Criminal Justice

AP Exclusive: America's Black Attorneys General Talk Race, Politics and Justice System

BOSTON (AP) — The American legal system is facing a crisis of trust in communities around the country, with people... Read More

BOSTON (AP) — The American legal system is facing a crisis of trust in communities around the country, with people of all races and across the political spectrum. For many, recent protests against police brutality called attention to longstanding discrepancies in the... Read More

2023-11-28 22:08:27
by Dan McCue
Justices Asked to Parse Accelerated Sentencing Guidelines

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returned to the bench for its December session on Monday, considering a pair of cases... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returned to the bench for its December session on Monday, considering a pair of cases whose outcome could have sweeping consequences for the sentencing of recidivist offenders charged with federal crimes. The cases, which were... Read More

2023-11-16 21:20:28
by Dan McCue
New York Appellate Court Judge Lifts Trump Gag Order

NEW YORK — A New York appellate court judge on Thursday temporarily lifted the gag order placed on former President... Read More

NEW YORK — A New York appellate court judge on Thursday temporarily lifted the gag order placed on former President Donald Trump and his attorneys in his civil fraud trial following an emergency hearing. Associate Justice David Friedman of the... Read More

Fuller Picture Emerges of 13 Federal Executions at the End of Trump's Presidency

CHICAGO (AP) — A day before the federal government executed a Texas man for the killing of an Iowa couple... Read More

CHICAGO (AP) — A day before the federal government executed a Texas man for the killing of an Iowa couple when he was 18, celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz pleaded with then-President Donald Trump — a former client — to call... Read More

2023-08-21 18:02:32
by Tom Ramstack
ACLU Sues DC Dept. of Corrections Over Inmate Policy on Kosher Meals

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the District of Columbia Department of Corrections for failing to offer... Read More

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the District of Columbia Department of Corrections for failing to offer kosher meals on request from Jewish inmates. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Riley Benjamin, who has been in... Read More

2023-08-04 21:10:12
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Lawyers Face Crime-Fraud Exception in Claiming Attorney-Client Privilege

WASHINGTON — The latest indictment against former President Donald Trump this week listed as co-conspirators five attorneys who are likely... Read More

WASHINGTON — The latest indictment against former President Donald Trump this week listed as co-conspirators five attorneys who are likely to have their loyalty to their client tested in court soon as he faces charges of illegally trying to overturn... Read More

2023-08-03 21:58:12
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Pleads Not Guilty to Conspiring to Overturn 2020 Election

WASHINGTON — It was, without a doubt, not the return to Washington, D.C., that former President Donald Trump has been... Read More

WASHINGTON — It was, without a doubt, not the return to Washington, D.C., that former President Donald Trump has been dreaming about since he left the city in defeat in late January 2021. On Thursday afternoon, inside a federal courthouse... Read More

2023-07-06 19:29:17
by Tom Ramstack
Detention Requested for Man Arrested With Guns Near Obama’s Home

WASHINGTON — A federal judge is considering releasing a man from jail who was arrested last week near former President... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal judge is considering releasing a man from jail who was arrested last week near former President Barack Obama’s home with two guns and 400 rounds of ammunition in his van. U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui told... Read More

2023-06-21 18:33:42
by Dan McCue
Oklahoma Gov. Vetoes Bill Aimed at Boosting Mental Health Treatment in Jails

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A bill intended to help restore the competency of jailed individuals with mental health issues so... Read More

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A bill intended to help restore the competency of jailed individuals with mental health issues so they can stand trial has been vetoed by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. Specifically, the legislation sponsored by Republican State Sen.... Read More

2023-05-24 21:10:29
by Dan McCue
Judiciary Republicans Press FBI for Info on Hill Pipe Bomb Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The chairman and two Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee are pressing FBI Director Christopher Wray for... Read More

WASHINGTON — The chairman and two Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee are pressing FBI Director Christopher Wray for information on the agency’s ongoing investigation into pipe bombs placed in a Capitol Hill neighborhood the night before the Jan.... Read More

2023-05-24 17:50:29
by Dan McCue
Trump Criminal Trial in NY to Start in Heart of Primary Season

NEW YORK — The criminal trial of former President Donald Trump on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records is... Read More

NEW YORK — The criminal trial of former President Donald Trump on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records is set to get underway on March 25, 2024, according to an order handed down Tuesday by a New York Supreme... Read More

Supreme Court Asked to Bar Punishment for Acquitted Conduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jury convicted Dayonta McClinton of robbing a CVS pharmacy but acquitted him of murder. A judge... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jury convicted Dayonta McClinton of robbing a CVS pharmacy but acquitted him of murder. A judge gave McClinton an extra 13 years in prison for the killing anyway. In courtrooms across America, defendants get additional prison... Read More

2022-11-19 14:58:52
by Tom Ramstack
Theranos Founder Sentenced to 11 Years for Fraud With Blood Testing Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A judge in San Jose, California, on Friday sentenced former Theranos, Inc., Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A judge in San Jose, California, on Friday sentenced former Theranos, Inc., Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes to more than 11 years in prison for defrauding investors with phony blood-testing technology. "I regret my failings with every... Read More

Slavery Is on the Ballot for Voters in Five US States

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 150 years after slaves were freed in the U.S., voters in five states will... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 150 years after slaves were freed in the U.S., voters in five states will soon decide whether to close loopholes that led to the proliferation of a different form of slavery — forced labor... Read More

2022-10-12 21:01:21
by Tom Ramstack
Former eBay Employees Sentenced After Harassing E-Retailers’ Critics

BOSTON — A federal judge in Boston sentenced more former eBay employees Tuesday after they pleaded guilty to criminal charges... Read More

BOSTON — A federal judge in Boston sentenced more former eBay employees Tuesday after they pleaded guilty to criminal charges from a harassment campaign against two journalists who criticized the online retailer in their blog. Prosecutors called the harassment “unimaginably... Read More

2022-08-29 21:44:02
by Tom Ramstack
DC Sniper to Be Resentenced for Rampage That Killed 10

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — A Maryland court set off controversy over juvenile justice by ruling Friday that a murderer convicted... Read More

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — A Maryland court set off controversy over juvenile justice by ruling Friday that a murderer convicted of killing six people must be resentenced because he was 17 years old at the time. The convict, Lee Boyd... Read More

2022-07-26 20:52:41
by Madeline Hughes
Titanium Blockchain CEO Pleads Guilty to Fraud in $21M Scheme

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A cryptocurrency CEO pleaded guilty to fraud Friday, according to a statement from the Department of... Read More

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A cryptocurrency CEO pleaded guilty to fraud Friday, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Michael Alan Stollery, 54, of Reseda, California, was the CEO of Titanium Blockchain Infrastructure Services Inc. TBIS raised $21... Read More

2022-07-01 21:55:13
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Advisor Bannon Seeks a Trial Delay on Contempt Charge

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon is asking a Washington, D.C., federal judge to delay his trial... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon is asking a Washington, D.C., federal judge to delay his trial for contempt of Congress after recent hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the... Read More

2022-06-29 20:27:10
by Dan McCue
Gorsuch Scorches Majority Over Ruling in Sovereign Authority Case

WASHINGTON — It began with a simple question: Do the federal government and a state have concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute... Read More

WASHINGTON — It began with a simple question: Do the federal government and a state have concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed by non-Native Americans against Native Americans in what the federal government continues to refer to as “Indian country”?... Read More

Buffalo Supermarket Gunman in Court on Hate Crime Counts

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white man who killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket made his first appearance... Read More

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white man who killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket made his first appearance in federal court on hate crime charges Thursday, and the judge urged prosecutors to quickly decide whether to pursue the... Read More

2022-03-25 15:36:54
by Dan McCue
States Must Allow Prayer, Even Touch During Executions, Supreme Court Says

WASHINGTON — States must accommodate the wishes of death row inmates who ask to have a priest or other representative... Read More

WASHINGTON — States must accommodate the wishes of death row inmates who ask to have a priest or other representative of their faith pray aloud and even comfort them with a touch during their executions, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read More

Firing-Squad Executions Get Greenlight in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law last... Read More

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law last year after a decade-long pause in carrying out death sentences because of the state's inability to procure lethal injection drugs.... Read More

2022-03-08 22:23:21
by Tom Ramstack
Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrectionist Convicted After First Jury Trial Among Rioters

WASHINGTON — A Texas oil rig worker on Tuesday became the first criminal defendant from the Jan. 6, 2021, riot... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Texas oil rig worker on Tuesday became the first criminal defendant from the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol to be convicted by a jury. Guy Reffitt, 49, was convicted in U.S. District Court in... Read More

2022-03-04 20:57:10
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Reinstates Death Sentence for Boston Bomber

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Friday reinstated the death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reversing... Read More

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Friday reinstated the death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reversing a lower court ruling that held the trial court erred in seating jurors who had not been asked about their... Read More

2022-02-28 23:05:51
by Tom Ramstack
Jury Selection Begins for First Defendant’s Trial After Jan. 6 Riot

WASHINGTON — Jury selection got off to a rough start Monday in Washington, D.C., for the trial of accused Jan.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Jury selection got off to a rough start Monday in Washington, D.C., for the trial of accused Jan. 6, 2021, insurrectionist Guy Reffitt as attorneys ran into difficulties finding objective jurors. All the prospective jurors knew about the... Read More

2022-02-22 18:39:31
by Dan McCue
All Three Defendants Convicted of Hate Crimes in Georgia Killing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The three men convicted of the murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty... Read More

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The three men convicted of the murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty Tuesday morning of federal hate crimes and lesser civil rights charges. In addition the jury also found father and son... Read More

Jury Deliberating Hate Crimes Case in Ahmaud Arbery Killing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — They chased and killed a running Black man who was unarmed and committed no crimes, leaving... Read More

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — They chased and killed a running Black man who was unarmed and committed no crimes, leaving a trail of racist text messages and social media posts in the months and years before the shooting. Whether the... Read More

On Parkland Anniversary, Biden Urges Congress on Gun Control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years after 17 people were gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Joe Biden... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years after 17 people were gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Joe Biden says his administration stands with the advocates working to end gun violence and is urging the nation to uphold the... Read More

2022-02-11 18:26:21
by Tom Ramstack
Public Defender Service Sues Federal Prisons for Scoring System

WASHINGTON – The District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons in a class action... Read More

WASHINGTON – The District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons in a class action lawsuit that could alter how prisoners are handled nationwide. The Public Defender Service argues District of Columbia prisoners are being... Read More

Ahmaud Arbery's Mother: Hate Crimes Plea Deal is a Betrayal

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The son and father convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have reached a plea agreement that could avoid their... Read More

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The son and father convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have reached a plea agreement that could avoid their trial on federal hate crime charges. Arbery's parents denounced the deal as a betrayal, and called on the judge to... Read More

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