Crime

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

Coronavirus Fraudsters Keep Prosecutors Busy
Crime
Coronavirus Fraudsters Keep Prosecutors Busy

A Hollywood film producer allegedly tried to use $1.7 million from the federal coronavirus business relief fund to pay personal credit card bills. Two New England men allegedly applied for more than half a million in refundable loans through the... Read More

Supreme Court Holds Large Piece of Oklahoma Belongs to Native American Tribe
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Holds Large Piece of Oklahoma Belongs to Native American Tribe
2020-07-09 19:12:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large part of eastern Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribes - a significant victory for a reservation that challenged the state's authority to prosecute crimes on its land. Writing for the... Read More

Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims
In The News
Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims
2020-06-10 17:47:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials pledged a vigorous crackdown Tuesday during a Senate hearing on fraudsters who are trying to make easy money off vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic. They accused con artists of selling fake vaccines and... Read More

Supreme Court Rules States Can Bar Insanity Defense
Criminal Justice
Supreme Court Rules States Can Bar Insanity Defense

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity without violating their constitutional rights. The justices' 6-3 decision came in the case Kahler v. Kansas. As recounted in the decision, James Kraig Kahler... Read More

Florida Senate Reverses Course, Moves to Ban Arrests of Children Under 7
State News
Florida Senate Reverses Course, Moves to Ban Arrests of Children Under 7

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — One week after a Florida Senate panel failed to take up a measure to prohibit the arrests of children under 10 in most cases, the full Senate voted Wednesday to approve a compromise version of a bill... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
Congress
House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
2020-02-26 21:59:47
by Dan McCue

The House, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, passed legislation that would classify lynching as a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., passed on a vote of 410-4. The Act is named for... Read More

White House Says China Guilty of 'Massive' Intellectual Property Theft, FBI Vows Crackdown
In The News
White House Says China Guilty of 'Massive' Intellectual Property Theft, FBI Vows Crackdown
2020-02-07 16:51:18
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told a gathering of world ambassadors this week that China has engaged in a "massive theft" of Intellectual property from the U.S., complicating diplomatic relations and making events like the recent trade dispute... Read More

Congress Weighs Options to Control Opioid Copycats
In The News
Congress Weighs Options to Control Opioid Copycats
2020-01-31 13:15:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Drug control experts urged Congress Tuesday to take quick action to prevent drugs created by clandestine chemists that mimic the effects of opioids from entering legal and illegal marketplaces. They suggested that Congress turn a temporary order on... Read More

Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
Crime
Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
2020-01-06 19:39:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of House members is urging national security officials to start an investigation into whether foreign adversaries are engaging in an effort to incite anti-Semitism and civil unrest across the United States. Democratic Reps. Kathleen Rice,... Read More

Saudis Sentence 5 People to Death for Khashoggi's Killing
Crime
Saudis Sentence 5 People to Death for Khashoggi's Killing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death Monday for the killing of Washington Post columnist and royal family critic Jamal Khashoggi, whose grisly slaying in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul drew international... Read More

18 Ohio Voters Could Face Charges for Casting Multiple Ballots in 2018
State News
18 Ohio Voters Could Face Charges for Casting Multiple Ballots in 2018
2019-12-12 14:36:08
by Dan McCue

Ohio's Secretary of State on Wednesday referred the names of 18 voters to prosecutors for allegedly casting multiple votes in the 2018 mid-term election. Secretary Frank LaRose said the voters were identified through the Electronic Registration Information Center, a coalition... Read More

Betsy DeVos Wants to Change Campus Sexual Assault Policies. House Bill Aims to Stop Her
Education
Betsy DeVos Wants to Change Campus Sexual Assault Policies. House Bill Aims to Stop Her

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., proposed legislation Tuesday to stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from advancing rules that critics say could hurt efforts to fight sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses. Slotkin is one of several members... Read More

Calif. High School Shooter Opens Fire on Crowded Quad, Killing 2 and Injuring 3
Crime
Calif. High School Shooter Opens Fire on Crowded Quad, Killing 2 and Injuring 3

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Authorities said the shooting at Saugus High School that left two students dead and three wounded Thursday occurred over a 16-second period in which a classmate pulled out a gun in the quad area and opened... Read More

Hate Crimes Dip Slightly, But Surge Against Latinos, FBI Reports
Crime
Hate Crimes Dip Slightly, But Surge Against Latinos, FBI Reports

Hate crimes targeting people in 2018 surged to their highest levels in 16 years despite a slight overall dip in the number of hate crimes, the FBI said in a report released Tuesday. The FBI’s tally, which used data submitted... Read More

Federal Authorities Struggle to Counter ‘Sextortion’ Trend
Crime
Federal Authorities Struggle to Counter ‘Sextortion’ Trend

MINNEAPOLIS — Barton Scott found the girl on Snapchat. He pretended to be her friend and persuaded her to give up her password. Then Scott took what he really wanted: the photos marked “My Eyes Only.” Scott, in his mid-30s... Read More

A Sock and a Snapshot: How a Temple Professor Helped State Police Crack a Cold-Case Murder
Criminal Justice
A Sock and a Snapshot: How a Temple Professor Helped State Police Crack a Cold-Case Murder

PHILADELPHIA — In 2015, Byron Wolfe helped a Pennsylvania State Police detective enhance 24-year-old photographs. The work took two hours, and Wolfe promptly forgot about the case, chalking it up as a simple favor, he recalled recently in his office... Read More

He Started Murdering Women in South Florida — Then Became the Worst Serial Killer in US History
Crime
He Started Murdering Women in South Florida — Then Became the Worst Serial Killer in US History

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Samuel Little, a 79-year-old man with a penchant for storytelling and drawing chalk pastel portraits in his California prison cell, was recently labeled by the FBI as the United States’ most prolific serial killer. Over the... Read More

Florida Set to Revise Law on Threatening a Mass Shooting
State News
Florida Set to Revise Law on Threatening a Mass Shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A deranged person in Florida can tell people of a plan to commit a mass shooting and still not face arrest — as long as the threat isn’t written down. It’s an oddity in state law... Read More

Feds Arrest Fourth Defendant in Campaign Finance Case Involving Giuliani Associates
Law
Feds Arrest Fourth Defendant in Campaign Finance Case Involving Giuliani Associates

MIAMI — A self-described former pro golfer from South Florida who was indicted last week on campaign finance charges was arrested by federal authorities on Wednesday. David Correia, who worked with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, is now in federal... Read More

Justices to Consider Life-Without-Parole Sentences in D.C. Sniper Case
Supreme Court
Justices to Consider Life-Without-Parole Sentences in D.C. Sniper Case
2019-10-15 19:59:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Do a pair of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court require the resentencing of Lee Boyd Malvo, the surviving assailant in the D.C. sniper case? That's the question the justices will consider when it convenes Wednesday to hear... Read More

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