Law Enforcement

Convicted Kidnappers Blame Mistreatment by Cartels, ICE for Their Crimes

Two kidnappers, the sons of Mexican “high rollers” who were themselves kidnapped by the Mexican cartel five years earlier, sequestered the son of a wealthy dancing horses owner in Colorado. During sentencing, the lawyer for one of the brothers speculated they committed the crime because ICE agents had mistreated them. The other brother blamed his criminal behavior on drug abuse and loyalty to his sibling.

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Rachel Brand, No. 3 at DOJ, Will Step Down

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, number three at the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, will resign her post, DOJ announced Friday.

This photo provided by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office shows Tnuza Jamal Hassan. A criminal complaint said Hassan, 19, a former student at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, admitted to investigators that she started the fires on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, including one in a dormitory that housed a day care center. She's charged with first-degree arson. (Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Minnesota: Teen Woman Charged with Terror, Arson After Urging Students to ‘Join the Jihad’

A 19-year-old Minnesota woman has been charged with attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda, committing arson out of anger because of U.S. military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and lying to the FBI about urging fellow St. Catherine University (SCU) students to “join the jihad” against the United States, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced.

Alleged Texas Cop-Killer in Custody Following Standoff

A Richardson, Texas, police officer has been shot and killed while responding to a call at a North Texas apartment complex. An ambulance transported the wounded officer to a local hospital where he later died from his injury. The gunman is in police custody after a standoff of more than four hours.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a break in the Committee's questioning of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Pollak: How to Evaluate the Democratic Memorandum

If the Democratic memo does not at least acknowledge that the government should have been more careful about avoiding even the appearance of political bias — especially after the Hillary Clinton email fiasco — then it should not be taken seriously at all.