Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Judge holds veteran journalist Catherine Herridge in civil contempt for refusing to divulge source

Feb. 29, 2024 22:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge held veteran investigative reporter Catherine Herridge in civil contempt on Thursday for refusing to divulge her source for a series of Fox News stories about a Chinese American scientist who was investigated by the FBI but never charged. U.S....

Mississippi police unconstitutionally jailed people for unpaid fines, Justice Department says

Feb. 29, 2024 18:18 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police department in one of the nation's poorest counties unconstitutionally jailed people for unpaid fines without first assessing whether they could afford to pay them, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. The announcement comes amid...

Democratic lawmakers ask Justice Department to probe Tennessee's voting rights restoration changes

Feb. 29, 2024 18:14 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of Democratic Tennessee lawmakers is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate how the state has further restricted the process for people with felony records to get their voting rights back. According to the letter, 22 Democratic...

Justice Department finds problems with violence, gangs and poor conditions in 3 Mississippi prisons

Feb. 28, 2024 18:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gangs, violence and sexual assaults are a problem in three Mississippi prisons because the facilities are short-staffed and inmates are sometimes left unsupervised, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a report Wednesday. The department said the state failed...

Family Dollar Stores agrees to pay $41.6M for rodent-infested warehouse in Arkansas

Feb. 26, 2024 19:36 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Family Dollar Stores, a subsidiary of Dollar Tree Inc., pleaded guilty Monday to holding food, drugs, cosmetics and other items under “insanitary” conditions at a now-closed, rodent-infested distribution center in West Memphis, Arkansas, federal prosecutors said. ...

US government may sue PacifiCorp, a Warren Buffett utility, for nearly $1B in wildfire costs

Feb. 26, 2024 18:11 PM EST

The U.S. government is threatening to sue PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, to recover nearly $1 billion in costs related to the 2020 wildfires in southern Oregon and northern California, though the company is trying to negotiate a settlement. The...

Third suspect in plot to kill Iranian American author on US soil extradited to face charges

Feb. 21, 2024 16:48 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suspect charged in a plot to kill an Iranian American author and activist has been extradited from the Czech Republic to face charges, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Polad Omarov was arrested by Czech officials in January 2023, when charges were...

Justice Department, Louisville negotiating federal settlement on city's policing practices

Feb. 20, 2024 17:30 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has started negotiations on a settlement with the city of Louisville after federal officials released a report detailing a pattern of racial discrimination by the city's police force. The multiyear federal investigation was...

First federal trial for a hate crime based on gender identity starts over trans woman's killing

Feb. 20, 2024 13:53 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first federal trial over a hate crime based on gender identity began Tuesday in South Carolina, where a man faces charges that he killed a Black transgender woman and then fled to New York. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that in August 2019, Daqua...

Judge expresses skepticism at Texas law that lets police arrest migrants for illegal entry

Feb. 15, 2024 17:34 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday voiced concerns over a Texas law that would give police broad authority to arrest migrants on charges of illegal entry starting in March, saying it would be a “nightmare” if the U.S. became a patchwork of states enforcing different immigration...