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Archive for February 24th, 2010

Dangerous Mexican Drug Cartel Member Sentenced Behind Locked Doors in Houston

houston-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

At a time when the Justice Department is talking about an open and transparent civilian trial for the 9/11 suspects, this seems all the more unusual.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the public was barred from a sentencing “behind locked doors and armed guards at the federal courthouse downtown” in Houston,  where one of Mexico’s most feared cartel members Osiel Cardenas Guillen was hit Wednesday with  25 years in federal prison. The Associated Press reported that he was also ordered to forfeit $50 million.

He was accused of drug related crimes and threatening to kill a DEA and FBI agent in Mexico 10 years ago.

The paper reported that the judge, Hilda Tagle, issued a gag order and chief defense Attorney Mike Ramsey said, “I can’t comment on anything that didn’t happen.” The Associated Press reported that the judge rejected a request by the media to open the sentencing to the public.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno declined comment as he left the courtroom, the paper reported, but said he later in a statement:

“The successful prosecution of Cardenas-Guillen underscores the joint resolve of the United States and Mexico to pursue and prosecute the leadership of the drug trafficking cartels, dismantle their organizations and end the violence and corruption they have spawned.”

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Ex-New Orleans Police Lt. Pleads Guilty to Covering Up Police Shooting Involving Mulitiple Victims: FBI Probe Continues

new orleans police badgeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In what appears to be a big break in a long drawn out investigation, a former lieutenant for the New Orleans police department pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court  to covering up a police shooting involving multiple victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Justice Department said.

Ex-Lt. Michael Lohman pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with the Sept. 4, 2005 shooting on the Danziger Bridge that resulted in two people dying and four being seriously wounded. Authorities said the investigation into the matter is continuing.

Authorities said the incident involved at least seven police officers, who drove to the Danziger Bridge “in a rental truck in response to a call for police assistance.”

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Retired FBI Agent Paul Lindsay Has 7 Novels to His Name

Paul Lindsay was never a shy character in his days with the FBI.  And he created  controversy with his first book in 1992 while he was still an agent in Detroit.  He has since retired. He has 7 novels to his name. Not bad.

Book was written under the pseudonym Noah Boyd
Book was written under the pseudonym Noah Boyd

By Jim Sullivan
Boston Herald

It was 1986. FBI agent Paul Lindsay, fresh off a three-month job working on the infamous Green River serial killer case in Seattle, was back home in Detroit. He found himself bored, sitting on the couch, watching “The Smurfs” with his two kids.

“My brain was rotting,” Lindsay said from his home in Rye, N.H. “I had no other cultural interests.”

So he enrolled in an adult-education course. Math was his first choice, but Lindsay, who failed English in college, ended up in a creative writing class.

“The teacher asked us to write a three-page short story,” he said. “So I wrote this thing and she said, ‘With your background, life experience and the way you write, you can do this professionally.’ ”

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Boston U.S. Atty Ortiz Reviewing 1993 Pipe Bomb Case Possibly Linked to Ala. Prof.

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Boston U.S. Attorney is stepping into the wild and crazy world of Amy Bishop, the Alabama prof who went on a shooting rampage.

The Boston Globe reports that U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said her office will review its 1993 probe into the two pipe bombs that were mailed to a Harvard medical professor who helped force Bishop out of her job at Chidren’s Hospital in Boston.

The Globe reported that Ortiz wants to make sure all appropriate steps were taken at the time time of the probe back in 1993.

Prof. Amy Bishop/university photo

Prof. Amy Bishop/university photo

“While it would be inconsistent with our legal obligations to release all information related to this incident, we have commenced a thorough review of the information related to this incident to confirm that all appropriate steps were taken in that matter, and to determine whether information related to this incident may be of assistance to other law enforcement agencies,”  she said in a  statement, according to  the Globe.

The action came after the ATF released documents which showed that a witness said Bishop’s husband had said that he wanted to harm the professor.

Bishop and her husband were questioned at the time, but never charged in the unsolved case.

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FBI Probe Into New Orleans Police Officer Shootings After Katrina Gaining Traction

new-orleans-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in New Orleans appears to making headway in its probe into the shootings of six people on Danziger Bridge just after Hurricane Katrina hit.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that recently retired New Orleans police Lt. Michael Lohman, who helped investigate the shootings, but was not involved with them, is expected to cop a plea on Wednesday.

The paper cited the Associated Press as saying that the ex-official was cooperating with the feds.

The state case against the officers fell apart because of prosecutorial misconduct. In 2008, the feds started investigating the shooting and the investigation into the shootings.

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Indecision Hampering Pick For No. 2 Spot in Justice Department

Who will replace ex-deputy David Ogden?

Who will replace ex-deputy David Ogden?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Indecision in Washington? Hard to believe.

Washington Post columnist Al Kamen reports that there’s “still no decision on a deputy attorney general. Apparently the powers that be cannot agree on a candidate.”

“A new name has emerged, our colleague Carrie Johnson reports,” Kamen reports. “It’s American University law school professor Dan Marcus, a former Justice Department official and White House lawyer who also worked on the 9/11 Commission.”

Kamen said other candidates include: Acting Deputy Atttorney General Gary Grindler, Associate AG Tom Perrelli and Assistant AG for National Security David Kris.”

Deputy Attorney Gen. David Ogden stepped down earlier this year. Media reports said he was a poor fit for the job and created tension within the Justice Department.

Sen. Specter Introduces Legislation Making Witness Intimidation in Local Cases a Fed Crime

Sen. Specter/gov photo

Sen. Specter/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As any local or federal prosecutor in urban America can tell you, witness intimidation is a big problem.

In fact, in Baltimore, a gang member made some popular videos warning people not to “snitch”. And tv shows like HBO’s popular “The Wire” show the downfall of snitching: death.

That being said, who knows how much a difference this will make — considering some of the people who intimidate or kill witnesses don’t really care about the law. Still, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that makes it a federal crime to threaten, harm, or kill a witness in a local criminal case, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The paper reported that Specter said he was reacting to an Inquirer series that concluded that witness fear was a factor in “virtually every violent-crime prosecution in Philadelphia.”

“Unless witnesses can be assured they will be protected, the problem of witess intimidation cannot be expected to go away,” Specter said on the Senate floor, according to the Inquirer.

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