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2022-01-20 22:28:52
by Tom Ramstack
Case Dismissed Against Professor Charged With Spying for China

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused of spying for China... Read More

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused of spying for China in another blow to a Trump administration effort to protect U.S. intellectual property. Gang Chen, who was born in China... Read More

2022-01-05 23:03:04
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Officials Seek Assurances Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Won’t Be Repeated

WASHINGTON — Federal officials in Washington on Wednesday discussed security improvements since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON — Federal officials in Washington on Wednesday discussed security improvements since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol but made no effort to hide their lingering anger. The Justice Department announced last week that 725 suspects have been... Read More

Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in Floyd’s Death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George... Read More

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck — even after he... Read More

2021-12-14 22:00:09
by Dan McCue
Two Louisiana Men Indicted in Alleged Vote-Buying Scheme

NEW ORLEANS — Two Louisiana men — one a former police chief; the other, a current elected official — have... Read More

NEW ORLEANS — Two Louisiana men — one a former police chief; the other, a current elected official — have been indicted on charges they engaged in a scheme to pay for votes in a federal election. According to the... Read More

2021-12-13 21:50:59
by Tom Ramstack
Harvard Scientist Faces Trial for Alleged Spying for China

WASHINGTON — A well-known Harvard University nanotechnology professor is scheduled for trial Tuesday in Boston, Massachusetts, in a case that... Read More

WASHINGTON — A well-known Harvard University nanotechnology professor is scheduled for trial Tuesday in Boston, Massachusetts, in a case that also tests the Justice Department’s initiative to crack down on spying for China.  Charles Lieber claims he was merely collaborating... Read More

Jussie Smollett Guilty Verdict Latest in Polarizing Case

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett’s conviction for lying to police about a racist, homophobic attack came nearly three years after his report of a... Read More

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett’s conviction for lying to police about a racist, homophobic attack came nearly three years after his report of a horrifying hate crime quickly became part of a polarized political landscape, with people — including the president of the United... Read More

2021-12-06 20:03:53
by Dan McCue
Justice Department Sues Texas Over Redistricting Plan

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued Texas on Monday over the state’s new redistricting plan, alleging it violated Section 2... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued Texas on Monday over the state’s new redistricting plan, alleging it violated Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act by diluting the Latino vote. “The attorney general has made clear that the Justice... Read More

EPA Head Tours Embattled Communities, Says Help On the Way

RESERVE, La. (AP) — Michael Coleman's house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling... Read More

RESERVE, La. (AP) — Michael Coleman's house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling oil refinery whose sounds and smells keep him up at night and a massive grain elevator that covers his pickup... Read More

Abortion Rights at Stake in Historic Supreme Court Arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion rights are on the line at the Supreme Court in historic arguments over the landmark ruling nearly 50... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion rights are on the line at the Supreme Court in historic arguments over the landmark ruling nearly 50 years ago that declared a nationwide right to end a pregnancy. The justices on Wednesday will weigh whether to uphold a... Read More

2021-11-29 19:43:11
by Tom Ramstack
Bannon Accused of Trying to Orchestrate Trial by Media

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors on Sunday accused former Trump advisor Stephen K. Bannon of trying to defend against the criminal charges... Read More

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors on Sunday accused former Trump advisor Stephen K. Bannon of trying to defend against the criminal charges he faces through the media instead of federal court. They said in a court filing that Bannon wants to share... Read More

2021-11-24 21:13:43
by Dan McCue
Justice Department to Prioritize Prosecution of Air Rage Incidents

WASHINGTON — With more people expected to travel by air this week than at any time since the onset of... Read More

WASHINGTON — With more people expected to travel by air this week than at any time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Attorney General Merrick Garland had a message Wednesday for anyone tempted to lose their cool — act... Read More

2021-11-23 21:49:58
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. to Pay $130 Million to High School Shooting Survivors

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that it reached a settlement agreement with family members and survivors... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that it reached a settlement agreement with family members and survivors of the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. Local media reports say the settlement amount... Read More

2021-11-23 21:20:56
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Intervenes Against Trump In Lawsuit Against Social Media Giants

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department intervened this week in a lawsuit former President Donald Trump filed against social media companies... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department intervened this week in a lawsuit former President Donald Trump filed against social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube. Trump accuses the companies of violating his First Amendment right to free speech by banning... Read More

2021-11-17 19:21:48
by Reece Nations
Senate Confirms Jonathan Kanter as Justice Department’s Top Antitrust Official

WASHINGTON — Senators voted 68-29 on Tuesday to confirm competition lawyer Jonathan Kanter as assistant attorney general of the Department... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senators voted 68-29 on Tuesday to confirm competition lawyer Jonathan Kanter as assistant attorney general of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Kanter has established himself as a critic of big tech and has represented companies like Microsoft... Read More

2021-11-12 22:05:29
by Dan McCue
Steve Bannon Indicted On Two Counts of Contempt of Congress

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, a longtime advisor to former President Donald Trump, has been indicted on two counts of contempt... Read More

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, a longtime advisor to former President Donald Trump, has been indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 siege on... Read More

2021-11-12 18:24:19
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Indicts Three Men Accused of Running PAC Scam

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department plans to prosecute three men for allegedly running scam political action committees that raised $3.5... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department plans to prosecute three men for allegedly running scam political action committees that raised $3.5 million for 2016 presidential campaigns but donated only $19 to help former President Donald Trump get elected. Instead, they used... Read More

US Charges 2 Suspected Major Ransomware Operators

WASHINGTON (AP) — A suspected Ukrainian hacker has been arrested and charged in the United States in connection with a... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A suspected Ukrainian hacker has been arrested and charged in the United States in connection with a string of costly ransomware attacks, including one that snarled businesses around the globe on the Fourth of July weekend, U.S.... Read More

2021-11-05 18:24:32
by Dan McCue
Justice Dept. Sues Texas Over Voting Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued the state of Texas on Thursday, arguing a new voting law signed by Gov.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued the state of Texas on Thursday, arguing a new voting law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in September disenfranchises the old, disabled and citizens who do not speak English. The complaint, which was filed... Read More

Feds Seek Tougher Sentences for Veterans Who Stormed Capitol

During his 27 years in the U.S. Army, Leonard Gruppo joined the Special Forces, served in four war zones and... Read More

During his 27 years in the U.S. Army, Leonard Gruppo joined the Special Forces, served in four war zones and led a team of combat medics in Iraq before retiring in 2013 as a lieutenant colonel. During his six minutes... Read More

2021-11-01 13:28:46
by Dan McCue
Garland Restores Office Providing Access to Legal Services for the Poor

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday re-established a Justice Department office intended to expand legal services to people... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday re-established a Justice Department office intended to expand legal services to people who can’t afford layers. The Office for Access to Justice was originally launched during the Obama administration to address what... Read More

2021-10-26 17:58:01
by Reece Nations
Over 100 Jailed in International Darknet Narcotics Sting

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Department of Justice’s Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement in tandem with the European Union... Read More

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Department of Justice’s Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement in tandem with the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation on Tuesday announced the culmination of the agencies’ efforts to disrupt opioid trafficking on the... Read More

2021-10-19 22:10:21
by Dan McCue
Fortenberry Accused in Indictment of Lying to FBI

WASHINGTON — Nine-term Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of lying to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Nine-term Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents investigating campaign contributions illegally made to him by a Nigerian billionaire. The... Read More

2021-09-17 20:58:29
by Tom Ramstack
Former Hillary Clinton Cyber Adviser Indicted for Lying to FBI About Trump

WASHINGTON -- A prominent Washington, D.C. attorney pleaded not guilty Friday to lying to the FBI after he allegedly said... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A prominent Washington, D.C. attorney pleaded not guilty Friday to lying to the FBI after he allegedly said he had possible evidence of the Trump campaign’s communications with a Russian bank. The FBI was investigating accusations that former... Read More

2021-09-09 21:09:41
by Dan McCue
Justice Department Sues to Block Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits nearly all abortions in the state. The move came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the... Read More

2021-08-31 20:38:20
by Tom Ramstack
U.S. Attorney General Asks Lawyers to Help Renters Avoid Evictions

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department sent out an urgent request this week for attorneys nationwide to volunteer to represent... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department sent out an urgent request this week for attorneys nationwide to volunteer to represent an expected flood of renters trying to avoid eviction. A letter from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland asked "the entire... Read More

2021-08-16 20:07:13
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Official Asks Congress to Intervene in State Voting Restrictions

WASHINGTON — A high-ranking Justice Department attorney urged Congress Monday to clamp down on new state laws that she claims... Read More

WASHINGTON — A high-ranking Justice Department attorney urged Congress Monday to clamp down on new state laws that she claims shut out some low-income persons from participating in elections. She described voting rights as more at risk now than any... Read More

2021-08-09 21:44:05
by Dan McCue
Justice Department to Conduct Fresh Review of ‘Privileged’ 9/11 Docs

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department on Monday committed to conducting a fresh review of documents related to the Sept. 11... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department on Monday committed to conducting a fresh review of documents related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the government had previously deemed privileged and unreleasable to the public. The decision was announced just days after... Read More

2021-07-30 20:10:24
by Dan McCue
Treasury Dept. Must Turn Trump’s Tax Returns Over to Congress

WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department must provide the House Ways and Means Committee with former President Donald Trump’s tax returns,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department must provide the House Ways and Means Committee with former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, the Justice Department said in a legal opinion released Friday. In the opinion, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel... Read More

Trump Urged Justice Officials to Declare Election 'Corrupt'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the 2020 election results "corrupt" in a... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the 2020 election results "corrupt" in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation. The notes of the Dec.... Read More

2021-07-28 19:06:18
by Dan McCue
DOJ Issues ‘Guidance’ Docs for States on Federal Election Laws

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department released two guidance documents Wednesday intended to ensure states fully comply with federal election laws,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department released two guidance documents Wednesday intended to ensure states fully comply with federal election laws, specifically those statutes pertaining to methods of voting and constraints on post-election audits. “The right of all eligible citizens to... Read More

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