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Report: Horrific Culture Of Abuse Against Teens At NYC's Largest Jail

AP | JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYS | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guard...

Size of Rebuild at Orleans Parish Prison Is Scrutinized

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.31.2014 | Crime
Susan Buchanan

The jail's giant, new high-tech kitchen can serve between 25,000 to 30,000 meals a day--far more than three squares meals needed for nearly 2,400 inmates now. Meanwhile, the Phase II jail will be able to house 1,438 inmates.

BP rests its case in Gulf spill trial's barrel-counting segment

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.20.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Oct. 21, 2013 edition.) Phase Two of the Macondo spill trial ended Friday in U.S. Distri...

Progressives Call For Republican Leaders To Be Arrested For Sedition

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

The 16-day shutdown of the federal government has finally come to an end, but many Americans are still furious about what they perceive as a GOP-spons...

On the 48th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Congress Must Act Quickly to Protect Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The stakes are high: Until Congress repairs the Voting Rights Act, voters will likely face a variety of voting suppression attacks within their state, local and county jurisdictions as new election laws are passed.

Justice Department Weighs In On Stop-And-Frisk Trial

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 08.13.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — The U.S. Justice Department has treaded carefully into the debate over the New York Police Department's stop, question and frisk poli...

Inmates With Serious Mental Illness Kept In Solitary Confinement For Years

AP | Posted 06.01.2013 | Crime

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A federal civil rights investigation has concluded that a state prison in western Pennsylvania kept inmates with serious mental ill...

Halliburton In Settlement Talks To Control Its Macondo Cement Liabilities

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.27.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the April 29, 2013 edition.) Houston-based Halliburton Co. is in talks to settle private clai...

Report: State's School Discipline Disproportionately Harsh On Students

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. — Civil rights advocates say harsh disciplinary practices at many Mississippi schools lead to children being expelled and even in...

Aaron Swartz and the Questions That None Dare Ask Obama

Will Bunch | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Will Bunch

Swartz's persecution can't be passed off as an isolated incident. Instead, it feels more like the exclamation point on an administration whose commitment to maintaining secrecy, blocking transparency, limiting the flow of information and squelching dissent has been both unexpected and shocking.

Money Launderers and Corporate Bribers Must Be Brought to Justice

Frank Vogl | Posted 02.26.2013 | Crime
Frank Vogl

The punishment needs to fit the crime, but are some giant multinational corporations now so large that they no longer can be punished effectively?

Justice Department Targets Tax Refund Thiefs

Reuters | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business

* Federal prosecutors gain new authority for criminal tax cases * Effort focuses on ID theft for tax refunds WASHINGTON...

Bank Pays Big Time To Settle Claims It Violated Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business

* ING moved $1.6 bln illegally through U.S. bank system * Bank is the 4th to settle probe of sanctions violations * Sett...

Mortgage Company To Pay Millions To Settle Bias Lending Claims

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. — SunTrust Mortgage Inc. agreed Thursday to pay $21 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in its lend...

Judge Rules Billionaire Can't Blame Bank For His Own Tax Evasion

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2012 | Business

* Judge dismisses case a month before trial * Former client tried to blame Swiss bank By Lynnley Browning ...

Swiss Bank Charged By U.S. For Helping Americans Evade Taxes

AP | Posted 02.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department says it has indicted Switzerland's oldest private bank, claiming it conspired with Americans and others to h...

DOJ Taps NY Firm To Audit Billions Of Dollars In Claims From BP Spill

AP | Posted 12.22.2011 | Business

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The U.S. Justice Department has tapped New York-based BDO Consulting to audit the handling of billions of dollars in damage claims...

America's Justice System Has Failed Us All

Conrad Black | Posted 01.24.2012 | Crime
Conrad Black

The unfairness, hypocrisy, and barbarism of the American criminal justice system is increasingly the subject of serious comment. Indeed, almost everything about the American system is wrong.

Alabama Attorney General Rebuffs Fed's "Express Authority" In School Immigrant Probe

Posted 01.07.2012 | Education

In the latest of a series of sparring letters between the U.S. Justice Department and Alabama over educational issues surrounding the state's new immi...

Suburban School District To Pay Back Muslim Teacher Denied Hajj Leave

Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago

A suburban Chicago school district sued by the U.S. Justice Department over their previous refusal to allow a Muslim teacher to take a pilgrimage to M...

Swiss Bank Chair Regrets Taking On U.S. Clients After Tax Spat

AP | By FRANK JORDANS | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

GENEVA -- The chairman of a Swiss regional bank caught up in a fresh tax evasion spat between the United States and Switzerland says he regrets taking...

S&P Facing Justice Department Probe Over Improper Mortgage Ratings

AP | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is investigating whether the Standard & Poor's credit ratings agency improperly rated dozens of mortgage securiti...

Ex-Banker Charged With Helping Wealthy Americans Evade Taxes

Posted 10.02.2011 | Business

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Lynnley Browning) - A former senior UBS private banker was indicted by the United States Tuesday for selling offshore tax-evasio...

Credit Suisse Targeted In U.S. Tax Evasion Probe

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business

GENEVA — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating Credit Suisse Group's offshore business with wealthy American clients as part of a larger ...

Arizona Sues U.S. Justice Department Over Medical Marijuana Law

AP | By PAUL DAVENPORT | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX -- Arizona officials are taking the state's own medical marijuana law to court. Attorney General Tom Horne late Friday sued the U.S. Justice ...