Justice Department Pressing Judges to Expand Patriot Act

Friday, 26 Nov 2010 06:29 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Justice Department wants Congress to widen -- or at least clarify -- the authority of federal judges to freeze U.S. assets that belong to suspected foreign criminals, The Wall Street Journal Reports.

eric,holder,justice,department,forfeituresTwo judges recently declined to exercise that power - despite Justice Department lawyers telling them they already have it under the Patriot Act - against a Brazilian banker and a former Russian politician, respectively, who are targets of criminal investigations in their native countries. In separate rulings, both judges said the Patriot Act does not authorize them to freeze assets linked to foreign crimes -- such as bank accounts, cars and real estate -- at the request of another government or on the basis of a temporary order by a foreign court.

So the Justice Department is asking Congress to revise Patriot Act language so that courts here can freeze allegedly tainted assets without having to wait for a final judgement by a foreign court. Justice Department officials say the tool is necessary to improve international law-enforcement cooperation and to keep the proceeds of overseas crime out of the United States.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

James Foley's Family: Pope's Call Comforted Us

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 12:19 PM

The parents of slain American journalist James Foley said a call from Pope Francis gave the family great comfort followi . . .

Yellen: Fed Sees 'Significant' Under-Use of Labor Resources

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 10:22 AM

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said slack remains in the U.S. labor market even after gains made during the five yea . . .

Russia Convoy Enters Ukraine Without Kiev's Consent

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 10:17 AM

Russia's decision to send a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine without Kiev's consent or an esc . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved