Crime Scene: Del Quentin Wilber


Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 01/25/2012

John Hinckley remains deceptive and isolated: Gov’t expert

Hinckley “lies smoothly,” Dr. Raymond Patterson said Wednesday.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Katherine Driessen  |  02:25 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Secret Service agent: Hinckley was ‘fixated’ on bookstore shelf

The agent testified in hearings before a federal judge called to determine whether Hinckley should be granted more freedom from his psychiatric hospital.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  02:13 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Former Ward 5 ANC commissioner charged with stealing city funds

William C. Shelton was charged Wednesday.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Harry Thomas settles student loan suit with U.S. government

The agreement, though not its particulars, became public during a hearing Wednesday morning.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Hinckley hearings pushed back to late January

The hearings on the would-be Reagan assassin’s freedom are to continue Jan. 23.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  03:17 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Prison for former Navy commander who defrauded Sept. 11 victims’ fund

The sentencing capped a three-year legal journey for Charles E. Coughlin.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  01:12 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Del Quentin Wilber

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Judge doesn’t want to hand Hinckley freedom decision to doctors

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman said he would rather keep that job.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  11:35 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, The District, From the Courthouse

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/06/2011

John Hinckley ‘doesn’t bother anybody,’ sister testifies

She believes he could safely live full-time in Williamsburg with her mother.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 12/05/2011

John Hinckley’s bookstore visit attracts scrutiny

Lawyers have sparred over whether Hinckley browsed books about Reagan and assassinations.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  04:32 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 12/05/2011

At Hinckley hearings, occasional struggles tracking the women in his life

You might need a cheat sheet.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  02:27 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 12/01/2011

In Hinckley hearings, judge alternates between feistiness, humor

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman frequently pops off about society, cracks jokes and scolds attorneys — sometimes all in the same hearing.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Doctor: John W. Hinckley was engaged, then called it off

The presidential assailant had given a woman a number of rings.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  11:07 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, The District, From the Courthouse

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 11/30/2011

District prosecutor’s budget remains secret

Other U.S. attorneys have made such information public in press releases.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  08:46 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/21/2011

‘Serious misconduct’ in prosecution of Ted Stevens, report says

Stevens, an Alaska Republican, was found guilty by a jury in October 2008 of seven counts of making false statements on financial disclosure statements.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  10:43 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Prison for former church CFO who stole $850,000

Jason T. Reynolds was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for embezzling $850,000 over five years.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  02:55 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Former Jack Abramoff associate sentenced to 20 months in prison

A former lobbyist who worked for Jack Abramoff was sentenced to just under two years in federal prison Wednesday. During an emotional hearing, the former Washington power broker cried and pleaded for mercy.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  02:52 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 10/24/2011

2 years in prison for government worker in kickback scheme

A 45-year-old General Services Administration employee was sentenced Monday to more than two years in prison for accepting kickbacks from government contractors.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  05:47 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Men remain held in alleged Army Corps scheme

Three of the four men accused of participating in what federal prosecutors have called one of the most brazen contracting scams in U.S. government history will be held without bond ahead of a trial.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Mary Pat Flaherty  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Four arrested in government bribery and contracting scam

Four people were arrested Tuesday in a complex contracting scam involving the Army Corps of Engineers, authorities said.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  12:48 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Appeals court upholds D.C. gun ban

A divided appeals court Tuesday upheld a District ban on semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity ammunition clips.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  11:50 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Del Quentin Wilber, The District

Posted at 08:28 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Former D.C. tax office employee accused of stealing $400,000

Former District tax employee accused of stealing $400,000 by fraudulently adjusting taxpayer accounts

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  08:28 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Feds: $55M being returned to victims of alleged scam

Authorities are starting to return $55 million swindled from 8,500 victims of an internet-based Ponzi scheme, federal prosecutors say.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  03:59 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Guilty plea scheduled for Md. man in espionage case

A 54-year-old Chevy Chase scientist held by authorities on attempted espionage charges since his arrest in 2009, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges Wednesday, according to a court docket entry.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  04:51 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, Montgomery

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Alleged ‘Quest’ pirate charged in second hijacking

A Somali man — who has already been charged with being a ransom negotiator in the hijacking of an American yacht that ended in the deaths of four U.S. citizens — has been indicted for his role in the pirating of a German vessel, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  02:19 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, Around the World

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 08/16/2011

Finance director convicted on charges of stealing more than $500,000 from church

The former chief financial officer of a historic downtown church was convicted of stealing more than $500,000 from the institution over five years.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  12:54 PM ET, 08/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Del Quentin Wilber, The District

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 08/16/2011

Court security guards investigated for accepting baseballs autographed by Roger Clemens

Several security guards at the District’s federal courthouse have landed in foul territory for accepting free baseballs autographed by superstar pitcher Roger Clemens shortly after a judge last month declared a mistrial in his perjury prosecution.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  10:40 AM ET, 08/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, Roger Clemens

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 08/09/2011

District woman pleads guilty to check fraud

A 43-year-old District woman admitted Monday in Alexandria’s federal court that she used more than 1,000 counterfeit or fraudulent checks to purchase merchandise at Washington-area retailers, court records show.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  03:20 PM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, The District, From the Courthouse

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Would-be armored car robber sentenced to 5 years in prison

A 25-year-old District man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for attempting to rob an armored car in February — a hold-up that was foiled by FBI agents and D.C. police.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  01:30 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 08/04/2011

Prison for accountant who stole $220,000 from credit union

A 42-year-old accountant was sentenced to more than five years in prison for stealing nearly $220,000 from his employer, the Hoya Federal Credit Union.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  04:15 PM ET, 08/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Woman admits stealing more than $250,000 from neighbor

A 37-year-old District woman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to stealing more than $250,000 from a former neighbor, federal prosecutors said.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  05:48 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 08/03/2011

U.S. judge writes colorful ruling in throwing out suit against bank

Was the Nevada woman wronged by a Swiss bank seeking to hide evidence that might link her to a bank account holding $14 million? Or did she make it all up in the hopes of getting her hands on the cash?

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  10:54 AM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 08/03/2011

Trade group files suit to block new gun regulations

A gun industry trade association filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block a requirement that dealers report sales of semiautomatic rifles to the federal firearms bureau.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  07:35 AM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Around the Nation, Del Quentin Wilber

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 08/01/2011

District settles lawsuit brought in 2005 mass arrest of demonstrators

The D.C. government on Monday settled a class-action lawsuit brought by dozens of protesters arrested during demonstrations on the night of George W. Bush’s second presidential inauguration, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  05:20 PM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 07/29/2011

Judge orders Nixon grand jury testimony unsealed

A federal judge has ordered the government to unseal grand jury transcripts of testimony by former President Richard Nixon about the Watergate scandal.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  11:53 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, Crime History

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Pershing Park evidence search referred to federal authorities

The District government has asked federal prosecutors and agents to investigate whether information was illegally deleted from an electronic police activity log during a controversial mass arrest in 2002.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  04:34 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 07/28/2011

10 years for Md. man in 2008 murder-for-hire-plot

A 49-year-old Maryland man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for participating in a murder-for-hire plot, authorities announced.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  09:30 AM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, Maryland

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 07/27/2011

Federal judge tosses suit aimed at blocking stem cell research funding

A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit that sought to block the funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  11:13 AM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, Updates

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Leading ‘birther’ Taitz chastised by federal judge

A prominent ‘birther’ and criticof President Obama has been chastised by a federal judge for “either toying with the Court or displaying her own stupidity” because she can’t seem to redact the right kind of information in court pleadings.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  02:03 PM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Bowie woman sentenced to 27 months in scam

A 35-year-old Bowie woman was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for stealing more than $450,000 from her now-defunct employer, federal prosecutors announced.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  01:34 PM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, Pr. George's

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Judge orders EPA to revisit Anacostia River clean-up plan

A federal judge Monday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to craft new pollution standards for the Anacostia River that would allow officials to make it safe for swimmers and boaters.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  12:00 PM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 07/21/2011

D.C. lamppost sign regulations may be unconstitutional, judge says

District regulations governing how long signs can remain affixed to city lampposts are unconstitutional and need to be rewritten, a federal judge in the District signaled in a court opinion Thursday.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  05:32 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Prison for judge’s wife in federal contract fraud case

The president of a Washington-area interior design firm has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for providing false information in order to obtain a $1.3 million contract to help renovate a federal building.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  05:38 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 07/13/2011

First witness in Clemens trial: Former House parliamentarian

The first witness in the Roger Clemens perjury trial was called Wednesday afternoon as the government called Charles W. Johnson, House parliamentarian from 1994 to 2004.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  01:19 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, Roger Clemens

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Clemens attorney attacks former trainer in opening arguments

Rusty Hardin, defense lawyer for Roger Clemens in the former baseball star’s perjury trial, attacked the credibility of the man expected to be the prosecution’s star witness during his opening arguments Wednesday.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  12:57 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Roger Clemens, Del Quentin Wilber

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 07/13/2011

Prosecutors: Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs to lengthen career

Federal prosecutors told jurors Wednesday morning that former super-star pitcher Roger Clemens took performance-enhancing drugs to lengthen his playing career and then lied about it to Congress because he was worried about his legacy.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  11:08 AM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Clemens trial slated to open Wednesday as jury selection continues

The federal judge overseeing the perjury trial of Roger Clemens called in more potential jurors Tuesday morning in his effort to select a final panel of 12 men and women to hear evidence in the case.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  02:14 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Roger Clemens trial will likely pit player against trainer

In coming weeks, it’s going to become clear that the prosecution of Roger Clemens boils down in many respects to two men: Clemens, the former star pitcher, and Brian McNamee, his one-time trainer and chief accuser.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  12:36 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Roger Clemens, Del Quentin Wilber

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 07/11/2011

Roger Clemens jury selection resumes Monday

After a three-day hiatus, jury selection resumes Monday morning in the trial of Roger Clemens, the former star pitcher accused of lying to Congress about taking performance-enhancing drugs.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  10:05 AM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 07/08/2011

Read the Roger Clemens trial jury questionnaire

With a break in jury selection Friday in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens, we thought you might enjoy reading the 82-item questionnaire presented to prospective jurors this week.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  10:10 AM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Halfway to a jury in Roger Clemens perjury trial

On Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton called a three-day break in picking a jury in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens, a former star pitcher being prosecuted on charges that he lied to Congress about taking pefformance-enhancing drugs.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  05:32 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, Roger Clemens

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Questions about Congress, sports as Clemens jury selection continues

Potential jurors in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens were asked for their feelings about Congress, the use of steroids in sports and their enthusiasm for sports as jury selection continued Thursday.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  01:40 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Star names heard by potential Roger Clemens jurors

Former slugger Mark McGuire and New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman are among the individuals attorneys said are possible witnesses or names that will be heard by jurors in the Roger Clemens perjury trial.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  01:21 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Roger Clemens, Del Quentin Wilber

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 07/06/2011

Clemens trial judge irritated with Congress over audiotape

The judge presiding over the trial of Roger Clemens expressed irritation at Congress for not providing prosecutors and defense lawyers with a 2008 audiotape of a deposition of the former star — but stopped short of ordering the House to turn the tape over.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  11:31 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Roger Clemens, Del Quentin Wilber

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 07/05/2011

Judge’s ruling could hamper Roger Clemens prosecution

Former teammates of Roger Clemens may not be allowed to testify in the way federal prosecutors hoped would bolster the credibility of their star witness in their case against the legandary pitcher, a federal judge said Tuesday.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  01:18 PM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Celebrities, Roger Clemens, Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Tax charges for former Barry, Michael Jackson spokeswoman

A former spokeswoman to former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and pop superstar Michael Jackson has been charged with failing to file or pay federal and D.C. taxes, according to court papers.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  11:59 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, Celebrities, The District

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Life in prison for 7 men after deadly hostage incident in Trinidad

Seven men from the nation of Trinidad have been sentenced to life in prison in the District’s federal court for taking a U.S. citizen hostage, holding him in brutal conditions and allowing him to die.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  10:03 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Del Quentin Wilber, Around the World

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 06/10/2011

Fraud, conspiracy conviction for former Commerce accountant

A 56-year-old former Commerce Department accountant was convicted of bank fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and identity theft in connection with a scheme to obtain fraudulent mortgages on Wednesday in federal court, prosecutors said.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  09:01 AM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Guilty plea for nonprofit worker in $100K fraud case

A 49-year-old employee for a Washington-based nonprofit group admitted in federal court Thursday that she stole nearly $100,000 from the organization over a two-year span.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  05:26 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The District, Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 06/06/2011

Guilty plea in three-year theft scheme from advocacy group

A 56-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of embezzling more than $120,000 over a three-year span from her employer, the American Conservative Union.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  04:02 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Del Quentin Wilber

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 05/05/2011

Probation for woman in identity theft ring case

A 27-year-old former security guard at Howard University was sentenced to three years of probation Thursday for her role in what authorities have called a sophisticated identity theft ring.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  02:04 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 07:16 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Drug charges for 4 men after Md. sting operation

A Bowie man was ordered held without bail Wednesday on a federal drug charge resulting from a sting operation that netted authorities more than 60 pounds of cocaine and an assault rifle, law enforcement officials said

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  07:16 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, Pr. George's

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Court overturns ruling blocking stem cell research funding

An appeals court overturned a judicial ruling blocking federal funding of stem cell research Friday, handing the Obama administration a courtroom victory for one of its most high-profile scientific policies.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  01:29 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 03/29/2011

More unsupervised visits away from hospital sought for Hinckley

Lawyers and doctors for John W. Hinckley Jr. asked a federal judge Tuesday to grant the presidential assailant additional unsupervised visits to his mother’s home in Virginia.

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  05:41 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Federal judge sworn in in D.C.

Two decades ago, a young lawyer wearing a blue pinstripe suit stepped before an appeals court to argue his first case in Washington, and he succeeded in having his client's conviction on first-degree murder charges overturned. Today, that same lawyer...

By Del Quentin Wilber  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District

Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 02/13/2010

Legislation needed to guide Guantanamo judges: District judge

In June 2008, the Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion granting the prison's detainees the right to challenge their confinements in federal court under the centuries-old legal doctrine of habeas corpus. There are habeas challenges from about 170 of the...

By Del Wilber  |  05:05 AM ET, 02/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 02/12/2010

Record snowfall challenges area courthouses, judges

The historic Washington area snowfall has sent area court officials scrambling to reschedule hearings and cases, while also reaching out to prospective jurors whose jury duty summons were trumped by mother nature. This week marked the first time in more...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:42 AM ET, 02/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:46 PM ET, 02/11/2010

Machen is D.C.'s new top prosecutor

The Senate on Thursday night confirmed Ronald C. Machen as the District's new top prosecutor. Machen, a partner at the law firm WilmerHale, was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District from 1997 to 2001, handling crimes ranging from theft...

By Washington Post editors  |  08:46 PM ET, 02/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 02/04/2010

Northwest D.C. van raid nets marijuana, cash

Federal agents seized more than 50 pounds of marijuana Tuesday in a van parked in a Northwest Washington garage, authorities said. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided two vans in a garage in the 6100 block...

By Del Wilber  |  10:57 AM ET, 02/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 02/04/2010

Prosecutors: New charges against former Graham aide Ted Loza likely

A grand jury is likely to return more charges against Ted G. Loza, former chief of staff to D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), in the next few weeks, federal prosecutors disclosed in court Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney John...

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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/03/2010

Ye Gon still isn't gone

The Justice Department's case against Zhenli Ye Gon, a Chinese-born Mexican millionaire accused of being a major methamphetamine trafficker, dissolved in federal court last year. So what's he still doing in a D.C.-area jail? The Mexican government wants him extradited...

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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/03/2010

Human resource director accused of stealing from Council on Aging

A 58-year-old Clinton woman has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from her employer, the National Council on Aging, prosecutors allege in court papers. Wanda Johnson was charged in a "criminal information," a document that signals a plea deal...

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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/26/2010

No dancing at Jefferson Memorial, judge rules

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that alleged the National Park Service violated the rights of a District woman who was arrested in 2008 for dancing with 17 others at the Jefferson Memorial. U.S. District Judge John D....

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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/25/2010

District man charged with having counterfeit greenbacks

A District man was arrested last week on counterfeiting charges after police and U.S. Secret Service agents raided his Northwest Washington apartment and found a stash of equipment that they believe was used to make fake greenbacks, authorities said. Carlos...

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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 01/22/2010

Probation for legal secretary who ran exotic male dancing service

A legal secretary was sentenced Friday to five years of probation for using her law firm’s corporate credit card to finance a side business specializing in exotic male dancers. Jarriette D. Richie, of Clinton, was charged in September and pleaded...

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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/22/2010

Today's public corruption more sophisticated, less 'cash in a bag'; FBI agent

Steven M. D’Antuono, an FBI supervisory special agent, is in charge of the local FBI office’s public corruption squad. His squad of 13 agents handles corruption cases ranging from involving small scams in the D.C. government to and high-level schemes...

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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 01/12/2010

D.C. 'crew' members may live in Md.: FBI agent

The Crime Scene recently sat down with FBI Agent Dave LeValley and retired FBI Agent Daniel Reilly, who works as a contractor, to talk about gangs in the District. LeValley supervises the Safe Streets task force of 14 agents, eight...

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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 01/07/2010

Arrested Secret Service impersonator is Md. man

A Baltimore man pretending to be a U.S. Secret Service agent slipped past security on Saturday at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington and was not stopped until he got to the sixth-floor suite of offices for...

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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 01/06/2010

James von Brunn, accused holocaust museum shooter, dies in hospital

The 89-year-old man accused in June's fatal shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum died Wednesday, according to his defense attorney and prison officials. James W. von Brunn, a white supremacist, died of undetermined causes while in custody of U.S....

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Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 12/24/2009

Obama to nominate Machen to be District's top prosecutor

Update. 9:30 a.m. It's official. The White House said Thursday morning that Machen is President Obama's choice to be the District's next top prosecutor. The word came in a press release announcing the nonmination of seven men and women to...

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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 12/18/2009

Doc charges DC government for poor patients who never got treatment

A District doctor was convicted Thursday of overcharging the D.C. government about $133,000 for services he never performed for poor patients, federal prosecutors said. Ehigiator O. Akhigbe, 56, billed the District’s Medicaid program for “invasive surgical procedures” and for “ghost...

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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 12/16/2009

Former Kennedy staffer charged with theft from Senate

A former office manager for deceased Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass) has been charged with stealing more than $75,000 from the U.S. Senate, authorities said. Ngozi T. Pole, 39, was indicted Tuesday on charges of wire fraud and theft of...

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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/08/2009

Gun found in D.C. jail may be part of 2003 scheme

Authorities recovered a handgun in the D.C. jail that may have been in the facility since at least 2003, officials said Tuesday. The gun was recovered Monday night "in a channel within a component of the inmate telephone units" during...

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Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 12/07/2009

Destroyed or lost? More in the Pershing Park arrests saga

Pershing Park just won't die. Late Friday, the D.C. government released a report by a retired federal judge who investigated allegations that police or other city officials destroyed evidence that may shed light on the controversial 2002 mass arrests in...

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Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 12/03/2009

Man caught with crack cocaine while hospitalized for shooting

Tuesday will not go down as one of Tyrone D. Herring's better days.

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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/02/2009

Jailhouse rock: Enter our first-ever contest

In all the years I have covered law enforcement, I have heard all sorts of stories about jail guards slipping contraband to inmates. I've heard of guards smuggling food, even high-priced salmon, liquor and cellular phones behind prison and jail...

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Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 11/23/2009

Blackwater lawyers reprimanded ... for not double-spacing

Defense attorneys for five U.S. security contractors heading to trial on charges of killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007 got into BIG trouble Monday with the federal judge presiding over the case. No, they didn't leak classified information. No,...

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Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 11/23/2009

These motions will not be overruled

It was an emotional and heavy retirement ceremony at the District's federal courthouse on Nov. 13. Nancy Mayer-Whittington, the court's top clerk, was retiring after 18 years in that job. Friends, lawyers, judges and court officials testified for two hours...

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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 11/20/2009

Taxi scam, an advertising firm and a trip to El Salvador

Since federal agents raided the offices of Ted G. Loza, chief of staff to Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), in September, there has been speculation about why authorities were seeking documents related to a small advertising firm and Fiesta...

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