Rosenstein: Trump special counsel appointment signals DOJ belief in a ‘viable potential case’
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Sunday said the appointment of a special counsel to oversee federal investigations into former President Trump indicates the Department of Justice (DOJ) still believes it has a “viable potential case” against him. Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential…news.yahoo.com
Former Prisoner Transport Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Female Detainee
Former prisoner transport officer, Rogeric Hankins, 37, pleaded guilty in federal court in the Western District of Missouri to violating a female detainee’s civil rights by sexually assaulting her. “A private prisoner transport officer’s job is to keep those in their custody safe and secure, and this defendant did the opposite. As a private prisoner transport officer, Hankins performed the government function of picking up individuals who were arrested on out-of-state warrants and transporting those individuals back to the jurisdictions that issued the warrants. On March 31, 2020, Hankins picked up the victim, a female detainee, from a jail in Olympia, Washington, to transport her to St. Paul, Minnesota. On April 3, 2020, before arriving in Minnesota, Hankins stopped the transport van at a gas station in Joplin, Missouri.justice.gov
Justice Department Awards More Than $136 Million to Support Youth and Reform the Juvenile Justice System
The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs today announced awards totaling more than $136 million to reform state and local juvenile justice systems, provide youth violence prevention and intervention services, support mentoring programs and reentry services for young people and their families, meet the needs of vulnerable youth and study outcomes for justice-involved youth. Funding supports mentoring; youth violence prevention strategies; juvenile indigent defense programs; treatment for youth leaving foster care; and services for girls in the justice system, Alaska Native youth and LGBTQI+ and Two-Spirit youth. Each of these priorities is guided by a commitment to racial equity and to hearing directly from youth and families impacted by the justice system about their needs. Below is a list of awards being made to support youth and reform the juvenile justice system. More information about these and other OJP awards can be found on the OJP Grant Awards Page.justice.gov
Justice Department Awards Nearly $105 Million to Protect from Exploitation, Trauma and Abuse
The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced grant awards totaling almost $105 million to protect children from exploitation, trauma and abuse, and to fund improvements in the judicial system’s handling of child abuse and neglect cases. Below is a list of programs designed to protect children from exploitation, trauma and abuse, and to fund improvements in the judicial system’s handling of child abuse and neglect cases. The awards announced above are being made as part of the regular end-of-fiscal year cycle. More information about these and other OJP awards can be found on the OJP Grant Awards Page. The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, assist victims and strengthen the criminal and juvenile justice systems.justice.gov
An aide who once claimed he was with Trump when the former president declassified government records pleaded the fifth for the DOJ's Mar-a-Lago documents probe: report
The DOJ hopes to squeeze testimonies out of key witnesses for its probe into Trump's handling of White House documents, The New York Times reported.news.yahoo.com
DOJ sued for refusing to explain why it ignored protests at Supreme Court justices’ homes
The Oversight Project of the Heritage Foundation is suing the Department of Justice for failing to provide documents related to the DOJ's handling of protests outside Supreme Court justices' homes this summer.foxnews.com
A Trump aide was caught on security camera moving boxes from a Mar-a-Lago storage room before and after the DOJ subpoenaed Trump for top-secret documents: NYT
Walt Nauta, a longtime Trump aide, was seen on security footage moving boxes out from a storage room the FBI later searched, per The New York Times.news.yahoo.com
‘We are intensifying our efforts’: DOJ, partners doing more to protect older adults from fraud, scams
The Department of Justice has announced the results of its efforts over the past year to protect older adults from fraud and exploitation. During the past year, the DOJ and its law enforcement partners tackled matters that ranged from mass-marketing scams that impacted thousands of victims to bad actors scamming their neighbors.
Man pleads guilty to stalking, releasing sexually-explicit photos of woman who refused to move with him, DOJ says
A 47-year-old Colorado man has admitted to threatening a Houston woman with releasing sexually-explicit images unless she moved with him across the country, the US Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday.
‘Played the game and lost’: Judge sentences Houston rapper ‘Da Breadman’ to more than 23 years for drug trafficking, DOJ says
A 43-year-old Houston rapper has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to distribute and distributing meth, cocaine and opioids, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
3 Iranian citizens charged in broad hacking campaign in US
The Justice Department says three Iranian citizens have been charged in the United States with ransomware attacks that targeted power companies, local governments and small businesses and nonprofits, including a Pennsylvania domestic violence shelter.
Prosperity Bank agrees to pay back more than $18K after improperly processing PPP loan for ineligible customer, DOJ says
Prosperity Bank has agreed to pay $18,673.50 to resolve allegations it improperly processed a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan on behalf of an ineligible customer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Feds cite efforts to obstruct probe of docs at Trump estate
The Justice Department says classified documents were “likely concealed and removed” from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate as part of an effort to obstruct the federal investigation into the discovery of the government records.
‘Eight Trey Gangster Crips’ member with lengthy criminal history sentenced to fed time for weapons violation: DOJ
Brandon Deshun Hawkins, 36, pleaded guilty on Sep. 29, 2021, to being a felon in possession of a firearm. For that offense, he was sentenced Wednesday to serve to 37 months in federal prison.
Houston woman sentenced to federal prison after creating bills for fake patients in $10M Medicare fraud scheme, DOJ says
A 59-year-old Houston woman has been sent to federal prison following her conviction of committing and conspiracy to commit health care fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
2 Houston area men accused of receiving $39M for medical-grade gloves needed during height of COVID, yet delivered nothing
Two suburban Houston men are accused of committing conspiracy and fraud after receiving millions of dollars from companies attempting to purchase much-needed personal protection equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, but did not deliver anything and spent the money on lavish purchases instead, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
NAACP calls on Garland to probe killing of Jayland Walker
The NAACP is making a direct plea to Attorney General Merrick Garland for the Justice Department to open a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Jayland Walker, the Black man who was killed last month by officers in Ohio in a hail of police gunfire.
Gun trafficker accused of purchasing over 90 firearms used in homicide, drug trafficking incidents in Texas: Dept. of Justice
An alleged gun trafficker who purchased firearms that were later used in multiple incidents in Texas, Canada, and other parts of the United States has been charged, the Department of Justice announced Monday.
'Abhorrent': Prison boss vexes DOJ with alleged intimidation
The Justice Department says it is gravely concerned about allegations that a high-ranking federal prison official entrusted to end sexual abuse and cover-ups at a women’s prison may have taken steps to suppress a recent complaint about staff misconduct.
Feds say Harris County man used $3.3 M in fraudulently acquired PPP loans to buy luxe cars, jet travel, diamonds, real estate
A Harris County man was arrested Tuesday, accused of fraudulently acquiring more than $3.3 million in funds through the government’s coronavirus pandemic Paycheck Protection Program.
U.S. Department of Justice files suit against Texas over voting law saying SB 1 improperly restricts, harms voters
The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas and the Texas Secretary of State over voting procedures it deems restrictive that have been put into place by Texas Senate Bill 1, which was signed into law in September 2021.