Child prostitutes were the focus of a recent FBI anti-sex trafficking operation, where a total of 168 juveniles were recovered nationwide. The sting rounded up suspects in more than 100 cities and involved 54 FBI divisions. In Houston, four kids were recovered and four pimps, according to the Justi ... More >>
A Texas man pleaded guilty Tuesday in a smuggling operation that dealt in nearly $1 million worth of rhino horns and elephant ivory. Asian art appraiser Ning Qiu, of Frisco, took part in the operation, which was busted up in "Operation Crash". The nationwide sting was led by the U.S. Fish and Wild ... More >>
The George W. Bush DOJ went after voter fraud hard. It became a mantra in right-wing talking circles that voter fraud was rampant, perhaps swinging elections. The problem with this narrative was that there simply wasn't much evidence to support it. Undeterred by the lack of evidence, right-wing acti ... More >>
The Department of Justice is not going to move to undo new Colorado and Washington laws legalizing marijuana. The Washington Post reports: The Department also, per Reilly and Grim's report, sent a three page memo to governors of all states outlining federal priorities for enforcing marijuana laws ... More >>
While President Obama and many others see the Supreme Court's June ruling on the Voter Rights Act as the complete knee-capping of minority election rights, our own Senator John Cornyn says everything is a-OK and it's about time. Continuing his appeal to the right wing people of Texas, says the SC ... More >>
Houston is a city known for many good things, but one of the bad things this town is known for is the air - there's a lot of air pollution around here, and we've got the Ozone watch days to prove it. So you wouldn't think a little extra air pollution would get noticed by the Environmental Protectio ... More >>
A Spring man was arrested yesterday for being one of the masterminds behind Legendz Sports, a billion-dollar offshore betting company. Federal agents arrested King and three others from the Houston area as part of a sweep that resulted in indictments against 34 individuals and 23 corporate entitie ... More >>
Voters in Harris and Fort Bend counties will get an extra treat on Election Day: Federal poll watchers. As a result of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (now 47 years old!), the federal government attempts to make sure every registered voter regardless of race, color "or membership in a minority langua ... More >>
American banks are on a massive crime spree. Obama and Romney hope you won’t notice.
Did you feel a chilling breeze of Cold War nostalgia wafting though Houston today? Yeah, neither did we. But we could have, because the elements were present as U.S. Department of Justice officials here and in New York announced they'd busted a major ring credited with supplying secret high-tech h ... More >>
The feds have indicted a Corpus Christi man for threatening a controversial Tennessee mosque with a bomb. Javier Alan Correa, 24, called the under-construction mosque in Murfreesboro last September 5 and said, "On Sept. 11, 2011, there's going to be a bomb in the building." The Mufreesboro mosque ... More >>
Schools are finally getting tougher on gay bullying.
Texas's strict new voter ID law, put in place by this past session's Tea Party legislature to stem the tidal wave of voter fraud that is actually not happening at all, has been blocked by the U.S. Department of Justice. The new law unfairly targets Hispanic voters, the feds said. "[T]he state has ... More >>
Yesterday, one of our favorite file sharing sites was struck by a government takedown around the early portions of the morning. It was swift, it was brutal and it could have been blamed on Kim Kardashian. Losing MegaUpload was a giant blow to musicians who love uploading zip or rar files of thei ... More >>
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.
Meetings will get even longer....It took a surprising amount of bitching and complaining from people who apparently don't like to share the spotlight, but the city council has approved Mayor Annise Parker's plan to go ahead and add two district seats to the elected panel. The city declared t ... More >>
Berg & Androphy attorneys (from left) Sarah Frazier, Joel Androphy and Kathryn Nelson. "Jipped," this week's cover story in the Houston Press, explores the case of American Grocers, Inc., a Houston-based company that exports food to the Middle East (working, in part, off military contracts), ... More >>
Alberto Gonzalez: Give `til it hurtsAlberto Gonzalez, the pride of Houston's Vinson & Elkins, memorably served as Attorney General under George W. Bush. Sure, there were a few bumps along the way, what with the torture and helping Karl Rove purge the roster of U.S. Attorneys in a way that an ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a report about state prison populations, and Texas was one of six states with large decreases in the number of people incarcerated. These numbers continue, the report says, "the trend of slower growth observed in the prison population since 2 ... More >>
Hire those immigrants, dammit!When the Department of Justice puts out a press release about a local employer getting penalized over immigration issues, it's usually because the company has been hiring illegal aliens.Not so with Sugar Land's Aquatico Pool Managment: The DOJ announced today they ha ... More >>
Vic Morrow, dealing with the scum who made him a crappy helmetIt looks like it's getting harder to find good help these days -- especially when the help are federal prisoners: earlier this month, the U.S. Army recalled 44,000 helmets manufactured by Beaumont inmates working for Federal Pris ... More >>
The Department of Justice announced today that Theresa Russell, a former staff sergeant, pleaded guilty money laundering while stationed in Iraq. It wasn't all that much of a surprise, since two years ago the guy who gave her the bribes pleaded guilty to doing so.Russell, 40, was at Camp Anaconda ... More >>
Well, the Justice Department has approved the Live Nation/Ticketmaster monopoly merger. What does this mean for you, the average concertgoer? Well, even more inflation on the already-ridiculous $6 Lone Stars at House of Blues. Free Press Houston had a well-written cover story last spring about the ... More >>
We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?
Inmates emerging from the Harris County Jail tell remarkably similar stories of horrible conditions inside.
The ACLU of Texas is criticizing Harris County's criticism of the U.S. Department of Justice's criticism of Harris County Jail. Hair Balls isn't sure who to criticize yet. In a press release, the state chapter's legal director calls County Attorney Vince Ryan's response to the DOJ ... More >>
Just as we were trying to figure out why there were internet cafes in Nederland and Port Arthur, we find out that the places were actually fronts for illegal gambling, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The department announced yesterday that six people were charged with running the gam ... More >>
Places all over Houston want Trevor Falk and pitch the wonders of community life. He is 24 and has Down syndrome, which makes him a hot commodity for private group homes.
As lawmakers scramble to address the surge of violence spawned by Mexican drug cartels seeping into our borders, the question of legalizing drugs has once again been raised -- and not just by a bunch of hippies. Russ Jones, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), tells Hai ... More >>
A Galveston dentist has been fined $65,000 for violating the Clean Water Act.What, he didn't have his patients rinse-and-spit up to gummint standards? Is this more of that damn paperwork and regulations that is all but choking the entrepreneurial spirits of dentists all across America?Well, no. Inst ... More >>
Janet Napolitanos sorry service in Arizona makes her a terrible choice for Homeland Security secretary.
Ahh, it’s nice to see that small-town corruption is alive and well. And only an hour’s drive from Houston, no less. It appears as though a pair of city officials in the Waller County ‘burg of Hempstead, the self-proclaimed “City of Character,” have gone and gotten themselves arrested ... More >>
After years of dismal test scores and a demonstrated inability to get a grip on its finances, as well as months of high drama with the school board firing and un-firing its superintendent several times, the North Forest ISD was officially put on notice today that the state is going to run its busine ... More >>
Bush's battle against terrorism now bars some federal labor activities
Narcotics task forces in Texas spend millions of dollars each year busting low-level users and dealers. Is it money well spent, or are officers just addicted to easy cash?
Urine, tax returns, and credit card payments pile up at the federal building
Racial tensions still haunt Geno Delafose's Louisiana stomping ground
Will the "temp" United States Attorney exile dissidents to the border?
Singing (and Stinging) in the rain
The head feds in the City Hall sting are known for their pursuit of minority politicians
Did the U.S. government spend $2 million just to nail little guys like David Proctor?