Stories tagged: Department of Justice
Tue., May 16, 2017, 3:11 p.m.
Feds and Walmart allege canned tuna prices fixed
Executives of the most popular tuna brands in the U.S. – Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee and StarKist – conspired regularly to keep prices high for consumers with a …
Fri., May 12, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Department of Justice review of Spokane Police Department has prompted changes the community can embrace
In big, broad ways, there is reason to feel proud of Spokane on this front: We have evolved from the city that sued and blamed the family of Otto Zehm …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Amid fears of federal marijuana crackdown, state attorney general vows to ‘defend the will of Washington voters’
Washington officials say they’re prepared to wage a legal battle if the Trump administration tries to shut down the state’s booming recreational marijuana industry.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:02 p.m.
Justice Department settles gender discrimination suit with former Spokane prosecutor for $225,000
The U.S. Department of Justice agreed Wednesday to pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a female former prosecutor in what her attorney said was one of the largest …
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016
Jack Wagstaff: Politics impedes best police practices
Elected officials need to know that shaping police policy for an electoral advantage undermines police expertise and is an overreach that can have devastating consequences
Thu., July 21, 2016, 10:32 a.m.
Feds say health mergers would increase costs, threaten care
Federal regulators are suing to stop two major health insurance mergers because they say the deals will increase health care costs for Americans and lower the quality of care they …
Wed., June 29, 2016, 7:05 p.m.
Regulators fine BancorpSouth $10.6 million for redlining
The Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Mississippi-based BancorpSouth $10.6 million, alleging the bank deliberately discriminated against minorities in its lending practices.
Tue., May 17, 2016, 3:53 p.m.
Spokane police to receive federal assistance for extra six months
The Spokane Police Department will have an extra six months to work with the Department of Justice on proposed changes to use of force policies and procedures.
Thu., May 12, 2016, 5:05 p.m.
Justice Department says indigent defendants have right to sue Idaho
The U.S. Justice Department is supporting the right of criminal defendants to sue Idaho over inadequate public defense in a case that involves two North Idaho prosecutions. Attorney General Loretta …
Fri., March 25, 2016, 10:46 a.m.
Apple asks judge to delay iPhone data case, citing FBI quest
Apple wants a judge to delay government demands for data from a locked iPhone in a Brooklyn drug case while the FBI sees if it can get contents from a …
Wed., March 16, 2016, 6 p.m.
Doug Clark: Zehm didn’t die in obscurity, thanks to unsung heroes
With the 10th anniversary of the beating of Otto Zehm upon us, it’s time to thank some of the unsung heroes who kept him from dying in obscurity.
Wed., March 9, 2016, 9:11 p.m.
Forum brings out critics of Spokane police leader Jim McDevitt
About 100 people showed up to a community forum hosted by the city of Spokane Wednesday to talk about race relations and the Spokane Police Department.
Fri., Feb. 13, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Spokane statistics on crime, use of force are heartening
When police Chief Frank Straub steps before the Spokane Use of Force Commission for the final time today, he will have a lot to report. But if he had to …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 19, 2014, 1:02 p.m.
Justice Department wants Spokane to improve how it investigates police force
On Friday, the Justice Department will release its audit of the Spokane Police Department that began in February 2013. Follow our live coverage of the report’s release, which is expected …
Sat., Oct. 11, 2014
Extendicare Health Services to pay $38 million in settlement
WASHINGTON – A nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 25, 2014, 1:06 p.m.
White House official: Eric Holder to resign
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years.
Fri., Sept. 12, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Seattle Police Department lawsuit justifies reason for DOJ reforms
The Department of Justice went to Seattle and examined the police department. It determined that the department had a pattern of using excessive force and biased tactics. It imposed a …
Fri., Sept. 5, 2014, 9:07 a.m.
Spokane police to hold forum on body cameras
The public will have a chance to weigh in on the Spokane Police Department’s draft policy for body cameras at a town hall in October. Residents can also weigh in …
Thu., March 7, 2013
Hanford contractor CH2M Hill to pay $18.5 million for fraud
Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday a deal to have the world’s largest engineering firm, CH2M Hill, pay $18.5 million to resolve criminal and civil violations arising from a scheme to overbill …
UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2013, 2:17 p.m.
Feds make deal to end fraud case at Hanford
Federal prosecutors announced today a deal to have the world’s largest engineering firm, CH2M Hill, pay $18.5 million to resolve criminal and civil violations caused by years of defrauding the …
Sat., Feb. 16, 2013
Spokane police to get federal review
After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Department of Justice officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other uses of force by Spokane …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2013, 4:46 p.m.
Feds to review Spokane Police uses of force
After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Justice Department officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other use of force by Spokane Police …
Sun., Feb. 10, 2013
Medical pot dispensaries hope legalization opens new doors
Among the antique stores and other shops of Spokane’s historic Garland District is a door painted with a happy snowman. Inside, the merchant is peddling medical marijuana while harboring hopes …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2012
Interim police chief inherits challenge
Scott Stephens was taught by his father to respect everyone and never to lay hands on someone in anger, Spokane’s interim police chief said. That’s why it was hard for …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2012
From the Spokane police chief
Interim Spokane police Chief Scott Stephens weighs in on some issues facing the department.
Sat., Jan. 14, 2012, 4:33 p.m.
Authorities snag escapee in North Spokane
Authorities today arrested a federal inmate that walked away from a scheduled medical appointment on Spokane’s South Hill several days ago. The U.S. Marshals-led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force …
Sat., Dec. 24, 2011
Thompson defense seeks new trial
Defense attorneys for convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion Friday claiming everything from judicial error to juror misconduct in their attempt to persuade a federal …