Crime

Individuals with Disabilities at High Risk of Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault
Individuals with Disabilities at High Risk of Sexual Assault
2021-04-09 14:36:46
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Bureau of Justice Statistics issued a report stating those with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities.  “Persons with developmental disabilities are at highest risk of sexual assault in this country,”... Read More

Jan. 6 Insurrectionists May Get No More than Slap on the Wrist
Criminal Justice
Jan. 6 Insurrectionists May Get No More than Slap on the Wrist
2021-03-30 20:17:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Arrests of Jan. 6 insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol are continuing this week even as the zeal to throw the defendants in prison with severe sentences begins to subside or run into stumbling blocks of criminal law. In... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Push for Domestic Terrorism Commission
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Push for Domestic Terrorism Commission
2021-03-29 13:16:01
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats have endorsed the Commission on Domestic Terrorism Act of 2021, which would create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the federal government’s failure to more broadly respond to the threat of domestic... Read More

Justices May Reinstate Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber
Supreme Court
Justices May Reinstate Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber
2021-03-22 15:25:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  As is their custom, the justices did not explain their rationale for taking up the appeal filed by the... Read More

Asian Americans Seek Protection Against Hate Crimes
Law Enforcement
Asian Americans Seek Protection Against Hate Crimes
2021-03-18 22:29:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The day before actor Daniel Dae Kim testified to Congress Thursday about hate crimes against Asian Americans, he talked about an attack on his sister while he was being interviewed on CNN. “She was running in her own... Read More

Surprise Tax Forms Reveal Extent of Unemployment Fraud in US
Employment
Surprise Tax Forms Reveal Extent of Unemployment Fraud in US

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Unemployment agencies across the country were bombarded with so many claims during the pandemic that many struggled to distinguish the correct from the criminal. Now, simple tax forms — barely enough to fill a half-sheet of... Read More

Experts Tell Congress to Prepare for Conflicts with Domestic Terrorists
Congress
Experts Tell Congress to Prepare for Conflicts with Domestic Terrorists
2021-02-04 22:24:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Some domestic terrorism experts left no doubt during a congressional hearing Thursday they believe new laws and intelligence procedures are needed to avoid the kind of violence displayed during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. They... Read More

Canada Designates the Proud Boys as a Terrorist Entity
Foreign Affairs
Canada Designates the Proud Boys as a Terrorist Entity

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government designated the Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity on Wednesday, noting they played a pivotal role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The Proud Boys have faced increased scrutiny... Read More

Republicans Ask FEC If Campaign Cash Can Be Spent on Personal Security
Congress
Republicans Ask FEC If Campaign Cash Can Be Spent on Personal Security
2021-01-30 19:31:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican fundraising arms for the House and Senate have asked the Federal Elections Commission whether members of Congress can use campaign funds to pay for personal security personnel for themselves or their families. In a letter dated... Read More

FBI Says RNC, DNC Pipe Bombs Placed Night Before Capitol Riot
Law Enforcement
FBI Says RNC, DNC Pipe Bombs Placed Night Before Capitol Riot
2021-01-29 20:27:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Investigators now believe that pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees earlier this month were actually placed at both locations the night before thousands of Pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. According... Read More

FBI, ATF Increase Reward Leading to Arrest of Capitol Hill Pipe Bomb Suspect
Crime
FBI, ATF Increase Reward Leading to Arrest of Capitol Hill Pipe Bomb Suspect
2021-01-21 20:24:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have increased the reward for information that could help identify a suspect who placed pipe bombs outside the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican National Committee offices Jan.... Read More

DC's Top Federal Prosecutor Condemns Violence Against Journalists at Capitol Riot
Media
DC's Top Federal Prosecutor Condemns Violence Against Journalists at Capitol Riot
2021-01-12 19:24:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The top federal prosecutor in Washington said Tuesday investigators are aware of multiple reports of reporters being assaulted and otherwise abused during last Wednesday's siege at the U.S. Capitol and vowed to bring the guilty parties to justice.... Read More

ACS Details Post-Insurrection Consequences and What They Mean
Think Tanks
ACS Details Post-Insurrection Consequences and What They Mean
2021-01-11 17:46:53
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Days after rioters breached the U.S. Capitol building, interrupted the Constitutionally-required Electoral College vote tallying process, and forced the evacuation of Congress on January 6, 2021, there is a growing call for consequences for all of those involved,... Read More

FBI Offers $50K Reward for Information On Pipe Bombs Found Outside RNC, DNC
Crime
FBI Offers $50K Reward for Information On Pipe Bombs Found Outside RNC, DNC
2021-01-08 17:32:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The FBI's Washington field office is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for placing suspected pipe bombs outside the RNC and DNC headquarters Wednesday afternoon. According... Read More

What They're Saying About the Attack on the U.S. Capitol
Crime
What They're Saying About the Attack on the U.S. Capitol
2021-01-07 17:47:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol is once again secure, though remnants of the mayhem that transpired Wednesday afternoon and evening remain. Much of the trash left behind by marauding protestors had been swept into piles by Thursday morning, though shards... Read More

Capitol Police Chief Says Violent Attack on US Capitol 'Unlike Anything' He Ever Experienced
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Chief Says Violent Attack on US Capitol 'Unlike Anything' He Ever Experienced
2021-01-07 17:20:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund said Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike anything he's experienced in his 30 years in law enforcement in Washington D.C. In a written statement, Sund went on to defend... Read More

Trump Continues to Use Pardons to Reward Allies, Settle Scores
Political News
Trump Continues to Use Pardons to Reward Allies, Settle Scores

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Duncan Hunter, the former California congressman who last year pleaded guilty in a campaign finance scandal, as the president races to reward allies and settle scores in the final weeks of his... Read More

Senators Seek to Help Victims of So-Called ‘Revenge Porn’ Sue Their Perpetrators
Cybercrime
Senators Seek to Help Victims of So-Called ‘Revenge Porn’ Sue Their Perpetrators
2020-12-10 15:56:39
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced bipartisan legislation to allow individuals to seek compensation and relief in federal court for the non-consensual disclosure and transmission of intimate images... Read More

US Probing Potential Bribery, Lobbying Scheme for Pardon
Political News
US Probing Potential Bribery, Lobbying Scheme for Pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency, according to... Read More

Espaillat-Rooney Bill Boosts Funding and Cooperation in the Caribbean
Drugs
Espaillat-Rooney Bill Boosts Funding and Cooperation in the Caribbean
2020-11-24 15:32:03
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan measure increasing funding to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to help combat corruption and illicit drug trafficking between the United States and Caribbean nations. Introduced by Reps. Adriano... Read More

Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
State News
Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
2020-10-26 17:28:27
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va, - Virginia’s General Assembly passed a jury sentencing reform bill this week that is revolutionary for the state but is already being done nearly everywhere else. The bill allows juries to decide whether a criminal defendant is guilty... Read More

Congress Tries to Root Out White Supremacy Among Police
Congress
Congress Tries to Root Out White Supremacy Among Police
2020-09-29 20:19:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and witnesses at a congressional hearing Tuesday urged greater vigilance of police departments to weed out officers with White supremacist tendencies. They said the White supremacists create a risk of inflaming racial tensions in a way that... Read More

Congressional Resolution Supporting Asians Seeks to Protect Against COVID-19 Hate Crimes
Congress
Congressional Resolution Supporting Asians Seeks to Protect Against COVID-19 Hate Crimes
2020-09-14 21:08:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional resolution that started Monday as a condemnation of hate crimes against Asians quickly turned into a dispute over who should be blamed for the devastation caused by coronavirus. Democrats blamed President Donald Trump for mishandling the... Read More

Gottheimer Seeks to Strengthen Protections Against Terrorist Activity on Social Media
Social Media
Gottheimer Seeks to Strengthen Protections Against Terrorist Activity on Social Media
2020-09-10 15:19:50
by Daniel Londono

Rep. Josh Gottheimer wants to hold social media platforms accountable when terrorist organizations use their website portals to raise funds and spread propaganda. A proposal by the New Jersey Democrat, the Online Arsenal to Combat Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would fine... Read More

Ex-Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Charged in Border Wall Scheme
In The News
Ex-Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Charged in Border Wall Scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.” The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed... Read More

Judge Defines Bitcoin as Currency Under D.C. Money Laundering Law
Law
Judge Defines Bitcoin as Currency Under D.C. Money Laundering Law
2020-08-03 13:55:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A federal judge’s recent ruling gave prosecutors nationwide a new tool for pursuing money launderers by redefining bitcoin as a form of currency. The ruling was based on the prosecution of a man who tried to evade criminal... Read More

Feds Begin Prosecuting Fraudulent PPP Coronavirus Loans. Some Cases Will Be Hard to Win
Business
Feds Begin Prosecuting Fraudulent PPP Coronavirus Loans. Some Cases Will Be Hard to Win

WASHINGTON — One Los Angeles business owner allegedly went to Las Vegas and gambled away some of the $9 million he received in emergency government loans earmarked for his employees. A Texas man is accused of using his $1.5 million... Read More

Trials of Parents in College Admissions Scam to Proceed in Groups, Judge Says
Education
Trials of Parents in College Admissions Scam to Proceed in Groups, Judge Says

Ten of the remaining parents charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite U.S. colleges will be tried in two groups, after a federal judge rejected their appeal for separate proceedings. “There is common and overlapping evidence” in... Read More

Twitter Says Direct Messages Accessed in 36 of 130 Hack Victims
Social Media
Twitter Says Direct Messages Accessed in 36 of 130 Hack Victims

Twitter Inc. completed its review of the 130 accounts that were hacked on its social network last week and discovered that the attackers accessed direct messages for as many as 36 of them, including one elected official in the Netherlands.... Read More

Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
U.S. Senate
Senate Takes Aim at Scammers Taking Money From COVID-19 Victims
2020-07-22 13:28:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Scammers who cheat desperate consumers out of money during the coronavirus pandemic prompted calls for federal legislation to crack down on them during a Senate hearing Tuesday. The proposals would set new standards for data privacy, penalize price-gougers... Read More

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