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Archive for June 9th, 2010

Boston U.S. Attorney Creates New Civil Rights Unit

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office is creating a team of 10 prosecutors to focus on civil rights cases, the Boston Globe reported.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said the unit will focus on hate crimes, human trafficking, police misconduct, damage to religious property and employment discrimination, the Globe reported.

“We’re open for business,” Ortiz said, according to the Globe. The unit will handle both criminal and civil cases.

The Globe reported that Ortiz said she wants prosecutors to encourage people in the community to come forward to report civil rights violations. She said too often they do not.

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Maryland Man and 5 Iranians Charged With Providing Hardware and Technology to Iran

iran-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The feds have busted a suburban Washington man who ran a satellite company on charges that he illegally provided technology to his native Iran that resulted in the launching of an Iranian earth satellite, equipped with a camera, in Russia in October 2005, the Maryland  U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Nader Modanlo, 49, of Potomac, Md., a naturalized citizen born in Iran, was among six people named in a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Greenbelt, Md.  Authorities alleged that technology and hardware were provided to Iran in violation of the U.S. trade embarago, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Modanlo was arrested Tuesday morning. The other five defendants, all Iranians, were still at large, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“The indictment alleges that the defendants violated the Iran trade embargo by creating a sham company to conceal the fact that they were providing goods, technology and services to Iran in return for millions of dollars,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

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