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  • emRestoring Justice The Speeches of Attorney General Edward Leviem
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    Restoring Justice: The Speeches of Attorney General Edward Levi

    Panelists talked about the career and examined the speeches of former Attorney General Edward Levi (1911-2000) who took office following the Wategate scandal. The panelists included…

  • Constitution and the Common Defense
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    Constitution and the Common Defense

    Former attorneys general talked about national security. Among the topics they addressed were presidential power, the application and role of international law, rights of detained individuals,…

  • Legal Rights of Terror Suspects
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    Legal Rights of Terror Suspects

    Former Attorney General John Ashcroft talked about the legal history concerning the right of habeus corpus. A federal appeals court had recently ruled that detainees held at Bagram Air Base…

  • Conservative Political Action Conference Afternoon Session
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    Conservative Political Action Conference, Afternoon Session

    Political leaders and conservative activists talked about the conservative moment and the Obama administration at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Among the topics addressed…

  • Guantanamo Bay and Interrogation Rules
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    Guantanamo Bay and Interrogation Rules

    Attorney General Ashcroft and others testified about the Department of Justice’s work and formulation of legal policies for the interrogation and detention of enemy combatants held at…

  • Corporate Settlement Agreements
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    Corporate Settlement Agreements

    Witnesses testified about the use of pre-trial prosecution agreements and deferred prosecution in corporate crime cases. Topics included the benefits and detriments of the agreements, the…

  • National Rifle Association Convention
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    National Rifle Association Convention

    The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual conference, on the theme of “Celebration of American Values,” featured 2008 presidential candidates and other national leaders who spoke about…

  • Surgeon General Confirmation
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    Surgeon General Confirmation

    Senators debated the nomination of Dr. David Satcher to the office of Surgeon General. The Senate later approved the nomination 63-35. This portion of debate was from the final hour of…

  • Justice Department Building Naming
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    Justice Department Building Naming

    President Bush and members of the Kennedy family participated in a ceremony renaming the Justice Department building after former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Speakers talked about…

  • Terrorism and Homeland Security
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    Terrorism and Homeland Security

    Former Attorney General John Ashcroft addressed the 25th annual spring meeting of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He talked about his experiences following September 11, 2001, terrorist…

  • Tobacco Legislation Debate
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    Tobacco Legislation Debate

    In an excerpt, Senators discussed the killing of tobacco legislation, and the manner in which it was done. Alternative legislation to curb teen smoking was also explored, as well as…

  • Role of Attorneys During War
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    Role of Attorneys During War

    President Bush spoke to attorneys about his decision to authorize military tribunals to try accused terrorists. He said the decision was made in the interests of national security and would…

  • Attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon Reaction
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    Attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon Reaction

    Cabinet officials spoke to reporters about federal responses to attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. Among the issues they addressed were law enforcements underway to…

  • September 11 Commission Intelligence
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    September 11 Commission: Intelligence

    Current and former law enforcement officials testified about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Among the topics they addressed were intelligence gathering and sharing…

  • Alito Nomination Hearings Reaction
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    Alito Nomination Hearings Reaction

    Senator Cornyn and former Attorney General Ashcroft spoke to reporters about the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Among the topics they…

  • Chief Justice Rehnquist Lying in Repose
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    Chief Justice Rehnquist Lying in Repose

    A portion of the day’s ceremony in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court where Chief Justice Rehnquist had been lying in repose was shown. During this portion President and Mrs. Bush and…

  • The Attorney General and Internal Security
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    The Attorney General and Internal Security

    John Ashcroft, the former Attorney General for the Bush Administration, talked about the role of the Attorney General and internal security at the Republican National Lawyers Association…

  • Leadership Issues
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    Leadership Issues

    Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft spoke on “Leadership in a Time of Crisis” at Regent University. Among the topics he addressed were the defense of freedom and democracy, responses…

  • Terrorism Crimes Prosecution
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    Terrorism Crimes Prosecution

    Attorney-General Ashcroft testified about legislative proposals designed to combat terrorism.

  • Outgoing Attorney General Remarks
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    Outgoing Attorney General Remarks

    After his introduction by former attorney general Meese, outgoing Attorney General Ashcroft talked about his time in office and his future plans. Topics included domestic security changes…

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