Federal Prosecutors Open Criminal Inquiry of Wells Fargo’s Hiring Practices

Authorities are investigating whether the bank violated federal anti-discrimination laws by conducting sham interviews of minority candidates.

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M.T.A. Watchdog Is Named Top Deputy in U.S. Attorney’s Office

Carolyn Pokorny, who also served as a special counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, moves to the Brooklyn federal prosecutor’s office.

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U.S. Attorney Damian Williams Announces Civil Rights Push

Damian Williams, the first Black U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, noted a rise in anti-Asian and antisemitic crimes.

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Gerald Migdol Is Charged in Campaign Finance Scheme

Gerald Migdol is accused of concealing contributions to a New York City comptroller candidate to get more public-matching funds.

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Can Brooklyn’s New U.S. Attorney Help Restore Faith in Law Enforcement?

Breon S. Peace, who went to high school in Crown Heights, is taking over as top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn at a precarious moment.

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New York City’s Top Corruption Watchdog Leaving for Federal Role

Margaret Garnett, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Investigation, will resign Nov. 10 to become the No. 2 official at the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office.

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Damian Williams, the First Black U.S. Attorney of the S.D.N.Y.

Damian Williams, an unassuming figure with stellar credentials, is now the most powerful federal law enforcement official in Manhattan.

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New Top Federal Prosecutors in Manhattan and Brooklyn Are Confirmed

One of the two, Damian Williams, will be the first Black person to lead the powerful U.S. attorney’s office for New York’s Southern District.

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In Silicon Valley, Criminal Prosecutors See No Evil

The Elizabeth Holmes fraud trial is set to be a major spectacle, but tech executives generally get a pass when it comes to wrongdoing.

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Broadway, Awaiting Crowds’ Return, Will Get More Wheelchair Access

Jujamcyn Theaters, which operates five theaters on Broadway, had been accused by federal prosecutors in Manhattan of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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Schumer Seeks Appointment of First Black U.S. Attorney in Manhattan

If nominated and confirmed, Damian Williams would take over a famously independent and powerful office that is investigating Rudy Giuliani.

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Trump Justice Department Sought to Block Search of Giuliani Records

Manhattan prosecutors had been prepared to seek a search warrant for electronic records related to powerful Ukrainians who had helped Rudolph Giuliani dig for dirt on the Biden family.

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Justice Dept. to Keep Special Counsel Investigating Russia Inquiry

John H. Durham will remain as special counsel even as the Biden administration requests a mass resignation of U.S. attorneys. The prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes will also remain.

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Justice Dept. Pursues at Least 150 Suspects in Capitol Riot

Federal law enforcement officials have embarked on a nationwide manhunt as they grapple with the fallout from the government’s failure to protect the Capitol.

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Court Extends Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss’ Term, as Inauguration Nears

A quirk of legal timing had left Audrey Strauss’s tenure as acting head of the Southern District of New York set to expire just before the end of the Trump administration.

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Material From Giuliani Spurred a Separate Justice Dept. Pursuit of Hunter Biden

The inquiry, based out of Pittsburgh, was run parallel to an investigation in Delaware and raised alarms among F.B.I. agents about politicization.

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Rod Rosenstein Was Just Doing His Job

Does that really excuse him for his role in the Trump administration’s family separation policy?

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Top Justice Dept. Official Embraces Use of Sedition Charges for Protest Violence

The deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, emphasized that the sedition statute covered a variety of crimes and the push to consider it was proper.

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U.S. Prosecutors’ Bid to ‘Bury’ Evidence Draws Judge’s Wrath

In an unusual opinion, a federal judge criticized the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan for its handling of a high-stakes Iranian sanctions case.

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Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence

The extraordinary suggestion came as Attorney General William P. Barr has emerged as a messenger for President Trump’s re-election campaign.

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Top Aide in Review of Russia Inquiry Resigns From Justice Dept.

The resignation came amid increasing expectations that the department may disclose partial results from the review before it is completed but ahead of the presidential election.

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Duncan Hunter’s Wife Is Sentenced to 8 Months’ Home Confinement

Unlike her husband, a former congressman, she quickly admitted her guilt and cooperated with investigators, officials said.

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Jay Clayton, Would-Be Prosecutor, Says He’s Focused on His Current Job

Mr. Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, answered questions from House Democrats about his unusual nomination to be the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

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Inside Barr’s Effort to Undermine Prosecutors in N.Y.

The firing of the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan was foreshadowed by a disagreement over a case linked to President Trump.

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Trump Fired Her Boss. Now She’s Taking Cases That Incensed White House.

Audrey Strauss has been a behind-the-scenes force in the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan as it pursued cases against people connected to President Trump.

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Bill Barr, Not Geoffrey Berman, Should Have Lost His Job This Weekend

The attorney general, Bill Barr, undermined the rule of law by forcing out Geoffrey Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan.

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Jay Clayton, Low-Profile Regulator, Is Catapulted Into a Political Fight

Amid a muted tenure at the S.E.C., the corporate lawyer is now the Trump administration’s intended nominee to be the top prosecutor for the Southern District of New York.

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Who Can Fire a Court-Appointed U.S. Attorney? A New Legal Fight, Explained

No definitive precedent exists but there is some reason to believe that the president — but not the attorney general — has the authority.

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Justice Dept. Unit That Prosecuted Roger Stone Is Reorganized

The overhaul of a division of the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington came at the end of a brief tenure as head of the office by a longtime adviser to Attorney General William P. Barr.

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U.S. Attorney Candidate for Manhattan: A Canny Mind With Humor

As President Trump’s top choice to succeed the fired Preet Bharara, Geoffrey S. Berman has a solid résumé but not a “huge presence.”

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