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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....

Miami’s Black officers conflicted about protests, loyalties

Jun. 28, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — During the first demonstrations in downtown Miami against police brutality toward Blacks, hundreds of protesters marched through the streets as squads of officers ringed police headquarters to protect the building. Though he stood with fellow officers that night, the message of the march...

In this December, 2018 photo released by the Stemberger family, Victor and his wife Han Stemberger, are shown at their home in Centreville, Va. Victor Stemberger sits in a Spanish jail, one year after flying into the country with 2.4 kilograms (more than 5 pounds) of cocaine expertly sewn into bubble jackets in a bag. His family says he knew nothing about the drugs. Though Spanish authorities are dubious, the U.S. Justice Department has advised Spain that it believes Stemberger was duped into acting as a drug mule for a West Africa criminal network, and has asked the country for evidence it's gathered, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press. (Victor Matthew Stemberger via AP)

American jailed in Spain was unwitting drug mule, US says

Jun. 27, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victor Stemberger wasn't about to ignore the emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity, so he pitched himself as perfect for the job. In a way he was — but for all the wrong reasons. The 76-year-old Virginia man, whose family says he has cognitive issues,...

Supporters of Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna gather outside the 15th Police District on June 8, 2020. He faces aggravated assault and other charges stemming from a series of viral videos that emerged depicting him beating a Temple University student and other protestors during demonstrations. In big cities like Philadelphia, outrage over episodes of police misconduct are met with promises from political leaders to achieve meaningful reform. The May 25 death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has led to a rare instance of broad political agreement: Something has to change this time. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Police union amassed power over decades, now facing changes

Jun. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Five years before any Philadelphian had heard of George Floyd, hundreds marched through the city, through snow and heat, chanting the name of another black man who was killed by a police officer: Brandon Tate-Brown. Tate-Brown, 26, had been stopped by two rookie Philadelphia patrol...