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Archive for October 21st, 2009

Head of Rocky Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section Takes New Post

The unsettled Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section continues to go through some unsettling times. Here’s the latest, but not likely, the last of the unsettling news. Welch is moving. He and five other members of his unit are still under criminal and internal investigation. In other words, it’s kind of a mess.

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By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — William M. Welch II, head of the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, will step aside and return to Massachusetts, where he spent the bulk of his career exposing corruption in state government, according to two sources familiar with the move.

Welch reached the decision after consulting with authorities about his family responsibilities and professional opportunities in his home state, the sources added. Welch notified subordinates in the public integrity unit late Monday. He will remain an employee of the department’s criminal division.

The unit, which leads some of the Justice Department’s most explosive investigations of political figures, came under fire earlier this year when Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. abandoned the conviction against former senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), citing multiple lapses by the prosecution team in evidence-sharing.

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E-mails to WH Contained Assassination Threats, Racial Slurs

obama-official-photoBy Caitlin Osborne
ticklethewire.com

President Obama continues to be the target of racially motivated hate.

The lastest reminder comes, compliments of Huntsville, Ala. resident Charles Thurman II, 54, who was sentenced last week to four months in jail for reporting false threats to the president.

Turns out, according to his plea agreement, Thurman sent threatening e-mails about the president under the fictitious names  “Wayne Noke” and “Tim Walker” to the White House and FBI earlier this year.

One email said that a process server named  “Jerry Partridge vowed to kill n—- president Barack Obama sometime in 2009. Jerry has numerous guns and will kill the President.”

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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Gets Break on Running Call-Girl Ring; Still Faces Fed Charges of Murder, Racketeering

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The swaggering ex-federal prosecutor Paul Bergrin who authorities say became the go-to defense attorney for Newark street gangs, dodged one bullet Tuesday but awaits still a bigger one that could put him down for good.

On Tuesday, he was sentenced to time served for running an escort service founded by one of his clients, the Associated Press reported. He pleaded guilty in May in New York State Supreme Court to a misdemeanor.

But he remains behind bars awaiting prosecution on federal charges of murder, conspiracy and racketeering relating to allegations that he used threats, bribes and even murder to discourage witnesses from testifying in trial, the AP reported.

Authorities have alleged that he passed on the name of an informant, who was shot to death in Newark in 2004.

Read Newark Star-Ledger Story on Plea in Call-Girl Ring

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U.S. Atty. Jenny Durkan Has Biggest Net Worth So Far With $5.9 Mil

Well, this certainly shows some diversity when it comes to finances. So far, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan of Washington state leads the pack with $5.9 million in net worth.

Jenny Durkan/doj photo

Jenny Durkan/doj photo

By Christopher M. Matthews
Main Justice
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees are turning out to be a diverse bunch in terms of race, gender – and net worth.

Of the 29 U.S. Attorney candidates who have been confirmed or nominated so far, reported net worth ranges from nearly $6 million to less than $10,000, according to an analysis of financial disclosure data filed with the Senate Judiciary Committtee.

The wealthiest include recently confirmed U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan of the Western District of Washington ($5.9 million) and Paul Fishman of New Jersey ($5.1 million).

Four nominees reported net worth of less than $200,000. They are Stephanie Rose, nominated to lead Iowa’s Northern District; Richard Callahan, nominated for Missouri’s Eastern District; Carter Stewart of Ohio’s Southern District; and Nick Klinefeldt, of Iowa’s Northern District

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Fed Judge Jails Ex-NYPD Chief Bernie Kerik For Leaking Sealed Information

Bernie Kerik/facebook

Bernie Kerik/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When you think of ex-NYPD Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, you can’t help but think how far he has fallen from the good graces of this nation. After all, at one point he almost became chief of the Department of Homeland Security.

On Tuesday, a federal judge revoked his $500,000 bail and sent him off to jail for leaking sealed information from his pending trial to generate public sympathy, the New York Times reported.

The information was leaked to a lawyer, who has helped raise money for Kerik, the Times reported. The lawyer emailed it to the Washington Times.

The New York Times reported that U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Robinson in White Plains described Kerik, 54, as a ”toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance.” Kerik, who became a national hero after 9/11 as the N.Y. police chief, faces three trials, the first of which begins on Monday.

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