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Archive for October 30th, 2009

In Mudslinging NJ Gov. Campaign, Corzine Takes Shot at Christie About U.S. Atty Appointment

Gov. Jon S. Corzine/campaign photo
Gov. Jon S. Corzine/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Slinging mud right til the end, New Jersey’s Democratic Governor Jon S. Corzine told the New York Times he regretted supporting the nomination of  Christopher S. Christie for U.S. Attorney back in 2001.

“New information, new conclusion,” Corzine told the Times about Christie, his Republican challenger for governor . The election is Nov. 3.

Christie, who resigned from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey to launch a campaign for governor and try and unseat Corzine, shot back in a separate interview.

As the Times described it:”Mr Christie, somewhat theatrically, struggled for several moments to name three things the governor had done right,” the Times wrote.

“Let me think,” he told the Times. “Um…I would probably say I think over all his prosecutorial appointments have been good.”

Slain FBI Dog “Freddy” Gets Some Respect

Freddy the FBI dog/fox news photo

Freddy the FBI dog/fox news photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI dog “Freddy”, a Belgian Malinois, may not get a 21 gun salute, but he will get a memorial, his name will be added to a memorial wall and he will be buried in Quantico, Va., an FBI press release said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Freddy was shot and killed Wednesday during an FBI raid at a mosque in Detroit.  The FBI said an imam at the mosque shot Freddy. The FBI in turn shot the imam.

According to the press release, Freddy was born Feb. 17, 2007 and “entered duty with the FBI on Sept. 8, 2008.”

The release added: “Anyone who wishes to send a card to Freddy’s team members can send them to”:

Freddy’s Team
c/o FBI
477 Michigan Avenue, 26th floor
Detroit, MI 48226

To donate in his memory to a K-9 Law Enforcement Memorial, the release said:

FBI Agents Association
Attn: K9 Fund-Freddy
PO Box 12650
Arlington, VA 22219

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Calif. Cop Under FBI Investigation Shot Himself to Death on the Street

burbank-police-caBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A Burbank, Calif., cop who was under FBI investigation as part a wide-sweeping probe into his department’s use of excessive force, shot himself to death Thursday at the corner of a residential street in Burbank, the Burbank Leader reported.

The publication reported that witnesses saw Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn Sr., 50, shoot himself shortly before noon.

The Burbank Leader reported that the U.S. attorney’s office in September issued a grand jury subpoena for personnel records of 12 Burbank cops for “use of force, defensive tactics, Tasers, pepper spray, or the rules and ramifications pertaining to the use of excessive force or a violation of civil/constitutional rights.”

House Ethics Report Shows More than 30 Lawmakers Under Investigation

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Perennial skeptics of Congress won’t  be particularly shocked to learn that more than 30 lawmakers and several aides are being scrutinized by House ethics investigators.

For those who had more faith in Capitol Hill, well, sorry bout that. Some of the lawmakers have been under FBI investigation as well.

The Washington Post reports that a 22-page “Committee on Standards Weekly Summary Report” was inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible computer network.

Some of the Congress members in the report include John Murtha (D-Pa.)  Peter Visclosky (D-Ind), C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W. Va.) who has been under federal investigation for failing to report all his real estate holdings.

To read more, click here and here for two separate articles in the Post.

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