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Archive for September 17th, 2010

Weekend Series on Crime History: FBI Agent Infiltrated Gambino Crime Family

U.S.Capitol Police Shoot and Wound Gunman

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Capitol police shot and seriously wounded a man who pointed a gun at them on Capitol Hill near the intersection of 2nd and C streets SW around 5 a.m. Friday, WRC TV in Washington reported.

The station said the suspect was taken to the hospital where he was in grave condition.

No one else was injured.

John Gotti’s Confidante Avoids Prison Term

The late mobster  John J. Gotti

The late mobster John J. Gotti

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Garment businessman Lewis Kasman, the late mobster John Gotti’s confidante and self-proclaimed “adopted son” and FBI mole avoided getting a prison sentence Thursday for lying to the FBI and other crimes, Long Island’s Newsday reported.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn on Thursday spared Kasman, 53, a prison sentence for obstruction of justice, lying to the FBI, fraud and racketeering, Newsday reported, saying he committed some of the crimes while he was cooperating with the FBI. He was sentenced to time served and given three years probation.

The paper said the judge acknowledged that Kasman’s cooperation was a big help in battling the Gambino crime family that Gotti headed up.

“At great risk to himself [Kasman] leveraged the substantial trust that he had built within the Gambino family to provide the government with valuable information,” said Garaufis, according to the paper.

“I did enjoy running with the bad guys at that point in my life,” Kasman told Garaufis, the paper reported. “It is a hard lesson learning to live a clean life.”

FBI Advises Seattle Cartoonist to Go into Hiding

seattleBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

By now one thing we’ve learned in this post-9/11 world of our is that cartoons aren’t always a laughing matter.

The FBI has reportedly advised Seattle-based cartoonist Molly Norris to go into hiding as a result of a fatwa or death sentence that has been issued.  The fatwa was issued after she drew a cartoon this summer:  “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”,  the Seattle P-I website reported. The news site said the movement became popular on Facebook.

The P-I reported that Seattle Weekly editor-in-chief Mark D. Fefer wrote in Wednesday’s issue that  Norris’ comic would no longer appear in the paper.

He noted that the cartoonist involves “moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity.”  The FBI did not comment, the P-I reported.

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