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Archive for February 9th, 2011

FBI Agent Taken Into Custody in Fatal Car Crash in Suburban D.C.


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s unclear where it all stands.

But Martin Weil of the Washington Post reports that an FBI agent was taken into custody following a fatal car crash Monday night in Prince George’s County, just outside of Washington.

The Post reported that an 18-year-old man was killed in the two-car crash in the Brandywine area of the county.

The agent, who was not named, was not charged and was later released, the paper reported. The police said the State’s Attorney’s Office will make a determination whether to file charges against the agent.

Ex-Nashville U.S. Atty. John Roberts Dies at age 74

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Nashville U.S. Attorney John Roberts, who served during the Clinton administration, died Sunday after a long illness, the Memphis Post reported. He was 74.

After leaving his post, Roberts served as executive director of the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, he served as a General Sessions Court judge.

The paper reported that he briefly returned to the bench in 2006 at the request of Gov. Phil Bredesen. He temporarily filled a vacancy due to a contested election.

U.S. Atty’s Office Says Chandra Levy Killer Poses “Grave Danger” to Community; Asks for Life Sentence

Ingmar Guandique

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It hardly comes as a surprise that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is asking a judge to sentence Chandra Levy’s killer to life in prison without parole.

The Washington Post reports that the prosecutors, in asking for a life sentence,  wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday that convicted killer Ingmar Guandique, 29, “demonstrated predatory behavior that seems incapable of rehabilitation” and he “posed a grave danger” to the community.

Sentencing is set for Friday for Guandique, who was convicted in November of killing Levy, 24, who vanished in 2001. Her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington a year later. Charges were filed against Guandique while he was in prison serving a 10 year sentence for attacking two woman in that park the same year Levy disappeared.

Chandra Levy

The sentencing memo written by prosecutors Amanda Haines, Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez and Chris Kavanaugh also noted that Guandique had attacked a woman at knifepoint in El Salvador before coming to the U.S. at age 19 and that he masturbated in front of a female prison guard, the Post reported.

Guandique’s attorney’s have asked for a new trial.

FBI Agents Nab New England Mobster in Idaho After 17 Years on the Lam

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After changing his name and being on the lam for 17 years, the FBI on Monday nabbed suspected New England mobster Enrico Ponzo in Idaho, the Boston Herald reported.

The paper reported that Ponzo, 42, — suspected of being part of New England’s Patriarca Family –faces a host of charges including racketeering, firearms offenses and conspiracy to murder.

The paper reported that he is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Idaho on Wednesday where prosecutors will move to ship him back to Boston to face a 40-count indictment.  He was arrested in the town of Marsing in southwestern Idaho.

The FBI alleged that he was involved in multiple murder attempts including a botched one on crime boss “Cadillac” Frank Salemme in 1989, the paper reported.

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Some Scratch Head: Wonder Why R.I. Fed Prosecutors Were Left Out of Loop on Major Drug Bust Linked to Mexican Cartels

U.S. Atty. Peter Neronha/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The unusual circumstances warranted this headline in the Providence Journal on Wednesday: “U.S. Prosecutors Left in the Cold on Drug Bust.”

The paper reported that when state police and DEA agents in Providence, R.I., last week announced the seizure of 145 pounds of cocaine, $1.2 million in cash and the arrest of three men allegedly linked to the Mexican drug cartels, “it came as news” to fed prosecutors.

“We were unaware of this investigation,” Jim Martin, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, told the paper. “These are the types of cases we certainly would want to prioritize.”

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13 States Ask Justice Dept. to Help Find Execution Drug


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — States around the country are turning to the Justice Department for help in locating an execution drug, the Associated Press reports.

AP reported that 13 states signed a letter sent to the Justice Department asking for help scoring sodium thiopental after the only U.S. manufacturer stopped producing it and the overseas supplies became scarce.

The states that signed the letter included: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Justice Department spokeswoman Alisa Finelli told AP that the agency is reviewing the letter.

More than Embarrassing: Nevada Fed Prosecutor’s Ex-Husband Steals More than $3.7 Mil

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Call it more than a little embarrassing when you’re an official in a U.S. Attorney’s Office and your ex-husband gets caught stealing more than $3.7 million.

Well, that’s just exactly what happened to Sudabeh Fahami, deputy chief in charge of the U.S. Attorney’s Office branch in Reno, Nev., according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Ex-husband Stephen Marich awaits sentencing on federal charges of embezzlement. Marich, vice president of the First National Bank of Ely in east-central Nevada, pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $3.7 million from the bank from customers’ Treasury accounts, the Review-Journal reported. The thefts spanned at least nine years, but the paper reported that authorities found no reason to charge the wife.

The paper reported that the thievery helped fuel his gambling habit which included online betting with overseas Internet casinos.

“Mr. Marich had a horrible, horrible gambling problem that got out of control,” defense attorney Scott Freeman told the paper. “He has nothing to show for it.”

The paper reported that Marich skipped town for a while after bank officials confronted him about the crime in December 2009. He subsequently stepped down as an Ely City Council member. Sentencing is set for May 11.

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