DOJ to review criminal cases in which evidence obtained via warrantless surveillance was used

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. announced that the United States Department of Justice will be performing a thorough and intensive review of all criminal cases in which the government used evidence that was obtained via its warrant-less surveillance program and will be informing the defendants of the information it has uncovered through such means.

Holder also discussed his future job plans and the case of Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon suspect. He said he will “certainly stay in this job well into 2014” and noted that he is set to decide by January whether to ask for the death penalty for 20-year-old Tsarnaev, if he should be found guilty of the crime.

He said he will consider separate recommendations from the U.S. attorney in Boston, Carmen Ortiz, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, a Justice department review committee, and counselor to the attorney general Channing Phillips.

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