National

A Lame Civil Rights Record

(Politico) – Civil rights leaders and community activists cheered when Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Thursday that the Justice Department would be investigating the Ferguson Police Department for possible civil rights violations—a move prompted by the August 9 shooting death of an Read More

Business

US, SunTrust Announce Nearly $1B Settlement

ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — SunTrust has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion to resolve allegations that it underwrote and endorsed faulty mortgage loans, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The $968 million settlement, reached with the Justice Department and other government agencies, will Read More

National

Proposed Tobacco Settlement Excludes Black Media

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund have reached an agreement with the four major tobacco companies that requires them to spend more than $30 million advertising with the three major television networks and Read More

Business

JPMorgan, Justice Dept. Reach $13B Settlement

[USA Today] Banking giant JPMorgan Chase Tuesday finalized a record $13 billion settlement of multiple investigations over toxic mortgage investments such as those that helped spark the 2008 financial crisis. The agreement announced by the U.S. Department of Justice and state officials in New York Read More

Business

Chevy Chase Bank to Pay Minority Borrowers $2.85 Million

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Chevy Chase Bank agreed to pay $2.85 million to Black and Latino borrowers, following allegations of discriminatory home lending practices. The Maryland-based bank joins Wells Fargo and Bank of America as banking institutions that paid out Read More

Business

Pentagon to Permit Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it will make health care, housing and other benefits available to same-sex spouses of military members by Sept. 3. The Pentagon said Wednesday that it reached the decision after consulting with the Justice Department, following the Supreme Court’s ruling Read More

National

Justice Department Gets Smart on Crime

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In a stunning turn in criminal justice policy, Attorney General Eric Holder announced steps the Justice Department will take to address over population in federal prisons by changing mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines and pushing non-violent drug Read More

Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder Denounces ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

[The Washington Post] ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned “stand your ground” laws Tuesday, saying the measures “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense” and may encourage “violent situations to escalate.” The statutes, which have been enacted in more than 30 states, Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Justice Denied

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, is as important as the killing of White mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest. – Ella Baker, Leading Mentor of Black Youth, including the Student Nonviolent Read More

Politics

Voting Rights Advocates Face Uphill Battle

Kimberlé Crenshaw says voting rights advocates must move beyond the status quo by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, striking down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, civil Read More