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Archive for March 15th, 2009

Wisconsin U.S. Atty. Erik Peterson Says He’s Glad to Stay for Now

U.S. Attorney Erik Peterson doesn’t know if he’s staying or not, but he’s glad to be sticking around for the time being. He talks about the unfortunate political digressions of the Bush administration when it came to the Justice Department and he mentions the things he’s most proud of in an interview with the Associated Press.

By TODD RICHMOND

U.S. Atty. Erik C. Peterson/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Erik C. Peterson/doj photo

Associated Press Writer
MADISON, Wis. – U.S. Attorney Erik Peterson has quietly done his job for nearly three years.

Then-President George W. Bush named Peterson the top federal prosecutor in the 44-county Western District of Wisconsin in June 2006. His counterpart in Milwaukee, now-former U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic, grabbed the headlines after he brought charges against an aide in Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration and his name appeared on documents questioning his performance and loyalty to Bush.

A U.S. Justice Department inquiry concluded that despite Bush administration denials, political considerations played a part in the firings of as many as four federal prosecutors. Nine U.S. attorneys in all were fired in 2006.

Peterson kept working through it all, staying out of the partisan crossfire. Now Democratic President Barack Obama is in the White House. That means it’s probably a matter of time until Peterson is replaced.

Peterson spoke with The Associated Press recently about what he thinks he’s accomplished, political pressure and his future.

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U.S. Border Patrol Kicking out the Jams — Or At Least Folk Songs

This is one of more innovative ideas to come along in a long time. Interesting, though the obvious question is: Is it effective?

By Ashley Surdin
Washington Post Staff Writer

To its arsenal of agents, fences and stealthy sensors skirting our nation’s southern border, the U.S. Border Patrol may soon add another weapon in the fight against illegal immigration: a follow-up album.

Yes, as in CD. With singers, guitars. Accordions.

In what may be among the lesser-known deterrents exercised by our nation’s security forces, the Border Patrol is deploying up-tempo Mexican folk songs about tragic border crossings to dissuade would-be illegal immigrants. The agency has paid — how much, it won’t say — a D.C.-based advertising company to write, record and distribute an album, “Migra Corridos,” to radio stations in Mexico. Its title, its makers say, is intended to mean “songs of the immigrant” but “migras” is commonly understood as a code word for Border Patrol in much of Mexico.

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FBI Agents Give Up Digging For Mob Victims on Long Island

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After getting lucky last year and digging up the body of a mobster in East Farmingdale on Long Island, the FBI recently returned with excavation equipment to try its luck again.

Apparently luck wasn’t on the agents’ side this time.

After three days of digging this past week, the FBI mid-week gave up on trying to recover the bodies of two men believed to be victims of mob hits.

Newsday reported that the digging was the result of an informant’s tip that the area was used by the Colombo crime family in the 1990s as a mob cemetery. The paper reported that the informant said  three bodies were buried in the area.

FBI spokesman James Margolin told the paper that because one of the three bodies was recovered in October in the area: “We believe that the information was accurate.”

Margolin said it was unclear if digging would resume.