Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY

Kristine Phillips


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Recent articles by Kristine:

'Complete chaos': How the coronavirus pandemic is upending the criminal justice system

Jury trials have been suspended in more than two dozen states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands as of Thursday. → Read More

'Chaos, confusion and corruption': Violence persists in Alabama's prisons despite federal investigation

In 2019, the Alabama prison system had one of its most violent years in a decade. Sixteen prisoners were killed. → Read More

Amy Klobuchar endorses Joe Biden: 'Vote for decency, vote for dignity, vote for a heart for our country' – updates

Biden says 'Pete knows that the role of the president is not just to fight, is not just to win, it's to heal.' → Read More

Former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn doesn't have to testify after court dismisses lawsuit

The federal appeals court ruled 2-1 that the former White House counsel does not have to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. → Read More

Roger Stone sentencing hearing underway

A prosecutor apologized in court for "confusion" over contradictory sentencing memos. Prosecutors quit when their recommended sentence was overruled. → Read More

More than 1,100 ex-DOJ employees call for Attorney General Barr's resignation

The letter comes after a contentious week for the Justice Department, which already faces allegations of succumbing to political pressure. → Read More

Roger Stone asks for a new trial after Trump accuses juror of bias

The move could delay Roger Stone's sentencing, scheduled for next week. His case has been at the center of a controversy this week. → Read More

Barr appoints outside prosecutor to review criminal case against Michael Flynn

The development caps off a controversial week for the Justice Department as the agency faces allegations of political meddling in criminal cases. → Read More

Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director, won't face criminal charges

Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired for his role in the Russia investigation, won't face criminal charges. → Read More

Four career prosecutors are now the target of Trump's anger. Here's how they came up with a stiff sentence for Roger Stone.

Prosecutors recommended Roger Stone serve seven to nine years in prison after factoring in his behavior, threats and obstruction of the prosecution. → Read More

Prosecutors withdraw from Roger Stone case after DOJ intervenes on prison sentence

The unusual move was met with swift backlash, with Democrats accusing the Justice Department of intervening in the work of career prosecutors. → Read More

Trump administration cracks down on sanctuary communities; AG touts new legal challenges

Trump admin ramps up pressure on sanctuary communities; AG Barr touts new legal challenges → Read More

After impeachment: Storm of investigations, lawsuits awaits President Trump amid reelection bid

Trump is embroiled in legal battles that could have far-reaching consequences for the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches. → Read More

Despite Iowa caucus disaster, U.S. election systems are better than you think. Really.

Since the 2000 election, election officials have spent billions of dollars on voting machines, databases, training programs for poll workers and more. → Read More

Lev Parnas, ex-Rudy Giuliani ally, wants to testify against Trump to win leniency. Sound familiar?

Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has given Congress evidence that could play into Trump's impeachment trial. → Read More

DOJ says it has authority to carry out federal executions regardless of state rules

The Justice Department is seeking to reverse a judge's decision to block the execution of federal death-row inmates. → Read More

Russians hacked Ukraine company Burisma at heart of Trump impeachment, cybersecurity firm says

Area 1 Security reported that members of Russian military intelligence launched a campaign to steal email credentials from workers at Burisma Holdings. → Read More

Michael Flynn withdraws guilty plea, accuses prosecutors of acting in 'bad faith'

Prosecutors have recommended an imprisonment of up to six months for the former national security adviser. → Read More

Trump says he has been denied due process. But the Constitution does not afford him that.

Like Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson before him, President Trump does not have the same constitutional protection afforded to criminal defendants. → Read More

AG Barr offers forceful endorsement of FBI after suggesting it may have acted in 'bad faith' in Russia probe

Attorney General William Barr praised the FBI and Director Christopher Wray after suggesting the FBI may have acted in "bad faith" in the Russia probe. → Read More