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The building that houses the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is pictured in 2015. Emails and text messages from prosecutors in that office have come out as part of an inquiry into their handling of a case. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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A U.S. federal courtroom sits empty in 2017 in Honolulu. A new study finds that judges with backgrounds as prosecutors or corporate lawyers are more likely to rule in favor of employers. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher/AP hide caption

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Merrick Garland, President Biden's nominee for U.S. attorney general, speaks in Wilmington, Del., on Jan. 7. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Merrick Garland Heads For Confirmation Hearing, 5 Years After He Was Denied A Vote

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People walk on a tour of the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa., in 2018. Two brothers who were at the facility have been freed by clemency after expecting to spend their lives incarcerated. Jacqueline Larma/AP hide caption

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Brothers Who Expected To Die In Pennsylvania Prison Now Free After Clemency

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Trump Wasn't Convicted On Capitol Riot Charge, But Legal Repercussions Still Possible

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House Managers Use Video To Show How Close Rioters Got To Lawmakers

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A Philadelphia state correctional facility is pictured in June 2018. In Philadelphia, the concept of "felony murder" means someone can spend their life in prison if someone died during a felony act, even if that person did not intend to commit murder. Jacqueline Larma/AP hide caption

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Life Without Parole For 'Felony Murder': Pa. Case Targets Sentencing Law

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Biden Administration Aims To Advance Racial Equity With Executive Actions

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The Latest On The Federal Investigation Into The Riot At The Capitol

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Civil liberties advocates say they fear that the kinds of measures that could be put in place after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol could disproportionately hurt minorities. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Response To Capitol Riot Could Hurt Minorities, Civil Libertarians Say

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Officials Say An Investigation Into Insurrection At The U.S. Capitol May Take Weeks

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Judge Merrick Garland Is Biden's Pick To Be U.S. Attorney General

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Merrick Garland came to national attention in 2016 when President Barack Obama nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate Republicans denied Garland even a hearing for the post. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Merrick Garland Is To Be Joe Biden's Nominee For Attorney General

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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Zachary Terwilliger, shown outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., in October, is headed into private practice. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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