Latest Obstruction of justice News

Ex-grand juror guilty of revealing Florida man's indictment

Jun. 19, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former member of a Miami federal grand jury has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after revealing a secret indictment to a Florida man's girlfriend. The Miami U.S. attorney's office reported Tuesday that 37-year-old Leslie Lynn Heburn faces up to 10 years in prison after entering her...

Ex-North Carolina DA convicted of hiring fellow DA's wife

Jun. 19, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two former prosecutors have themselves been prosecuted after hiring each other's wives to get around ethics rules in North Carolina. News outlets reported that one of the former prosecutors pleaded guilty and testified against the other, who was sentenced Tuesday to between four and 14...

Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort ahead of trial

Jun. 15, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed Friday after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The order by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson adds to the already intense pressure...

Woman pleads guilty to faking will to stop house seizure

Jun. 14, 2018 7:51 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to faking a will to keep a drug dealer's home from being seized by the government. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 38-year-old Samantha Smith entered the plea Tuesday for conspiracy to obstruct justice. Smith's charges stem from the prosecution...

Prophet of Utah doomsday cult pleads guilty to child bigamy

Jun. 13, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A self-styled prophet who helped lead a Utah doomsday cult that believed in polygamy pleaded guilty to sodomy and child bigamy charges in a central Utah courtroom Wednesday. John Coltharp, 34, agreed to the plea deal in Manti, Utah, in exchange for prosecutors dropping kidnapping and...

2 gamers plead not guilty in Kansas 'swatting' death

Jun. 13, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two online gamers whose dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty WWII video game bet allegedly led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a "swatting" case that drew national attention. Casey Viner, 18, of North College Hill, Ohio, and Shane Gaskill,...

Latest: Judge: Gamers cannot play pending 'swatting' trial

Jun. 13, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on two gamers charged in fatal "swatting" call in Wichita (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Two gamers whose online dispute over a video game allegedly led to a swatting call that resulted in police fatally shooting a Wichita, Kansas, man were prohibited from any online gaming...

Judge halts 3D model evidence in FBI agent's Oregon shooting

Jun. 12, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 3D model can't be used as evidence in the upcoming trial of an FBI agent accused of lying about firing two shots at a key figure in the 2016 takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the model pinpoints where...

Manafort faces new charges in Russia probe

Jun. 9, 2018 12:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought new obstruction charges against President Donald Trump's campaign chairman and a longtime associate who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence. The indictment was unsealed Friday against Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik just...

New charges filed against Manafort in Russia probe

Jun. 8, 2018 10:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought new obstruction charges against President Donald Trump's campaign chairman and a longtime associate who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence. The indictment was unsealed Friday against Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik just...