Federal prosecutors say a longtime professor at Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base has pleaded guilty to lying to an investigator about his contacts with a Chinese official.
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State officials are asking the federal government whether COVID-19 recovery money can be used to fix Alabama’s prison problems.
Alabama lawmakers see the possibility of a special session on prison construction this summer as Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan to rent prisons from private companies has been hit by setbacks.
The U.S. Department of Justice says Alabama prisons have not improved despite years of warnings and that inmate homicides have increased.
Alabama is asking a judge to dismiss a Justice Department lawsuit over state prison conditions. The state argues that examples of violence cited in the case do not rise to the level of a constitutional violation. In a Monday court filing, an attorney for Alabama argued the federal lawsuit makes sweeping generalizations about state prison conditions based on isolated examples….
The U.S. Dept. of Justice says former Tallassee police investigator Brandan Smirnoff has been sentenced to 22 months in prison for assaulting a handcuffed, 24-year-old man. Investigators say Smirnoff, 27, encountered the victim, identified by the Justice Department as “J.M.”, after a vehicle pursuit. This is what happened, according to the Justice Department: “After officers pursued J.M. for several minutes…
Federal Grant Approved
The U.S. Justice Department has approved a grant of a half-million dollars to pay for drug treatment programs in seven Alabama state prisons. State officials say the program… “…provides inmates the opportunity to escape their drug habit while in prison and create a new slate when they are released. …the program will be conducted by counselors who specialize…
Volkswagen has been ordered to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests. Federal Judge Sean Cox in Detroit followed the deal negotiated by VW and the U.S. Justice Department. The sentence was ordered Friday, six weeks after the German automaker pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice. VW admits that…
Justice Department Charges Housing Discrimination
A federal judge has approved a 350-thousand dollar settlement over housing discrimination claims at eight river region apartment complexes and dozens more in Alabama and other states. The apartment complex managers agreed to retrofit apartment complexes to make them more accessible to people with disabilities. That includes things like installing sloped curbs and updating bathrooms to accommodate people in wheelchairs….