• In this Oct. 31, 1997, file photo, Daniel Lewis Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. (Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP)
    US carries out the 1st federal execution in nearly 2 decades

    The U.S. on Tuesday carried out its first federal execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest.

  • In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo the guard tower flanks the sign at the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. (Michael Conroy/AP)
    Judge blocks federal executions; administration appeals

    A U.S. district judge on Monday ordered a new delay in federal executions, hours before the first lethal injection was scheduled to be carried out at a federal prison in Indiana. The Trump administration immediately appealed to a higher court, asking that the executions move forward.

  • This undated file photo provided by the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Elizabeth Jo Shirley. (West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)
    Former airman pleads guilty in scheme to offer information to Russia

    A West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday in announcing her conviction in federal court.

  • Attorney General William Barr announced that he would testify next month before the House Judiciary Committee, just as the committee heard testimony about the potential politicization of the agency. (Evan Vucci/AP)
    Barr to testify as Democrats examine DOJ politicization

    Attorney General William Barr announced that he would testify next month before the House Judiciary Committee, just as the committee heard testimony about the potential politicization of the agency.

  • A Los Angeles police officer wears a body camera during a protest on Feb. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif. (David McNew/Getty Images)
    Justice Dept. inspector general to audit body cam policies

    The review comes months after the department announced a pilot program allowing — for the first time — federally deputized task force officers to use body-worn cameras while serving arrest warrants or making planned arrests.

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    Judge rules US must release $679M in tribal virus relief funds

    The U.S. Treasury Department must release $679 million in coronavirus relief funding for tribes that it intended to withhold while a court challenge over the agency’s initial round of payments to tribal governments played out in court, a federal judge ruled late Monday.