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Cleveland Cuts Deal With Justice Department

Settlement may allow feds to manage police reform

(Newser) - Cleveland and the US Justice Department have reached a settlement over alleged abuses by the city's police officers , including the needless use of deadly force, the New York Times reports. No details are out yet, but in similar deals, the Justice Department has demanded that independent monitors manage reforms... More »

What the Justice Department Might Do to GM

Federal prosecutors are close to bringing a criminal case, reports the WSJ

(Newser) - Two weeks ago brought the news of an unwanted milestone for GM: 100 deaths (and counting) linked to its faulty ignition-switch system . Now, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting on the very likely possibility of criminal charges being filed against the company in connection with the... More »

FBI Gave Bad Forensics Testimony for Years

Hair-comparison experts 'overstated' the facts, FBI admits

(Newser) - Impressed when an FBI forensic expert testifies in court? Jurors likely are too, but the FBI's hair-comparison unit actually gave unscientific testimony against criminal defendants for more than 20 years before 2000, according to the FBI and the Justice Dept. Among the FBI's 28 microscopic hair experts, 26... More »

Sen. Menendez to Face Corruption Charges

CNN: Feds bringing criminal case against Robert Menendez of New Jersey

(Newser) - New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has been fending off allegations of corruption for two years now, but things are about to get much worse. CNN reports that the feds will bring criminal corruption charges against the prominent Democrat in a matter of weeks, and the Wall Street Journal confirms. Outgoing... More »

No Civil Rights Charges for Zimmerman in Trayvon Case

Justice Department concludes there isn't enough evidence

(Newser) - George Zimmerman continues to get into minor scrapes with the law, but he's going to avoid a major one: The Justice Department has decided not to bring civil rights charges against him in the death of Trayvon Martin, reports AP . It's not a huge surprise given that the... More »

The Feds Are Probably Tracking Your Car

Database of license-plate readers is steadily growing

(Newser) - Attention highway drivers: Smile, the DEA is watching. The feds are making use of license-plate reading technology to run a database that tracks millions of cars in real time around the US, report the Wall Street Journal and the ACLU . The agency makes use of its own readers on major... More »

Report: Prosecutors Want David Petraeus Charged

Leak may be intended to put pressure on Eric Holder

(Newser) - Prosecutors are recommending felony charges against David Petraeus for allegedly divulging classified information to an old mistress, unnamed officials tell the New York Times . Now it's Eric Holder's call to either heed the FBI and Justice Dept advice or risk the perception of special treatment for the retired... More »

Feds to Investigate NYPD Chokehold Death

Justice Department will launch inquiry as grand jury opts not to indict officer

(Newser) - The Justice Department will investigate the chokehold death of an unarmed black man after a grand jury in New York City declined to indict the white police officer who applied the move. A department official said federal authorities will investigate the July death of Eric Garner, who was confronted by... More »

US Marshals in Disguise Help Mexico Marines

Wall Street Journal: American personnel taking part in armed raids in Mexico

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has an interesting scoop about how American personnel are helping Mexico's military catch drug suspects—they're disguising themselves as Mexican marines and taking part in armed raids. It's generally members of the US Marshals Service doing so, but FBI and DEA agents sometimes... More »

US Paid Suspected Nazis Millions in Social Security

Benefits continue after they voluntarily leave US

(Newser) - As an incentive to get them off American soil, Nazi war criminals and suspects were in many cases allowed to keep their Social Security benefits. That left dozens of them—at least 38 of 66 suspects since 1979—to receive millions in US taxpayer dollars over the years, the AP... More »

Eric Holder Will Step Down

Resignation announcement coming today

(Newser) - Eric Holder, the first black attorney general and one of the few remaining original members of President Obama's cabinet, will announce his resignation later today, sources tell NPR . Holder is described as being more and more "adamant" that he will leave, and sources say that could happen as... More »

FedEx Accused of Drug Trafficking

Feds indict over online pharmacies; company says it did nothing wrong

(Newser) - Is FedEx a drug trafficker? Federal prosecutors think so; yesterday they slapped the shipping company with a 15-count indictment, alleging that it knowingly shipped drugs for illegal online pharmacies, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the indictment, FedEx even set up a special "Online Pharmacy Credit Policy" to... More »

Citi to Pay $7B Fine Shaped by ... Benghazi Arrest?

Justice Department delayed lawsuit for publicity reasons

(Newser) - Citigroup today agreed to shell out $7 billion to settle allegations stemming from its role in the mortgage crisis. The deal will consist of $4.5 billion in cash and $2.5 billion in consumer relief, the Wall Street Journal reports. The penalty is notably lower than the $13 billion... More »

'Tour de Fraud' Earns Bank Record Fine

BNP Paribas fined almost $9B for bypassing sanctions

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors at last made good on their promise to get a guilty plea out of a major bank yesterday, as BNP Paribas agreed to a record fine of almost $9 billion for violating US sanctions. The bank, the biggest in France, "perpetrated what was truly a Tour de... More »

DOJ Plan: Cut 20K Inmates' Jail Time by 23 Months

Holder-endorsed proposal would reduce nonviolent offenders' sentences

(Newser) - Some 9% of the federal prison population could see their sentences reduced by an average of 23 months thanks to a new Justice Department proposal endorsed by Eric Holder. The US Sentencing Commission voted in April to reduce drug sentences for nonviolent offenders in the future; this proposal, presented to... More »

Swiss Bank: Yep, We Helped Americans Duck Taxes

Credit Suisse pleads guilty in Justice Department case

(Newser) - Credit Suisse AG has pleaded guilty to helping wealthy Americans avoid paying their taxes through offshore accounts, CNN Money reports. A person familiar with the matter said the European bank has agreed to pay about $2.6 billion in penalties, which will apparently be paid to the Justice Department and... More »

US Charges 5 in China's Military With Cyber Spying

It's the first such charge against a state actor

(Newser) - The US government has filed criminal charges against five Chinese military officers, accusing them of spying on American businesses, NBC News and USA Today report. It's the first time the US has leveled such charges against a state actor. The Justice Department is alleging that the officers used military... More »

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 »

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