Prosecutors Reportedly Asked About Trump’s Role in Jan. 6 Riot

A court filing by a defendant in a Capitol riot case said the Justice Department was looking for information about a possible “organized conspiracy” involving the former president.

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Once a Trump Foil, Michael Avenatti Says Jail Treatment Was Payback

Mr. Avenatti, who was convicted in California of trying to extort Nike, is awaiting trial in New York on charges that he stole about $300,000 from Stormy Daniels.

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New Rule Makes Thousands of Federal Inmates Eligible for Release

The Justice Department issued guidelines that allow more prisoners to participate in a program to earn shorter terms under the 2018 bipartisan criminal justice law.

#criminal-justice, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-politics-and-government

Oath Keepers Leader Stewart Rhodes Arrested in Jan. 6 Inquiry

The F.B.I. arrested Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right militia, in a major step forward in the investigation into the attack on the Capitol by supporters of Donald J. Trump.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #oath-keepers, #proud-boys, #rhodes-stewart-1966, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Oath Keepers Leader Stewart Rhodes Arrested in Jan. 6 Investigation

The F.B.I. arrested Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right militia, in a major step forward in the investigation into the attack on the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #oath-keepers, #proud-boys, #rhodes-stewart-1966, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Before Elections, Georgia Republicans Again Consider Voting Restrictions

A sweeping 2021 law drew a legal complaint from the Justice Department. Legislators in the state are considering several new measures focused on ballot access and fraud investigations.

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Amtrak Pays $2 Million to Passengers With Disabilities Who Faced Obstacles at Stations

Under a settlement agreement, the railroad will also overhaul 135 train stations to make them accessible to all.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #amtrak, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #disabilities, #discrimination, #justice-department, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

Gaetz’s Ex-Girlfriend Testifies Before Federal Grand Jury

The development suggests that the Justice Department may have secured a key witness in its child sex trafficking investigation of Representative Matt Gaetz.

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Justice Dept. Forms Domestic Terrorism Unit

The move is in keeping with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s vow to make combating domestic terrorism a priority.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #olsen-matthew-g, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

Michael Carvajal Is Resigning After Rocky Tenure

Michael Carvajal took over the Bureau of Prisons in February 2020, just as the coronavirus began to sweep through the nation’s prisons.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #carvajal-michael, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #prisons-and-prisoners

Rabbi Shot in Synagogue Attack Is Sentenced to Prison in Fraud Schemes

Yisroel Goldstein, who was wounded in the deadly 2019 attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue, north of San Diego, was sentenced to 14 months in fraud schemes in which, prosecutors say, he received more than $500,000.

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Merrick Garland Vows to Pursue Jan. 6 Inquiry ‘at Any Level’

The remarks came as Merrick B. Garland faces pressure from Democrats to more aggressively investigate any role that Donald J. Trump and his allies may have played in encouraging the violence.

#garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Prosecutors Move Quickly on Jan. 6 Cases, but Big Questions Remain

In the year since the assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, more than 700 people have been arrested, with little public indication from the Justice Department of how high the investigation might reach.

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U.S. Seizes a Suspect in Assassination of Haiti’s President

A former Colombian commando is the first to face U.S. prosecution in the killing of Jovenel Moïse, after agents flew him to Miami from Panama.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #ctu-security, #haiti, #justice-department, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #miami-fla, #moise-jovenel-1968, #panama

The Jan 6. Capitol Riot Committee’s Consideration of a Criminal Referral, Explained

The House panel does not have the authority to pursue criminal charges, but it can provide the Justice Department with evidence of any wrongdoing it unearths in its investigation.

#cheney-liz, #garland-merrick-b, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Jan. 6 Committee’s Consideration of a Criminal Referral, Explained

The House panel does not have the authority to pursue criminal charges, but it can provide the Justice Department with evidence of any wrongdoing it unearths in its investigation.

#cheney-liz, #garland-merrick-b, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Prosecute Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 Coup Attempt?

Readers discuss an essay urging a Justice Department investigation. Also: Anthony Fauci; Covid frustration; Betty White; women’s wages; Black voters.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #fauci-anthony-s, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #republican-party, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #white-betty, #women-and-girls

Will Donald Trump Get Away With Inciting an Insurrection?

Trying to upend a free and fair election is one of the gravest crimes imaginable. We’re worried Merrick Garland isn’t taking it seriously enough.

#garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Proud Boys Member Pleads Guilty and Will Cooperate in Jan. 6 Riot Inquiry

Matthew Greene, 34, who was “among the first wave” to rush up the Capitol steps, pleaded guilty to two charges and agreed to cooperate with the government, federal prosecutors said.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #justice-department, #matthew-greene, #pepe-william-1989, #pezzola-dominic, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #syracuse-ny, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Taylor Energy to Pay $43 Million for Longest-Running Oil Spill in U.S. History

Taylor Energy’s undersea wells have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since 2004, when they were damaged by Hurricane Ivan.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gulf-of-mexico, #justice-department, #louisiana, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #taylor-energy-co

In a Boston Court, a Superstar of Science Falls to Earth

A jury found Harvard chemist Charles Lieber guilty of lying to the federal government about his participation in China’s Thousand Talents recruitment program.

#china-initiative, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #harvard-university, #justice-department, #lieber-charles-m-1959, #science-and-technology, #wuhan-university

Justice Dept. Says Some Inmates Can Stay Confined at Home

The move reverses a Trump-era decision that would have sent nearly all of the thousands of inmates released to home confinement during the pandemic back to prison.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #criminal-justice, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #office-of-legal-counsel-us, #prisons-and-prisoners, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

In a Boston Court, a Harsh Spotlight Falls on a Heavyweight of Science

The trial of Charles Lieber offers a peek inside the world of big-money, big-prestige science as the U.S. cracked down on Chinese funding.

#china-initiative, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #harvard-university, #justice-department, #lieber-charles-m-1959, #science-and-technology, #wuhan-university

Jan. 6 Committee Weighs Possibility of Criminal Referrals

The House panel is examining whether there is enough evidence to recommend that the Justice Department pursue cases against Donald J. Trump and others.

#cheney-liz, #garland-merrick-b, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stepien-bill, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #thompson-bennie-g, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Covid Vaccine Mandate Reinstated for Large Businesses

The decision, by a split three-judge panel, overturned an earlier ruling that had blocked a Biden administration rule requiring companies with more than 100 employees mandate vaccinations or testing for workers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #national-retail-federation, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Defense Contractor Tried to Give Classified Information to Russia, U.S. Says

John Murray Rowe Jr. was arrested Wednesday on espionage-related charges. The Justice Department said he had exchanged more than 300 emails with an F.B.I. employee posing as a Russian agent.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #south-dakota, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Judge Overturns Purdue Pharma’s Opioid Settlement

The ruling said the company’s owners, members of the Sackler family, could not receive protection from civil lawsuits in return for a $4.5 billion contribution.

#appeals-courts-us, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #justice-department, #office-of-the-united-states-trustee, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Families of Boeing Crash Victims Say U.S. Failed to Consult Them

Families of people killed in two 737 Max crashes said in a court filing that the Department of Justice’s settlement with Boeing violated a federal law meant to protect victims.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #criminal-justice, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j

How Ashley Biden’s Diary Made Its Way to Project Veritas

New details shed light on the federal investigation into the conservative group’s acquisition last year of a journal kept by the president’s daughter.

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Trump Found Crucial Support in Congress as He Fought to Stay in Power

A small circle of Republican lawmakers, working closely with President Donald J. Trump’s chief of staff, took on an outsize role in pressuring the Justice Department, amplifying conspiracy theories and flooding the courts in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

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Landlord Accused of Demanding Sex From Tenants to Pay $4.5 Million

A federal civil rights suit had accused Joseph Centanni of demanding sexual acts from tenants in Elizabeth, N.J. He denied wrongdoing, but agreed to pay.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #compensation-for-damages-law, #elizabeth-nj, #justice-department, #landlords, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Judge Clarifies Order on New York Times Coverage of Project Veritas

The decision allows some latitude for reporting until a final ruling is reached. The Times said the order remained “an unconstitutional prior restraint that should be dissolved.”

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House Set to Refer Contempt Charge Against Meadows in Jan. 6 Inquiry

The former White House chief of staff previously provided the committee with thousands of pages of documents, including text messages he received on Jan. 6.

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Derek Chauvin Appears Likely to Plead Guilty to Federal Crimes

A change of plea hearing has been set for Mr. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was found guilty of murdering George Floyd in April.

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Penguin Random House Defends Effort to Buy Simon & Schuster

The Biden administration has challenged the deal over concerns it would harm authors, but the publisher said that argument is a misunderstanding of how the book industry works.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #justice-department, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #penguin-random-house, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #simonschuster-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #writing-and-writers

Evidence Muddles Durham’s Case on Sussmann’s F.B.I. Meeting

One disclosure dovetails with the special counsel John Durham’s indictment against Michael Sussmann, while several others clash with it.

#baker-james-a-attorney, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #sussmann-michael

Judge Appoints Special Master to Review Material Seized From Project Veritas

The group had sought the action to protect material covered by attorney-client privilege and what it said were its First Amendment rights.

#biden-ashley-1981, #diaries, #justice-department, #project-veritas, #torres-analisa-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Files Voting Rights Suit Against Texas Over Map

The department said the state’s redistricting plan would violate the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against minority voters.

#black-people, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #hispanic-americans, #justice-department, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

Justice Department Closes Emmett Till Investigation Without Charges

The department said it could not corroborate a book’s claim that a central witness had recanted her statements about Emmett, a Black teenager killed by two white men in 1955.

#black-people, #donham-carolyn-bryant, #hate-crimes, #justice-department, #mississippi, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity, #statutes-of-limitations, #till-emmett-louis

Justice Dept. Files Voting Rights Suit Against Texas Over New Map

The department said the state’s redistricting plan would violate the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against minority voters.

#discrimination, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #justice-department, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

Who Will Hold Prosecutors Accountable?

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility needs an overhaul.

#criminal-justice, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #office-of-professional-responsibility, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Federal Scrutiny of Cuomo Widens to His Office’s Treatment of Women

The Justice Department opened an inquiry into reports of sexual harassment and retaliation in the former governor’s administration.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #cuomo-andrew-m, #hochul-kathleen-c, #justice-department, #new-york-state, #sexual-harassment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Mount Vernon, N.Y., Police Face Federal Civil Rights Investigation

The inquiry will focus on whether the Mount Vernon department engaged in a “pattern or practice of unlawful policing,” officials said.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #corruption-institutional, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #gothamist-llc, #justice-department, #mount-vernon-ny, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #williams-damian-attorney

Jan. 6 Panel Seeks Contempt Charge for Jeffrey Clark

The House committee investigating the Capitol riot agreed to delay action against Jeffrey Clark until after he could be interviewed again.

#clark-jeffrey-b-1967, #executive-privilege-doctrine-of, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supervised Injection Sites for Drug Users to Open in New York City

The Manhattan facilities will provide clean needles, administer medication to reverse overdoses and provide users with options for addiction treatment.

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Jan. 6 Panel to Propose Charging Jeffrey Clark With Contempt

The committee investigating the Capitol riot will consider recommending criminal charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official.

#clark-jeffrey-b-1967, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Taliban and 9/11 Families Fight for Billions in Frozen Afghan Funds

The White House must figure out what to do with the Afghan central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve, now frozen under U.S. law.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #humanitarian-aid, #justice-department, #national-security-council, #september-11-2001, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Order Blocking New York Times Coverage of Project Veritas Stays in Place

A New York trial judge said he needed more time to deliberate on an order that the newspaper argued violates the First Amendment.

#first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #justice-department, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #okeefe-james-e-iii, #project-veritas, #wood-charles-d

Steve Bannon and a Cautionary Tale on Congressional Power

The actions of the House Committee on Un-American Activities show how Congress’s power to hold witnesses in contempt is a tool prone to abuse.

#bannon-stephen-k, #house-committee-on-un-american-activities, #justice-department, #mccarthy-joseph, #united-states-politics-and-government

Court Urged to Let Jan. 6 Panel See Trump White House Files

In appellate briefs, lawyers for the House and the Justice Department argued against the former president’s claim of executive privilege.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #executive-privilege-doctrine-of, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #national-archives-and-records-administration, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government