Attorney General Racine's Testimony on FY14 to FY15 Performance Oversight

March 4, 2015
Room 500
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today said that his office was reviewing a decision by D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz awarding $9.15 million dollars to a plaintiff, Kirk Odom, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 22 years. The judgment was entered against the District government under the Unjust Imprisonment Act, a law permitting wrongfully-convicted and imprisoned plaintiffs to collect damages from the District without having to prove fault – even when the plaintiff was tried by federal prosecutors.

The District’s Unjust

Washington, DC – A DC Superior Court judge has preliminarily approved a settlement agreement that significantly reduces court oversight and monitoring in a three-decade-old class-action lawsuit on behalf of children confined in District of Columbia juvenile-detention facilities, Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) Acting Director Clinton Lacey announced today. The case is known as Jerry M., et al. v. District of Columbia, et al.

Under the agreement signed yesterday by Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr., several

Washington DC – Today, under the direction of Attorney General Karl A. Racine, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) released a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) document regarding Initiative 71 and other District laws related to marijuana. The document aims to clarify the state of the law in the District after Initiative 71, which legalizes the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana in certain limited circumstances, became effective today.

“In concert with our colleagues in the Mayor’s office and on the Council, we wanted to ensure that

Washington, DC – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Members of Congress and members of their staff obtaining health insurance coverage through the DC Health Link Small Group Marketplace, Attorney General Karl A. Racine and DC Health Benefit Exchange Executive Director Mila Kofman announced today.

DC Superior Court Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. ruled yesterday on a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch on behalf of District resident Kirby Vining. In his ruling, the judge concluded that “the defendant exchange authority’s action in allowing

Washington, DC –  Yesterday, Attorney General Karl A. Racine welcomed his peers from around the nation to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Winter Meeting with a call for more self-determination and full voting rights for the District.

“The District of Columbia deserves full autonomy,” Attorney General Racine said. “While our residents pay federal taxes, serve on federal juries, and fight in our nation’s wars, we are denied a voting voice on Capitol Hill. It’s simply unconscionable that the 660,000 residents of this city do not enjoy the

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today thanked Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for introducing the District of Columbia Local Prosecutor Establishment Act of 2015 – versions of which she has introduced in previous sessions of Congress. The legislation would establish a local prosecutor’s office, designated under local law to prosecute all local crimes in the District. All adult felonies and most adult misdemeanor offenses are currently handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District.
“I want to thank Congresswoman Norton

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that the District has joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 10 states in filing a complaint asserting that the proposed merger between Sysco and US Foods – the nation’s two largest broadline food-service distributors – would violate federal antitrust law. The two companies control 80 percent of the market in the Washington/Baltimore area.

The complaint – filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia – alleges the proposed merger would significantly reduce

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that he was naming Leftwich & Ludaway LLC Managing Member Natalie Ludaway as his Chief Deputy Attorney General. In the role, Ms. Ludaway will serve as the Attorney General’s deputy.  

“Natalie is a brilliant attorney who has managed a top-quality law firm for nearly two decades, and her experience will serve the District well as we continue to build a first-rate public law firm here at the Office of the Attorney General,” Attorney General Racine said. “I have known Natalie for years,

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that he had tapped civic leader Robert White, a former at-large candidate for DC Council and an attorney with extensive experience at the local and federal levels, as the Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) Director of Community Outreach.

In the position, Mr. White will lead OAG’s newly expanded efforts in connecting with civic, community, neighborhood and labor leaders and responding to the concerns of residents and stakeholders.

“Robert brings extensive experience and understanding