One of the requests to Congress would allow the department to petition a judge to indefinitely detain someone during an emergency.

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Pedestrians walk in Central Park on March 20 in New York City as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. | Cindy Ord/Getty Images

The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.


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