MT Congressman Accused Reporter of Grabbing Him

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) told police in May that a reporter from The Guardian grabbed his wrist during a physical altercation at his campaign headquarters, blaming the “liberal media” for “trying to make a story,” say documents released in Montana. His statement appears to contradict the apology he later issued to reporter Ben Jacobs, which said that Jacobs “did not initiate any physical contact with me.”

Ex-DOJ Crime Victim Director Gets Criminology Award

Joye Frost, director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime in the Obama administration, was named winner of the American Society of Criminology President’s Award by outgoing President James Lynch of the University of Maryland. Lynch said Frost’s work at the agency would have a “profound” impact on the delivery of aid to crime victims.

A Dirty Yard Could Cost You $200K in CA Desert Cities

Cities in poor sections of the Coachella Valley use privatized prosecutors who bill residents exorbitant “prosecution fees” for minor infractions–$18,000 for a family with a busted garage door and trashy yard, $31,000 for a man who added on to his house without a permit. Advocates say the practice, sanctioned by local city councils, is a thinly veiled money-making scheme.