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Archive for September 25th, 2009

Weekend Entertainment: Oldie But Goodie– Goodfellas Scene

Obama Nominates 4 U.S. Attorneys Including One Whose Father is in Prison

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday nominated  four U.S. Attorneys including Nicholas Klinefeldt, whose father is in  prison.

Klinefeldt, the U.S. Attorney nominee for the Southern District of Iowa, has a father serving a 10-year sentence for a methamphetamine conviction. The story of his possible nomination and his father’s problems were reported earlier this month on the website Main Justice.

Obama on Friday also nominated   Judge Richard Callahan for the Eastern District of Missouri;  Michael Cotter for Montana and Stephanie Rose for the Northern District of Iowa, the White House said.

“These nominees have displayed an unyielding dedication to serving the public good,” President Obama in a statement. “They are some of the most diligent, judicious and well-respected legal minds in the country. I am confident that, as U.S. Attorneys, they will be relentless in their pursuit of justice and serve the American people with distinction.”

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No Laughing Matter: Ex-National Lampoon CEO Pleads Guilty in Stock Fraud Scheme

national-lampoon

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Under the category of “no laughing matter” comes Daniel Laikin, 47, the former CEO of National Lampoon.

Laikin,  a resident of both Indianapolis and Los Angeles, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Philadelphia to conspiracy to manipulate the humor company’s stock price from March through June 2008 by artificially increasing the price, according to a Justice Department press release . Yes, this is no laughing matter.

He faces up to five years in prison when sentenced Jan. 13. The case was handled out of   Philadelphia and investigated by the FBI and Securities Exchange Commission.

The press release laid out the crime as follows:

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Not Everyone Wants to Serve Up Justice in Mobster Gotti Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

It seems everyone wants justice. It’s just that not everyone wants to be the one to serve it up.

The Guardian newspaper of London reports that earlier this week seven jurors in the trial of mobster John Gotti Jr. made a last minute appeal to get off the jury. The judge denied it and swore them in.

The feds are hoping to put Gotti Jr. away for life, just like they did his dad, the “Dapper Don”. The son is accused of racketeering and murder and all things mobsters do to run an enterprise.

This is Gotti’s fourth trial in five years. The other three trials ended in a mistrial.

The Guardian reported that when Gotti showed up for jury selection last week, he remarked: “Good morning. I am John Gotti. Here I am again.”

FBI Pays Egyptian Man $250,000 For Arrest Linked to Pilot Radio

fbi-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As federal authorities certainly know by now, 2+2 doesn’t always equal 4 in the investigative world.

The FBI learned that the hard way in the case of Abdallah Higazy, 38. The FBI this week paid $250,000 to the Egyptian man who was detained after a pilot’s aviation radio was found in his New York hotel safe near the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Associated Press.

He was imprisoned four 34 days and treated harshly, according to his lawsuit. He was let go after a pilot came forward and said the radio belonged  to him.  Higazy now lives in Cairo.

“I think this is still a traumatic memory that will never leave him completely,” his lawyer Jonathan S. Abady said, according to the AP. “He still hesitates to return to the United States.”

Feds Bust D.C. Council Chief of Staff on Bribery Charges Related to Taxi Industry

Councilman Jim Graham
Councilman Jim Graham

It doesn’t sound like the guy got enough money to risk career and go to jail. But who can always understand human nature? The FBI used an informant in this case who wore a wire. After taking a $500 bribe in July, council aide Ted Loza explained why he took it: “You know I need it. That’s why I take it, you know.” Simple enough explanation.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Tim Craig
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — The chief of staff to D.C. Council member Jim Graham was arrested on bribery charges Thursday, accused of taking trips and $1,500 in payoffs in exchange for pushing legislation that would reward some in the taxicab industry.

Ted G. Loza, 44, was taken into custody at his home on Columbia Road NW a little before 7 a.m., just hours before federal agents descended on his office at city hall to search records and computers.

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