The Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference
with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The
rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the
use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal
violation of an individual's civil rights.
Our cases often involve incidents
that are invariably of intense public interest. While some violations may most
appropriately be pursued by the federal Government, others can be addressed by
either the federal Government or by state or local prosecutors. Our ultimate
goal is to ensure that acts constituting federal criminal civil rights
violations are sufficiently remedied, whether prosecuted federally or by
If you wish to provide information or comment concerning the federal investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin or related to the Sanford (Florida) Police Department, you can send a message to: Sanford.Florida@usdoj.gov.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Jeremy Heath Higgins pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala to two counts of federal civil rights violations.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
J. Keith McCray was sentenced by Judge Myron H. Thompson to serve 36 months in prison and two years of supervised release for assaulting a handcuffed man at the county jail.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Justice Department announced that Reginald Wayne Miller has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Florence to fraud in foreign labor contracting.