Several law scholars have joined in the effort to back Chicago's suit against the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ"). Thirteen legal scholars from law schools across the U.S. argue that the executive branch lacks the authority to impose conditions to receive federal aid through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program ("Byrne JAG"), administered by the Office of Justice Programs's Bureau of Justice Assistance, which provides federal criminal justice funding to state, local and tribal jurisdictions.
The DOJ says these conditions are consistent with long-established cooperative principles among law enforcement agencies, and firmly states the Department will only provide Byrne JAG grants to cities and states that comply with federal law.
Barack Ferrazzano Litigation Partner and Pro Bono Committee Chair Ed Malone is a member of the legal team representing the law scholars.
Click here to read this article on Law360.com.