Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Government fails to release data on deaths in police custody

Jun. 19, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

More than four years after Congress required the Department of Justice to assemble information about those who die in police custody, the agency has yet to implement a system for collecting that data or release any new details of how and why people die under the watch of law enforcement. The information vacuum is...

Panel hears case on conditions for young migrants on border

Jun. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. government lawyer on Tuesday said a longstanding settlement agreement requiring sanitary conditions for detained immigrant children may not necessarily mean a toothbrush and soap must be provided for shorter stays. Sarah Fabian, senior litigation counsel for the Department of...

Court favors Newark in police challenge to civilian board

Jun. 18, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A court sided with New Jersey's largest city Tuesday in a dispute with its police union over the powers granted to a civilian review board. Newark established the board in 2016 after a three-year U.S. Department of Justice investigation uncovered systemic problems with the police...

North Carolina man sentenced for producing child pornography

Jun. 18, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for convincing minors to produce child pornography through smart phone apps. The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release that 31-year-old Gabriel Zagazeta of Hendersonville must...

Judge orders Sawtooth Valley water diversions examined

Jun. 18, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho's Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued the...

Federal jury indicts Delaware man on 'swatting' hoaxes

Jun. 18, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Delaware man accused of making hoax emergency calls to locations across the country, causing police and SWAT teams to respond. An indictment handed down May 16 against 29-year-old Rodney Allen Phipps of Georgetown was unsealed Monday. Prosecutors...

AP source: Manafort to remain in federal custody

Jun. 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been transferred to a correctional facility in New York but will remain in federal custody while he faces state fraud charges, a Justice Department official said Tuesday. Manafort, who is serving a federal prison sentence, is waiting to be...

Inmate fatally stabbed at state prison in south Alabama

Jun. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — One prison inmate was stabbed to death by another over the weekend, state officials said Monday in Alabama, where high rates of prison violence have recently been criticized by the U.S. Justice Department. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said in a news release...

Justice backs Mnuchin's refusal to turn over Trump's taxes

Jun. 14, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

The Justice Department issued a legal opinion Friday finding that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was right to withhold President Donald Trump's tax returns from a House committee that subpoenaed them. The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed six years of Trump's tax returns in May, but the Treasury...

Alaska lodge owners charged nearly $8M for oil spill cleanup

Jun. 14, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The owners and former operator of an Alaska hunting lodge have been ordered to pay nearly $8 million for an oil spill cleanup, a report said. The U.S. Justice Department ordered the repayment by lodge owners Bruce and Yvonne Cooper and former lodge operator and tenant Mark Krall, The...