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Federal government needs to recognize opiod epidemic

With people across the country dying at the rate of 53 a day from overdoses of fentanyl and similar compounds — now the leading killers in the opioid epidemic — efforts to stop this scourge ought to come from every corner of the federal government.

But even as President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, some agencies have failed to act as if it is one.

Just last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama administration policy on marijuana, signaling that the Justice Department may prosecute people selling or using the drug. Regardless of your views on marijuana, deploying limited federal resources to prosecute pot cases amid a raging opioid epidemic is like telling firefighters to inspect smoke detector batteries in one home while the house next door is engulfed in flames.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service could be doing more to intercept packages of illicit fentanyl coming

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Domestic Terrorism Isn’t A Federal Crime. DOJ May Try To Change That.

In the case of mass killer Dylan Roof, former FBI Director James Comey was hesitant to describe the Charleston, South Carolina, church shootings as domestic terrorism, though former Attorney General Eric Holder (who was out of office at the time) did describe the attack as terrorism. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch investigated Roof’s attack as a potential act of domestic terrorism, but the federal government ultimately brought only hate crimes charges, which Lynch described as “the original domestic terrorism.”

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Domestic Terrorism Isn’t A Federal Crime. DOJ May Try To Change …

In the case of mass killer Dylan Roof, former FBI Director James Comey was hesitant to describe the Charleston, South Carolina, church shootings as domestic terrorism, though former Attorney General Eric Holder (who was out of office at the time) did describe the attack as terrorism. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch investigated Roof’s attack as a potential act of domestic terrorism, but the federal government ultimately brought only hate crimes charges, which Lynch described as “the original domestic terrorism.”

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Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

A federal judge on Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia’s most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk said Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

Malvo was 17 when he was arrested in 2002 for a series of shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three over a three-week span in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, causing widespread fear throughout the region.

His accomplice, John Allen Muhammad, was executed in 2009.

Malvo also was sentenced to life in prison in Maryland for the murders that occurred there. But his lawyers have made an appeal on similar grounds in that state. A hearing is scheduled in June.

Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh,

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Man accused of planning mass shooting indicted in federal court

Steven Boehle, the Austin man accused of plotting a mass shooting last month on his 50th birthday, was indicted Tuesday on federal charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The charge stems from information obtained by authorities indicating Boehle is a habitual marijuana user who isn’t in lawful possession of the 13 guns authorities say they seized after his April 12 arrest. A federal agent testified at a bail hearing Monday that Boehle’s girlfriend said he smokes pot “all day, every day.” Investigators say they twice arranged for a confidential informant to purchase marijuana from Boehle. He also tested positive for marijuana in a pretrial drug screening, U.S. Judge Mark Lane said in open court.

The grand jury indictment came one day after Lane set bail at $10,000, only to reverse course within hours and block Boehle’s release from jail pending a review of his ruling. Prosecutors

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Dylann Roof to transfer to federal prison after murder case concludes for Emanuel AME shooting

Convicted mass killer Dylann Roof will be sent to a federal prison to await execution once his state murder case concludes next week with a scheduled guilty plea, according to newly filed court documents. 

Roof, 22, is expected to plead guilty to state murder charges on April 10, sparing his nine victims’ loved ones a second grueling death penalty trial and ensuring he spends the remainder of his life in prison.

Roof was convicted in January of 33 federal charges, including hate crimes, and sentenced to death for killing nine black worshippers at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. However, 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson also was pursuing the death penalty for nine state murder charges, proceedings that had been on hold since the end of Roof’s federal trial.

She let families of Roof’s victims know last week that she is accepting a guilty plea instead.

Roof has been held at the Charleston County jail while

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Fort Lauderdale Mass Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to 22 Federal Counts

The suspected mass shooter in a deadly attack earlier this month at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has pleaded not guilty to his nearly two dozen charges, PEOPLE confirms.

Esteban Santiago, 26, entered his plea during an arraignment on Monday morning. He has been accused in a 22-count federal indictment in connection with the Jan. 6 shooting that killed five people and wounded six more. 

A judge read each count to Santiago and asked him if he understood the charges, according to CBS News. At the end of the hearing, Santiago’s attorney told the judge he pleaded not guilty to all the charges. He is requesting a jury trial.

Santiago’s defense attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Federal Trial Over Charleston Church Mass Shooting Set to Begin

Dylann Roof faces the death penalty in a monthslong federal trial beginning Monday in Charleston, S.C., less than a mile from the historic “Mother Emanuel” church where he is accused of killing nine black worshipers last year at Bible study.

The trial is expected to revive painful memories of the mass killing, and reopen debate over the appropriate use of the death penalty.

Mr. Roof, 22 years old, has said he would plead…

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Federal Trial Over Charleston Church Mass Shooting Set to Begin

Dylann Roof faces the death penalty in a monthslong federal trial beginning Monday in Charleston, S.C., less than a mile from the historic “Mother Emanuel” church where he is accused of killing nine black worshipers last year at Bible study.

The trial is expected to revive painful memories of the mass killing, and reopen debate over the appropriate use of the death penalty.

Mr. Roof, 22 years old, has said he would plead…

Read more at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-trial-over-charleston-church-mass-shooting-set-to-begin-1478434939