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Archive for December 24th, 2010

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Weekend Series on Crime History: J. Edgar Hoover Addresses American Legion in 1940

FBI Files Show Steinbrenner Dodged Agents Probing His Illegal Donations to Nixon


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The often outspoken and never shy late Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner was not so talkative when it came to an FBI probe into his illegal campaign contributions to President Nixon’s re-election campaign, the New York Daily News reported.

Based on FBI documents released Thursday, the Daily News reported that Steinbrenner dodged FBI agents investigating the matter, and they were  told he was traveling.

The Daily News reported that FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley wanted his agents to give the probe the highest priority.

“This investigation is to be afforded highest priority and security,” Kelley wrote in one teletype. “Cleveland to assign most capable personnel to achieve prompt positive results.”

In a handwritten notation on another memo, Kelley wrote, “hit this real hard with the best talent … Positive results are expected,” the Daily News reported.

Steinbrenner pleaded guilty in 1974 to giving illegal campaign contributions and was fined $15,000. He made the campaign contributions through bonuses to his employees at the American Shipbuilding Co., who then donated the money.

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Senate Confirms Only 1 of 5 U.S. Attorney Nominees Before Heading Home

Christopher Thyer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Just before heading home for the holidays, the U.S. Senate confirmed only one of five pending nominees for U.S. Attorney, the news website Main Justice reported.

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed by unanimous consent Christopher Thyer for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The others were sent back to President Obama the remaining names which must now be renominated for the new Congress, Main Justice reported. The site said 76 U.S. Attorneys have been confirmed so far, two years into the Obama administration.

The people who did not get confirmed included S. Amanda Marshall of Oregon, M. Scott Bowen of the West District of Michigan, John B. Stevens Jr of the Eastern District of Texas and Thomas Gray Walker of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Meet the New Sheriff: Robin Ashton to Head Justice Dept. Office of Prof. Responsiblity

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Meet the new sheriff.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. announced Thursday that federal prosecutor Robin C. Ashton will head up the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) at the Department of Justice.

“As a veteran career prosecutor, Robin is uniquely qualified to serve as Counsel for Professional Responsibility, and I am confident she will lead the office with the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and dedication,” Holder said.

OPR is responsible for investigating allegations of professional misconduct involving department attorneys.

Ashton has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia since 1991. Her most recent job was as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for Management.

The Justice Department said her job involved managing and directing oversight of significant civil and criminal cases and special operations.