Justice Dept.: Human Beings Need Sleep, So Stop Fining Them for Sleeping Outside

Jay Hathaway · 08/13/15 01:02PM

Human beings need sleep. Homeless people are human beings. Therefore, homeless people need sleep and shouldn’t be banned from getting it in what is often the only place they can: outdoors. That’s the simple argument the Justice Department is making in a case out of Boise, Idaho, one of the many U.S. cities with inadequate shelter space that have nonetheless attempted to bar unhoused people from sleeping outside.

Adam Weinstein · 02/10/14 03:09PM

Eric Holder "told me that he will leave office sometime this year," Jeffrey Toobin writes in the latest issue of The New Yorker. Holder, the first African-American attorney general in U.S. history and a favorite punching-bag of conservatives, has long been rumored to be on his way out at the Justice Department.

Cord Jefferson · 05/14/13 06:16PM

After the Justice Department responded tersely to an AP letter questioning the government's decision to seize its phone records, the wire service has published a new letter saying the DoJ's explanation "does not adequately address our concerns."

The Government's Horrifying Censorship of a Music Blog

Ryan Tate · 12/08/11 06:39PM

More than a year ago, the music blog was shut down for supposedly abetting online piracy. The feds gave no warning, no due process, no trial, and kept all supposed court orders under seal. But that's not the even the most fucked up part.

Feds Celebrate Cyber Monday With Massive Domain Name Seizure

Lauri Apple · 11/26/11 01:49PM

Bad news: The federal government has once again made it harder to find the best online shopping spots for all your counterfeit sports jersey and fake Louis Vuitton bag holiday shopping needs. Why? Because they want your family's holiday gift-giving experience to be authentic.

Senators Already Trying to Shutter Online Drug Market

Lauri Apple · 06/05/11 03:47PM

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are asking the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice to "do something" about Silk Road, the go-to website for illegal drug-takers who appreciate convenience. They don't like the site's user interface.