The U.S. Department of Justice had the jurisdiction to prosecute obstruction charges stemming from an internal investigation of excessive force against a federal inmate at a private prison, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Applying a section of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 passed to tighten up a patchwork of provisions governing the destruction or fabrication of evidence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the obstruction-of-justice convictions of two guards at the Queens Private Correctional Facility (QPCF).

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