Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

US alleges visa fraud scheme targeting American research

Sep. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chinese government employee was arrested Monday after the Justice Department linked him to a visa fraud scheme intended to help others enter the United States to recruit research talent. Zhongsan Liu, 57, was charged in federal court in Manhattan with one count of conspiracy to commit...

Epstein accusers denied compensation in victims' rights case

Sep. 16, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

A group of women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein suffered a setback Monday in their decade-long legal fight over a plea deal that allowed the financier to avoid a lengthy prison term. A federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled that the women were not entitled to compensation from the...

Justice Dept. opposes House request for Mueller materials

Sep. 13, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department told a judge Friday that the House Judiciary Committee shouldn't get access to secret grand jury material amassed during the special counsel's Russia investigation, even as it weighs whether to pursue impeachment. The response comes nearly two months after the...

UPS to pay $8.4M to settle claim of overcharging government

Sep. 13, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says United Parcel Service Inc. must pay $8.4 million to settle allegations that the company was overcharging the federal government for package deliveries. The settlement was announced Friday. The Justice Department alleges UPS failed to abide by terms of its...

Appeals court revives suit against Trump over business ties

Sep. 13, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit by restaurant workers and a prominent restaurateur and hotelier who say President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution was restored Friday by a federal appeals court after a judge on a lower court dismissed it. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S....

US wants $100,000-plus from immigrant who sued over forgery

Sep. 12, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Mexican immigrant who was nearly deported after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer forged a document in his case brought about change by suing over the misconduct. Ignacio Lanuza's lawsuit helped prompt a criminal investigation that sent the lawyer to jail, established legal...

Ex-FBI No. 2 official faces prospect of criminal charges

Sep. 12, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's wrath, faces the prospect of criminal charges after his lawyers failed to persuade senior Justice Department officials that he didn't intentionally lie to internal investigators. Two people familiar...

How 2020 Democrats want to overhaul criminal justice laws

Sep. 10, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every top Democratic presidential contender is touting a detailed overhaul of the criminal justice system to end rules and practices that have been blamed for the mass incarceration of a generation of African Americans. The proposals illustrate the influence of black voters in the primary...

Mississippi man gets 11 years for his part in cross burning

Sep. 10, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A white Mississippi man received an 11-year prison sentence Tuesday for his part in burning a cross near the home of an African American family. Louie Bernard Revette, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett in Hattiesburg, the Justice Department said. Revette pleaded...

Big Tech faces a new set of foes: nearly all 50 US states

Sep. 10, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

Big tech companies have long rebuffed attempts by the U.S. federal government to scrutinize or scale back their market power. Now they face a scrappy new coalition as well: prosecutors from nearly all 50 states. In a rare show of bipartisan force, attorneys general from 48 states along with Puerto Rico and the...