Carrie Johnson

Carrie Johnson covers the Justice Department for NPR.

She has spent the last decade and a half chronicling legal affairs in the nation's capital and beyond. Johnson worked at the Washington Post from 2000 to 2010, when she closely observed the FBI, the Justice Department and criminal trials of the former leaders of Enron, HealthSouth and Tyco. Earlier in her career, she wrote about courts for the weekly publication Legal Times.

Johnson's work has won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She has been a finalist for the Loeb award for financial journalism and for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for team coverage of the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas.

Johnson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Benedictine University in Illinois. She lives in Washington but always is planning her next exotic trip.



Sat May 14, 2011

Prosecutors Press On After Insider Trading Conviction

Raj Rajaratnam leaves court after he was convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges May 11 in New York. That conviction has energized the government's campaign against insider trading.
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This week's conviction of hedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam is breathing new life into the government's campaign against insider trading. Prosecutors in Manhattan have 11 more defendants waiting in the dock — and another big trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

Over the past few years, federal prosecutors in New York have filed insider trading charges against 47 people. More than half of them pleaded guilty — but not Zvi Goffer.

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Thu May 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Wants FBI Director Mueller To Stay An Additional Two Years

FBI Director Robert Mueller. (Sept. 22, 2010, file photo.)
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President Obama has announced he will ask Congress to extend the tenure of his FBI director for two more years.

Robert Mueller's 10-year term is set to expire in September.

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Wed May 11, 2011

Case Against WikiLeaks Part Of Broader Campaign

A federal grand jury is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday in the government's criminal investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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A federal grand jury in Virginia is scheduled to hear testimony on Wednesday from witnesses in one of the government's biggest criminal investigations of a national security leak.

Prosecutors are trying to build a case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website has embarrassed the U.S. government by disclosing sensitive diplomatic and military information.

The WikiLeaks case is part of a much broader campaign by the Obama administration to crack down on leakers.

A Worrisome Development

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Wed May 4, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Harsh Interrogation Tactics: Did They Work?

Finding Osama bin Laden has been the holy grail of U.S. intelligence for the past 10 years. For half of that time, an argument has raged over how far the U.S. government should go to get information out of members of al-Qaida.

The U.S. government stopped using enhanced interrogation techniques like simulated drowning, or waterboarding, on terrorism suspects years ago.

Now, former Bush administration officials say those harsh tactics led the U.S. military to bin Laden's hideout; the Obama White House says it's not so simple.

Room For Interpretation

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Wed May 4, 2011

Attorney General: 'Right Decision' On Sept. 11 Trials

The daring U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden may have closed a chapter in America's long fight against terrorism, but as with many other national security issues that Eric Holder has faced in two years as attorney general, there's no end to the complications, even in a time of good news.

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