Audit criticizes handling of school safety grant
CINCINNATI (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has criticized Cincinnati Public Schools on its handling of a $5 million school safety grant.
Juvenile arrested following school shooting threat
MACON, Ga. (AP) — A juvenile was arrested in New York in connection to a school shooting threat received by a school in Georgia.
The U.S. Department of Justice said the juvenile suspect was...
Correction: Prison Guards Indicted story
In a story March 13 about a guilty plea by a former prison guard, The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Department of Justice said Christopher Loring said he and other guards sprayed a...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court appeared inclined Wednesday to reject a request by the Trump administration to block a California law limiting police cooperation with immigration...
Concord to make local elections more accessible to blind
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Concord has committed to provide accessible voting facilities for blind and visually impaired voters in future local elections.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis County Family Court has fulfilled all requirements of a 2016 agreement aimed at ensuring fair treatment of juveniles, especially black juveniles, according to a...
DAYTON, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit alleging a Kentucky man sexually harassed female tenants at a rental property he manages.
DAYTON, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit alleging a Kentucky man sexually harassed female tenants at a rental property he manages.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have announced a settlement in a case involving falsified records about supplies being provided to the military.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the owner of a North Carolina mental health company has been sentenced to prison following her conviction on tax evasion and filing false Medicaid...
DOJ: Kentucky jail uses excessive force on inmates
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says an investigation found evidence that a Kentucky jail routinely uses excessive force against inmates through the use of chemical agents,...
Backlog of rape kits will take Missouri years to clear
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say it will take several years to fully clear Missouri's backlog of untested rape kits.
CFA exam administrator to pay fine over hiring practices
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A nonprofit that administers exams for the chartered financial analyst certification will stop paying exam graders after a federal investigation into its hiring...
Vermont senator: State to receive withheld federal grants
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says approximately $2.3 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants that have been withheld from Vermont over an immigration policy dispute with the...
Utah man pleads not guilty to hate crime attack on Latinos
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of attacking three Latinos at a tire shop in Salt Lake City after shouting that he wanted to "kill Mexicans" pleaded not guilty Monday to hate crime...
No charges against BIA officer in fatal shooting in Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says it won't file charges against a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer who fatally shot a Lodge Grass man who was holding a...
The Latest: Attorney defends citizenship question on Census
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on closing arguments in lawsuits before a U.S. judge in San Francisco challenging the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census (all times local):
An attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross decided to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census because he believed another government agency needed better data.
- WRAL-TV9th District election fraud now part of federal criminal probeMarch 12, 2019
- Houston ChronicleHarris County, DOJ near settlement over poll accessMarch 12, 2019
- Aiken StandardFeds file False Claims lawsuit against MOX contractor, subcontractorFebruary 19, 2019
- Connecticut PostDepartment of Justice changes process for removing deceased voters from rollsFebruary 18, 2019
- The News-Times‘How did we get here?’ DOJ defends CVS-Aetna OKFebruary 15, 2019
New Hampshire online lottery sues over gambling opinion
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that could threaten online gambling and state-run lotteries is being challenged in court by the state of New Hampshire and the company that supports its iLottery system.
Businessman gathers signatures to oust Honolulu prosecutor
HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu businessman is gathering signatures from voters in his quest to impeach the city's prosecuting attorney.
Tracy Yoshimura said he is pursuing the petition because Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro received a U.S. Department of Justice letter informing him that he's a target in an ongoing corruption investigation.
MGM CEO: Feds’ Wire Act opinion is perplexing, unenforceable
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The chairman and chief executive officer of casino operator MGM Resorts International on Wednesday decried a U.S. Department of Justice opinion that is threatening the viability of online gambling and also blamed the recent partial government shutdown for fewer Las Vegas visitors during the Chinese New Year.
Ex-CEO pleads guilty to fraud in Alaska fiber-optic project
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The former head of a company overseeing a fiber-optic project in Alaska has pleaded guilty to charges alleging she fraudulently induced two New York investment companies to finance the project.
Ferguson, Missouri, city manager resigns after 3 years
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The man who took over as Ferguson's city manager while the St. Louis suburb was still in turmoil after Michael Brown's death has resigned.
Mayor James Knowles III said in a statement Monday that De'Carlon Seewood's resignation is effective March 1. Seewood is a finalist for a job in Georgia.
Antero agrees to $3.15m fine in W.Va. pollution settlement
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Colorado-based natural gas producer has agreed to pay a $3.15 million civil penalty to resolve pollution violations at 32 drilling sites in West Virginia.
The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release the agency and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection reached a proposed settlement with Antero Resources Corp. over allegations of Clean Water Act violations at sites in Doddridge, Harrison and Tyler counties.
Woman accused of making false claims for disaster relief
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman is accused by federal prosecutors of making fraudulent claims to secure disaster relief funds.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced in a news release Wednesday that 50-year-old Sheila Ruffin of Rocky Mount is charged with 15 counts of disaster fraud related to Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.
Justice Department to probe federal jail in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice said Sunday it will work with the Bureau of Prisons to examine what happened at a federal detention center in Brooklyn that had lost heat and electricity last week and to ensure that it has a backup system in place.
DA withdraws testimony subpoenas for officers in man’s death
ATLANTA (AP) — Testimonies from officers involved in the 2016 killing of a black schizophrenic college student won't be heard by an Atlanta-area grand jury next week.
- Business WireMBT INVESTOR ALERT: Rosen Law Firm Announces Investigation of Securities Claims Against Mobile TeleSystems PJSC – MBTMarch 8, 2019
- Globe NewswireKing & Spalding Adds Former DOJ Assistant Branch Director to D.C. OfficeJanuary 16, 2019
- BusinessWireSenior DOJ Enforcement Attorney Josh Van Eaton Joins Beveridge & DiamondDecember 17, 2018
- Globe NewswireBragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. is Investigating MoneyGram International, Inc. (MGI) on Behalf of Stockholders and Encourages MGI Investors to Contact the FirmNovember 14, 2018
Motorcycle gang members charged with murder, racketeering
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several members of the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club have been indicted by a federal grand jury on murder, kidnapping and racketeering conspiracy charges.
The U.S. Department of Justice says the gang has ties in Washington and Oregon.
Mississippi asks judge to throw out mental health lawsuit
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging how the state runs its mental health system, but the U.S. Department of Justice, in papers filed last week, urges the judge to reject both of the state's arguments.
2 soldiers accused of arranging fraudulent marriages
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused two Fort Bragg soldiers of arranging fraudulent marriages between soldiers and immigrants in exchange for money, furniture and housing.
News outlets report the U.S. Department of Justice said arrest warrants were issued for Sgt. Edward Kumi Anguah and Pvt. Ahmid Mohammed-Murtadaas well as a third person on charges of marriage fraud, misuse of visas and aiding and abetting.
Shutdown leads to delays in lawsuits against government
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — During the longest-ever government shutdown, the federal judiciary has remained open, allowing the wheels of justice to keep turning in most criminal cases. But many civil cases have come to a halt because the U.S. Department of Justice doesn't have enough attorneys working to handle them.
Tennessee man sentenced for embezzling $178K from trust
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A former 911 director in Tennessee has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for embezzlement.
The Jackson Sun cited a release from the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday that said 42-year-old Brian Black of Dyersburg was sentenced and will face another hearing to determine how much restitution he will be required to pay.
Sheriff says fight among teen detainees led to suspensions
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff says a fight involving more than a dozen teenagers at a juvenile detention facility is what led to the suspension of five corrections officers.
Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner tells news outlets in Memphis that two teen detainees were injured during the fight earlier this month at the facility that holds juveniles charged with crimes.
Bonner said a television and windows were broken, and the fight caused about $3,500 in damage.
Justice Department opinion could threaten online gambling
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice made public Monday could threaten the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines such as poker.
Louisiana gets $1.2M grant to aid child trafficking victims
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is receiving a $1.2 million, three-year federal grant to assist child victims of human trafficking.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and his wife Donna announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime at an event Wednesday. The money will help create the Louisiana Child Trafficking Collaborative, a network of resources to combat juvenile trafficking.
The Latest: Judge: Women could lose birth control under rule
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing on California's attempt to block new birth control rules by the Trump administration (all times local):
A U.S. judge in California says new rules by the Trump administration would result in a substantial number of women losing birth control coverage.
Judge Haywood Gilliam made the comment Friday during a hearing in Oakland to decide whether to block the rules.
Gorsuch named as trustee of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has been elected to serve as a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Gorsuch was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump and took his seat in April 2017. He previously served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and at the U.S. Department of Justice as principal deputy associate attorney general.
Colonial Williamsburg is the world's largest living history museum.
New Reno community court will handle nuisance crimes
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno Municipal Court has been awarded a $200,000 grant to operate a downtown community court to handle misdemeanors involving nuisance crimes.
City officials say the specialty courts have been used effectively in other places under a format established by the Center for Court Innovation in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Trump officials seek dismissal of separated families’ suit
BOSTON (AP) — The federal government is urging a judge to throw out a lawsuit seeking monetary damages on behalf of children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys said in a brief filed Tuesday that Supreme Court precedent bars such a lawsuit for damages on challenges to government policy. They also argue Trump administration officials named in the case are shielded by qualified immunity, among other things.
Oregon US attorney’s office seeks case delays in shutdown
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has sought to delay some high-profile civil cases in Oregon - including a lawsuit filed by the widow of refuge takeover spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum - as the federal government shutdown continues.
Prosecutor sues Justice Department over man shot 59 times
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over its refusal to provide information about how officers shot 59 bullets into a schizophrenic college student.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Friday that federal authorities have blocked his prosecutors from interviewing the officers who killed Jamarion Robinson, 26.
Federal government intervenes in hospital whistleblower suit
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government is joining a lawsuit against a West Virginia hospital, alleging it improperly issued payments and kickbacks to physicians under the direction of the chief executive officer and management firm.
The lawsuit was unsealed and made public for the first time Friday after originally being filed in 2017. It was made public because the U.S. Department of Justice filed notice with the federal district court it would intervene in the case.
Airbus shares drop on report of US corruption investigation
PARIS (AP) — Airbus shares are sinking on a French news report that the U.S. Department of Justice has opened an official investigation into alleged corruption by the European plane-maker.
British and French authorities were already investigating alleged fraud and bribery related to Airbus' use of outside consultants in commercial plane sales. Airbus has warned that the investigations could lead to significant penalties and promised to stop working with middlemen.
Trump plan for census citizenship question poised for trial
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's lawsuit against a Trump administration plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census moved closer to trial after a U.S. judge refused to throw out the challenge Friday.
SeaWorld says DOJ probe into ‘Blackfish’ statements is over
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. says it has been notified that the U.S. Department of Justice is ending its probe into whether company officials misled investors about the negative impact the documentary "Blackfish" was having on its business.
Monitor criticizes juvenile courts, despite end to oversight
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Despite the end to federal oversight of a Tennessee county's juvenile justice system, a U.S. Department of Justice monitor says "blatantly unfair" practices persist.
Mrs. Fields Cookies settles discrimination claim for $26K
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Cookie retailer Mrs. Fields will pay more than $26,000 in penalties to settle a claim that it discriminated against non-U.S. citizens authorized to work.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the agreement in a news release Thursday with the Broomfield, Colorado-based company.
Chicago Police moves to help solve homicide cases
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police have worked hard to reduce the number of homicides in the city and now they're making a move they hope will increase the number of homicides they solve.
New York man gets prison for trying to sell fake cocaine
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to prison for trying to sell seven kilograms of fake cocaine to an undercover agent in Delaware.
Citing a U.S. Department of Justice release, The News Journal reports 30-year-old Roger Mercedes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and was sentenced to two years in federal prison Nov. 29.