, the attorney general was an unusual hybrid with inherently conflicting loyalties. As an officer of the court, the goal was justice.
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