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Archive for February 9th, 2010

Make No Mistake: Bank Robber in Nixon Mask is a Crook

fbi photo

fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For Aol News

WASHINGTON — It was in November 1973 that President Richard Nixon famously declared, “I’m not a crook.”

Now, nearly 37 years later, a crook has been prancing around Encino, a hilly district in Los Angeles, impersonating our 37th president, wearing a Nixon mask and sticking up banks with a gun.

So far, the man dubbed the “Ex-President Bandit” has hit four banks, the FBI says. Two stickups happened within a week in November, and another two took place during a week in January.

The suspect, who was described as being a black male in his 40s, brandished a gun “liberally throughout the bank to enforce orders given to victims in the bank,” according to the FBI.

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Is The White House Really Still Considering 9/11 Trial in NY?

Acquitted Cleveland DEA Agent Wants Job Back

clevelandBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Cleveland DEA agent Lee Lucas who was acquitted last week of helping frame 17 suspects in a 2005 sting,  would like to return to his job, his attorney told the Associated Press on Monday.

“Lee looks forward to returning to duty with the DEA as quickly as possible,” Joel Kirkpatrick told the AP in a phone interview.

AP reported that Kirkpatrick expected Lucas , a 19-year DEA veteran, to be cleared in the civil lawsuits filed  by people who were wrongfully charged in the sting.

Lucas was known as a hard charging agent, but also somewhat of a cowboy whose tactics sometimes raised questions.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office had charged him with  covering up and lying about made up information provided by an unreliable informant.

The AP said it could not reach anyone Monday at DEA headquarters for comment.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that DEA officials this week could decide on the status of  Lucas, who had been suspended without pay after his indictment last year.

Ex-NY Fed Prosecutor Could Become the First Openly Gay Federal Judge

Alum Sen. Charles Schumer
Sen. Charles Schumer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Daniel Alter, a former N.Y. assistant U.S. Attorney who served on the prosecution team in the 1998 African embassy bombings, could become the first openly gay federal judge.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer has sent  the White House a recommendation nominating the Yale Law School graduate as a U.S. District judge in Manhattan, according to a press release from Schumer’s office.

“I’m proud to nominate Daniel Alter. Period,” Schumer said in a statement. “But I am equally proud to nominate him because he is a history-maker who will be the first openly gay male judge in American history.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial: Criticism in Detroit Case “Entirely Unjustified”

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Editorial Page

PITTSBURGH — Criticism by some senators of Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to treat attempted airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a prisoner to be handled according to American standards of justice is entirely unjustified.

When Mr. Abdulmutallab was arrested Dec. 25 he was questioned briefly and read the Miranda rights that cover anyone arrested on American soil. According to Mr. Holder, he made the decision to handle Mr. Abdumutallab in that fashion after consultation with the FBI. The Nigerian was clearly both an alleged criminal and a potential source of intelligence.

The charge by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and others is that in dealing with Mr. Abdumutallab in that fashion — as opposed to labeling him an enemy combatant, turning him over to the military and the CIA, and likely grilling him with irregular methods such as waterboarding (as might have been his fate during the Bush administration) — the attorney general risked losing useful intelligence that could possibly have been extracted from the Nigerian.

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