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U.S. Attorney’s Office creates civil rights task force

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana has created the first Indiana-based initiative in the district to increase and improve local efforts in protecting residents’ civil rights.

The Civil Rights Task Force, announced by U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett Monday, is a change from how civil rights matters are traditionally handled. The Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., with assistance from local attorneys in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, typically handles those cases.

This change in strategy means the U.S. Attorney’s Office is taking a more proactive role in litigating, investigating and prosecuting civil rights matters. The task force will partner with law enforcement and local advocacy groups and meet regularly to coordinate investigations in allegations of criminal or civil violations, as well as build good will in the community.

As part of the initiative, the office created a new federal civil rights complaint form, which is available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/ins/.

Assistant U.S. attorneys from the criminal and civil divisions within the office will head the group.

 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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