CJ Ciaramella

Watchdog Group Calls for Ethics Investigation of Baldwin

Wisconsin senator accused of cover-up of lack of action in Tomah VA scandal

Calls are mounting for the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) for her alleged cover-up of her office’s handling of a scandal at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin.

New Mexico Ends Civil Asset Forfeiture

Asset forfeiture under fire from civil liberties groups

Gov. Susana Martinez (R.) of New Mexico signed a bill into law Friday ending the state’s civil asset forfeiture program, making New Mexico the latest state to rein in the practice.

VA Settles Three More Whistleblower Retaliation Cases

Whistleblowers tried to report sexual harassment, data manipulation, questionable medical practices

VA whistleblowers who tried to report sexual harassment, data manipulation, and questionable medical practices were threatened with suspensions, moved to a basement offices, and in one case denied leave to care for a terminally ill parent, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

Justice Department Curbs Use of Asset Forfeiture to Seize Bank Accounts

Practice funnels hundreds of millions of dollars a year to police departments

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Justice Department will restrict the use of civil asset forfeiture laws to seize bank accounts, the latest in a series of moves by the Justice Department to curb the controversial practice of asset forfeiture.

Marijuana Bill Gains Cosponsors in House and Senate

Four Democrats, three Republicans add their names to CARERS Act in House

A bill legalizing medical marijuana at the federal level gained several new bipartisan cosponsors Tuesday, with four Democrats and three Republicans in the House adding their names as cosponsors of the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act.