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Archive for July 3rd, 2009

Have a HAPPY 4TH OF JULY Weekend

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Two Baltimore Drug Dealers Get Life for Killing “Snitch”

"The Wire" Depicted Life of the Drug Dealer
“The Wire” Depicted Life of the Drug Dealer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the streets of Baltimore, which have become legendary thanks to such television programs as “The Wire”, snitching has become a big issue.

Law enforcement has tried to make it good thing, a thing that helps society. The streets have made it a bad thing, a sign of weakness,a sign of bowing to the man, of selling out.

This past week U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sent Baltimore drug dealers Melvin Gilbert, 34, and James “Miami” Dinkins , 36, off to prison for life for the Thanksgiving 2006 murder of cooperating government witness (aka “snitch) John Dowery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  A federal jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the death penalty.

The two men were also convicted of killing Shannon Jemmison, who they suspected was ratting on them. Dinkins was also convicted of a third murder and another non-fatal shooting.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein did his best this week to give cooperating witness John Dowery a public shout out for his efforts.

“John Dowery stood up to violent criminals and tried to make the city a better place for his children,” Rosenstein said in a prepared statement. “Whatever is the most serious punishment available, that is what you will get if you attack a witness.”

The warning sounds daunting. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to put an end to killings of snitches in Baltimore, or elsewhere, for that matter.

Baltimore Rapper Skinny Surge Issued This Warning  to Stop Snitching A Couple Years Ago

Pricey Dinner With Congressman William Jefferson and FBI Informant Turns Mushy to Favorite Childrens Book Velveteen Rabbit

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Business woman Lori Mody wore an FBI wire during the  dinner to help the FBI snare a congressman. But during the pricey meal, the conversation got a little mushy. The two started talking about a favorite childrens book Velveteen Rabbit. Will the conversation make jury more sympathetic to the ex-Congressman?

By Jonathan Tilove
Washington bureau
WASHINGTON — The purpose of the four-hour dinner that William Jefferson shared with Lori Mody on May 12, 2005, at Galileo, one of Washington’s finest restaurants, was ostensibly to talk money, as befits a meal that ended up costing the FBI $1,023.15.

The amount of Jefferson’s equity share in Mody’s Nigerian venture was the main item on the official agenda.

But, according to excerpts of tapes, which were secretly recorded by Mody for the government and released Thursday by Jefferson’s defense team, it was about much more.

It was about trust and loyalty and human frailty. It was about fathers and daughters, about Jefferson’s pride in his five grown girls — “the best thing I did right” — and Mody’s advising Jefferson that perhaps in him, she had found a man with a rare combination of intellect and “street smarts,” a man she could trust like no one since her father.

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Utah Sheriff Says FBI Characterization of Artifact Raids “100% Wrong”

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This is likely to put a strain on the local/fed law enforcement relations. Plus, U.S. Senators have gotten involved and are bothered by the tactics used during the raid. Don’t expect to see this vanish any time soon.

By Nate Carlisle
The Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY — The San Juan County sheriff says federal agents pointed guns at nearly everyone they arrested there during last month’s artifacts raids and made “smart ass” remarks.

Sheriff Mike Lacy said an FBI characterization of the raid is “100 percent wrong.” The FBI agent in charge for Utah has said his agents pointed a gun at one person to gain compliance.

But Lacy on Thursday said up to 14 of the 18 San Juan County residents arrested or served during the raid had a gun pointed at them.

Much of the gun pointing was done by U.S. Bureau of Land Management agents, said Lacy, whose brother was among those arrested. Perhaps 150 BLM agents participated in the raids, Lacy said, and they spurred most of the citizen complaints.

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Fed Judge Orders Boston Prosecutors to Explain Release of Pictures Involving 2 Politicians

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

Will this case change the way prosecutors expose defendants to the media and the public? It will be interesting to see if this thing goes any where. The issue: Transparency vs. the Right to a Fair Trial or: The use of  the media to hype a case.

By Glen Johnson
Associated Press
BOSTON –– A federal judge yesterday ordered prosecutors to produce affidavits explaining why photographs were released and publicity generated following the arrests of two Boston politicians on corruption charges last year.

The lead prosecutor in the case said he would have to determine whether he could comply.

Judge Douglas Woodlock told a pretrial hearing audience he wants to evaluate whether prosecutors tried to “gin things up” among the public after the arrests of former state senator Dianne Wilkerson and City Councilor Chuck Turner.

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U.S. Marshal Sharpshooter Was About to Shoot Tax Evader

It’s a good thing that this standoff did not end in death. Besides the obvious, it would have made the tax evaders martyrs.

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By The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. – A federal sharpshooter had tax evader Ed Brown’s head in his crosshairs and was ready to pull the trigger during a failed attempt to arrest Brown at his rural New Hampshire home two years ago, the agent told a federal jury yesterday.

Deputy US Marshal Edward Recor said that moments after Ed and Elaine Brown were tipped off about the June 7, 2007, raid, he watched through his telescopic sight as Brown appeared in a turret at his fortified home, raised a .50-caliber rifle, and pointed it down the driveway.

Recor said he and other agents backed off after Brown lowered his weapon.

Recor’s testimony was given on the third day of trial on federal charges that Ed Brown, 66, and Elaine Brown, 68, barricaded themselves in their Plainfield home for nine months with a stockpile of weapons after being convicted of evading federal taxes in 2007.

Recor said he trained his sight on Brown’s left temple and waited for Brown to lift the rifle to his face. US Attorney Arnold Huftalen asked Recor what he would have done if Brown had made that move.

“I would have had to fire,” said Recor.

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