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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2012 file photo, governor of the northern Mexican border state of Chihuahua Cesar Duarte attends the 30th annual Border Governors' Conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Mexican prosecutors said the government had sought  the former Gov. Duarte's extradition from the United States last year and was informed Wednesday, July 8, 2020, by the U.S. Justice Department that U.S. Marshals had detained Duarte in Miami. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Ex-Mexico governor arrested in Miami on extradition request

Jul. 8, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. authorities in Florida on Wednesday arrested a former Mexican governor for extradition on corruption charges, according to Mexico's Attorney General's Office. In a statement, Mexican prosecutors said the government had sought ex-Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte's extradition from the...

Federal inquiry sought into 'corrupt' La. police agencies

Jul. 8, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

A nonprofit that advocates for criminal justice reform asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to open a civil rights investigation into law enforcement in southwestern Louisiana, citing a long history of misconduct. The Promise of Justice Initiative called a federal inquiry “the only pathway to...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo the guard tower flanks the sign at the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The Justice Department plans to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty. Three people are slated to die by lethal injection in one week beginning Monday. The executions will take place at USP Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Justice Department plows ahead with execution plan next week

Jul. 8, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is plowing ahead with its plan to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty. Three people are...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019, file photo, Richard Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, speaks during a news conference in his office, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told his staff Thursday, July 2, 2020, that he is leaving his post for a job at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, and will become the top deputy to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Brooklyn's US attorney tapped for Justice Department role

Jul. 2, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn is leaving his post for a job at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington. Richard Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told his staff Thursday that he will become the top deputy to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A....

FILE - In this April 21, 2020, file photo, is the international airport in Honolulu. A judge is expected to consider Thursday, July 2, 2020, whether to grant a request to stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, meant to control the spread of the coronavirus. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents filed a lawsuit saying Hawaii's emergency order is unfair and unnecessary. They gained the support of the U.S. Department of Justice, which filed a statement saying the quarantine discriminates against out-of-state travelers, even though it also applies to residents. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

US judge mulls challenge to Hawaii traveler quarantine

Jul. 2, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge said she will try to issue a decision Thursday on whether to grant a request to stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, meant to control the spread of the coronavirus. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents filed a lawsuit saying Hawaii's...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo, Geoffrey S. Berman, then-U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks to reporters as he arrives to his office in New York. The ousted former U.S. attorney for Manhattan will sit down with the House Judiciary Committee next week for a closed-door interview as the panel investigates politicization in the Justice Department (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

House judiciary panel to interview ousted NY prosecutor

Jul. 2, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted former U.S. attorney for Manhattan will sit down with the House Judiciary Committee next week for a closed-door interview as the panel investigates politicization in the Justice Department. Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who led...

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Sheneen McClain speaks during a rally and march over the death of her 23-year-old son Elijah McClain, outside the police department in Aurora, Colo. One of the police officers investigated over photographs connected with Elijah McClain's death has resigned, Aurora police said Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

One officer shown in Elijah McClain photos resigns

Jul. 2, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — One of the police officers investigated over photographs connected with the death of Elijah McClain in Colorado has resigned, Aurora police said Thursday. In a tweet, the department said that Jaron Jones was one of those depicted in the photos, which were taken sometime after McClain's...

Inmate dies at Central Mississippi prison; autopsy is set

Jul. 2, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy will be done on an inmate who died Wednesday at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, the state Department of Corrections said. Craig Brown, 55, was found unresponsive in his bed and efforts to resuscitate him were not successful, department said in a news release. It...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, A. Ashley Tabaddor, a federal immigration judge in Los Angeles who serves as the President of the National Association of Immigration Judges, listens as she is introduced to speak at the National Press Club​ in Washington, on the pressures on judges and the federal immigration court system. Immigration judges say they are being muzzled by the Trump administration and the union that represents them is suing the U.S. Department of Justice. The lawsuit filed Wednesday, July 1, 2020, is the latest confrontation between the judges and the Justice Department, which oversees U.S. immigration courts. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Immigration judges in lawsuit say US government muzzles them

Jul. 1, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

Immigration judges said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Justice that they are being muzzled by the Trump administration, marking the latest confrontation between the judges and the federal government. The judges under previous administrations were allowed to speak in their personal...

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, demonstrators carry a giant placard during a rally and march over the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain outside the police department in Aurora, Colo. Multiple suburban Denver police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into photos of them related to the case of a Black man who died last summer after he was stopped and restrained, police said Monday, June 29, 2020. The interim police chief of the city of Aurora, Vanessa Wilson, said in a statement that the suspended officers were

Officers put on leave over photos tied to Elijah McClain

Jun. 30, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Multiple police officers in suburban Denver have been placed on paid leave during an investigation into photos that emerged of them near where Elijah McClain died last summer after three white officers stopped the Black man as he walked down the street and one put him into a chokehold....