Toward an Independent Administration of Justice: Proposals to Insulate the Department of Justice from Improper Political Interference
24 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2020 Last revised: 21 Nov 2020
Date Written: January 15, 2020
The rule of law is undermined when political and personal interests motivate criminal prosecutions. This report by Fordham Law School's Democracy Clinic advances proposals for ensuring that the federal criminal justice system is administered uniformly based on the facts and the law. It recommends a law preventing the president from interfering in specific prosecutions, another law establishing responsibilities for prosecutors who receive improper orders, and new conflict of interest regulations for Department of Justice officials.
Keywords: Department of Justice; Presidential Powers; US Constitution; Federal Law Enforcement
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