Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

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In 1963, Gideon v. Wainwright assured criminal defendants right to an attorney

Friday, March 17, 2023

This week marks the 60th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court case that guaranteed criminal defendants the right to a lawyer. That guarantee has been challenged by budgets and high demand.

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Ukrainian victims of war with Russia deserve justice, Garland says

Monday, March 06, 2023

On his way to Ukraine for an unannounced visit last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke about upholding the rule of law inside the U.S. and overseas in an exclusive interview with NPR.

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Attorney General Garland pledges support for war crimes investigations against Russia

Sunday, March 05, 2023

Attorney General Merrick Garland visits Ukraine to pledge support for war crimes investigations against Russian suspects.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland attends war crimes conference in Ukraine

Friday, March 03, 2023

Attorney General Merrick Garland has made a surprise visit to Ukraine Friday to attend a war crimes conference and to pledge his support.

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Garland supports effort to hold Russia accountable for war crimes

Friday, March 03, 2023

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged to "stand shoulder to shoulder" with war crimes prosecutors in Ukraine as he made an unannounced visit to the country.

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The ATF director explains what the bureau is doing about gun violence

Friday, February 24, 2023

The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives speaks out about mass shootings and what his agency is doing to help solve violent crimes.

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Sentencing Commission considers what would qualify inmates for compassionate release

Thursday, February 23, 2023

The Sentencing Commission is considering changing how federal prisoners can request compassionate release, a program essential to inmates with a terminally illness or other extraordinary circumstance.

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The vast majority of criminal cases end in plea bargains, a new report finds

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The practice prioritizes efficiency over fairness and innocence, the American Bar Association says, and leads innocent people to be coerced into guilty pleas.

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New research could help nurses, police detect bruises on people with dark skin

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

New scientific research is making it easier to detect bruises on people with darker skin, which has big implications for assault and violence cases that go to court.

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The FBI searched the home of Mike Pence after classified documents were discovered

Saturday, February 11, 2023

The FBI conducted a consensual search Friday at the home of former Vice President Mike Pence. One of his aides discovered classified materials there last month.

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A California mayor on why the public isn't allowed to visit the super bloom of poppies in her city

Saturday, February 11, 2023

NPR's Scott Simon asks Lake Elsinore Mayor Natasha Johnson why the public isn't allowed to visit the California city's canyons for this year's super bloom of poppies.

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Assault by prison workers often goes unpunished, study finds

Sunday, February 05, 2023

A new study finds most prison workers who sexually abuse people in their custody face little or no punishment.

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Jan. 6 rioter who assaulted Capitol Officer Sicknick sentenced to 6 years in prison

Friday, January 27, 2023

Julian Khater pleaded guilty to two felony counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon in a D.C. court last September.

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Justice Department racks up some important victories in Jan. 6 cases

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Prosecutors won convictions of four Oath Keepers on seditious conspiracy charges, while a separate jury convicted the rioter who put his feet on then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk.

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Biden joins Trump under scrutiny of special counsel investigating classified documents

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Both the former and current presidents are under scrutiny now that a special counsel is investigating classified documents found at President Biden's home and former office.

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A special counsel will probe documents found at Biden's home and private office

Friday, January 13, 2023

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed special counsel Robert Hur, who will take charge of an investigation of classified documents found at President Biden's home and private office.

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Jurors in the Proud Boys trial hear the start of the seditious conspiracy case

Friday, January 13, 2023

Prosecutors say five defendants "took aim at the heart of our democracy" on Jan. 6, 2021. Defendants' lawyers tell jurors their clients didn't plan the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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A special counsel will probe government documents at Biden's home and private office

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Robert Hur is authorized to probe "possible unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or other records."

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A bill that would have impacted racial disparity in cocaine crimes died in the Senate

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The Senate failed to advance a bill that would have reduced one of the most persistent racial disparities in criminal justice: punishment for crack cocaine.(Story aired on ATC on Jan. 9, 2023.)

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A bill that would have impacted racial disparity in cocaine crimes died in the Senate

Monday, January 09, 2023

The Senate failed to advance a bipartisan bill that would have reduced one of the most persistent racial disparities in criminal justice: the punishment for crack cocaine.

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