Latest Merrick Garland News

Durbin: Prisons chief has 'no intention of reforming' system

Dec. 02, 2021 16:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee lambasted the director of the beleaguered federal prison system on Thursday, saying he has “no intention of reforming the institution” and reiterating his call for the director to be immediately fired. ...

Court hears debate over accused synagogue shooter's words

Dec. 02, 2021 15:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pittsburgh synagogue massacre defendant’s statements at the scene and at a hospital should be allowed at trial, prosecutors told a federal judge in a new filing, in part because concerns about public safety were a valid reason to keep questioning him even after...

Jan. 6 panel votes to hold former DOJ official in contempt

Dec. 01, 2021 22:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection voted Wednesday to pursue contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who refused to answer the committee's questions — but the panel agreed to let him come back for...

Jan. 6 panel sets contempt vote for former DOJ official

Nov. 29, 2021 19:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection will vote Wednesday to hold a former Justice Department official in contempt, demanding criminal charges against a defiant witness for a second time as lawmakers seek answers about the violent attack. ...

Fauci fires back at Cruz over COVID claims about Chinese lab

Nov. 28, 2021 15:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, blasted Sen. Ted Cruz for suggesting that Fauci be investigated for statements he made about COVID-19 and said the criticism by the Texas Republican was an attack on science. “I...

Wisconsin leaders hopeful about Indigenous women strategy

Nov. 27, 2021 01:11 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Native American leaders and Wisconsin’s attorney general are hoping to see more resources and support to address missing and murdered Indigenous women under an executive order signed recently by President Joe Biden. Biden’s order directs U.S....

Justice Dept. to prioritize prosecuting violence on flights

Nov. 24, 2021 18:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland directed U.S. attorneys across the country to swiftly prioritize prosecution of federal crimes that happen on commercial flights as federal officials face a historic number of investigations into passenger behavior. ...

DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

Nov. 24, 2021 15:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. ...

US sues to halt sugar merger, says it would harm competition

Nov. 23, 2021 15:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to block a major U.S. sugar manufacturer from acquiring its rival, arguing that allowing the deal would harm competition and consumers. The suit was filed in federal court in Delaware. It comes...

Two community policing grants awarded in Vermont for hiring

Nov. 20, 2021 12:32 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has awarded two grants in Vermont to hire law enforcement and advance community policing. It's part of more than $139 million in grant funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services sent to 183 law...