responsible for the enforcement of the law
and administration of justice
, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries.
The Department is led by the Attorney General
, who is nominated by the President
by the Senate
and is a member of the Cabinet
1870 The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.
1933 The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island, is acquired by the United States Department of Justice
1938 The United States Department of Justice files suit in New York City against the motion picture industry charging violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act in regards to the studio system. The case would eventually result in a break-up of the industry in 1948.
1974 The United States Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T. This suit later leads to the break up of AT&T and its Bell System.
1984 The original American Telephone & Telegraph Company is divested of its 22 Bell System companies as a result of the settlement of the 1974 United States Department of Justice antitrust suit against AT&T.
1991 The United States Department of Justice announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
1994 Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.
2001 In Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.