Barbara McQuade

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Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School. From 2010 to 2017, she served as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. She also served as vice chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and co-chaired the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee. McQuade previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit for 12 years.

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Domestic Terrorism

Proposed Bills Would Help Combat Domestic Terrorism

Following recent attacks in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio, we have seen a renewed call for domestic terrorism laws to give federal law enforcement the same types of tools that are available to combat violent acts committed by international terrorists. Proposed bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate will help the FBI confront domestic terrorism on the terms it favors—left of boom.

Federal Law Enforcement

Must Bill Barr Abide Ethics Advice on Recusal? A Debate

The two of us tend to agree on most things. Perhaps it is a result of our similar backgrounds, as career federal prosecutors who worked in the field and came up through the ranks to be United States attorneys. We often compare notes in our current roles as MSNBC analysts, trying to digest and explain complicated news in a thoughtful way.

Federal Law Enforcement

How President Trump’s Comments on ‘Flipping’ Witnesses Undermine Law Enforcement

What does it mean for a criminal defendant to “flip”?

Last week, President Donald Trump slammed the practice of calling cooperating defendants to testify against others in exchange for a reduced sentence, often called “flipping.” This practice is commonplace in our criminal justice system, and prosecutors rely on it to access valuable testimony and ultimately convict defendants at the highest levels of criminal organizations.