Tag: Justice Department

Former Angels Employee Charged in Pitcher’s Overdose Death

A former employee of the Los Angeles Angels was charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with the fatal overdose of Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher for the team, federal prosecutors announced on Friday. The former employee, Eric Prescott Kay, who worked as the team’s communications director, surrendered himself in Fort Worth and appeared before […]

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House Can Sue to Force Testimony From McGahn, Appeals Court Rules

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee can sue to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in a 7-to-2 decision that enforcement of congressional subpoenas was crucial to […]

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Nixon Also Called In the Military Against Protesters

In the spring of 1971, Richard Nixon found himself in a situation not unlike President Trump’s. His approval rating was falling — in Mr. Nixon’s case, to a first-term low — just as an energetic social movement was hitting the streets. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Nixon was tempted to use military force to counter those […]

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Will Bill Barr Try to Help Trump Win the Election?

Today, Wednesday, marks 90 days before the presidential election, a date in the calendar that is supposed to be of special note to the Justice Department. That’s because of two department guidelines, one a written policy that no action be influenced in any way by politics. Another, unwritten norm urges officials to defer publicly charging […]

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I’m the Police Chief in Portland. Violence Isn’t the Answer.

After the horrendous killing of George Floyd, people in Portland, Ore., joined with thousands across the country in demonstrations to address police reform and widespread systemic racism. The leaders of the Portland Police Bureau denounced this tragic death, and we reiterated our willingness to engage in reforms. But Portland has now faced weeks of extreme […]

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Trump Officials Reconsider Prosecuting ISIS ‘Beatles’ Without Death Penalty

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is trying again to find a way to resolve the cases of two British Islamic State detainees who are notorious for their roles in the torture and killing of Western hostages, and who have been held in indefinite wartime detention by the American military in Iraq since October, according to […]

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Trump Still Defers to Putin, Even as He Dismisses U.S. Intelligence and the Allies

WASHINGTON — On the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president four years ago, Donald J. Trump declared that he would pull out of NATO if American allies did not pay more for their defense, waving away the thought that it would play into the hands of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who […]

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4 Guards Charged in Inmate’s Beating at Alabama Prison

Four men who worked as corrections officers in Alabama have been charged by the Justice Department with crimes including civil rights violations and obstruction of justice in the beating of an inmate in 2018, according to a newly-unsealed indictment. The criminal case was announced less than a week after federal investigators released a highly critical […]

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Full Appeals Court Agrees to Hear Request to End Michael Flynn Case

WASHINGTON — The entire Federal Appeals Court in Washington said on Thursday that it would take up a case involving Attorney General William P. Barr’s decision to drop the prosecution of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, erasing a split decision by a three-judge panel in June ordering an immediate end to […]

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Barr Repeats Trump Falsehoods in Congressional Testimony

Attorney General William P. Barr, in a contentious congressional hearing on Tuesday, defended President Trump and the Justice Department on a variety of matters. Here is a fact-check. What Mr. Barr SAID “The president has not attempted to interfere in these decisions. On the contrary, he has told me from the start that he expects […]

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats in Testimony, Defending Protests Response

Attorney General William P. Barr vigorously defended the federal response to nationwide protests and civil unrest in a combative congressional hearing on Tuesday where Democrats accused him and other Trump administration officials of suppressing protesters’ rights in an overly violent crackdown. The attorney general also insisted that he intervened in the criminal cases of President […]

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats, Defending Responses to Protests and Russia Inquiry

Attorney General William P. Barr vigorously defended the federal response to nationwide protests and civil unrest in a combative congressional hearing on Tuesday where Democrats accused him and other Trump administration officials of suppressing protesters’ rights in an overly violent crackdown. The attorney general also insisted that he intervened in the criminal cases of President […]

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Barr to Testify on Protest Response, Mueller Inquiry and Other Issues

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr will travel to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for his first congressional testimony in more than a year, and lawmakers are prepared to press for explanations on the federal response to nationwide protests of police killings of Black Americans and the handling of criminal cases involving President Trump’s allies. […]

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Barr Defends Protest Response and Criticizes Russia Inquiry Ahead of Testimony

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr defended the federal response to the protests and unrest around the nation in recent weeks, declaring in comments released late Monday that the rule of law must be upheld as “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction” in places like Portland, […]

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The Federal Death Penalty Can Be Administered Fairly

This month, for the first time in 17 years, the United States resumed carrying out death sentences for federal crimes. On July 14, Daniel Lewis Lee was executed for the 1996 murder of a family, including an 8-year-old girl, by suffocating and drowning them in the Illinois Bayou after robbing them to fund a white-supremacist […]

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Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A year ago, antitrust officials from Australia, Brazil, China, Japan and eight other countries enjoyed $110-a-plate steak dinners and unlimited pours from $70 bottles of wine at a beachfront hotel surrounded by panoramic views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. The opulent meal was the culmination of a weeklong […]

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Routine Beatings of Inmates in Alabama Prisons Go Ignored, U.S. Says

One prisoner who died had intracranial bleeding, nose and eye socket fractures and six teeth knocked out. Corrections officers who had brutalized him said he fell from a bunk bed. Another inmate defecated on himself after a guard struck him 19 times with a baton, even though he was handcuffed. And then there was a […]

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Yoo Hyuk-kee, South Korea’s Most-Wanted Man, Arrested in New York

SEOUL, South Korea — One of South Korea’s most notorious fugitives was arrested in the United States this week on ​ embezzlement charges ​at home stemming from the 2014 sinking of a ferry that killed more than 300 people, many of them high school students. Yoo Hyuk-kee, 48, was arrested on Wednesday without incident at […]

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Accuse, Evict, Repeat: Why Punishing China and Russia for Cyberattacks Fails

As smoke poured from the Chinese Consulate in Houston on Wednesday, the product of an old-fashioned ritual in which evicted diplomats touch off a bonfire of classified documents after being ordered to leave the country, Trump administration officials boasted that they were hitting Beijing where it hurt — in one of the epicenters of its […]

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Government Denies Cohen Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

The Trump administration denied on Wednesday that it had returned Michael D. Cohen to prison in retaliation for his decision to publish a jailhouse tell-all book about his former boss, the president. The government said in newly filed court papers that the decision to send Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer and lawyer, back to […]

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U.S. Deports Terrorism Convict It Had Sought to Hold Indefinitely

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it had deported a stateless Palestinian man who had completed a terrorism-related prison sentence, averting a legal showdown over whether the federal government has the authority in some cases to indefinitely detain a noncitizen. The […]

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Painting Bleak Portrait of Urban Crime, Trump Sends More Agents to Chicago and Other Cities

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department would send hundreds of additional federal agents into cities to confront a rise in shootings and other crime, escalating his dark rhetoric about urban crime and bashing local elected officials who have been wary of intervention by his administration. Mr. Trump, who has sought […]

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U.S. Accuses Pair of Trying to Steal Virus Vaccine Data for China

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department accused a pair of Chinese hackers on Tuesday of targeting vaccine development on behalf of the country’s intelligence service as part of broader yearslong campaign of cybertheft aimed at an array of industries including defense contractors, high-end manufacturing and solar energy companies. Justice Department officials called the suspects a blended […]

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This 19th-Century Law Helps Shape Criminal Justice in Indian Country

There was something of a scramble, after the Supreme Court ruled in McGirt v. Oklahoma that much of Eastern Oklahoma was now officially Indian Country. Under the doctrine of tribal sovereignty, the state of Oklahoma could no longer prosecute serious felony cases involving Native Americans on reservation land. But there was little clarity about other […]

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F.B.I. Agent in Russia Inquiry Saw Basis in Early 2017 to Doubt Dossier

WASHINGTON — A top F.B.I. agent recognized by February 2017 that a now notorious dossier of claims about purported Trump-Russia ties had credibility problems, but the Justice Department continued to rely on it as part of its basis to renew permission to wiretap a former Trump campaign adviser, documents released on Friday showed. The documents […]

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The Justice Department’s Shameful Rush to Federal Executions

Early on Tuesday morning, while much of the country was still asleep, the federal government executed its first death-row prisoner in 17 years. We are among the lawyers who represented the prisoner who was killed, Daniel Lee. Make no mistake: The circumstances of Mr. Lee’s execution are a vivid illustration of the serious problems with […]

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For Third Time This Week, the Federal Government Carries Out an Execution

WASHINGTON — A 52-year-old man was put to death on Friday for the 1993 murders of five people, the third federal execution this week after a 17-year hiatus of federal capital punishment. The execution of Dustin Lee Honken proceeded without any last-minute delays, unlike those of the two other federal inmates who had been put […]

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Dustin Honken Executed: Third Federal Government Execution This Week

WASHINGTON — A 52-year-old man was put to death on Friday for the 1993 murders of five people, the third federal execution this week after a 17-year hiatus of federal capital punishment. The execution of Dustin Lee Honken proceeded without any last-minute delays, unlike those of the two other federal inmates who had been put […]

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Government Executes Wesley Ira Purkey, Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department executed a 68-year-old man on Thursday for the gruesome murder in 1998 of a teenage girl, the second time this week the federal government has carried out capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., by lethal […]

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Government Executes Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department executed a 68-year-old man on Thursday for the gruesome murder in 1998 of a teenage girl, the second time this week the federal government has carried out capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., by lethal […]

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