• Reorganizing Executive Office for Immigration Review Is No ‘Power Grab.’

    It seems that any change to the status quo in the immigration policy arena is going to upset someone these days, even if the changes are innocuous good governance and efficiency-driven initiatives.

    Take the Trump administration’s interim rule to amend the regulations related to the internal organization of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, announced Aug. 23.

    It proposed minor clarifications and changes to the rules related to the Office of Policy, the Office of the General Counsel, and the Office of Legal Access Programs. It also updated the organizational chart and provided more delegation of authority from the attorney general to the director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review in order to efficiently dispose of cases.… Read More...

  • Answers May Be Coming in the Jussie Smollett Case

    Answers May Be Coming in the Jussie Smollett Case

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant, as the old saying goes. And that’s exactly what one retired Illinois appeals court judge wants to use to get to the bottom of why, and how, Kim Foxx handled the Jussie Smollett case the way she did.

    In an April 1 Chicago Tribune op-ed, retired judge Sheila O’Brien wrote that the judiciary ought to appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of Foxx’s “mishandling” of the Smollett case. And last week, O’Brien urged a judge from outside of Cook County (Chicago) to appoint a special prosecutor.

    We previously bemoaned the lack of transparency in the Smollett case here and here, so it’s refreshing to see a distinguished attorney and judge call for a complete airing of the sordid affair.… Read More...