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Capitol Police hires prosecutor to tackle lawmaker threats

A lawyer who worked on a high-profile murder case against former prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh will soon work to prosecute people who threaten members of Congress.

Johnny James will start March 11 as a federal prosecutor based in San Jose, Calif., in connection with the Capitol Police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, based in San Francisco.

James and a team of prosecutors secured a conviction and life prison sentence for Murdaugh in March 2023 for the killings of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul. The trial garnered national interest and has been the subject of documentaries.

He comes to the Capitol Police after a decade working for South Carolina’s Office of the Attorney General. His work included prosecution of public corruption in South Carolina schools and drug conspiracies carried out by public officials, as well as post-conviction relief cases.

Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said in an emailed statement that the hiring of James will contribute to the department’s mission to protect lawmakers.

 

—CQ-Roll Call

Federal judge lifts contempt order against NYC over jail management

NEW YORK — A federal judge has lifted a contempt order against New York City and the Correction Department, saying the department has complied with her directives to improve its cooperation with a federal monitor tracking violence at Rikers Island and other city jails.

Manhattan Federal Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain removed the contempt charge in a two-page order signed Tuesday.

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