U.S. Department of Justice

Law enforcement officials urge action against rising numbers of ‘ghost guns’

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — An exponential increase in so-called “ghost guns” has put extra burdens on law enforcement, officials said during a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday. President Joe Biden has promised a crackdown the firearms, which are easily assembled from kits and not subject to federal gun laws. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison testified that his department […]

U.S. Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general

BY: - March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Merrick Garland to serve as U.S. attorney general in a 70-30 vote. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced his nomination in a 15-7 vote. Garland served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. As attorney general, he’ll lead […]

Advocacy group ‘very concerned’ about Glenwood’s current leadership

BY: - December 28, 2020

Disability Rights Iowa says it remains “very concerned” about leadership at a troubled state-run home for people with disabilities, noting that state officials have ignored past complaints about resident deaths and inadequate medical care. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice wrapped up a yearlong investigation of the Glenwood Resource Center, which is home to […]

Abuse and neglect continued in 2020 at Glenwood, even while feds investigated

BY: - December 23, 2020

A state-run home for the disabled that has been the focus of a yearlong federal investigation continues to be cited for poor medical care and resident abuse. The Glenwood Resource Center is the subject of a newly released report from the U.S. Department of Justice that confirms residents of the home were subjected to unauthorized […]

COMMENTARY

Trump plan to revive the gallows, electric chair, gas chamber and firing squad recalls a troubled history

BY: - December 6, 2020

The way the federal government can kill death row prisoners will soon be expanded to ghoulish methods that include hanging, the electric chair, gas chamber and the firing squad. Set to take effect on Christmas Eve, the new regulations authorizing an alternative to lethal injections – the method currently used in federal executions – were […]

Lawsuit claims Reynolds’ staff, AG’s office approved sexual-arousal experiments at Glenwood

BY: - December 2, 2020

A new whistleblower lawsuit alleges Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ staff and an assistant attorney general approved of sexual-arousal experiments on the mentally disabled residents of a state-run care facility. The lawsuit, filed by six former employees of the Glenwood Resource Center, seeks more than $10 million in damages from the state, claiming the wrongful discharge […]

Ankeny paralegal pleads guilty to fraud after sharing photos from drug-trafficking case

BY: - November 6, 2020

An Ankeny woman who was employed as a contractor paralegal for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa pleaded guilty to fraud after she shared photos of criminal files that subsequently ended up on Facebook, according to a Justice Department news release. Danielle Taff, 37, worked on civil forfeiture cases and admitted […]

U.S. Justice Department to send staff to monitor polling places in 18 states

BY: - November 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice will have staffers on the ground in 44 counties and cities across 18 states on Election Day, monitoring for violations of federal voting-rights laws — fewer states than in 2016. The localities this year are in battlegrounds like Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. […]

Grassley: Beef packers boosted prices 13-fold as pandemic spread

BY: - August 5, 2020

Beef packers were making 13 times their usual amount when the coronavirus pandemic sidelined meat-plant workers and reduced supplies, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley told Senate colleagues this week.  From 2016 to 2018, the GOP senator from Iowa noted, there was a spread of $21 per 100 pounds of meat between what the packing companies were […]