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AG Merrick B. Garland Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

June 24, 2022 – Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today released the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs, State Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health, et al. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization et al.: “Today, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and held that the right to abortion is […]

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DOJ Secures Groundbreaking Settlement Agreement with Meta Platforms (Facebook) to Resolve Allegations of Discriminatory Advertising

June 21, 2022 – The Department of Justice announced today that it has obtained a settlement agreement resolving allegations that Meta Platforms Inc., formerly known as Facebook Inc., has engaged in discriminatory advertising in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The proposed agreement resolves a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for […]

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DOJ Announces Next Steps in Critical Incident Review of the Law Enforcement Response to Mass Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

June 8, 2022 – Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced additional details regarding the critical incident review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas, which will be conducted by the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). The goal of the review is to […]

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Leader of Proud Boys and Four Other Members Indicted in Federal Court For Seditious Conspiracy

June 6, 2022 – A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a superseding indictment today charging five members of the Proud Boys, including the group’s former national chairman, with seditious conspiracy and other charges for their actions before and during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Their actions disrupted a […]

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Justice Department Files Complaint and Proposed Consent Decree to Ensure Safety of Abbott Laboratories’ Infant Formula

WASHINGTON — The United States has filed a complaint and a proposed consent decree that, if entered by a federal court in the Western District of Michigan, would allow Abbott Laboratories (Abbott) to resume manufacturing powdered infant formula at its Sturgis, Michigan, facility but also would require the company to take specific measures designed to […]

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Justice Department Announces New Rule to Modernize Firearm Definitions

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Justice announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register the “Frame or Receiver” Final Rule, which modernizes the definition of a firearm. Once implemented, this rule will clarify that parts kits that are readily convertible to firearms are subject to the same regulations as traditional firearms. These regulatory […]

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Readout of Justice Department Leadership Meeting with Election Officials

January 26, 2022 – Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today convened a virtual discussion with a bipartisan group of election officials to provide an update on the work of the Election Threats Task Force. Notably, the updates included the Task Force’s first charge for interstate threats to kill government officials, information on the work to […]

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Leader of Oath Keepers and 10 Others Indicted in Federal Court for Seditious Conspiracy and Other Offenses Related to U.S. Capitol Breach

January 13, 2022 – A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment yesterday, which was unsealed today, charging 11 defendants with seditious conspiracy and other charges for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in […]

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CA Man Sentenced to Life Followed by 30 Years in Prison for Federal Hate Crimes Re: 2019 Poway Synagogue Shooting & Attempted Mosque Arson

John T. Earnest, a California man who entered the Chabad of Poway on April 27, 2019, opened fire and killed one woman, injured three others, and attempted to kill 50 others, was sentenced today in the Southern District of California to life followed by 30 years in prison for his crimes.  Earnest previously pleaded guilty […]

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Former MN Police Officer Derek Chauvin Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Depriving George Floyd and a Minor Victim of Their Constitutional Rights

December 15, 2021 – The Justice Department announced today that Derek Chauvin, 45, pleaded guilty in federal court to two violations of a federal civil rights statute. First, defendant Chauvin pleaded guilty to willfully depriving, while acting under color of law, George Floyd of his constitutional rights, resulting in Mr. Floyd’s bodily injury and death. […]

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Three companies charged with negligent conduct in October oil leak that damaged Southern California coastline

LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury today accused three companies with illegally discharging oil during a pipeline break in early October by acting negligently in at least six ways, including failing to properly respond to eight separate leak alarms over the span of more than 13 hours and improperly restarting the pipeline that had […]

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Human smuggling, forced labor among allegations in south Georgia federal indictment

WAYCROSS, GA:  Two dozen defendants have been indicted on federal conspiracy charges after a transnational, multi-year investigation into a human smuggling and labor trafficking operation that illegally imported Mexican and Central American workers into brutal conditions on South Georgia farms. The newly unsealed, 54-count indictment in USA v. Patricio et al. details felony charges resulting from Operation […]

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$56 Million in Seized Cryptocurrency Being Sold as First Step to Compensate Victims of BitConnect Fraud Scheme

November 16, 2021 – On Friday, U.S. District Judge Todd W. Robinson granted a request from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California for authority to liquidate approximately $56 million in fraud proceeds seized from the self-described “number one promoter” of BitConnect, a cryptocurrency, who consented […]

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Riverside man sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for “animal crushing” offense that resulted in puppy’s death

LOS ANGELES November 1, 2021 – A Riverside man was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison for inflicting severe injuries on a puppy – including slitting its throat – then posting videos of the suffering animal on his social media accounts.           Angel Ramos-Corrales, 19, was sentenced by United States District Judge John […]

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Former Boeing 737 MAX Chief Technical Pilot Indicted for Fraud

A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Texas returned an indictment today charging a former Chief Technical Pilot for The Boeing Company (Boeing) with deceiving the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Evaluation Group (FAA AEG) in connection with the FAA AEG’s evaluation of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane, and scheming to defraud Boeing’s U.S.‑based airline […]

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John Earnest Pleads Guilty to 113-Count Federal Hate Crime Indictment in Connection with Poway Synagogue Shooting and Mosque Arson

John T. Earnest of Rancho Penasquitos pleaded guilty in federal court today to a 113-count hate crimes indictment, admitting that he set fire to an Escondido mosque and opened fire in a Poway synagogue because he wanted to kill Muslims and Jews. The religiously- and racially-motivated attacks resulted in the murder of one person and […]

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against the State of Georgia to Stop Racially Discriminatory Provisions of New Voting Law

The U.S. Justice Department announced today that it filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia, the Georgia Secretary of State, and the Georgia State Election Board over recent voting procedures adopted by Georgia Senate Bill 202, which was signed into law in March 2021. The United States’ complaint challenges provisions of Senate Bill 202 under […]

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DOJ OIG Initiates Review of the DOJ’s Use of Subpoenas, Other Legal Authorities to Obtain Communication Records of Members of Congress, Affiliated Persons, News Media

Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today that: The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is initiating a review of DOJ’s use of subpoenas and other legal authorities to obtain communication records of Members of Congress and affiliated persons, and the news media in connection with recent investigations of alleged […]