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Dan Levine

City of San Francisco threatens court action over Trump's acting Attorney General

1:15pm EST

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco's city attorney on Monday questioned the recent appointment of a new acting attorney general, saying in a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice that his office may take court action if the DOJ does not provide a legal justification for the designation.

Exclusive: In test case, U.S. fails to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls - sources

Sep 28 2018

SAN FRANCISCO U.S. investigators failed in a recent courtroom effort to force Facebook to wiretap voice calls over its Messenger app in a closely watched test case, according to two people briefed on the sealed ruling.

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources

Aug 17 2018

SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. | Video

Concerns over U.S. court backlog grow with rising border prosecutions

May 09 2018

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO At the height of President Barack Obama's crackdown on illegal crossings from Mexico seven years ago, San Diego's federal courts were so clogged that immigrants arrested near the border sometimes slept on the floor of border patrol stations for days before seeing a judge. | Video

U.S. jury convicts former Autonomy executive of fraud over HP deal

Apr 30 2018

SAN FRANCISCO A U.S. jury on Monday convicted the former chief financial officer of British software company Autonomy of wire fraud and other crimes related to claims by the government that he inflated the firm's value before its sale to Hewlett Packard, a Justice Department spokesman said.

Liberals on top U.S. court ask if Trump travel waivers just 'window dressing'

Apr 25 2018

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices sought assurances on Wednesday that the Trump administration's policy for granting medical or other exceptions to a ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries amounted to more than window dressing.

Appeals court rules against U.S. on funds for sanctuary cities

Apr 19 2018

A federal appeals court on Thursday said the U.S. Justice Department cannot deny public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration.

U.S. sues California over law trying to curb federal land sales

Apr 02 2018

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Justice Department sued California over a state law that aims to stop the Trump administration from selling or transferring federal lands to private corporations, hitting the state with yet another legal challenge.

U.S. women dockworkers accuse shippers, union of discrimination

Mar 29 2018

SAN FRANCISCO Four women dockworkers have filed federal discrimination claims against the shippers' association that runs 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast, saying they unfairly lost pay and seniority after becoming pregnant.

U.S. ends presumed freedom for pregnant immigrants

Mar 29 2018

SAN FRANCISCO U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said on Thursday it would no longer presume that many pregnant women detained by immigration authorities should be released from custody, reversing an Obama-era directive.

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