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FBI Agent Charged With Cover-Up in Rancher Shooting

Robert Finicum killed during takeover of Oregon wildlife refuge

(Newser) - An FBI agent pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he lied about shooting at a key figure in last year's armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge just before the man was killed by Oregon police, the AP reports. W. Joseph Astarita was indicted on five felony... More »

Trump Just Might Be Under Investigation After All: Report

Officials say Mueller now probing whether Trump tried to obstruct justice

(Newser) - It's not an entirely happy 71st birthday for President Trump as the Washington Post reports what it calls a "major turning point" in the FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating whether Trump tried to obstruct justice,... More »

Accused Rapist's Lawyer Gets Busted Himself

Christos Vasiliades allegedly threatened victim with deportation

(Newser) - A now-deleted website for Christos Vasiliades described him as an "aggressive" Baltimore attorney "dedicated to client service." Authorities say he's so dedicated, in fact, that he tried to bribe an alleged rape victim so she wouldn't testify against his client, suggested that she beat him... More »

Comey Memo Shakes GOP

Trump could face obstruction of justice case

(Newser) - President Trump is no stranger to scandal, but reports that he asked former FBI director James Comey to halt the investigation of Michael Flynn may have taken things to the next level. The report may have been the last straw for congressional Republicans, who appeared to be shifting against Trump... More »

Former LA Sheriff Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison

Lee Baca was found guilty of obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A longtime Los Angeles County sheriff was sentenced to three years in federal prison Friday by a judge who accused him of "blind obedience to a corrupt culture," the AP reports. According to KABC , Lee Baca, who served as sheriff for 15 years, was found guilty of obstructing... More »

Ex-Israeli PM Goes to Prison

Ehud Olmert still says he's innocent

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice , defiantly proclaiming his innocence in a farewell video as he became the first Israeli premier to be placed behind bars, the AP reports. His imprisonment capped a stunning fall from grace that... More »

Tsarnaev Pal Guilty of Impeding Boston Inquiry

Azamat Tazhayakov convicted of obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty today of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he agreed with a friend who removed Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room several days... More »

Ex-BP Engineer Guilty of Hiding Spill Evidence

Jury said deleted text messages amounted to obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A former BP drilling engineer was convicted today of deleting text messages to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, making him the first former or current BP official to be found guilty in the mess. He now faces up... More »

Tsarnaev's Buddies Deny Obstructing Justice

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends did nothing wrong, lawyers say

(Newser) - Two friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect have pleaded not guilty to disposing of evidence from his college dormitory room. Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov were arraigned today in federal court on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors say the 19-year-olds from Kazakhstan tried to thwart the... More »

Feds Hit Armstrong With Criminal Probe

Cyclist investigated for 'obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation'

(Newser) - Contrary to comments yesterday by a US attorney, federal agents are investigating Lance Armstrong for criminal activity, ABC News reports. "Agents are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation," says a source. US attorney Andre Birotte, who yesterday said feds wouldn't charge Armstrong, "does... More »

Barry Bonds Convicted of Obstructing Justice

But jury deadlocks on three counts of perjury

(Newser) - Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice today, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone. Following a 12-day trial and almost four full days... More »

Roger Ailes to Be Indicted?

Unsubstantiated report says it could come this week

(Newser) - Fox News boss Roger Ailes could be indicted "this week, maybe even Monday," an anonymous source told TV economist Barry Ritholtz yesterday, presumably on obstruction of justice charges stemming from allegations that Ailes told Judith Regan to lie to federal investigators in order to protect Rudy Giuliani. The... More »

Probation Violation Sends Ex-Detroit Mayor to Prison

Kawme Kilpatrick sentenced to 1½ to 5 years, loses his job

(Newser) - Courtroom spectators gasped today when a judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to between 1½ and 5 years in prison, far exceeding the sentencing guideline of zero to 17 months for violating his probation. 'This is all because of the actions of you, Mr. Kilpatrick,” Judge David Groner... More »

Palin Hacker Found Guilty on 2 Counts

David Kernell convicted of obstruction of justice, unlawful email access

(Newser) - A federal jury has convicted a 22-year-old former University of Tennessee student of hacking Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account during the 2008 campaign. David Kernell was acquitted of wire fraud but convicted of a felony, obstruction of justice, and a misdemeanor, unlawful computer access. The jury failed to reach a... More »

Man Eats Flash Drive to Destroy Evidence

Add obstruction of justice charges to his file

(Newser) - A man accused of ATM fraud ate a flash drive in an attempt to destroy evidence against him, authorities say. The New Yorker swallowed the USB drive at a Secret Service office in Brooklyn where he was taken after being arrested outside a bank. When he didn't pass the drive... More »

Federal Judge Gets 3 Years in Sex Abuse Case

Congressmen press for resignation of Kent in first-ever such case

(Newser) - A Texas judge was sentenced yesterday to 33 months in prison for lying to investigators in the first sex abuse case ever against a sitting federal judge, the AP reports. Samuel Kent pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in February; five sex-crimes charges related to two female employees were dismissed.... More »

Feds Delay Start of Bonds Trial

(Newser) - The perjury trial of baseball’s home-run king won’t begin Monday as scheduled, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, with federal prosecutors today delaying—perhaps by months—the start so they can appeal a ruling that excluded what they view as key evidence against Barry Bonds. Reports of positive steroids... More »

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Out of Jail

99 days in jail on obstruction, assault charges for 38-year-old

(Newser) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is a free man once again, the News reports. Kilpatrick left prison at 12:35 this morning, after spending 99 days of a 4-month sentence in an isolated cell on obstruction of justice charges related to an affair he had with his chief of staff.... More »

'I'm Set for Comeback,' Boasts Booted Detroit Mayor

Plea-deal felon apologizes, talks of his 'standards for excellence'

(Newser) - Hours after pleading guilty to two felony perjury charges, disgraced Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick gave a televised address that the Detroit Free Press called part apology, part campaign speech. "This city always gets up," said Kilpatrick, pointing out the "standards for excellence" he has established. "I... More »

UK Won't Let Martha Visit

Brits refuse to issue a visa for the domestic diva (and felon)

(Newser) - Domestic diva Martha Stewart has been refused entry into the United Kingdom because of her felony conviction, the Daily Telegraph reports. She planned a business trip this month to meet with leading figures in the fashion and design worlds and to speak at the Royal Academy, but Britain refused to... More »

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