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Criminal Section : Civil Rights Division

Criminal Section

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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 local authorities.

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Criminal Section News

Friday, March 26, 2010
Sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 23, 2010. Ice faces a maximum prison sentence of one-year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Baker pleaded guilty on Sept. 18, 2009, to destruction of religious property and using fire to commit a felony. Baker previously admitted to the court that he and two others constructed Molotov cocktail explosive devices, ignited them and used them to destroy the mosque on Feb. 9, 2008.
Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Robert Moossy
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Criminal Section, PHB

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