The Justice Department today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Walthill, Nebraska, alleging that the Village violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by denying Light of the World Gospel Ministries, a non-denominational, multi-ethnic Christian congregation, a permit to construct a new church in the Village. The suit alleges that the Village imposed a substantial burden on the church’s religious exercise without adequate justification and treated the church worse than comparable nonreligious assemblies and institutions.
Thank you for the introduction and your leadership.

The year is 1870.  Ulysses S. Grant is president.  Emerging from our Civil War, the Department of Justice is established with a founding charge to protect the civil rights of black Americans.  2020 is the Department’s sesquicentennial.     

“The theme of this year’s [Black History Month] observance, ‘African Americans and the Vote’”—the President’s Proclamation reminds us—coincides with [another] 150-year anniversary:  the ratification of the 15th Amendment.”  The Fifteenth Amendment provides that “The right of citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”  From its inception, the Justice Department set out to make the promise of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments a reality by, among other things, enforcing the Civil Rights Act of 1871, commonly, known as the “Anti‑Klan Act.” With citizenship and the vote, came the entry of blacks into the Congress—two black Senators representing Mississippi and black representatives from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. 

After a five-day trial, a federal jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, found defendant Alan Covington guilty on three hate crime charges stemming from an incident in which the defendant attacked three men with a metal pole because he believed the men were Mexican.
An employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) pleaded guilty today to charges related to his disclosure of classified national defense information (NDI) to two journalists in 2018 and 2019.
A husband and wife from Big Spring, Texas, were sentenced today to a combined 140 years in prison for crimes against multiple children.
The Department of Justice announced today that it is requiring Olympus Growth Fund VI L.P. (Olympus Fund VI), its portfolio company Liqui-Box Inc. (Liqui-Box), and DS Smith plc (DS Smith) to divest all of DS Smith’s dairy, post-mix, smoothie, and wine bag-in-box (BiB) product lines in the United States in order for Liqui-Box to proceed with its proposed acquisition of the Plastics Division of DS Smith. Without the divestiture, the proposed acquisition would eliminate competition between two of the primary suppliers of dairy, post-mix, smoothie, and wine BiBs in the United States.
Good morning, and thank you for the kind introduction. It is a great privilege to welcome not only my fellow enforcers from around the world, but other distinguished faculty, and participants from the cartel bar. As I think we all recognize, this workshop has become a premier event in the world of international cartel enforcement, and today I am especially pleased to see it return to the United States for the first time in 12 years, here in San Francisco.


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