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Archive for February 4th, 2011

Weekend Series on Crime History: Watergate- Howard Baker vs H.R. Haldeman

Nixon Talks to Haldeman During Watergate

Fed Judge Shoots Down New Trial For Highest Ranking Arab-American FBI Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday shot down a request for a new civil trial for the FBI’s highest-ranking Arab American agent, who claimed the agency retaliated against him after he filed a discrimination complaint, the  Blog of Legal Times reported.

Agent Bassem Youssef, a supervisory agent and unit chief in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, claimed at  trial in September that the FBI discriminated against him and delayed his career advancement because he is Egyptian and that he filed the discrimination complaint, according to the ruling by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

Specifically, Youssef contended that the bureau blocked him from participating in inspections of FBI offices at a certain juncture in his career. The  inspections provide a training opportunity that leads to inspection certification, which can be helpful in getting promotions. He eventually obtained the certification, but he claimed two years later than he should have.

Justice Department lawyers claimed he was denied the inspection opportunities at one point  because he had transferred to a new unit and missed too much work.

The jury found Youssef had not proven his case and judge consequently ordered that “costs be taxed against Youssef.”

The judge in denying a new trial  ruled Wednesday  that he “was not actually harmed” by the denial to go on certain inspections in 2005.

The FBI has sought reimbursement in the case for $32,431.46 in costs; $446 for fees for service of summons and subpoenas; $615.50 in copying fees; $5,924.66 in witness fees and $25,445.30 fees for transcripts.

The judge ruled Thursday that the agent should pay some costs and not others, but that the  Justice  Department “should submit a revised bill of costs” excluding certain expenditures.

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U.S. Marshals Help Nab Hell’s Angels Member in Buenos Aires

Paul Eischeid/kpho tv

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

South American authorities on Thursday nabbed a member of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club  who was on the U.S. Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List for allegedly murdering a Phoenix area woman in 2001.

Paul Merle Eischeid, 39,  a former Charles Schwab stockbroker, was captured in Buenos Aires by Argentinean authorities, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

The U.S. Marshals Service said it had developed information about Eischeid’s whereabouts along with Diplomatic Security Service.  The information was then passed on to the Interpol and local Argentinean authorities, and an Interpol Red Notice was issued.

Eischeid was  also wanted  on federal drug trafficking and racketeering charges, authorities said.

“Eischeid’s crimes were horrendous and his potential for continued violence made his arrest a priority for the U.S. Marshals,” Stacia A. Hylton, Director of the U.S. Marshal Service, said in a statement.

Eischeid was charged in the 2001 murder Cynthia Garcia, who was allegedly attacked while attending a party at the Hell’s Angels’ clubhouse in Mesa, Az., the Marshals Service said.

She was severely beaten, thrown in the trunk of a car, and taken to the desert where she was brutally stabbed, said David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the Arizona district.

ATF Investigating Whether VA. Inmate Used Facebook to Threaten Witnesses

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Apparently Facebook isn’t just for chatting it up with old pals or initiating a discussion about the latest Monet art exhibit.

ATF is investigating allegations that a Virginia inmate used Facebook to threaten government witnesses in his upcoming arson case, station WSLS reported.

The station, citing a federal search warrant for his cell, said investigators were trying to determine if inmate John Conner Jr. contacted his girlfriend via phone and mail and had her contact witnesses in his upcoming trial through his Facebook account.

Conner, an inmate serving a six year sentence at the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem, Va., is awaiting trial in April on federal charges that he set his ex-girlfriend’s duplex on fire on Nov. 15, 2008 when they were still together, WSLS reported.

The station reported that he set the fire after his girlfriend spit in his face during a spat.

Milwaukee FBI Agent Shoots and Wounds Drug Suspect Who Tried to Flee