Crime

Man Who Threatened Federal Judge Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
Law
Man Who Threatened Federal Judge Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
2021-07-20 21:07:55
by Tom Ramstack

A man who threatened a federal judge presiding over prosecution of a Trump national security adviser was sentenced in Washington, D.C. Monday to 18 months in prison. Frank J. Caporusso, a 53-year-old electronic parts salesman, had pleaded guilty to threatening... Read More

Biden to Talk Crime with City, Police Leaders Nationwide
White House
Biden to Talk Crime with City, Police Leaders Nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host New York City's Democratic mayoral candidate and other city and law enforcement leaders from around the country to talk about reducing crime. Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president  and the likely next mayor... Read More

Stretch of Mass Shootings Occur Nationwide Over Weekend
Crime
Stretch of Mass Shootings Occur Nationwide Over Weekend
2021-06-14 18:24:33
by Reece Nations

A violent string of mass shootings killed at least 10 people and left another 50 injured in nine separate incidents across six states between Friday and Sunday this past weekend. Mass shootings are typically defined as incidents in which four... Read More

Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Wife Pleads Guilty in D.C. Court
Crime
Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Wife Pleads Guilty in D.C. Court
2021-06-11 14:33:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15 after pleading guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Emma Coronel Aispuro,... Read More

Sting: FBI-run Messaging App Tricks Organized Crime
Law Enforcement
Sting: FBI-run Messaging App Tricks Organized Crime

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Criminal gangs divulged plans for moving drug shipments and carrying out killings on a messaging app secretly run by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday, as they unveiled a global sting operation they said... Read More

Charges After US Capitol Insurrection Roil Far-Right Groups
Law
Charges After US Capitol Insurrection Roil Far-Right Groups

Indictments. Infighting. Incarceration.  Former President Donald Trump's lies about a stolen 2020 election united right-wing supporters, conspiracy theorists and militants on Jan. 6, but the aftermath of the insurrection is roiling two of the most prominent far-right extremist groups at... Read More

Rep. Mace Home Vandalized Over Memorial Day Weekend
Crime
Rep. Mace Home Vandalized Over Memorial Day Weekend
2021-06-02 12:07:45
by TWN Staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., woke up Monday morning to discover her home was vandalized with spray-painted insults and profanity on Memorial Day.In a post on Twitter in which she included several photos of the graffiti, Mace said... Read More

Anti-Asian Actions Condemned By Congress After Incidents Surge
Congress
Anti-Asian Actions Condemned By Congress After Incidents Surge
2021-05-18 12:50:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress weighed in Monday on a surge in Asian hate crimes since the COVID-19 pandemic started with a resolution that condemns the stinging words and actions behind the incidents. The resolution, H.R. 275, “reaffirms the commitment of the... Read More

Former Green Beret Gets 15 Years for Russian Espionage Conspiracy
Crime
Former Green Beret Gets 15 Years for Russian Espionage Conspiracy
2021-05-17 15:01:43
by TWN Staff

A former Army Green Beret was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for conspiring with Russian intelligence operatives to provide them with U.S. national defense information. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, Va., admitted to conspiring with... Read More

Corruption Cases Against Public Officials, Law Enforcement Rising
Crime
Corruption Cases Against Public Officials, Law Enforcement Rising
2021-05-04 19:21:51
by TWN Staff

Prosecutions for "official" corruption -- a catch-all meaning bribery, graft, conflicts of interest and other violations by federal, state, local officials and law enforcement -- have been rising steadily during the first six months of FY 2021, according to a... Read More

Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans
Congress
Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step... Read More

High Court Moves Away from Leniency for Minors Who Murder
Supreme Court
High Court Moves Away from Leniency for Minors Who Murder

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder, the justices on Thursday moved the other way.The high court ruled 6-3 along liberal-conservative lines against a... Read More

Ponzi Scheme Mastermind Bernie Madoff Dies in Prison
Crime
Ponzi Scheme Mastermind Bernie Madoff Dies in Prison
2021-04-14 15:30:54
by TWN Staff

Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, died in a federal prison early Wednesday. He was 82. Madoff died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., apparently from natural... Read More

Senate Filibuster Test Over Asian-American Hate Crime Bill
Political News
Senate Filibuster Test Over Asian-American Hate Crime Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to start debate on legislation confronting the rise of potential hate crimes against Asian Americans, a growing problem during the coronavirus crisis that will also test whether the chamber can push past partisanship... Read More

Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence
Civil Rights
Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence
2021-04-14 14:05:10
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON DC — For Michigan State Sen. Stephanie Chang it has been hard to find words to explain the violence and senseless killings of the last several months to her mixed-race six-year-old daughter.  “She’s Asian and Black and I want... Read More

Unintended Consequencs of Sex Trafficking Laws
Cybersecurity
Unintended Consequencs of Sex Trafficking Laws
2021-04-12 23:07:27
by Victoria Turner

The two federal laws governing sex trafficking online have disproportionately harmed more sex workers than saved victims of human trafficking, said Danielle Borrelli, operations coordinator at the California Cybersecurity Institute, today at a Lincoln Network event moderated by Alexiaa Jordan.  ... Read More

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

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