Prison work gang toils under watchful eyes of Corrections Corporation of America guards.

Supreme Court upholds FOIA in private prison case
In denying a petition for review of an appeals court ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Freedom of Information Act’s applicability to government contracts with private prison corporations. The suit, brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights, was waged against the nation’s two largest prison companies—GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (recently renamed CoreCivic)—that balked against public disclosure of their contracts to run immigration detention facilities.

Latino advocacy group supports illegal aliens
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s support for illegal immigration was implied from its criticism of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s information sharing with federal immigration officers. Thomas Suarez, MALDEF’s president, said a report by the county’s Inspector General “raises serious questions about collaboration between the sheriff’s department and federal immigration officials and contradicts previous public statements by the department indicating it did not provide specific inmate release data directly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.”

Ex-cop imprisoned for drug trafficking role
Antonio Tillmon, 32, of Windsor, N.C., was given a 15-year federal prison sentence for participating in a drug trafficking scheme while working as a police officer in his North Carolina community, the Department of Justice said. According to the DOJ, Tillmon accepted $6,500 from undercover FBI agents posing as drug traffickers in exchange for protecting shipments of heroin from North Carolina to Maryland.

Armored truck builder convicted of bilking U.S. military
William Whyte, 72, of King City, Ontario, Canada, was convicted by a federal jury of supplying inferior armored vehicles to U.S. military forces in Iraq. Whyte, the owner of a Virginia-based company, Armet Armored Vehicles, was accused by the Department of Justice of supplying vehicles that were not fully armored as specified by his contract with the Department of Defense.

Gang member sentenced for lying to grand jury
Keno Lane, 25, of Nashville, Tenn., was given a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of lying to a federal grand jury, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said. Lane was accused of giving untruthful testimony about a firearm found in his possession when he was arrested by Nashville police officers. The weapon, BATF said, was implicated in three armed robberies and a murder.

Electric outlet converters are shocking consumers
A device that expands an electric outlet into three outlets is being recalled by Home Depot which sold the China-made product to an estimated 42,000 customers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Reason? The prongs that are plugged into the electric outlet are incorrectly configured, resulting in reverse polarity that can cause shock and fire hazards.

FTC: Refund checks in the mail to bilked consumers
The Federal Trade Commission said $9.8 million is being mailed to 227,000 consumers who bought phony weight loss and diet products from Health Formulas LLC or any of its 41 other related corporations. A federal court banned the company from conducting any further business, and ordered it to turn over approximately $10 million in assets.

Rip ‘n Read is a daily compilation of press releases found on hundreds of websites that are maintained by the federal government, think tanks, watchdog groups and national advocacy organizations. Press releases selected for this feature are, in the opinion of the editor, exceptionally newsworthy, interesting or just plain curious.

The press releases and documents linked to this report were posted on their websites on Tuesday, October 10


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