Christopher Horton, a twenty-year-old Belleville martial-arts instructor, is accused of sexually exploiting three minors -- ages six, eight and ten -- and filming the abuse. A new complaint against Horton says that he confessed to the sexual assault and attempted to get a fourth minor to engage in s ... More >>
The Department of Justice agreed last week that a St. Louis eating disorder clinic discriminated against an HIV-positive woman by intentionally delaying her admittance and denying her treatment. Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders has been ordered to pay a $140,000 settlement, the secon ... More >>
In a statement released late yesterday afternoon, the Department of Justice announced it reached a settlement with Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders over its refusal to treat an HIV-positive woman suffering from anorexia. Susan Gibson, a mid-Missouri resident, tried to gain acceptanc ... More >>
On Monday, a 36-year-old from southwestern Missouri named Christjan Bee pleaded-guilty to having some filthy porn inside his computer. His wife had discovered it, then tipped off the local police department in their hometown of Monett. According to news reports, police seized Bee's computer and ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Editor's Update, 8/9/12: Video of the raid on former Megaupload CEO Kim Dotcom's enormous New Zealand home in January has just emerged -- you can watch it above. The report, from 3 News in New Zealand, includes testimony from Dotcom -- who is accused of the largest copyright infringement in U.S. hi ... More >>
You may receive a letter from Attorney General Chris Koster in the near future announcing that you've won $1 million (or some other large amount of money), but you have to pay your taxes on it first, in accordance with Missouri law. Or maybe the letter comes from the FBI, or the Department of Justic ... More >>
This FBI notice is all the content that remains on the now-shuttered Megaupload.com domain.SOPA and PIPA have been the talk of the internet for weeks, if not months now. Several major websites blacked out their content in opposition to the controversial bills this past Wednesday. On Thursday, ... More >>
Attention, high school students: You have to read the book now. Tonight at midnight, Wikipedia shuts down for 24 hours to protest both House Bill 3261, more commonly known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and its related bill in the Senate, the PROTECT IP ACT (PIPA). SOPA and PIPA have raise ... More >>
The Los Angeles-led FBI investigation into the online child pornography group known as "Lost Boy" resulted in the indictments of 19 Americans and fourteen defendants abroad. The men were charged collectively for running a child exploitation enterprise, among other crimes. The investigation, a ... More >>
John Gotti died of throat cancer while incarcerated at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics released a bunch of numbers yesterday offering an exhaustive demographic account of inmates who are dying in p ... More >>
For many cops, shooting a suspect during the course of a crime means shooting to kill, and it's an action to be used only in matters of imminent danger. With that in mind it's heartening that from 2003 to 2009 Missouri witnessed just 26 arrest-related deaths, well below the national average ... More >>
Federal prosecutions against financial institutions are ticking downward across the country, but the Eastern District of Missouri is defying that trend, nearly matching New York City's district in per-capita charges against banks so far this year. A report released last week by the Transactional Re ... More >>
Image viaJ. Scott Brown and Derek Smith admitted to joining in a huge Ponzi scheme worth $52 million.Bishop/attorney Martin Sigillito has chosen to continue fighting federal charges that he ran a $52 million Ponzi scheme -- perhaps the biggest in state history (see our feature here). But now he s ... More >>
Marcia Fudge: The Cleveland congresswoman wants the Justice Department to investigate photo ID laws like the one planned for Missouri ballots in 2012Next year, Missouri voters will be asked to consider an amendment to the state's constitution, requiring voters to bring an unexpired Missouri or fe ... More >>
Give those vicodins back, Dr. House.Got some delicious Vicodin squirreled away for a rainy day after that root canal? The U.S. Department of Justice wants you to give 'em up.Next weekend, four St. Charles county locations are accepting leftover prescription drugs in a project coordinated by the D ... More >>
Image viaAttorney Dan VietsOne day after Daily RFT broke the news that federal law enforcement agencies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are attempting to seize Camp Zoe, a 350-acre campground in central Missouri that hosts the Schwagstock music festivals, the attorney for the property owner ... More >>
Image viaAttorney Dan VietsOne day after A to Z broke the news that federal law enforcement agencies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are attempting to seize Camp Zoe, a 350-acre campground in central Missouri that hosts the Schwagstock music festivals, the attorney for the property own ... More >>
Sheriff JoeThe Department of Justice today filed a lawsuit alleging that Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio is blocking its investigation into possible civil rights violations within his Maricopa County Sheriff's Department. Arpaio is well known in Arizona -- and increasingly nationwide -- for his sweeps ... More >>
Click here to read the filing!Clayton attorney and American Anglican bishop Marty Sigillito stands accused in civil court of running a $45 million Ponzi scheme. He's currently under federal investigation. See our feature, "White Collar Crime." Bishop Marty Sigillito wants his stuff back. The fed ... More >>
So, exactly how much is 8.5 tons of pot? Obligatory photograph of pot.Answer: 17,000 pounds or 7,711 kilograms or 103 Michael Phelpses or 38,555 copies of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon or 453,592 Twinkies or 131,949 White Castle Sliders. That's how much mary jane an East St. Louis drug de ... More >>
St. Louis city was one of 26 counties nationwide that reported an increase of heroin overdoses last year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's annual "Drug Threat Assessment" released yesterday.Here's the DOJ's map showing the other counties where dope fiends died in higher numbers:via U.S. ... More >>
Any good cop TV show has the same line. Just as the criminal is being placed in shackles, the police officer states: "You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the state will provide you one." Did you know, though, that that line isn't necessarily true? At least not in Mi ... More >>
Add Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay to the number of folks outraged that a bar in Chicago refused to allow entry to six African-American students from Washington University. Sounds like a job for Bagg'ns.Today the the congressman asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the alle ... More >>
In a two-day bodyslam of the Mexican drug cartel, "La Familia," law enforcers in 19 different states arrested 303 individuals, including 10 from the St. Louis area. Five of the locals put in bracelets were Mexican nationals: Wlfrado Navarrete-Hernandez, 36, St. Ann, MOMaria Valazquez, 40, St. Ann ... More >>
Gary Kaplan, founder of the now-defunct online gambling business BETonSPORTS, delivered a big win to the U.S. Department of Justice last week when he pleaded guilty to racketeering and fraud. Part of the plea-bargain included Kaplan's forfeiture of more than $43.65 million in proceeds he acquired ... More >>
What's not fun about all this stuff? Several branches of the federal government have revised their travel policies so as not to appear as though they're misusing tax dollars during these tough economic times. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Agriculture and Department of ... More >>
kwamebuildinggroup.comThe Justice Center on Tucker Blvd. was completed in 2002 at a cost of around $80 million.The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri released a report today condemning conditions at two St. Louis City jails -- the City Justice Center and the Medium Security Institute ... More >>
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Troy Aikman got free U.S. Marshal Service rides and escorts to sporting events, according to Web site The Smoking Gun. In a report issued late last week, the Department of Justice's inspector general found that an attorney for the marshal service, David Band, arranged for ... More >>
The questions Steven Colbert didn't ask.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department keeps a tight lid on internal affairs. Even if it means breaking the law.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a Missouri cop could justifiably dance around Miranda
Some inmates tell horror stories about healthcare at the women's prison in Vandalia. Some didn't live to tell their tales.
Doe Run's owner has done this before -- and that has regulators braced for trouble
Missouri has been pouring millions into prisons that aren't being used. But stay tuned: If politicians have their way, there will be plenty of inmates to go around.
A blast from the past in the war on terrorism
At 22, Jerome Maurice Ruffin had four children and no job, and the police were after him again. Then a cop shot and killed him in an alley. Witnesses, family and friends want to know why. The cops aren't talking.