Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson is an author at Religion News Service.

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For former Pittsburgh prosecutor, the new inquiry into clergy abuse is personal

November 29, 2018

PITTSBURGH (USA Today) — David Hickton’s suburban Catholic grade school, says the retired chief federal prosecutor for western Pennsylvania, “was ground zero of the clergy sexual abuse scandal.”

Israeli-American teen arrested for threats against Jewish centers in US

March 23, 2017

WASHINGTON (USA Today) Investigators believe the suspect is responsible for the bulk of the threats transmitted against Jewish institutions in the past several months.

Missouri man charged in wave of bomb threats to Jewish community centers

March 3, 2017

(USA Today) Juan Thompson, who was picked up in St. Louis on Friday (March 3), is accused of making at least eight bomb threats against Jewish institutions in New York

Wife of Islamic State leader charged in US hostage death

February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — She is charged with conspiring to hold an American aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller in the couple’s homes where she was subjected to repeated sexual abuse by ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Feds: Maryland man got thousands from Islamic State

December 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — A 30-year-old Maryland man faces a series of terror-related charges involving his alleged receipt of nearly $9,000 in wire transfers from Islamic State terror group contacts, federal authorities said Monday.

Secret Service director: No credible threats against Pope Francis

September 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Director Joseph Clancy described the security effort as “unprecedented” in scale, largely because of the enormous swath of the East Coast that must be secured.

Philly teen arrested in alleged plot targeting Pope Francis visit

September 16, 2015

The law enforcement officials, who are not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the boy’s alleged activities in part involved the distribution of information on explosives through social media.

Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof charged with federal hate crimes

July 22, 2015

The 33-count indictment charges Roof, who authorities said opened nine people at a Bible study at the black church, with singling out victims for their race and to “interfere with their exercise of their religion.”

Dylann Roof’s radicalization is like US recruits to Islamic State, says AG Lynch

June 26, 2015

“People disaffected, people being radicalized online. Roof picked this racial hatred theme and that’s what fueled him. Others picked the ISIL theme, and that’s what fuels them.”

Islamic State’s sophisticated recruiting campaign poses persistent threat in U.S.

April 27, 2015

WASHINGTON – Federal authorities have identified more than 150 U.S. residents who have sought to join the ranks of the terror organization or rival groups in Syria.

Executions drop to lowest level in two decades

December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (RNS) The 72 death sentences issued in 2014 represents the fewest in 40 years, according to a leading anti-death penalty advocacy group.

Boy Scouts’ gay leader ban preserves worst stereotypes, Holder says

June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (RNS) Taking aim at the Boy Scouts of America’s continuing ban on gay adult leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder called the prohibition “a relic of an age of prejudice and insufficient understanding.”

Shifts seen in support for death penalty

April 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (RNS) The campaign to abolish the death penalty has been freshly invigorated this month in a series of actions that supporters say represents increasing evidence that America may be losing its taste for capital punishment. By Kevin Johnson/USA Today.

Study says no evidence that death penalty deters crime

April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (RNS)  In the more than three decades since the national moratorium on the death penalty was lifted, there is no reliable research to determine whether capital punishment has served as a deterrent, according to a review by the National Research Council. By Kevin Johnson / USA Today.

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