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Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Phillip Swarts

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks Wednesday about the Justice Department's findings related to two investigations in Ferguson, Missouri. The Justice Department will not prosecute a former police officer involved in a fatal shooting, but the government released a scathing report that faulted the city for racial bias. (Associated Press)

Civil rights violations hard to prove to Justice Department

Neither police officer Darren Wilson in Missouri nor neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Florida was indicted on civil rights violations in their shootings of unarmed young black men, bringing into question why the Justice Department investigated in the first place and whether the bar is set too high to convict on such statutes. Published March 4, 2015

Ferguson Mo., Mayor James W. Knowles leaves a news conference after reading a statement, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Ferguson. The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ferguson mayor promises change after damaging report

James Knowles, the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, said he has fired one police officer and suspended two others after a Justice Department report revealed that law enforcement personnel had sent in racist e-mails. Published March 4, 2015

FILE- In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police watch the street as protesters gather outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Mo. The city of Ferguson is making progress in attracting African-American applicants to police jobs, including the position left vacant by the resignation of Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, Mayor James Knowles III said. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Justice Dept.: U.S. report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

The Justice Department will conclude that there is a "pattern of police bias and excessive force" at the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, but is unlikely to directly charge former Officer Darren Wilson in the death of teenager Michael Brown, reported news agencies who were briefed on the report Tuesday. Published March 3, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan discusses her background as a law student with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Both justices spoke to an open audience of professionals, professors, students and area residents. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) **FILE**

Supreme Court Justice Kagan uses Dr. Seuss in case argument

When the Supreme Court announced its decision Wednesday on whether a fisherman should be charged under Wall Street regulatory laws, Justice Elena Kagan decided to include an unusual judicial argument: Dr. Seuss. Published February 25, 2015