Trump’s Justice Dept. Sues California Again

For the second time in as many months, the U.S. Department of Justice has sued the state of California.

The DOJ filed a lawsuit against California officials Monday, claiming a state law that gives California the power to veto sales of federal land to private landholders is unconstitutional. California Senate Bill 50, which passed last year, gives the state the right to purchase any federal land the U.S. government attempts to sell to private landowners.

The DOJ complaint claims “the law discriminates against the United States and delays and otherwise obstructs conveyances of real property owned by the United States, including by creating a potential cloud on marketable title.”

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Feds launch investigation into Orange County D.A.’s Office, Sheriff’s Department over jailhouse informants

As reported by the Orange County Register:

The U.S. Department of Justice launched a civil rights investigation of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department on Thursday over allegations that prosecutors and deputies withhold evidence and use jailhouse informants to illegally obtain confessions.

The investigation, announced by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, comes after years of complaints from local defense attorneys that the district attorney and sheriff’s deputies routinely cheat in court, misuse informants and secretly tape conversations in jails to get convictions. While there have been high-profile federal investigations into police agencies, the Justice Department rarely investigates prosecutors.

In January, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who has denied intentional wrongdoing, wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch saying his office would welcome a federal investigation. The office issued a statement Thursday saying it would cooperate with investigators and expects to be exonerated. …

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