Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Report: California gun data breach was unintentional

Nov. 30, 2022 20:52 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Department of Justice mistakenly posted the names, addresses and birthdays of nearly 200,000 gun owners on the internet because officials didn't follow policies or understand how to operate their website, according to an investigation released Wednesday. ...

Judge OKs federal intervention in struggling water system

Nov. 30, 2022 18:57 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has won a federal judge's approval to carry out a rare intervention to improve the precarious water system in Mississippi’s capital city, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday, months after the system's partial failure. ...

Sedition trial win bolsters Justice Dept. in Jan. 6 probe

Nov. 30, 2022 17:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The seditious conspiracy convictions of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and another leader in the far-right extremist group show that jurors are willing to hold accountable not just the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but those who schemed to subvert...

Oath Keepers' Rhodes guilty of Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy

Nov. 29, 2022 20:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was convicted Tuesday of seditious conspiracy for a violent plot to overturn President Joe Biden’s election, handing the Justice Department a major victory in its massive prosecution of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. A...

Naturopath who sold fake vaccine cards gets nearly 3 years

Nov. 29, 2022 20:27 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A naturopathic doctor who sold fake COVID-19 immunization treatments and fraudulent vaccination cards during the height of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced in California on Tuesday to nearly three years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Juli A. Mazi...

Justice Department intervenes for struggling water system

Nov. 29, 2022 17:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Justice Department made a rare intervention Tuesday to try to bring improvements in the beleaguered water system in Mississippi's capital city, which nearly collapsed in late summer and continues to struggle. The department filed a proposal to appoint a...

Wife of Texas man killed by police in Arizona settles suit

Nov. 23, 2022 13:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The widow of an unarmed Texas man fatally shot by police outside his suburban Phoenix hotel room in 2016 has agreed to settle her wrongful death lawsuit. A notice of settlement filed Tuesday in federal court in Arizona shows that Laney Sweet, the wife of Daniel...

Biden to extend student loan pause as court battle drags on

Nov. 22, 2022 19:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that his administration will extend a pause on federal student loan payments while the White House fights a legal battle to save his plan to cancel portions of the debt. "It isn't fair to ask tens of millions of borrowers...

Court seems skeptical of Trump claims in Mar-a-Lago case

Nov. 22, 2022 18:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared deeply skeptical Tuesday that former President Donald Trump was entitled to challenge an FBI search of his Florida estate or to have an independent arbiter review documents that were seized from the home. A three-judge panel of the...

Taylor Swift ticket trouble could drive political engagement

Nov. 22, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Some of Taylor Swift’s fans want you to know three things: They’re not still 16, they have careers and resources and, right now, they’re angry. That’s a powerful political motivator, researchers say. Look what Ticketmaster made them do. It started Nov. 15, when...