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Amid setbacks, prosecutors abandon some claims in U.S. Capitol riot cases

Amid setbacks, prosecutors abandon some claims in U.S. Capitol riot cases

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prosecutors made some serious claims after the deadly U.S. Capitol attack, saying they had evidence rioters planned to kill elected officials, suggesting a Virginia man at the building received directives to gas lawmakers, and accusing another suspect of directing mayhem on Jan. 6 with encrypted messages.But the Justice Department has since acknowledged in court hearings that some of its evidence concerning the riot - carried out by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump to try to overturn his election loss - is less damning than it initially...

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Amid setbacks, prosecutors abandon some claims in U.S. Capitol riot cases

Amid setbacks, prosecutors abandon some claims in U.S. Capitol riot cases

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U.S. charges Proud Boys with conspiracy in Capitol assault that turned deadly

U.S. charges Proud Boys with conspiracy in Capitol assault that turned deadly

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal grand jury charged four leaders of the far-right Proud Boys with conspiring to block Congress from certifying U.S. President Joe Biden’s election on the day of a deadly assault on the Capitol, according to court papers unsealed on Friday.The indictment alleges that Ethan Nordean of Washington, Joseph Biggs of Florida, Zachary Rehl of Pennsylvania and Charles Donohoe of North Carolina conspired to encourage members of the group to attend the Stop the Steal protest in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.All four defendants in the superseding indictment released on...

Mar 19
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Two charged for pepper-spraying police officer who died after assault on U.S. Capitol

Two charged for pepper-spraying police officer who died after assault on U.S. Capitol

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday charged two men with pepper-spraying three Capitol Police officers, one of whom later died, during the Jan. 6 assault on Congress by Donald Trump supporters trying to overturn his election defeat.Julian Elie Khater and George Pierre Tanios are facing multiple counts, including assaulting police with a deadly weapon, after investigators said they sprayed at least three officers with an unidentified, but powerful, chemical agent.One of those officers, Brian Sicknick, was later rushed to a hospital and died the next day.Khater...

Mar 15
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Biden's picks for key Justice Department posts face confirmation scrutiny

Biden's picks for key Justice Department posts face confirmation scrutiny

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In her first big civil rights case after law school, Vanita Gupta two decades ago challenged the wrongful drug convictions of dozens of Black residents of the Texas Panhandle city of Tulia, all of which hinged on faulty testimony by an undercover police officer with a checkered past.Gupta, then a junior lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, went toe to toe with the local prosecutor. But she nonetheless managed to charm him so much that he sent her friendly emails with his daily morning thoughts, other members of the defense team recalled.“We were saying it was...

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FBI Director Wray to testify before Congress on deadly Capitol assault

FBI Director Wray to testify before Congress on deadly Capitol assault

By Slideshow WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Chris Wray will testify to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about the investigation of the deadly attack on the Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters and the bureau’s efforts to stop right-wing extremist violence.The hearing will mark Wray’s first testimony before Congress since the Jan. 6 attack, a failed bid to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory in November.The Justice Department has charged more than 250 people on criminal counts ranging from conspiracy to attacking police and obstructing...

Mar 2
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U.S. pledges to investigate, as attacks on Asian Americans increase

U.S. pledges to investigate, as attacks on Asian Americans increase

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it would investigate the rising tide of hate crimes in America, as Asian Americans have experienced a growing number of racially motivated attacks since former President Donald Trump began referring to COVID-19 as a “China virus.”“The United States is currently facing unprecedented challenges, some of which are fueling increased bigotry and hatred,” said Pamela Karlan, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division.She added that her office is working with the FBI, federal prosecutors and...

Feb 26
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U.S. says more than 300 people charged to date over Capitol riots

U.S. says more than 300 people charged to date over Capitol riots

By , Slideshow WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has charged more than 300 people with taking part in the deadly storming of the Capitol by former President Donald Trump’s supporters, and at least 280 have been arrested, Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin told reporters on Friday.“The investigation into those responsible is moving at a speed and scale that’s unprecedented, and rightly so,” he said. “Those responsible must be held to account, and they will be.”His comments came just one day after Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told lawmakers that Trump...

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Key quotes from U.S. attorney general nominee Garland on criminal justice policies

Key quotes from U.S. attorney general nominee Garland on criminal justice policies

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland told his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday he would work to protect the Justice Department from political interference. Here are some quotes from the hearingGarland told Congress he used to support the death penalty, including the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, a case he prosecuted. He said his views have evolved due to concerns about executing innocent people and its disparate impact on communities of color.“I have had a great pause about the death penalty. I am very concerned about the large...

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Thousands of low-level U.S. inmates released in pandemic could be headed back to prison

Thousands of low-level U.S. inmates released in pandemic could be headed back to prison

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For Kendrick Fulton, the COVID-19 pandemic opened the door to an unexpected opportunity to rebuild his life in Round Rock, Texas, after serving 17 years behind bars for selling crack cocaine.As officials scrambled last year to stem the spread of the coronavirus in prisons, the Justice Department let Fulton and more than 23,800 inmates like him serve their sentences at home.But as more people are vaccinated, thousands could be hauled back into prison to serve the remainder of their sentences, thanks to a little-noticed legal opinion issued by the Justice Department...

Apr 11
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