| Dec 17, 2013
| 11:44 AM
Three days after the nation marked the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Justice Department officials announced a $1.5-million grant to help reimburse organizations that provided relief efforts to victims.
| Dec 19, 2013
| 11:34 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Thursday commuted the prison terms of eight people sentenced to life in prison or other long sentences for drug crimes.
The commutations are part of the administration’s campaign to roll back inequities in...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 4:31 PM
WASHINGTON — Debo Adegbile, President Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, attributes much of his success as an attorney to a nine-year stint as a child actor on "Sesame Street" in the 1970s.
The unusual resume...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 9:14 AM
The trial of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin on Nov. 3, a federal judge has ruled, a much earlier date than defense attorneys had requested.
In a status hearing Wednesday, Judge George O’Toole said the date was fair....
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:18 PM
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Wednesday that it has launched a criminal investigation into the recent cybertheft of more than 110 million Target customers' data, including the credit card numbers of 40 million Americans.
| Feb 12, 2014
| 12:22 PM
In this country, going to prison doesn't mean losing all your rights forever. Ex-convicts enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right against self-incrimination, and even the right against unreasonable searches. But in 11 states, their right...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 10:20 PM
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. recently talked with Washington Bureau Justice Department reporter Timothy M. Phelps about various aspects of his last five years in office.
Second Term Agenda: What I have tried to do in this second term, after a...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 6:09 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, taking the first regulatory step to accommodate the country's growing state-approved marijuana businesses, issued guidelines Friday designed to bring dispensaries into the banking system and end their risky...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:50 PM
WASHINGTON — The head of a criminal probe into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups and tea party supporters personally donated a total of $6,750 to President Obama's election campaign and the Democratic...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday that the federal government would recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place in Utah over the past three weeks, two days after Utah announced it did not consider the marriages to be legal....
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:34 PM
WASHINGTON — In the three weeks since a federal judge told Utah gays they had a constitutional right to marry, the issue of whether such a right exists in the state has pingponged from a federal appeals court to the U.S. Supreme Court, the state...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 5:20 AM
President Obama will modify the way the government uses a vast database of American phone records so that officials must have judicial permission before examining the data, a senior administration official said.
In a speech Friday morning, Obama will...