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Archive for August 24th, 2009

Atty. Gen. Holder Opens Up Prelim. Probe into Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects

Some people argue that the administration should move on and forget the past. Others say this nation can’t ignore the past. At this point, it can’t hurt to look into the matter and dig up the truth. No one should oppose the truth.

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By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. today opened a preliminary investigation into whether some CIA operatives broke the law in their coercive interrogations of suspected terrorists in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — prompting sharp criticism from both the right and the left.

Holder said that he decided to establish what he called a “preliminary review” after he conducted a thorough examination of past reviews of the interrogations, including an internal CIA investigation completed in 2004 by the agency’s inspector general and separate reviews by Justice Department internal affairs watchdogs and line prosecutors.

“As a result of my analysis of all of this material, I have concluded that the information known to me warrants opening a preliminary review into whether federal laws were violated in connection with the interrogation of specific detainees at overseas locations,” Holder said in a statement.

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BREAKING NEWS: Michael Jackson Death Ruled a Homicide (NY Daily News)

Ex-Congressman Jefferson’s Brother Convicted of Bribery in New Orleans

Just like his brother, Mose Jefferson finds himself headed to prison. It’s a shame a family that could have contributed so much to the public good, chose instead to stuff their pockets. Mose was convicted Friday.

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By Laura Maggi
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — Mose Jefferson, the older brother of the former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson who was convicted two weeks ago of abusing his congressional office to enrich himself and his family, has been, convicted by a federal jury on four charges that he bribed an Orleans Parish School Board member.

The jury considered a seven-count indictment against Jefferson: one count that he conspired to bribe Ellenese Brooks-Simms, three counts of bribery, two obstruction of justice counts and a count of conspiring to commit money laundering.

Jefferson was found guilty on two of the three counts of bribery, and both counts of obstruction of justice.

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Mexican Drug Cartels Using Women — and Even Grandmothers — to Smuggle Guns

Not surprising the Mexican drug cartels are trying every tactic in the book to bring guns in from America. Authorities say they’re using woman including grandmothers and expectant mothers to smuggle guns.

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By Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY
HOUSTON – Ann Zarate may be one of the most unlikely players to be swept up in Mexico’s unrelenting drug war.

The 24-year-old native of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley is described by her attorney Jodi Goodwin as a “quiet, super sweet” woman who ultimately could not resist the promise of easy money for precious little work.

Zarate was sentenced earlier this year to 10 months in federal prison as a buyer in a gun-trafficking ring that delivered 77 weapons to Mexico’s warring drug cartels.

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Feds Charge Molester in Fake Lawsuit Involving Victim

Bizarre. Chutzpah. Mind boggling. Those are just some words to describe the plot by David Copeland-Jackson, who molested an 8th grader in 1999. Copeland-Jackson filed a federal lawsuit and allegedly forged documents to make it look like the person he molested was recanting claims of being molested. He has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

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Judge Richard Leon/photo beverly rezneck

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The judgment stood for one day before unraveling. It was a plot so off the wall, so bizarre, that U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said it was “like something out of a novel.”

After serving a prison term for molesting an eighth-grader in Ohio, David Copeland-Jackson moved to the District to live with his mother. He e-mailed a buddy and together, federal authorities said, they came up with a plan that would fool a respected judge into issuing a $3 million defamation order against Copeland-Jackson’s victim.

Copeland-Jackson relied on forged documents, the victim’s unwitting assistance and the help of a 71-year-old paralegal who had become interested in his case.
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Newark Star-Ledger Editorial Questions Some of Ex-U.S. Atty Chris Christies’ Actions

Ex-U.S. Attorney is learning that running for governor is a lot harder than being the U.S. Attorney during the Bush years– even when one of your real bosses is Karl Rove.

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

By The Star-Ledger Editorial Board
NEWARK, N.J. –A high horse is a difficult thing to ride, as Chris Christie is finding out. After building his image as a white knight rescuing New Jersey from the dragon of corruption, Christie is showing some gaps in his armor.

The Republican candidate for governor is facing questions about a loan of $46,000 he made to an assistant when he was U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, and failed to report on his income tax and financial disclosure forms. He says it was a mistake and is filing amended reports. If there’s no more to this story, it may blow over. Gov. Jon Corzine can’t make much of it without reviving questions about the Democrat’s own financial entanglement with former state labor leader Carla Katz.

Of more concern is the disclosure that, while New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor, Christie spoke with Karl Rove, political guru to George W. Bush.

Christie says they never discussed legal cases; Rove says they talked about Christie’s interest in running for governor. That raises questions about whether Christie took steps toward a campaign while still U.S. Attorney, in possible violation of the Hatch Act.

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