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State Has Kept Thousands in Prison Past Release Dates

Over four months, Louisiana released 4K late, Justice Department finds

(Newser) - A federal investigation has found that Louisiana often keeps inmates in prison after they're scheduled for release—sometimes for as long as three months. A report by the Justice Department, blaming "systemic violations," says from January to April 2022, almost 27% of inmates freed by the state'...

Feds, States File 'Huge' Lawsuit Against Google

Antitrust lawsuit targets dominance in digital advertising

(Newser) - The Justice Department and several states sued Google on Tuesday, alleging that its dominance in digital advertising harms competition. The government alleges that Google’s plan to assert dominance has been to "neutralize or eliminate" rivals through acquisitions and to force advertisers to use its products by making it...

Search Finds More Documents at Biden's Wilmington Home

Half-dozen papers marked classified are removed in 13-hour hunt in Wilmington

(Newser) - A more extensive search of President Biden's Wilmington home, conducted after Department of Justice investigators received full access to the Delaware house, uncovered additional classified documents, the president's personal lawyer said Saturday night. Six documents with classified designations were removed, some of which dated to Biden's tenure...

Baby Formula Maker Under Criminal Investigation
Abbott Faces
Criminal Investigation

Abbott Faces Criminal Investigation

Baby formula maker, whose plant was shut down after illnesses, says it's cooperating

(Newser) - The Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation of actions at Abbott Laboratories' plant in Sturgis, Michigan, that was shut down almost a year ago, intensifying a national shortage of baby formula. The company said it's cooperating with federal investigators, NBC News reports. Four infants became ill after having...

Feds Won't Seek Death for Shooter Accused of Killing 23

Patrick Crusius accused of opening fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in 2019

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting nearly two dozen people in a racist attack at a West Texas Walmart in 2019, per the AP . The Department of Justice disclosed the decision not to pursue capital punishment against Patrick Crusius in a...

Six Classified Pages Were Found This Week: White House

Biden's lawyers release details about latest discovery in Delaware house

(Newser) - White House officials said Saturday that a total of six pages of classified documents were discovered this week in President Biden's house in Delaware. Five were found hours after they acknowledged Thursday that one page had been spotted in a room off the garage , aides said. Richard Sauber, a...

Classified Documents Found in Biden's Former Office

Papers were turned over to National Archives after discovery, president's counsel says

(Newser) - Federal officials are reviewing approximately 10 classified documents that were discovered in an office President Biden had at a Washington think tank. The president's personal lawyers spotted the papers while packing up files to move Biden out of the office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global...

Justice Department Sues Wholesaler Over Opioid Crisis

AmerisourceBergen counters that it reported hundreds of suspicious orders

(Newser) - The Justice Department claimed in a lawsuit filed Thursday that a major drug wholesaler contributed to the deadly toll from opioids by ignoring warning signs about suspicious sales to its pharmacy customers. The 87-page civil enforcement action accuses AmerisourceBergen Corp. and two subsidiaries of failing to properly scrutinize orders for...

Committee Moves Toward Voting Monday on Trump Counts

Charges up for recommendation to Justice Department include insurrection

(Newser) - The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol plans to consider at least three criminal charges against former President Donald Trump when it meets Monday. The panel can't bring charges itself or compel anybody else to; the vote would be on whether to recommend the Justice...

Arizona Governor Builds Wall of Shipping Containers on Border
US Sues Arizona Over
Makeshift Border Wall
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US Sues Arizona Over Makeshift Border Wall

Justice Department demands removal of shipping containers, compensation for damages

(Newser) - The federal government is suing the state of Arizona over the governor's decision to erect a border wall made of shipping containers. The Justice Department complaint accuses Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and state officials of trespassing on federal lands and asks a court to order the removal of the...

Judge Declines to Hold Trump, Lawyers in Contempt

Issue in hearing was whether former president is in compliance with subpoena seeking classified documents

(Newser) - A federal judge passed Friday on prosecutors' request to find former President Donald Trump and his lawyers in contempt of court, instead urging the two sides to work out their issues, ABC News reports. The Justice Department request—involving a subpoena seeking the return of classified records by Trump—was...

Report: Egg Seized From Russian Yacht Was a 'Fauxbergé'

Experts agree find is unlikely to be lost imperial egg worth millions: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Experts were understandably skeptical when the Justice Department announced in July that it had possibly found a Fabergé egg on a seized Russian yacht . Fifty-two jeweled Easter eggs were commissioned for the Russian Imperial family from 1885 to 1916, with 50 of those delivered before the monarchy was toppled in...

Watchdog: No Inmate's Transfer Should Go Like Bulger's Did

Justice Department's inspector general finds failures, but no malicious intent

(Newser) - A series of missteps by federal Bureau of Prisons officials preceded the October 2018 beating death of notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report on Wednesday, per the AP . The watchdog is recommending that at least six Bureau of Prisons...

Garland Picks Special Counsel for Trump-Tied Investigations
Merrick Garland Names
Special Counsel on Trump
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Merrick Garland Names Special Counsel on Trump

DOJ's Jack Smith will oversee inquiries into Mar-a-Lago documents, 2020 election

(Newser) - (Updated with new information throughout.) A big move from Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday: He named a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into the presence of classified documents at former President Trump's Florida estate as well as key aspects of a separate probe...

13 Face US Charges in Chinese Spy Cases

Plots include recruitment of agents, interference with prosecution, Garland says

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland announced charges Monday against 13 people in three cases of Chinese spying or efforts to exert illegal influence in the US. Two of those facing criminal charges are Chinese intelligence officers who, the Justice Department said, paid a US government employee for confidential information in an...

Justice Department Appeals Special Master in Trump Case

Filing seeks to have all of Florida judge's order thrown out

(Newser) - Fresh from a victory at the Supreme Court on Thursday, the Justice Department on Friday asked an appeals court to call off a special master's review of documents the FBI found at former President Donald Trump's Florida home. The special master was appointed by Florida federal Judge Aileen...

Employee Says Trump Ordered Boxes Moved After Subpoena

And security camera footage may show exactly that happening at Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Former President Trump directed employees to move boxes of documents after he was subpoenaed in May for any classified documents still in his possession, according to a Trump employee who spoke to federal agents. Sources familiar with the FBI investigation into Trump's handling of classified documents talked to the...

Justice Department to Supreme Court: Tell Trump No
DOJ to Supreme Court:
Tell Trump No

DOJ to Supreme Court: Tell Trump No

DoJ asks high court to deny Trump's appeal in Mar-a-Lago raid case

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Tuesday responded to the bid by former President Trump's legal team last week requesting that the Supreme Court intervene in the Mar-a-Lago raid case. In its filing, the DoJ asked the high court to deny the Trump team's appeal to the SCOTUS requesting that...

DOJ 'Demands' Trump Turn Over Other Classified Docs

Sources say department isn't convinced the team has done so yet

(Newser) - The Justice Department believes former President Trump still has classified documents in his possession, according to sources who spoke to the New York Times and CNN . The sources say a top DoJ official recently told Trump's attorneys that the former president must return any documents marked as classified, indicating...

'Overwhelming Victory' for Justice Dept. in Trump Probe

Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records

(Newser) - In a stark repudiation of Donald Trump's legal arguments, a federal appeals court on Wednesday permitted the Justice Department to resume its use of classified records seized from the former president's Florida estate as part of its ongoing criminal investigation, the AP reports. The ruling from a three-judge...

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