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Archive for January 8th, 2009

Informant Says John Gotti’s Neighbor Was Dissolved in Barrel of Acid

Just what everyone suspected for decades. Now a snitch is finally confirming it all.

By JOHN MARZULLI
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — The corpse of John Gotti’s Howard Beach neighbor – murdered after he accidentally killed the gangster’s 12-year-old son in a traffic accident – was dissolved in a barrel of acid, an informant says.
John Favara’s grisly fate is disclosed in court papers filed Tuesday in the upcoming racketeering trial of reputed Gambino soldier Charles (Charlie Canig) Carneglia.
He has long been suspected of getting rid of Favara’s body after the father of two was shot in March 1980 on orders of the late Gambino crime boss. Favara’s body has never been found.
Carneglia told a Gambino family associate, who is a government witness, that he disposed of the body by putting it in a barrel of acid, Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Roger Burlingame said.
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Obama Pick for Office of Legal Counsel is Harsh Critic of Bush Admin. Interrogation Tactics

Dawn Johnsen/university photo

Dawn Johnsen/university photo

Obama is making some key legal appointments who are likely to reverse many substantial and controversial Bush policies. Here’s one of those people.

By ERIC LICHTBLAU
New York Times
WASHINGTON – When Dawn Johnsen read a newly disclosed Justice Department legal opinion last April that blessed the president’s broad power to authorize rough interrogation tactics, she was outraged.
The legal memorandum, she wrote in a blog entry, was “shockingly flawed,” the constitutional arguments were “bogus,” the broad reading of presidential authority “outlandish,” and the “horrific acts” it encouraged against prisoners were probably illegal.
“Where is the outrage, the public outcry?!” Ms. Johnsen, a constitutional law professor at Indiana University, demanded in the posting.
Now, Ms. Johnsen will have the chance to overturn some of the legal opinions she so harshly condemned. President-elect Barack Obama said this week that he would nominate her to lead the Office of Legal Counsel, the Justice Department office that produced a series of hotly debated legal opinions on presidential power in the war on terror. She led the office on an acting basis during the Clinton administration but, in academia, has become one of the office’s fiercest critics.
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Full of Baloney: Fed Judge Puts Ala. Sheriff In Own Jail For Pocketing Cash By Skimping on Inmate Meals

Sheriff Bartlett/official photo

Sheriff Bartlett/official photo

This sheriff isn’t the first in the country to pocket money by skimping on meals. But in this case, the sheriff is paying the price. Now that Sheriff Greg Bartlett is locked up in his own jail, there’s a good chance the food will get better. You’d think.

By JAY REEVES
Associated Press Writer
DECATUR, Ala. — A federal judge ordered an Alabama sheriff locked up in his own jail Wednesday after holding him in contempt for failing to adequately feed inmates while profiting from the skimpy meals.
U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon had court security arrest Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett at the end of a hearing that produced dramatic testimony from skinny prisoners about paper-thin bologna and cold grits.
Bartlett had no comment as he was led from the courtroom. His attorney, Donald Rhead, said he believes the sheriff will be kept away from other inmates and hopes he will be quickly released.
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UPDATE: Thursday:  The Associated Press reported that  the sheriff was released from prison Thursday after he submitted a plan to feed the inmates better.

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Retired U.S. Secret Service Agent Recalls Driving Pres. Clinton

Chicago U.S. Atty Fitzgerald’s Office Accidentally Releases Names of Nearly 20 Confidential Witnesses in Fraud Probe

Well, in the midst of a rather busy period, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago apparently goofed. What more can you say?

By The Smoking Gun
In a remarkable screw-up, a Department of Justice official today accidentally distributed to the media a document containing the names of nearly 20 confidential witnesses interviewed during a federal probe targeting the operators of a fraudulent investment scheme.
In announcing felony charges against two men for their roles in an alleged $15 million Ponziesque swindle, the spokesman for Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (he of Rod Blagojevich- and Scooter Libby-prosecuting fame) e-mailed reporters a 62-page U.S. District Court complaint filed against John Walsh and Charles Martin, principals of the now-defunct One World Capital Group.
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Pilot Program in Indiana is Collecting DNA Evidence From Firearms

In Indiana a pilot program could help pave the way for cracking more gun-related crimes.

IndyChannel.com
INDIANAPOLIS — A new program that collects DNA evidence from firearms is already on its way to putting more criminals behind bars, police said.
The Marion County Crime Lab has several gun cases investigated under the new DNA pilot program heading to court right now, Indianapolis police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Duhamell told 6News’ Jack Rinehart.
The program, which just entered its fifth month, makes Indianapolis the only place in the country where street officers routinely collect DNA evidence from firearms, linking the guns to the suspects 80 percent of the time.
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Feds Indict 3 Men For Racist N.Y. Beating on Election Night

A Liberian immigrant teen was beaten by three men hunting for blacks on a historical night that broke a racial barrier in America.

By TOM HAYS
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK — Three men, riled by Barack Obama’s victory, spent election night hunting down black people to beat up and yelling insults about the president-elect, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
The men beat a Liberian immigrant teen, pushed a black man to the ground and drove their car over a white man they thought was black, according to the indictment.
Ralph Nicoletti, 18, Michael Contreras, 18, and Brian Carranza, 21, were arrested early Wednesday. All three pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to interfere with voting rights.
“Violence and intimidation aimed at interfering with the constitutional rights of every citizen, including the right to vote, will not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell said in a statement.

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Report Says Inauguaration Attractive Target For Terrorists but Authorities Know of No Specific Threats

The internal intelligence assessment offers no surprises. We all know the inauguration or any gathering of that magnitude — or for that matter any big sporting event like the Super Bowl or the Olympics — is an attractive target for terrorists.   As NBC’s Chris Matthews would say: Tell me something I don’t know.

By EILEEN SULLIVAN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – The upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama is an attractive target for international and domestic terrorists, but U.S. intelligence officials have no information about specific threats to the Jan. 20 event.
An internal intelligence assessment, obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, says the high visibility of the event, the presence of dignitaries and the significance of swearing in the country’s first black president make the inauguration vulnerable to attacks.
What concerns analysts most, the report says, is the potential use of improvised explosive devices, a hostage situation or suicide bombers.
While security will be tight around the U.S. Capitol, the joint FBI and Homeland Security assessment says nearby hotels, public gatherings, restaurants and roads could be vulnerable to some kind of attack.
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