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Archive for September 29th, 2010

More on the Miami Fed Prosecutor Who Got in Hot Water for Jumping in Pool With Boxers

Boiling Water on GasBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Depending how you look at it, Miami federal prosecutor Sean Cronin landed in hot water when his privates went public. Or when he first plunged into a cool pool at a watering hole wearing just his boxer shorts.

Whatever the case, one thing led to another on Sunday afternoon at a beer, chicken wings and sushi joint overlooking the Miami River. A mother covered her daughter’s eyes. Then the Miami cops showed up and arrested Cronin, 35, on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition and a misdemeanor count of resisting a police officer without violence.

Now it’s in the hands of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, which is trying to figure out whether to move forward or drop the whole matter.

Sean Cronin/miami-dade corrections

Sean Cronin/miami-dade corrections

“It’s too early to tell if any charges are going to be filed,” Terry Chavez, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office, told AOL News. “We have to bring witnesses in and see if [Cronin] and his lawyer want to make statements. It’s a brand-new case. Our lawyers are looking into it like any other case.”

Cronin’s lawyer, Joel Denaro, told The Miami Herald the charges are “beyond absurd. He went swimming in his boxer shorts, for God’s sake. He did nothing wrong.” Attempts to reach Denaro and Cronin, who works in the U.S. Attorney’s Appellate Division, were unsuccessful. The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not return calls for comment.

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Times Square Bomber Planned to Detonate 2nd Bomb, Prosecutors Say

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The man known as the Times Square Bomber planned to set off an additional bomb two weeks later, according to court papers filed by prosecutors  Wednesday, which urged the judge to give Faisal Shahzad a life sentence.

The  papers, a sentencing memorandum,  said that Shahazd hoped to kill 40 people in the first bombing, which ended up being a dud. And he planned to set off additional bombs “until he was captured or killed.”  He was arrested at JFK  airport while trying to flee the country.

Shahzad “had every intention of delivering a powerful and terrorizing strike to the heart of New York City,” the court papers said, adding that Shahzad showed no remorse when pleading guilty on June 21.

In a 40-minute video made in Pakistan, he says, according to court papers;

“I have been trying to join my brothers in jihad ever since 9/11 happened. I am planning to wage an attack inside America.”

He then appealled to his fellow Muslims: “I also want to inform my brothers Muslim abroad living abroad [sic] that it is not difficult at all to wage an attack on the West, and specifically in the U.S., and completely defeat them inshallah. Get up and learn from me and make an effort. Nothing is impossible if you just keep in mind that Allah is with you.”

Read Shahzad Sentencing Memorandum

Column: Atty. Gen. Holder Urges Senate to Step it Up on Judicial Vacancies

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By Eric Holder Jr.
U.S. Attorney General
For the Washington Post

WASHINGTON — More than a year ago, President Obama nominated Jane Stranch, a respected Nashville labor lawyer, to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

That vacancy had been declared a “judicial emergency” because the Sixth Circuit does not have enough judges to promptly or effectively handle the court’s caseload, leading to serious delays in the administration of justice to people in Tennessee and other parts of the 6th Circuit.

Yet despite the fact that Judge Stranch enjoyed the support of both of her Republican home-state senators and bipartisan support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, she was forced to wait almost 300 days for an up-or-down vote by the full Senate. When she finally received that vote earlier this month, she was confirmed overwhelmingly.

Unfortunately, her story is all too typical. Nominee after nominee has languished in the Senate for many months, only to be confirmed by wide bipartisan margins when they finally do receive a vote.

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FBI Investigating ex-President Andy Stern of SEIU Union; Stern Says Reports Not True

Andy Stern

Andy Stern

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Andy Stern, the contentious man who headed the 2.2 million member Service Employees International Union, is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department, the Associated Press reports.

AP reports that two organized labor officials were interviewed this summer by federal agents about a six-figure book contract that Stern landed in 2006 and what role he played in approving a salary for a California SEIU leader who supposedly performed no work.

Stern issued a statement saying reports about a probe are false, according to the New York Times.

”I have absolutely no reason to believe, and not the slightest indication, that I am being investigated by federal authorities,” Stern said.

Stern abruptly resigned as president of the SEIU in April, saying he wanted to focus on his personal life.

He played to mixed reviews in the labor community as president of SEIU. Some didn’t like his management style.

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The FBI Cheating Scandal: ticklethewire.com Editor Allan Lengel Interviewed

Whistleblower Trial Highlights FBI’s Change After 9-11

whistleBy Spencer Hsu
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — An FBI whistleblower trial has cast a spotlight on the bureau’s difficult transition from a crime-fighting agency into a counterterrorism and intelligence force, as seen through the career of its highest-ranking Arab American agent.

Over a two-week trial in Washington, a federal jury heard for the first time how Bassem Youssef, 52, an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, recruited the U.S. government’s top informant in the terror cell that bombed the World Trade Center in 1993.

Youssef alleged, however, that he was sidelined during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after publicly airing concerns about the FBI’s dearth of Middle Eastern experts.

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