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Data Show Suspects' Treatment in Phoenix Depends on Race

Justice Department releases report examining police department

(Newser) - Phoenix police discriminate against Black, Hispanic, and Native American people, unlawfully detain homeless people and use excessive force, including unjustified deadly force, according to a sweeping federal civil rights investigation of law enforcement in the nation's fifth-largest city. The US Justice Department report released Thursday says investigators found stark...

DOJ Hits Firm With Fine After 'Whites Only' Job Listing

Labor Department got involved, too, after ad posted by Virginia's Arthur Grand Technologies

(Newser) - In March of last year, Arthur Grand Technologies, a tech firm based in Loudoun County, Virginia, posted an ad for an open business analyst position within the company. That in itself isn't unusual, but the wording of the ad was a different story. "US Born Citizens [white] who...

DOJ: 'It Is Time to Break Up Live Nation-Ticketmaster'

Feds file sweeping antitrust lawsuit

(Newser) - The Justice Department filed a sweeping antitrust lawsuit against Ticketmaster and parent company Live Nation Entertainment on Thursday, accusing them of running an illegal monopoly over live events in America—squelching competition and driving up prices for fans. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, was being brought with...

US Companies Inadvertently Gave $7M to North Korea

American charged in fraud scheme that saw North Koreans pose as remote US workers

(Newser) - Citizens of North Korea are snagging remote jobs with US companies and funneling earnings into their country's missile program, federal authorities said Thursday in announcing fraud charges against a US woman accused of facilitating such a scheme. Christina Chapman, 49, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, is among five people facing...

Biden Claims Executive Privilege Over Hur Interview Audio

Republicans threaten to hold AG in contempt of Congress

(Newser) - President Biden has asserted executive privilege over audio of his interview with special counsel Robert Hur that's at the center of a Republican effort to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress, the Justice Department told lawmakers Thursday. House Republicans have set two committee votes to recommend...

DOJ: Boeing Breached Deal to Avoid Prosecution on 737 Max

It's not clear if the Justice Department will now file charges over the beleaguered aircraft

(Newser) - Boeing has violated a settlement that allowed the company to avoid criminal prosecution after two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max aircraft, the Justice Department told a federal judge on Tuesday. It's now up to the Justice Department to decide whether to file charges against the aircraft maker amid...

'Bitcoin Jesus' Charged With Tax Fraud
'Bitcoin Jesus'
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'Bitcoin Jesus' Arrested in Spain

Roger Ver accused of defrauding the US government out of $48M over 4 years

(Newser) - The early bitcoin investor who calls himself "Bitcoin Jesus" saw the potential in the cryptocurrency—whether he saw the Justice Department coming for him is less clear. Roger Ver, 45, was arrested in Spain over the weekend on charges of mail fraud and tax evasion; the DOJ says it...

FBI Will Pay Hefty Price for Sitting on Nassar Allegations

Justice Department reaches $139M settlement with 139 victims

(Newser) - The settlement is even bigger than expected: The Justice Department will pay nearly $139 million to resolve 139 claims over its handling of sex abuse cases involving Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, reports the Washington Post . Victims say the feds were slow to respond to their allegations over the...

Report: DOJ Taking a Hard Look at Ticketmaster's Parent

Live Nation will likely face federal antitrust suit over its dominance of live events market

(Newser) - The antitrust accusations against Ticketmaster parent company Live Nation are about to hit the fan. According to the Wall Street Journal , the Justice Department plans to file an antitrust lawsuit against the company within weeks. Live Nation has been accused of controlling the ticketing and live event venues market, a...

US Sues Apple, Alleges an Illegal Monopoly

Justice Department says the iPhone maker stifles competition

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Thursday announced a sweeping antitrust lawsuit against Apple, accusing the tech giant of engineering an illegal monopoly in smartphones that boxes out competitors and stifles innovation, per the AP . The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New Jersey, alleges that Apple has monopoly power in the...

WSJ: DOJ Now Looking Into Boeing Door Blowout

Investigation may be reviewing whether Boeing complied with previous settlement

(Newser) - The DOJ has launched a criminal investigation into the Boeing jetliner blowout that left a gaping hole on an Alaska Airlines plane this January, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. Citing documents and people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said investigators have contacted some passengers and crew—including...

Feds Sue Tennessee Over Prostitution Law

Justice Department faults state for penalizing HIV-positive sex workers

(Newser) - The US Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Tennessee over its decades-old felony aggravated prostitution law, arguing that it illegally imposes tougher criminal penalties on people who are HIV positive. The lawsuit, filed in western Tennessee, follows an investigation completed in December by the Justice Department warning that...

Merrick Garland Having Surgery, Will Delegate Duties

Justice Department is making the disclosure under new federal guidelines

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland will undergo back surgery this weekend and delegate his duties to the deputy attorney general during the procedure, the Justice Department said Monday. Garland, 71, will be under general anesthesia during the back procedure on Saturday, which will last about 90 minutes and is "minimally...

Cuomo Gets Some Bad News From the DOJ

Agency finds former New York governor sexually harassed 13 employees over 8-year period

(Newser) - Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has so far escaped any criminal charges related to accusations of sexual misconduct against him, but he likely won't be pleased with the upshot of a now-concluded Department of Justice probe. As part of a Friday civil rights settlement with New York state,...

US Hits 4 Russian Soldiers With War Crimes Charges

DOJ says soldiers kidnapped, tortured an American in Ukraine

(Newser) - The Department of Justice on Wednesday said it has filed war crimes charges against four members of the Russian military accused of abducting and torturing an American during the invasion of Ukraine in a case that's the first of its kind. The four Russians are accused of kidnapping the...

For This Trial, Trump Actually Agrees With the Media

Former president joins push of news groups to have federal election interference trial televised

(Newser) - Donald Trump is pushing for his federal election interference trial in Washington to be televised, joining media outlets that say the American public should be able to watch the historic case unfold. The Justice Department is opposing the effort to broadcast the trial, scheduled to begin in March, and notes...

Feds Bust 'High-End' DC-Area Brothels With Politician Clients

Execs, military officers also among alleged clients

(Newser) - "Pick a profession, they're probably represented in this case." Those were the words of a federal prosecutor in reference to what CNN describes as the "sprawling client list" of a network of high-end brothels operated in the Washington, DC, area as well as in Massachusetts. Those...

Judge Freezes Gag Order on Trump, for Now
Trump's 'Intolerable'
Gag Order Is Reinstated

Trump's 'Intolerable' Gag Order Is Reinstated

Judge Tanya Chutkan un-freezes order she imposed in his election interference case

(Newser) - US District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Sunday reinstated a gag order against former President Trump, denying his request to suspend the order and allow him to speak freely while his appeal plays out. The decision came two days after she temporarily froze the gag order while she considered Trump's...

Prosecutors Want Longer Sentences for Proud Boys Leaders

Justice Department is appealing sentences of 5 members, including Enrique Tarrio

(Newser) - The Justice Department is appealing the length of prison sentences for four Proud Boys leaders convicted of seditious conspiracy in the US Capitol attack and one convicted of lesser charges, challenging punishments that were significantly shorter than what prosecutors had recommended, the AP reports, citing court filings. US District Judge...

One Republican Comes to Garland's Defense in Hearing

Grilling from House lawmakers focused on Hunter Biden

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland was grilled by Republican lawmakers in his first appearance before the House Judiciary Committee in two years. In his opening statement, Republican committee chair Rep. Jim Jordan accused the Justice Department of protecting President Biden and his family while targeting Donald Trump, NBC News reports. In...

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