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Aug 12, 2013

Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system

With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder called Monday for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes.

Jun 14, 2013

Gun group sues Wis. AG over concealed-carry rules

A gun rights group has filed a lawsuit against Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen alleging his state Justice Department's concealed-carry rules limit training class sizes.

Mar 19, 2013

Wis. AG says he needs solicitor general position

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is telling legislators he needs a new solicitor general position in the state Justice Department to help defend Gov. Scott Walker's policies.

Mar 8, 2013

8 years in prison for cocaine dealer

A Madison man who authorities say sold in excess of $1 million in cocaine has been sentenced to more than 8 years in prison.

Feb 25, 2013

High-stakes trial begins for 2010 Gulf oil spill (UPDATE)

Nearly three years after a deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico triggered the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge in New Orleans is set to preside over a high-stakes trial for the raft of litigation spawned by the disaster.

Feb 20, 2013

BP civil settlement remains elusive as trial nears

The U.S. Justice Department and the five Gulf coast states affected by a massive oil spill nearly three years ago have indicated they would like to settle their environmental and economic claims with BP PLC ahead of a trial scheduled to start next week.

Feb 5, 2013

US sues S&P over pre-crisis mortgage ratings

The U.S. government says Standard & Poor's knowingly inflated its ratings on risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.

Jan 30, 2013

BEV BUTULA: New DOJ website makes finding information quick, painless

The Wisconsin Attorney General announced the launch of its new website on Monday.

Jan 30, 2013

State Supreme Court denies new trial in 20-year-old robbery case (UPDATE)

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned an appeals court ruling that granted a new trial to a man convicted of robbing two Milwaukee grocery stores nearly 20 years ago.

Jan 30, 2013

Next in BP spill saga: civil trial worth billions

Now that a $4 billion plea deal has resolved BP's criminal liability for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill nearly three years ago, the company will turn its focus to a trial that could potentially cost it billions of dollars more in civil penalties.

Jan 29, 2013

Judge OKs record $4B BP oil spill criminal settlement

A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jan 24, 2013

Court erases injunction against UW protester (UPDATE)

A Madison judge improperly issued a restraining order against a former legislator's son, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.


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