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More Arrests Made in ICE Agent’s Murder

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The hunt for the murderers of ICE agent Jaime Zapata continued.

The BBC reported that Mexican authorities have arrested two suspected leaders of the violent Mexican  Zetas drug gang in connection with the murder and the wounding of another ICE agent.

BBC reported that authorities arrested Sergio “El Toto” Mora, suspected head of the Zetas drugs gang in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. Meanwhile, authorities detained Luis Miguel Rojo in San Luis Potosi, the town where the attack occurred.

Last week, authorities arrested Julian Zapata Espinoza, who told authorities that he and other thought the ICE agent’s car belonged to a rival gang, BBC reported.

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Is it End of the Line for Ex-FBI Agent Jody Weis as Head of Chicago Police?

Chief Johy Weis/police photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Could it be the end of the line for ex-FBI agent Jody Weis, the first outsider to head up the Chicago Police Department in nearly 50 years?

The Chicago Tribune reports that his three-year, $310,000 a year contract as police chief expires on Tuesday, and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel had pledged to replace him.

“We’ll see what happens,” Weis said during a news conference on Sunday, according to the Trib.

“When this position ends, I’ll look into doing something else. I’d like to do something here in Chicago,” he said. The former FBI agent was appointed by Mayor Richard Daley in 2008.

Ex-FBI Agent Gets 8 to 20 Years in Prison in Las Vegas Slaying

Edward Preciado-Nuno/kimberly long blog

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-San Diego FBI agent Edward Preciado-Nuno was sentenced last week in Las Vegas state court to 8 to 20 years in prison in the slaying of his son’s girlfriend, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The paper reported that Preciado-Nuno, 63, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter after beating his son’s girlfriend Kimberly Long to death with a hammer in November 2008 at his son’s home. His son had been trying to evict her.

Preciado-Nuno testified that he struck her in self defense. But prosecutors said she had been struck more than a dozen times in the head, raising questions about the self-defense claim.

Preciado-Nuno, a 25-year FBI agent, retired in 2003. His son had asked him to come to Las Vegas from San Diego to help evict Long, the paper reported.

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Atlanta Fed Judge Busted With Drugs and Stripper Suffered Depression and Brain Damage, Sentencing Memorandum Says

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Federal Judge Jack Camp is hoping to stay out of prison, hoping a judge considers his sentencing memorandum that focuses on his mental health and problems in life on March 11.

In a memo filed in federal court in  Atlanta on Friday,  Camp’s attorney William Taylor of Washington writes that Camp has suffered from acute depression,  brain-damaging from a bicycle accident and personal family tragedy that may have contributed to him getting busted for buying cocaine for a stripper he was having an affair with.

“They do not excuse his conduct,” his attorney wrote.” They do help explain, however, how in May of 2010 a lonely man in the twilight of his life became entangled with a seductive prostitute more than willing to take advantage of his needs and of his misguided impulse to be her friend and protector.”

The memo notes that Camp entered a psychiatric hospital after his arrest last year.  The physician in charge of his evaluation and treatment, Dr. Miles Quaytman talked to the probation office.

“In brief, since he sought pyschiatric care in 1999, Mr. Camp had been treated with standard antidepressant medications when his conditions actually involved a mood cycling or bipolar disorder,” the sentencing memorandum said. “Mood cycling disorders have both depressive and manic phases. Characteristic features of the manic phase are the excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have high potential for painful consequences and impairment of judgment about those consequences. Mr. Camp’s recent conduct is certainly consistent with that characterization.”

On Nov. 19, Camp, who was on senior status, pleaded guilty to aiding a felon in possessing illegal drugs, possessing illegal drugs and giving his government issued lap top to the stripper he was having an affair with. He has resigned as a federal judge, which is lifetime presidential appointment.  Camp bought drugs for the stripper, who was cooperating with authorities.

The papers also noted that  Dr. Qaytman found that Camp suffered serious head injury in a bicycling accident in 2000 and he has no memory of that.

“In addition to his mood cycling disorder and the physical damage to the brain, Mr. Camp has faced a number of difficult and stressful personal challenges,” the sentencing memorandum said.

Plus, he had prostrate cancer, his mother has dementia and his sister has stage four colon cancer.

The document asked that he be sentenced to probation and community service.

“No one can assess precisely how these features of his personal mental health and the sorrows and stress of his life interacted,” the filing said.

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Column: Congress Playing Games With USA Patriot Act

By Ronald Kessler
Newsmax.com

Once again, members of Congress are putting our lives at risk by playing games with the USA Patriot Act.

Because of opposition of Democrats and some Republicans, crucial components of the act are set to expire on May 27 after Congress agreed to a temporary extension.

The provisions deal with roving wiretaps, “lone wolf” terrorism suspects, and the government’s ability to seize “any tangible thing” such as records.

Roving wiretaps simply allow a judge to authorize electronic surveillance of a terrorist suspect regardless of what phone he uses.

Prior to passage of the law, the FBI had to return to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for new authorization each time a terrorist changed phones. While the FBI applied for new authorization, a terrorist could have changed phones again and blown up an airplane in mid-flight.

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