Federal Judge Blocks DOJ’s Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement From Publishing Report

The Federal Docket

October 12, 2020

Earlier this month, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. issued an order halting the work of President Trump and the DOJ’s Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice. The order includes a prohibition on the Commission releasing a report of its findings and recommendations, which it had been slated to do right before the 2020 Election. The judge held that the commission had violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act since it was not transparent in its work and included almost exclusively law enforcement representatives and no meaningful input from criminal defense attorneys, advocacy groups, or other organizations to provide a balanced membership on the commission. Accordingly, it failed to be “fairly balanced” as required by statute.

The news comes after an elected DA from Minnesota quit the group and publicly criticized the Commission of advancing a pro-law enforcement agenda and “tough-on-crime” policies.

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Tom Church - Tom is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on criminal defense and civil trials. Tom is the author of "The Federal Docket" and is a contributor to Mercer Law Review's Annual Survey in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines and criminal law. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School where he served as a research assistant to the faculty in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Read Tom's reviews on AVVO. Follow Tom on Linkedin.

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