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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is a nationally recognized investigative journalist and a former Washington, D.C., prosecutor. He is currently general counsel for MDB International, a D.C.-based international investigations firm, and a legal analyst for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Ex-political prisoner: Putin's regime destined to fall

The billionaire Russian oil tycoon who lost his assets and freedom after defying Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin has co-opted the country's legal system and hijacked its armed forces to benefit a plutocratic regime that is destined for collapse. Published October 16, 2014

Holocaust denial video that suggested Jews were not exterminated by gas chambers at the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp mysteriously received flattering praise in letters from the offices of one U.S. representative, a Maine state representative and a high-ranking policy adviser to the president of Hungary who now works for NATO. (AP Photo)

Mystery surrounds letters praising Holocaust denial video

A Holocaust denial video that suggested Jews were not exterminated by gas chambers at the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp mysteriously received flattering praise in letters from the offices of one U.S. representative, a Maine state representative and a high-ranking policy adviser to the president of Hungary who now works for NATO. Published October 13, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on Aug. 8, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

SHAPIRO: Walker support group seeks to uphold prosecution injunction

Lawyers for a special interest group on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to uphold an injunction that blocks a Wisconsin prosecutor from reviving an investigation that targeted conservative organizations accused of illegally coordinating with Gov. Scott Walker's 2011-2012 campaign. Published September 10, 2014

Power: Rockets transporting national security satellites to space are propelled by RD-180 engines. Lawmakers are concerned that the U.S. has become so dependent on the Russian military technology. (Associated Press)

U.S. military reliance on Russian rocket raises security fears

The rising tensions with Russia over its aggression in Ukraine is creating national security concerns inside the Pentagon, where the military's largest satellite program is reliant on a rocket engine produced by Moscow. Published September 2, 2014

President Obama called Russia President Vladimir Putin to tell him that Moscow was violating the 1994 treaty. 
 Nearly three weeks later, Russia annexed Crimea. (Associated Press)

Obama inaction on Ukraine could impede nuclear disarmament

The muted American response to Russia's invasions of Ukraine could have consequences far beyond Eastern Europe, according to security analysts who fear the crisis may discourage countries in the future from swearing off nuclear weapons like Kiev did in a 1994 treaty. Published September 1, 2014

High-profile American political consultants linked to Democrats and later hired by politicians in Nigeria include Lanny Davis of Levick. (Associated Press)

U.S. public relations, consulting firms find political gold in Nigeria

For decades, Americans have sought oil riches in Nigeria. But now the rise of a new opposition party, a competitive election in 2015 and a serious terrorism threat in that African nation have created political gold for U.S. public relations and election-consulting firms. Published August 13, 2014

Alexander Litvinenko Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Alexander Litvinenko, a tragic Russian patriot

Nearly eight years ago, the news shocked the world that Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian FSB officer who defected to Britain in 2000, died after having been poisoned while having tea with three other retired Russian intelligence agents in a luxury London hotel. Published August 6, 2014

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-13M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Moscow: Continue U.S. cooperation in space

Moscow wants to work with Washington to further space exploration despite a recent NASA memo noting the crisis in Ukraine has nearly severed prospects for partnership, Russian officials say. Published July 20, 2014

SHAPIRO: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello welcomes naturalized immigrants on Fourth of July

Seventy-two naturalized immigrants proudly held their hands over their hearts at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Friday and pledged allegiance to America amid cheers from U.S. citizens who welcomed them — a stark contrast to the rising tensions nationwide in response to the surge of Central American immigrants crossing the U.S. border. Published July 4, 2014

Federal prosecutors won a new 18-count indictment against accused Benghazi attacker Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

ANALYSIS: Benghazi prosecution faces legal rights minefield

As the case against Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khatalla proceeds, legal experts say Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights do not always apply to foreign nationals when their property is searched or they are interrogated in foreign lands. Published July 2, 2014

The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the Seal of Confession.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SHAPIRO: Supreme Court strikes down expanded abortion clinic buffer zone

It started out as a hotly contested case that revived the decades old pro-choice vs. pro-life argument, but on Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that banned protestors within 35 feet of entrances, exists and driveways of abortion clinics. Published June 28, 2014

News media crews wait for decisions in the final days of the Supreme Court's term, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Washington. The justices ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices. The justices said by a 6-3 vote that Aereo Inc. is violating the broadcasters' copyrights by taking the signals for free.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SHAPIRO: Cellphone ruling offers hints for surveillance cases

Wednesday’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling prohibiting warrantless cellphone searches may foreshadow how justices will review and ultimately decide upcoming cases that examine the constitutionality of NSA mass surveillance programs, legal experts say. Published June 25, 2014

SHAPIRO: Experts say Redskins can win case in U.S. District Court

Legal experts say that the executive agency that stripped the Redskins of its trademark will face the very difficult task of proving that a reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities in the Native American community would view the name and logo as offensive once the suit is heard in federal court. Published June 20, 2014