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1:20 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

2 Prosecutors Retire Amid Probe of Online Posts

A federal prosecutor demoted for anonymously posting comments on a newspaper's website has retired.

A Justice Department spokesman said Monday that Jan Mann and her husband, fellow prosecutor Jim Mann, both retired from the U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans.

Jan Mann was former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's top assistant before he demoted her last month. Letten resigned earlier this month amid a Justice Department probe of comments that she and another prosecutor, Sal Perricone, posted on Nola.com, The Times-Picayune's companion website.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

New Orleans Looks For Ways To Fund Jail Reform

Critics say New Orleans underfunds city jail.

The City of New Orleans is reviewing a consent decree designed to revamp operations at the parish jail. Federal officials are looking to the city to correct conditions they found unconstitutional.

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Latest News
5:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Consent Decree Outlines Jail Reforms

A plan for improvements at the Orleans Parish jail complex.

The New Orleans jail now has a plan to fix its troubled record of inmate violence and staff misconduct. The problem now is how to pay for improvements.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Reaction to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's Resignation Continues

Official and public reaction to resignation of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

Reaction continues into the resignation of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. While officials are taking steps to find a replacement, some members of the public are stunned.

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Latest News
1:57 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten Resigns: Full Statement

Jim Letten announces his resignation.

The longest-serving U.S. attorney in the nation is stepping down. The New Orleans office known for fighting corruption became mired in its own scandal.

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U.S. Attorney's Office
1:17 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten Resigns

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten
United States Department of Justice

Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and head of an office embroiled in a widening scandal involving online posts made by some of his subordinates, announced his resignation during a news conference this morning.

Letten, the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the nation and a New Orleans native, thanked his law enforcement partners, staff and family, and said his resignation will be effective Dec. 11.

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BP Oil Spill
6:43 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Contract Ban, Civil Litigation Add To BP's Woes

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:18 am



It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.


And I'm Renee Montagne.

The multinational oil firm BP is being taken to account for the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Yesterday, the Obama administration banned BP from any new contacts with the federal government, citing, quote, "a lack of business integrity" related to the spill - that after BP admitted criminal wrongdoing in its recent settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.

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BP Oil Spill
6:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

BP Settles Criminal Case With Justice Department

Attorney General Eric Holder discusses BP settlement being apportioned to Gulf States.

The Justice Department says the fines from record-setting criminal penalties settled with BP over its oil spill will mostly stay in the Gulf Coast. Because Louisiana took the brunt of the damage, it will take most of the money.

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BP Oil Spill
1:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Four More BP Employees Will Be Charged In Oil Spill

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 4:12 pm

Two sources tell NPR that four more BP employees will be charged in relation to the BP oil spill, which dumped more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The individuals facing manslaughter charges are former BP well managers Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza. Another high ranking official, David Rainey, the former head of Gulf of Mexico exploration, will be charged with downplaying the spill to lawmakers. One more lower ranking BP employee will face insider trading charges.

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BP Oil Spill
11:08 am
Thu November 15, 2012

BP's $4 Billion Criminal Penalty: Who Gets The Money?

July 2010: Two pelicans sit on booms protecting Queen Bess Island, La., from oil that spilled after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:37 pm

(We updated this post with more details at 2:25 p.m. ET. Scroll down to see them.)

Now that BP has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $4 billion in criminal penalties for misconducted related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill, there's a logical question:

Where does the money go?

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