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Archive for September 14th, 2008

Federal Judge Fires Off The Last Shot In Controversy


CHICAGO — The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a federal judge threw out a lawsuit that had shut down the FBI’s shooting range in North Chicago.
The paper said an environmental group had filed the suit and complained that the gun range sent bullets into a nearby park and into a lake. The FBI voluntarily closed the facility earlier this year to study any issues, but it will one day reopen after some improvements, the paper said.
   The paper quoted Chicago’s top FBI agent Robert Grant as saying: “We are careful stewards of our property and take great care in ensuring it is safely operated for guests, employees, neighbors and the environment.”


Judge Rips Federal Prosecutor in Terrorism Case

A federal judge ripped into a hard-hitting federal prosecutor, saying he’d gone too far in a terrorism case.

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sami al-Arian, one of the nation’s most prominent terrorism defendants, was about to be released into his daughter’s custody to await a new trial on contempt charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg protested, saying that “in this particular culture,” a woman could not prevent her father from fleeing.
U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema lashed out at the prosecutor, calling his remark about the Muslim family insulting. Earlier, she had chastised Kromberg for changing a boilerplate immunity order beyond the language spelled out by Congress and questioned whether Arian’s constitutional rights had been violated.

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FBI RAIDS Prince George’s Co. Offices

FBI agents raided two county office building in suburban Washington on Saturday, fueling more speculation and  talk about public corruption involving developers and lobbyists.

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Aaron C. Davis and Henri E. Cauvin
Washington Post Staff Writers
GREENBELT, MD –Teams of FBI agents raided two Prince George’s County government buildings yesterday, law enforcement and other sources said, a sweep that made public a federal investigation of a massive development planned near the Greenbelt Metro station.

A source with knowledge of the probe said agents distributed grand jury subpoenas seeking information about the planned 240-acre development, including efforts by developers to rezone the property and secure highway access from the Capital Beltway.
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