Stories tagged: Department of Justice
UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 4:16 p.m.
Rosenstein: Justice Department won’t be extorted by Congress
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is defending himself following a report that some House Republicans have drafted articles of impeachment against him.
Mon., April 16, 2018, 9:51 a.m.
Settlement of Hanford subcontracting lawsuit in limbo. Feds may fight more delays
No settlement agreement between a former Hanford contractor and the U.S. Department of Justice was filed in federal court by a Friday deadline.
UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 7:34 p.m.
Justice Department refuses to release report on its examination of Spokane Police Department
The U.S. Department of Justice has refused to release its report on the Spokane Police Department’s reforms after a public records request and appeal by The Spokesman-Review.
UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 8:51 p.m.
Settlement could lead to Bunker Hill reopening, new mining jobs in the Silver Valley
In a move that could allow the storied Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg to reopen, the federal government has settled a longstanding Superfund lawsuit against its owner.
Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Senator to stop blocking some DOJ jobs over pot
Colorado’s Republican U.S. senator will stop blocking nominees for some Justice Department jobs over concerns about the marijuana industry, saying Thursday that federal officials have shown good faith in recent …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 7:46 p.m.
Trump says Russia-probe memo proves bias; Dems say no
House Republicans on Friday released a bitterly disputed, formerly highly classified memo that they say shows surveillance abuses in the early stages of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump election …
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 12:13 p.m.
Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy
This week’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice would lift its hands-off approach to states that legalized marijuana shocked many in the industry who have been trying to go …
Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 8:18 a.m.
Trump accuses DOJ of being part of ‘deep state’
President Donald Trump accused the Justice Department Tuesday of being part of the “deep state” and urged prosecution against a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and …
Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
DOJ: Seattle in compliance with police reforms
Seattle’s police department no longer regularly violates the constitutional rights of the city’s residents and should be found in initial compliance with its 2012 agreement to change its ways, the …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Feds retreat from police reforms leaves Spokane without confirmation of major progress
Trump administration’s retreat from police reform efforts leaves Spokane without a final grade on its yearslong changes regarding transparency, oversight and community relations.
Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 2:49 p.m.
DOJ won’t bring charges against officers in Gray case
The U.S. Department of Justice won’t bring federal charges against six police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched …
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 …