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DOJ's New No. 3 Faces Delicate Balancing Act

Law360 (April 21, 2021, 8:46 PM EDT) -- Vanita Gupta was fresh out of law school when she heard about what happened in Tulia, Texas. Two years earlier, in 1999, nearly half of the town's adult Black population was rounded up in a drug sting on the word of a single undercover cop, accused of selling him small amounts of cocaine. Several convictions swiftly followed, accompanied by sentences of up to 361 years. The remaining defendants, 43 of whom were people of color, started pleading guilty.

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, the No. 3 post at the U.S. Department of Justice. (AP Photo/Alex...

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