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Archive for November 27th, 2008

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Son and Fed. Prosecutor Applaud Presidential Pardon of Crooked Detroit Cop

Sgt. James Harris was known in Detroit as a tough cop among co-workers and well connected in the police department. Now, 16 years after getting caught up in an FBI sting, he leaves prison legally blind and suffering from diabetes.

Paul Egan
The Detroit News
DETROIT — Detroit Firefighter James C. Harris will never forget the day in 1992 he drove his father, a former Detroit police sergeant, to the federal courthouse in Flint for the final day of his trial in a criminal cocaine conspiracy.
He drove home alone after a jury convicted his dad and U.S. marshals took him into custody.
News this week that President Bush granted clemency to his father, James Russell “Jimmie” Harris, and commuted the remainder of his 30-year prison sentence, is “the best Thanksgiving present ever,” the son said Tuesday.
The elder Harris, 62, legally blind and sick with diabetes and hypertension, is to be released Dec. 22 — more than 10 years ahead of schedule — from the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina. He is one of 14 people who received pardons from President Bush this week.
Snared in a high-profile FBI sting operation that also netted relatives of then-Mayor Coleman A. Young, Harris has no political influence but earned his clemency through his remorse and help he gave to law enforcement after he went to prison, those involved with his case said.
‘He’s changed for the better’
“I think it’s great,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Helland, who prosecuted Harris twice after the first trial ended in a hung jury.
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Romanian Busted For Trying to Sell Hitler’s Stolen 18-Karat Gold Bookmark To Undercover ICE Agent

Toss in the names Adolph Hitler, Eva Braun and Starbucks and you’ve got yourself one heck of a tale.

By BRAD WONG
Seattle P-I
SEATTLE — An 18-karat bookmark that Adolf Hitler’s mistress reportedly gave him 65 years ago for solace after Germany lost an epic battle ended up this week in a Starbucks parking lot, allegedly peddled by a Romanian businessman.
Federal authorities say that Christian Popescu agreed to sell the stolen item for $100,000. But the gold bauble, reportedly the possession of the Nazi leader and later of his military chief, was no lucky charm for Popescu, 37. The buyer was an undercover federal agent.
The bookmark given to Adolf Hitler by Eva Braun in 1943.
Authorities swooped down on the Romanian national in a parking lot near Bellevue Square on Tuesday, and Popescu was in federal court on Wednesday, facing stolen property charges.
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