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September 6, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard
Federal authorities have opened a civil rights probe into whether Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have engaged in a pattern of abuse of inmates, according to a letter sent to county officials this week. The so-called pattern or practice investigation marks a new level of scrutiny for the nation's largest jail system, which is the subject of an ongoing FBI criminal investigation into allegations of excessive force and other misconduct. The letter, sent from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to the county on Thursday, said federal authorities opened the civil probe after becoming "increasingly concerned about use of force and alleged abuse by jail deputies and staff.
July 26, 1989 | From Reuters
The Defense Department confirmed today that the government is conducting an investigation into possible fraud by Northrop Corp. in the B-2 stealth bomber program. Pentagon spokesman Pete Williams said a criminal probe by the Defense and Justice departments is under way but that it did not involve any questionable parts or the operational ability of the controversial radar-evading bomber, which first flew this month. Williams would not elaborate on the investigation.
July 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Qwest Communications International Inc., already under investigation for its accounting practices, said Wednesday that federal prosecutors have launched a criminal probe, sending shares diving as investors worry the nation's fourth-largest local phone company may be headed for bankruptcy. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office confirmed the investigation but declined to provide details.
May 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
A federal judge criticized the government's investigation of fraud allegations at HealthSouth Corp. as she gave ousted Chief Executive Richard M. Scrushy access to all his money and property. In a 64-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Inge Johnson said the government had "undoubtedly manipulated simultaneous criminal and civil proceedings" in its probe of accounting practices at the medical services company.
May 15, 2012 | Jack Dolan and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said on Tuesday that the corruption investigation of Assessor John Noguez has grown to include other individuals and that he intends to seek grand jury indictments in the near future. In his first public comments about the expanding criminal probe, Cooley also accused the union that represents assessor's office employees of inappropriately interfering with the investigation by ordering members to refuse to cooperate without permission from Noguez's office.
November 28, 2012 | By Richard Serrano
WASHINGTON -- The former president of a Massey coal mine in West Virginia was charged with conspiracy to violate federal safety laws at various company mining sites in a widening criminal probe that began after a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. David C. Hughart, former president of Massey's Green Valley Coal Co., agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with federal law enforcement agents investigating allegations that company officials ordered workers to violate standards for maintaining airflow through mines and limiting combustible coal dust, all allegedly in attempts to maximize profits over employee safety.
August 19, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
The estranged husband of a woman stabbed to death in a Century City parking garage pleaded not guilty Monday to a federal charge of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. James Michael Fayed, 45, was ordered back to court Sept. 15 for a status conference, and his trial is set to begin Sept. 30. His wife, Pamela, 44, was killed July 28. Although Fayed has not been charged in the slaying, prosecutors have said in court documents that he is "the primary suspect."
September 27, 2011 | By Howard Mintz
With EBay Inc. and Craigslist entrenched in a scorching legal feud last year, a Delaware judge observed that EBay's "curious" decision to partner with the San Francisco online classified ad giant back in 2004 was "an opportunity to learn the 'secret sauce' of Craigslist's success. " Now the question of whether EBay illegally used Craigslist's corporate recipe to establish an online competitor is at the center of a federal grand jury investigation into the San Jose-based auction site, puzzling some experts who wonder why the government is intervening in a civil case between quarreling Internet companies.
July 14, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano
Responding to allegations from several Washington lawmakers, the FBI has opened an investigation into whether Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. attempted to hack into the telephones of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the families of those who died. According to federal law enforcement sources, the decision by the FBI's field office in New York to launch the criminal probe came after several members of Congress raised concerns in letters to FBI headquarters, questioning whether reporters for the media empire may have tried to compromise Sept.
January 12, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have launched a criminal probe into a deputy's allegations that she was the victim of sexual misconduct involving three top sheriff's officials, according to sources with knowledge of the probe. The deputy is the daughter of a top aide to Sheriff Lee Baca. In a statement to The Times, Baca did not discuss details of the case, but said "I take this very seriously, and I will find out what did or did not happen. " Capt. Joseph Stephen of the Malibu station confirmed that he was one of the targets of the probe and had been questioned by investigators Friday.
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