A federal prosecutor involved in the botched gun operation known as Fast and Furious gave an internal memo to the news media, possibly to undermine a federal agent’s criticisms, the Justice Department’s inspector general said.
Jared Lee Loughner is scheduled to appear in court today to face charges of attempting to kill U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and murdering U.S. District Judge John Roll in a shooting spree at a Tucson, Arizona, shopping mall that claimed six lives and wounded at least 14 others, federal prosecutors said.
The U.S. Justice Department sent an inaccurate letter about a gun operation to a Republican Senator after relying on the assertions of the former U.S. attorney for Arizona, according to documents released today.
The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. attorney in Arizona are leaving their jobs after lawmakers criticized a program that allowed illegal gun purchases in the U.S. in an effort to link the weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
Lawyers for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh spent months polling the public and analyzing news reports in search of a more favorable venue for his trial over the attack that killed 168 people, including 19 children.
Federal prosecutors are seeking to drop charges against accused Tucson, Arizona, shooter Jared Lee Loughner for the murders of Chief U.S. District Judge John Roll and Gabriel Zimmerman, an aide to Representative Gabrielle Giffords, according to court papers filed yesterday.
U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords smiled when she heard applause from bystanders as she was being moved to a Houston hospital to continue recovering from a gunshot to the head in the Tucson, Arizona, shooting rampage, a doctor said.