Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Guardsman charged in child porn case in Vermont

Jun. 22, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a member of the Vermont Air National Guard has been charged with transporting and possessing child pornography. The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont says 47-year-old Scott Brochu was charged on Thursday near his residence....

State seeks review of ruling that tossed teen sentences

Jun. 22, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Department of Justice will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review last month's ruling by the state Supreme Court that tossed the nearly 67-year sentences given to twin boys who were 15 when they murdered an elderly couple in Salem. The state Supreme Court said the sentences for...

Couple pleads in $48 million medical reimbursement scheme

Jun. 21, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana couple has pleaded guilty in a $48 million scheme that targeted a medical reimbursement program, federal prosecutors said Friday. The U.S. Justice Department, New Orleans-based U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser and other officials outlined the case in a news release. It said Denis...

4 states added to suit to stop $26.5B Sprint-T-Mobile deal

Jun. 21, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada are joining the legal fight against T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint in a case that lawyers on both sides say they hope will reach trial in October. Beau Buffier, a lawyer for New York state's attorney general, told a judge at a Manhattan...

House would block Feds from interfering with state pot laws

Jun. 20, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The bipartisan 267-165 vote represents a breakthrough for advocates of legalizing pot, who have unsuccessfully pressed the idea in the...

Appeals court allows Trump abortion rules to take effect

Jun. 20, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

New Trump administration rules imposing additional hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The rules ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal...

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...