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Feds: Albuquerque Cops Use Excessive Force

Report slams department for violating civil rights

(Newser) - Police in New Mexico's biggest city routinely violate people's constitutional rights with a pattern of excessive and deadly force, a damning Justice Department report finds. The department's civil-rights investigation found that the majority of the police shootings in Albuquerque over the last few years were unjustified and... More »

Toyota Pays $1.2B to End Criminal Probe

It's an unusually large settlement for an automaker

(Newser) - Toyota will write a hefty $1.2 billion check to end a four-year Justice Department investigation into its unintended acceleration scandal , Attorney General Eric Holder announced today. It's the largest criminal penalty against a car company in US history, according to USA Today . "Today we can say for... More »

American Arrested, Accused of Plot to Join al-Qaeda

Nicholas Teausant planned flight to Syria, officials say

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors say a 20-year-old California man has been arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with trying to provide support to al-Qaeda's efforts in Syria. The Justice Department said today that Nicholas Teausant, of Acampo, Calif., was planning to travel to Canada before proceeding to... More »

Feds Open Criminal Inquiry Into GM Auto Recall

Justice Department suspects automaker didn't act quickly enough

(Newser) - General Motors is facing more pressure over its handling of a deadly defect in certain compact cars as word leaked of a criminal investigation and two congressional committees opened inquiries into the matter. The Justice Department is investigating whether GM broke any laws with its slow response to a problem... More »

CIA Accused of Spying on Senate Staffers

Inspector General looking into clashes over torture report

(Newser) - The CIA's Inspector General is calling for the Justice Department to look into allegations that the agency illegally spied on aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee as they gathered information for a potentially contentious report on the CIA's torture program, McClatchy reports. The CIA had insisted that the... More »

Report: Feds Subpoena Mt. Gox

Japan also promises to investigate

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors in New York have sent a subpoena to Mt. Gox, the once-mighty bitcoin exchange that vanished yesterday , the Wall Street Journal reports. Prosecutors demanded that the site preserve certain documents, a source said. Mt. Gox is based out of Tokyo, but if its employees sent emails or financial... More »

Feds Plan New Protections for Same-Sex Marriages

Holder's Justice Department calls for equality

(Newser) - Thirty-four states don't recognize same-sex marriage—but when it comes to criminal justice, the attorney general is ready to afford all marriages the same protections. "In every courthouse, in every proceeding, and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the... More »

Deputy AG: NSA 'Probably' Has Congress' Call Data

Lawmakers lambaste deputy attorney general James Cole

(Newser) - Just how sweeping is the NSA's data collection? So sweeping that it likely includes members of Congress and President Obama himself, Deputy Attorney General James Cole conceded yesterday. In a contentious Judiciary Committee hearing, Darrell Issa asked Cole directly if the government collected data on numbers beginning with (202)... More »

Tech Giants: Here's What the NSA Wanted

Yahoo, Google, Facebook and others reveal data requests

(Newser) - Wonder if the NSA is spying on you? Well keep wondering, because the NSA isn't talking, but major technology companies today revealed how many data requests the NSA made in the first half of 2013, the Washington Post reports. Yahoo led the pack with requests for content affecting at... More »

US, Internet Giants Cut Deal on Data Disclosure

Companies can say how often they give up your information

(Newser) - The government and leading Internet companies today announced a compromise that will allow those companies to reveal more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations. The Justice Department reached agreements with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn that... More »

Feds Will Recognize Utah's Gay Marriages

Justice Department takes opposite stance of state as matter goes through courts

(Newser) - Because the status of in-limbo gay couples who got married in Utah wasn't confusing enough: The Justice Department said today that it will recognize their marriages, even though the state won't , reports NBC News . It's no small thing: This means that the more than 1,000 couples... More »

JPMorgan Execs Unscathed in $1.7B Madoff Settlement

Fines will go to pay off victims

(Newser) - JPMorgan has officially signed off on a $1.7 billion settlement laying to rest complaints about its dealings with infamous Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. Prosecutors accuse the bank of turning a blind eye to Madoff's frauds—the bank filed a Suspicious Activity Report on Madoff with UK regulators in... More »

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 »

US Forces Guilty Pleas on Drug Defendants: Group

Human Rights Watch puts spotlight on mandatory minimums

(Newser) - Defendants in federal drug cases are getting unfairly sentenced, thanks to mandatory minimums and unchecked power wielded by the Justice Department, according to a Human Rights Watch report. Prosecutors basically "force" defendants into pleading guilty with threats of lengthy sentences and stacked-up charges if the case goes to trial,... More »

Why Assange Won't Face Charges: 'NYT Problem'

If the Justice Dept. goes after him, it has to go after media, too: officials

(Newser) - Looks like Julian Assange is in the clear, at least as far as US charges over WikiLeaks go. The Justice Department has "all but concluded" it won't press charges, officials tell the Washington Post , and a big part of the reason why boils down to what insiders are... More »

Edward Snowden Finally Emerges

NSA whistleblower accepts award for integrity in intelligence

(Newser) - With Edward Snowden's dad visiting Russia , the NSA whistleblower emerged from hiding today to be photographed and accept an award for "integrity in intelligence," the AP reports. Sporting an open-necked blue shirt and black suit, Snowden smiled in a photo with the award's presenters: British Wikileaks... More »

NC Voter ID Law Runs Into Roadblock: the DOJ

Eric Holder to announce lawsuit today: source

(Newser) - North Carolina passed a controversial voter ID law in July, but if the Department of Justice has its way, the law—said to be the most sweeping of its kind in the nation—may never be enforced. The DOJ will file suit against the state today, a source tells Politico... More »

Obama Administration Sues Texas Over Voter ID

They claim it violates the Voting Rights Act

(Newser) - The Justice Department intends to file a lawsuit against Texas over a voter ID law that it contends violates the 14th and 15th Amendments, along with what's left of the Voting Rights Act. The government will essentially argue that the ID law is intentionally attempting to restrict minority access... More »

Money Is Driving End of 'Draconian' Drug Sentences

Brad Plumer looks at the DOJ's budget

(Newser) - In announcing yesterday that it planned to do away with "draconian" mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders, the Justice Department is righting an injustice, right? As Eric Holder explained it, "Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good... More »

US Files 1st Charges in Benghazi Attack

Ahmed Khattalah accused in sealed indictment

(Newser) - So the Benghazi probe isn't dead: The Justice Department today filed charges against Libyan militia leader Ahmed Khattalah but kept details under wraps, CNN reports. Officials contacted by CNN refused to divulge anything or even say whether Khattalah will be detained. But Khattalah's possible involvement is nothing new:... More »

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