Articles by Attorney General
States, Lenders Reach $26 Billion Mortgage Settlement
February 09 2012 11:19 AM EST
Forty-nine states and five major banks reached a $26 billion mortgage settlement that will aid about two million homeowners, government officials announced Thursday.
CPAC 2012 Live Stream: Where to Watch Republican Leaders Speak
February 09 2012 9:39 AM EST
Most of the biggest names in the Republican Party and thousands of conservatives gathered together at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. for CPAC 2012, the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Watchdog Fines Ernst & Young $2M over Audits
February 08 2012 7:14 PM EST
The watchdog board for corporate auditors on Wednesday said it has imposed a $2 million penalty, its largest fine ever, on accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young LLP in a settlement involving past audits of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.
Jerry Sandusky News: Neighbors Accuse Him of Watching Kids from Porch
February 08 2012 2:34 PM EST
Several neighbors have recently complained that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is facing more than 40 sexual assault charges, has been sitting on his back porch watching children at a playground.
Fourteen Hospitals to Pay Over $12 Million to Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations
February 08 2012 2:42 AM EST
Fourteen hospitals from New York, Mississippi, North Carolina, Washington, Indiana, Missouri and Florida have agreed to pay more than $12 million to the United States in order to settle allegations that the health care facilities submitted false claims to Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.
Brazil Files Suits Against Twitter Over Accounts That Provide Roadblock Warnings
February 07 2012 11:07 PM EST
The government of Brazil has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, demanding that the firm remove accounts in the country that warn citizens of police speed traps and roadblocks.
Prop 8 Is Unconstitutional, Rules Court
February 07 2012 1:34 PM EST
The U.S. 9th Circuit of Appeals in San Francisco Tuesday upheld a lower court decision, which had declared unconstitutional California’s controversial Proposition 8 banning same sex marriage.
Nuns Storm Super Bowl 2012 to Stop Sex Trafficking: 'We Will Be Watching'
February 03 2012 12:45 PM EST
The New York Giants and the New England Patriots aren't the only ones ready for Super Bowl Sunday: so are eleven orders of nuns, all determined to fight the surge of underage sex trafficking that accompanies the NFL event each year. The nuns have been prepping for Indianapolis since training camp began last summer, and have one target firmly in their sights: the hundreds of hotel rooms rented out for Super Bowl XLVI.
Fast and Furious ATF Scandal: Attorney General Holder Denies Knowledge of Gun Walking Program, States Firings, Charges Will Come
February 03 2012 12:00 PM EST
Attorney General Eric Holder faced off against Republicans on February 2, denying any sort of government coverup of the Fast and Furious operation , the latest in a series of Gun Walking programs that began in 2006 in Arizona.
Mortgage Deal Would Give States Enforcement Power
February 01 2012 1:35 PM EST
A proposed settlement to resolve mortgage abuses by top U.S. banks will give states broad authority to punish firms that mistreat borrowers in the future, according to documents seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
Prosecutors Want Non-local Jury for Jerry Sandusky Trial
January 31 2012 11:18 PM EST
Sandusky's attorney said he would vehemently oppose the motion to use an outside jury.
Honor Killings: Guilty Afghan-Canadian Family Will Keep its Millions
January 31 2012 4:25 PM EST
Mohammad Shafia -- found guilty of the honor killing murders of his three daughters on Monday -- will keep his millions of dollars in real estate holdings and personal wealth while serving a life sentence.
Eric Holder Launches Probe into Mortgage-Backed Securities Fraud
January 27 2012 2:58 PM EST
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Friday announced the formation of a task force focused on probing residential mortgage-backed securities following President Barack Obama's call for a unit to probe the finance industry's conduct leading up to the financial crisis.
Iowa Lottery Winner, Crawford Shaw of New York, Withdraws Million-Dollar Claim
January 27 2012 10:49 AM EST
A questionable case has led Iowa lottery winner Crawford Shaw, a lawyer in New York, to withdraw his multi-million dollar claim since he could not explain how he obtained the winning ticket.
Schneiderman to Head Task Force to Investigate Wall Street Role in Housing Crisis
January 26 2012 4:08 PM EST
Eric T. Schneiderman, the so-called Sheriff of Wall Street as New York state's attorney general, is heading a new, consolidated effort to find the criminality that led to the housing crisis.
JPMorgan CEO Says Foreclosure Deal Threatened
January 26 2012 10:00 AM EST
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said President Barack Obama's decision to expand investigations into home lending and sales of mortgage securities could stop settlement talks with the states over foreclosure practices.
Obama State of the Union 2012: Mortgage Refinance Changes Face Obstacles
January 25 2012 2:07 PM EST
President Barack Obama's proposal to allow millions of homeowners to reduce mortgage payments is the latest in a series of federal efforts to aid the housing market, but it faces a number of obstacles.
State of the Union: Obama Takes Aim at Congress
January 25 2012 11:02 AM EST
With Congressional approval ratings mired at historic lows, Obama has increasingly sought to bolster his re-election chances by criticizing Congress as ineffective and paralyzed by runaway partisanship. He invoked that theme in the State of the Union address.
East Haven Cops Accused of Racial Profiling: ‘I Might Have Tacos Tonight,’ Mayor Says
January 25 2012 10:28 AM EST
The FBI has arrested three East Haven, Conn., police officers and one sergeant on charges of racially profiling Latinos. When asked what he would do to help the Latino community, East Haven mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. responded, I might have tacos when I go home, I'm not quite sure yet.
Obama's State of the Union Takeaways: Lofty Goals, Unlikely Outcomes
January 25 2012 8:00 AM EST
President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union address last night that was heavy on populist themes, highlighting successes from his first three years in office and outlining his goals for the year ahead.