Senate works on coronavirus relief bill Washington — The Justice Department has sent Congress legislative recommendations that would expand the power of the courts as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic that has brought daily life in the United States to a halt. The proposals were sent to Capitol Hill at the request of lawmakers, who are currently working on major legislation to provide economic relief to Americans amid the coronavirus crisis, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Sunday. The measures were first reported by Politico, and CBS News has not been able to independently verify the content of the documents submitted to Congress. According to Politico, one of the measures includes the ability to indefinitely detain people without trial during times of national emergency, like the one the nation is experiencing now. This could mean removing the right of habeas corpus, the ability of an individual charged with a crime to be brought before a judge and petition for release before trial. Kupec tweeted that the recommendations had been developed in consultation with Congress and the federal judiciary. “Criminals should not be able to avoid justice because of a public-health emergency,” Kupec said, and she noted the recommendations were “draft suggestions.”


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