Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Immigration judge, subject of complaint by lawyers, retires

Apr. 17, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Immigration Court judge who was the subject of a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department involving hostile and biased treatment of immigrants abruptly quit his post this week. In a letter announcing his retirement, Judge Nicholas...

Lawyers: DOJ defense in Trump defamation suit is 'dangerous'

Apr. 17, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

The U.S. Justice Department made a “wrong and dangerous” argument in seeking to defend former President Donald Trump against a former advice columnist’s claim that he defamed her when he denied her allegation of rape, her lawyers have told a court. During Trump's...

Justice Department sues Roger Stone over $2M in unpaid taxes

Apr. 16, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone on Friday, accusing the conservative provocateur and his wife of failing to pay nearly $2 million in income tax. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It alleges...

Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

Apr. 16, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and heavy metal guitarist on Friday became the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band...

Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees

Apr. 16, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday rescinded a Trump-era memo that curtailed the use of consent decrees that federal prosecutors have used in sweeping investigations of police departments. Garland issued a new memorandum to all U.S. attorneys...

AP sources: Tool behind crackdown on opioids could expire

Apr. 15, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has been slow-walking its work on the extension of a legislative order that would keep in place a sweeping tool that's helped federal agents crack down on drugs chemically similar to fentanyl, three people familiar with the matter told The...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin defense suggests prone position not risky

Apr. 14, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The attorney for the former officer charged with killing George Floyd says several studies suggest police can safely use their bodyweight to hold a handcuffed suspect facedown on the ground — or prone — as Floyd was in the last minutes of his life. ...

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

Apr. 14, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors will not charge a police officer who shot and killed a woman as she climbed through the broken part of a door during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Authorities had considered...

Mississippi shuffles 2 high-level jobs in prison system

Apr. 14, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi corrections commissioner announced two changes for high-level jobs in the state prison system on Wednesday. Commissioner Burl Cain said he is appointing Marc McClure as the new superintendent of Central Mississippi Correctional...

No. 2 House Republican says GOP would act against Gaetz

Apr. 14, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 House Republican leader said Wednesday that party leaders would “take action" against Rep. Matt Gaetz if the Justice Department formally moves against the Florida lawmaker, who is under federal investigation for alleged sex trafficking. ...