Bob Muse, a veteran of the Iran-Contra, Filegate, Whitewater and WorldCom scandals who began as a staff attorney on the Senate Watergate Committee, joins Cunningham Levy LLP, and adds his name to the marquee.
A North Carolina jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of a police officer who shot an unarmed black man 10 times in the back and the judge dismissed the case in late August.
Police cruiser dashboard camera footage showed the suspect rapidly approaching the car but did not capture the 13 shots fired by the officer, or the 10 that struck the deceased.
In defense, the officer claimed the suspect tried to grab his gun. The jury voted 8-4 to acquit, and the attorney general said he would not retry the officer due, in part, to lack of evidence.
We will never know what really happened that night. Had the officer been wearing a body-worn video camera (BWC), we might. (Keep Reading)
By ERIC TUCKER
WASHINGTON (AP) – As the Justice Department opens a civil rights investigation into the chokehold death of an unarmed man in New York City, the prosecutor in charge of the probe is juggling another high-profile role: designated heir to Eric Holder as the nation’s attorney general.
The dual positions have placed Loretta Lynch in a public spotlight ahead of Senate confirmation hearings, a period of time when cabinet nominees normally seek a lower profile to avoid providing fodder for critics. She’ll inevitably be questioned about the investigation into Eric Garner’s death, an obvious priority for a Justice Department seeking to address concerns about police use of force and racial bias in law enforcement.
“This case is going to gain public notoriety either way. That she’s handling it certainly gives another reason for people to talk about it,” said Joshua Levy, a Washington lawyer and former counsel to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider Lynch’s nomination.
American officials respond to James Foley’s mother’s claims that she was threatened by government officials. Bryan Cunningham comments on the Hostage negotiations which cost James Foley his life. Watch now
By by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Friday, September 12, 2014
Something unusual happened in an Oakland federal court this summer. The U.S. Government, concerned that classified national security information had been disclosed in a courtroom crowded with reporters and spectators, asked the court to modify the public record, as though the words had never been said at all, but the government later decided no classified information had been disclosed, so the issue became moot.
The United States Supreme Court overlooked the birth of the pager, the car phone, the cell phone, the Internet, social media, GPS and other ubiquitous tracking of individuals, and the cloud. With its 2012 decision in United States v. Jones, limiting the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices, it appeared that at least a majority of the justices had awakened at least enough to notice that technology had changed the world.
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Partner Bryan Cunningham consults CNN on the thousands of missing IRS emails belonging to Lois Lerner—the woman who headed the IRS division that targeted political groups applying for tax-exempt status. Watch now
For decades, the People’s Republic of China has pursued a kind of cyberwar against its perceived enemies, including the Dalai Lama, India, Western countries generally, and, with special vigor, the United States. On May 1st, America launched its first publicly-known counterattack, not with bullets or bits, or bytes, but with words. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted five named People’s Liberation Army officers for economic espionage targeted at U.S. companies in the nuclear power, solar energy, and metals sectors.
Much has been written in recent years about the benefits and risks of “free” cloud services monetized by providers mining the private data of users. These risks are particularly acute in some government cases, e.g., education applications mining the data of students, and applications used by law enforcement and national security agencies. I, along with others, have recommended that government entities include clauses in contracts with cloud providers prohibiting data mining. Some governmental contracting authorities have embraced this remedy.