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Archive for June 3rd, 2011

Weekend Series on Crime History: Drug Lord Pablo Escobar

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It’s Official: John Edward Indicted

John Edwards

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s official.

The  New York Times  is reporting that a federal grand jury in Raleigh, N.C., has indicted two-time presidential candidate John Edwards.

The Times reported that the grand jury, which has been probing Edwards for two years, indicted him on six counts — four involving illegal payments, one involving conspiracy and one involving false statements.

Edwards is accused of  violating campaign finance laws to hide an extra-marital affair.

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Prosecutor to Blago: “You Are a Convicted Liar, Correct?”

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Loaded for bear, federal prosecutors began their cross examination Thursday of the ever-chatty ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich with a very blunt question.

“Mr. Blagojevich, you are a convicted liar, correct?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar asked, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Yes,” answered Blagojevich, according to the Trib. His lawyers tried to object.

The question was in reference to his first trial in which prosecutors convicted him on only 1 of 24 counts — lying to the FBI. The jury was deadlocked on the remaining 23 counts.

Prosecutors on Thursday tried to portray Blago as a slippery sort, the Trib reported.

To read more click here.

House Votes to Slash TSA Budget by $270 Million; Critics Say it Could Threaten Airline Safety

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — At a time of heightened concern about aviation security, the Republican-controlled House gave the nod Thursday to legislation that would cut funding for the Transportation Security Administration by $270 million, the Washington Post’s Joe Davidson reported.

“At a time when intelligence tells us that terrorists remain interested in attacking transportation, this amendment would cut TSA’s screening workforce by more than 10 percent,” about 5,000 people, TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee said according to the Post.

Union leaders hope the Senate rejects the move, the Post reported. The House vote was 219 to 204.

The Post reported that in a letter to House members before the vote, Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said the budget cut would “damage the traveling safety of the public and hurt Transportation Security Officers’ ability to do their jobs.”

Tough Az. Sheriff Joe Bows to Justice Department

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Score: Justice Department 1, Maricopa County, Az.,  Sheriff Joe Arpaio 0.

Sheriff Joe and his department, after much resistance, entered into a legal settlement Thursday to fully cooperate with the Justice Department, which is investigating allegations of civil rights violations involving patrols and jail operations.

In announcing the settlement, the Justice Department said that the sheriff’s department had already allowed it to conduct more than 220 interviews and review hundreds of thousands of pages of documents. It also conducted interviews with Sheriff Arpaio. The investigation is ongoing.

The Justice Department has been investigating allegations of discrimination on patrols and in jail and unconstitutional searches and seizures.

Last Sept. 2, the Justice Department said it filed a lawsuit to get access to information “after exhausting all cooperative measures to gain access” to documents and facilities.

“After numerous requests for access to information, the department was forced to resort to litigation to compel the sheriff’s office to provide us with full access to facilities, staff and documents, as required by federal law,” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division said in a statement.

“We are pleased that since the filing of our lawsuit, the sheriff’s office has reversed course and provided the department with information we have been seeking.”

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