department of justice

The strange death of Lennon Lacy: Another lynching mistaken for suicide?

December 5, 2014 - The August hanging death of a black teen in a small North Carolina town was quickly ruled a suicide, but the conclusion is being challenged by the victim's family and an independent pathologist hired by the N.C. NAACP. The incident is the latest in a disturbing series of hangings of black men that have some wondering whether lynchings have continued into the post-civil rights era.

Bankers gone wild (again)

November 14, 2014 - With North Carolina-based Bank of America and other big banks in trouble again -- this time over pursuing consumer debts that aren't legally collectable and manipulating foreign currency markets -- isn't it time for the Justice Department to stop allowing corporations to evade prosecution?

The environmental prosecution gap

August 25, 2014 - Following the $16 billion Justice Department settlement with North Carolina-based Bank of America for financial crimes, Dirt Diggers Digest looks at prosecution of corporate crime of another sort -- and finds less-than-vigorous prosecution for environmental offense.

After loss in court, NC voting rights activists turn attention to mobilizing in the streets

August 12, 2014 - Last week a federal judge denied a request to block North Carolina's restrictive new voting law from being enforced for this November's election. Voting rights activists say they'll redouble efforts to register African-American voters and help them turn out, with a mass voting rights rally planned for Raleigh on Aug. 28 -- the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Debunking the wild claims used to justify voter ID laws

August 8, 2014 - Proponents of voter ID laws say they're needed to prevent fraud, but a study of all reported cases of the kind of fraud they address found just 31 credible incidents over 14 years out of a billion ballots cast. But about 3,000 votes have been rejected for lack of ID in just four states with the nation's strictest voter ID laws, with blacks and the poor most at risk of disenfranchisement.