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Archive for October 20th, 2008

Atlanta Hires 24 New Fed Prosecutors In 16 Months

U.S. Atty. David E. Nahmias/doj photo

U.S. Atty. David E. Nahmias/doj photo

ATLANTA — U.S. Atty. David. E. Nahmias recently announced that his office hired 24 new federal prosecutors in the past 16 months.
The new additions include: Chris Bly, Jill E. Steinberg, David Suchar, Lynn Thesing, Richard Moultrie, Gerald Sachs, Cassandra Schansman, Michael Smith, Corey Steinberg, Christopher Huber, Matthew Jackson, Tracia King, Mary Kruger, Sally Molloy, Ryan Scott Ferber, Doug Gilfillan, Nekia S. Hackworth, Jamila Hall, Michael Herskowitz, Jeff Brown, Mike Brown, Mark Campbell, David Chaiken and Jeff Davis.

For More Details Read Press Release

Death: Jeannette Adelaide Steinbaker, FBI Secretary In 1930s

Jeannette Adelaide Steinbraker, 92, a secretary for the FBI in the 1930s. died Oct. 11 of congestive heart failure in Derwood, Md.,  the Washington Post reported.

After working at the FBI Steinbraker went to the National Cancer Institute, the paper reporter. She retired as  assistant grants administrator at the National Cancer Institute in 1981.

FBI Informants In Ft. Dix Case No Angels

photo wcbstv.com
photo wcbstv.com

Not surprising, FBI agents aren’t likely to invite some of their informants in the Ft. Dix terrorism case to dinner. But they do hope to use them to get convictions. Trial begins today.

By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — One is a bankrupt convicted felon who spewed venomous hatred about the United States, hooked up an alleged terrorist cell with semiautomatic weapons and drove the surveillance car as they cased military bases.
The other boasted of killing someone back home in Albania and vowed to kill others or blow himself up in a crowd of people now that he was in the United States.
But Mahmoud Omar and Besnik Bakalli aren’t members of the so-called “Ft. Dix Six,” five of whom go on trial Monday for allegedly conspiring to gun down military personnel at the sprawling South Jersey base in a jihad-inspired attack last year. They’re the FBI informants who are instrumental to the government’s case against the group.
Information surfacing about the two men on the eve of one of the most high-profile U.S.-based terrorism trials since Sept. 11 all but guarantees that they will be put in the hot seat nearly as much as the defendants, along with their FBI handlers.
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Read Ft. Dix indictment

See Daily Transcript Of The Trial

Neo-Nazi Arrested For Posting Chicago Juror’s Name And Address On Web

A neo-Nazi who advocated the death of Barack Obama was arrested for posting a Chicago juror’s name and address on his website.  He’ll be extradited soon to Chicago and have an opportunity to experience first hand the diversity of a big city.

By Natasha Korecki
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — A neo-Nazi who long operated a hate Web site has been arrested for posting online the name and home address of a Chicago juror who served in the trial of white supremacist Matthew Hale.
William A. White was arrested Friday in Roanoke, Va., and is expected to appear in federal court in Virginia as early as today on civil rights charges. He will then be transferred to Chicago, sources told the Sun-Times.
White’s Web site — www.overthrow.com, which authorities have shut down — recently posted the headline “Kill This N – – – – -?” next to a photo of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
In another post, the site called for the lynching of six black teenagers charged with assault in a civil rights case in Jena, La.
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The Other Alaska Politician Battling For Survival

A combative Sen. Ted Stevens is expected to bump heads today during cross examination by prosecutors. The case should go to the jury this week.

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Stevens/official photo

By Neil Lewis
New York Times
WASHINGTON – The ethics trial of Senator Ted Stevens heads to what should be a dramatic climax on Monday: a courtroom confrontation between Mr. Stevens and a Justice Department prosecutor that features a crucial telephone conversation.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations this week in the trial of Senator Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican who is charged with concealing gifts and services from a once-close friend.
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Over the last three weeks, a federal jury has heard testimony and seen evidence from both sides. But all of that could become secondary to what the jurors make of Mr. Stevens, who has made a calculated gamble in taking the stand as the trial’s final witness.
Mr. Stevens, Republican of Alaska, is charged in seven felony counts with deliberately concealing $250,000 in gifts and services from a once-close friend, Bill Allen, to renovate his house in Girdwood, Alaska. The government has asserted that Mr. Allen deployed his oil services company, Veco, to help remake the Stevens home from a modest A-frame cabin to a two-story residence with wraparound porches, a garage and amenities like an expensive gas grill, a workshop and a whirlpool.

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UPDATED 4:05 p.m. Monday: Testimony In Trial Comes To An End (Anchorage Daily News)