This week saw a departure from the Department of Justice, a new memo from the President, and much more. Read on for this week’s news roundup!
1. Deputy Attorney General resigns
On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resigned his post effective May 11th. As Deputy Attorney General, Rosenstein handled many important aspects of the law including the day-to-day running of all U.S. Attorneys.
2. Massachusetts State Judge indicted on helping a defendant avoid ICE officer
A sitting Massachusetts State Judge and retired Court Officer were indicted on federal charges of obstruction for allegedly helping a defendant leave the courthouse to avoid an ICE officer. Both the Judge and the Court Office pled not guilty to the charges.
Read more at NPR.
3. President Trump proposes new changes to the asylum process
On Tuesday, President Trump issued a memo proposing changes to the immigration process for those seeking asylum. The memo requires Attorney General Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan to draft new regulations within 90 days that would, among other things, increase fees for those seeking asylum and remove work authorization for some applicants.
Read more at NPR.
4. Fourth Circuit panel rules ICE agent can’t be sued
A 3-judge panel of the 4th Circuit ruled this week that ICE agents can’t be sued for damages under the 4th Amendment. The ruling stemmed from two 2017 instances where ICE detained individuals, including a U.S. citizen, while posing as police.
On behalf of those detained, the Legal Aid Justice Center argued that the detention by ICE violated the Constitutional right against unlawful searches and seizures. The 3-judge panel disagreed, stating that ICE doesn’t operate in the arena of criminal law.
Read more at The Washington Post.
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