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Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor arrives for sentencing at federal court on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Boston. Kapoor was convicted in a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis. He and others in the company were accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to doctors across the nation to prescribe the company's highly addictive fentanyl spray, known as Subsys. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Ex-pharmaceutical exec to be sentenced for pushing opioid

Jan. 23, 2020 2:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company arrived at federal court in Boston on Thursday to be sentenced for orchestrating a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis. John Kapoor, the 76-year-old former chairman of Insys Therapeutics, was found...

More charges announced in gang drug, sex trafficking case

Jan. 22, 2020 1:18 PM EST

READING, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities have announced more charges in an investigation of what they call a violent drug gang that engaged in sex trafficking, attempted murder and murder in eastern Pennsylvania. U.S. Attorney William McSwain said the racketeering conspiracy and other charges against 13...

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Who's who on Trump's legal team for impeachment trial

Jan. 18, 2020 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal advocates for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those assisting White...

Parolee in double homicide admits to drug trafficking

Jan. 9, 2020 10:49 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man who spent nearly four decades in prison for a suburban St. Louis bar robbery in which an off-duty police officer and a chemist were killed has pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs in central Missouri while he was on parole. Robert Lucious Toney, 67, of Olathe, Kansas,...

FILE- In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo rapper Daniel Hernandez, known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, performs during the Philipp Plein women's 2019 Spring-Summer collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy. Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to 2 years in prison Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 for his entanglement with a violent street gang that fueled his rise to fame, but was spared a much harsher possible sentence because of his extraordinary decision to become a star witness for prosecutors.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Tekashi 6ix9ine gets 2-year prison term in racketeering case

Dec. 18, 2019 5:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday by a judge who said his extraordinary cooperation with prosecutors let him dodge potential decades in prison but did not absolve him entirely for using a violent gang as his “personal hit squad.” The...

Illinois Bomb Squad gang members convicted of racketeering

Dec. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EST

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Thirteen members of the Bomb Squad street gang are facing the possibility of decades in prison after jurors in central Illinois convicted them of a racketeering conspiracy that included murders, arson and drug trafficking. Prosecution filings say the gang based on the south side of...

Judge sentences rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine to 2 years in racketeering case, citing his cooperation with prosecutors

Dec. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Judge sentences rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine to 2 years in racketeering case, citing his cooperation with prosecutors.

Reputed Latin Kings chief pleads not guilty to racketeering

Dec. 11, 2019 2:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The man described by authorities as the leader of the Latin Kings gang's East Coast operations pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal racketeering conspiracy charges. Michael Cecchetelli, 40, of Springfield, and four other alleged members of the gang agreed to voluntary detention after their...

11 alleged NYC mobsters arrested on federal charges

Dec. 5, 2019 4:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Eleven alleged members of the Gambino organized crime family were locked up Thursday on federal charges including threatening people who owed them money, telling one in a conversation captured by wiretap to pay $100,000 or else lose his teeth. Court papers cite other recordings giving a...

Feds: Over 60 Latin Kings members arrested along East Coast

Dec. 5, 2019 3:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — More than 60 members of the Latin Kings have been arrested on federal racketeering, drug and firearms charges, including the leaders of the street gang’s East Coast operations, authorities announced Thursday. Among those arrested is Michael Cecchetelli, a 40-year-old Springfield,...