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Va.'s McDonnell to Feds: Can You Indict Me Next Month?

US Attorney was ready to charge sitting governor

(Newser) - This was almost the week that, for the first time in state history, a sitting Virginia governor was indicted. US Attorney Dana Boente told Bob McDonnell last week that they were about to file charges against him and his wife related to the ongoing gifts scandal surrounding them, but McDonnell'... More »

Feds to Review Teen's Mysterious Gym Death

Kendrick Johnson was found rolled up in a gym mat, but death was ruled an accident

(Newser) - Federal investigators will take their own look at the death of Kendrick Johnson , the Georgia teen who was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat. "My goal, and my oath, requires me to follow the facts," US Attorney Michael Moore said today, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "... More »

2 Busted in Mass iPad Hack

Feds: Pair snatched emails of NYC major, Defense Department staffers

(Newser) - A pair of ingenious hackers have been arrested for busting into AT&T servers to steal information on 120,000 iPad users , including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Defense Department staffers. Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco, and Andrew Auernheimer,... More »

Loughner Ordered Held Without Bail

Entire Arizona bench recuses itself

(Newser) - Jared Loughner got his first appearance in court today, sporting what the Arizona Republic calls a shaved head, "a smirk on his lips and a red strawberry bruise." The US magistrate appointed Judy Clarke—whose clients have included Timothy McVeigh and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski—his defense attorney. Highlights... More »

Blagojevich's Brother Gets Off

Feds drop charges against Robert

(Newser) - Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Robert Blagojevich, brother of Rod Blagojevich. An assistant US attorney said the feds were giving up on Robert, who had been charged with two counts of extortion conspiracy and one count of wire fraud and extortion, because of the “disparity in the roles”... More »

Feds Open Criminal Probe Into Goldman Trades

Prosecutors investigate possible securities fraud

(Newser) - Goldman's legal troubles are deepening. Federal prosecutors at the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan have opened a criminal probe into the Wall Street giant's mortgage trading, reports the Wall Street Journal . Prosecutors are looking for evidence of securities fraud but haven't decided whether to bring charges. The SEC, which has... More »

Madoff's Claim He Acted Alone 'Preposterous'

Fraud experts say the $50 billion scam was too complicated

(Newser) - Fraud experts following the Bernard Madoff probe say his claim that he alone executed a Ponzi scheme that fleeced investors out of some $50 billion is “preposterous,” reports Reuters. "The amount of transactions, the number of dollars that are involved in the Ponzi, I just don't see... More »

Man Tried to Blackmail Giants Coach: Feds

Suspect targeted Coughlin in alleged bid to frame ex-co-workers

(Newser) - A Philadelphia man faces federal extortion charges and 2 years in prison after confessing to attempting to blackmail Giants coach Tom Coughlin, the New York Daily News reports. The coach received letters purportedly from two women 2 weeks ago and notified the NFL, which passed along the evidence to the... More »

IBM Banned from Gov't Contracts

Big Blue probed over alleged insider info that led to fat EPA deals

(Newser) - A US Attorney in Virginia has temporarily barred IBM from pursuing new government contracts while it investigates three 2006 IBM contracts with the EPA, MarketWatch reports. "The basic issue is whether certain information concerning a contract should have been provided to IBM employees by an EPA employee," said... More »

Grand Jury Probes Copperfield

Aspiring model says illusionist forced himself her at his island resort

(Newser) - A federal grand jury is considering bringing rape charges against David Copperfield, unidentified law enforcement officials told the Seattle Times. A 21-year-old aspiring model told police that Copperfield, 51, lured her to his private island and raped her, then threatened her to keep quiet. Copperfield's attorney chided law enforcement for... More »

Feds Pursue Fewer Polluters

EPA cuts down on criminal cases, says focus is on biggest offenders

(Newser) - The EPA has taken a decidedly less aggressive tack in criminal cases, the Washington Post reports, a trend advocates fear will embolden polluters. The number of prosecutions, new investigations, and total convictions have all dropped by more than a third. One ex-official, who resigned in protest, blamed the Bush administration,... More »

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