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Archive for March 15th, 2012

Underwear Bomber Avoids More Restrictive Supermax Prison in Colo.

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The young man who will be forever known as the “Underwear Bomber” caught a little bit of break.

The Detroit News reports that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who admitted trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane on Christmas Day of 2009, was transferred Tuesday to a federal prison complex in Florence, Colo.  There he’ll be housed in a maximum-security facility, but not the Supermax prison reserved for the worst of the worst, which has far more restrictions when it comes to visits and contact with the outside world.

The Supermax prison, aka the “Alcatraz of the Rockies”, houses such notables as Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Oklahoma bomber Terry Nichols and some al Qaeda terrorists.

“I’m glad he’s not in Supermax,” Abdulmutallab legal adviser Anthony Chambers told the News. “Not being in Supermax will have its benefits.”

 

Report: Prosecutors Concealed Evidence in Ted Stevens Prosecution

 

Sen. Ted. Stevens

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The conclusion in an independent report released Thursday on the bungled prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Steven is anything but surprising: The Prosecution screwed up big time.

Talking Points Memo’s Ryan J. Reilly reports that the voluminous report concludes that the Justice Department prosecutors engaged in “systematic concealment” of information that would have helped the defense.

Stevens was convicted of public corruption, but the Justice Department later admitted that the prosecution withheld info from the defense and a judge vacated the conviction. The indictment and conviction probably cost Stevens a re-election.

TPM writes that the report does not recommend prosecuting any Justice Dept. lawyers.

“It should go without saying that neither Judge Sullivan, nor any District Judge, should have to order the Government to comply with its constitutional obligations, let alone that he should feel compelled to craft such an order with a view toward a criminal contempt prosecution, anticipating its willful violation,” the report states, according to TPM.

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New Head of DEA’s Houston Office Helped Hunt Pablo Escobar

Javier Pena/dea photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The new head of the Houston DEA knows a thing or two about drug cartels.

Javier Pena, whose new turf includes the Mexican border, helped hunt down the infamous Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, the Associated Press reports.

In fact, AP reported that Pena has a photo of a Colombian federal agent in 1993 posing over the body on a rooftop with the words: “Thanks Javier, DEA; +mission accomplished.”

Mobster Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend Pleads; Admits Using 11 Aliases While on the Run

Woman Wore FBI Wire to Help Bring Down Ex-Ill. Gov Blago

Blagojevich/file photo

By Craig Wall
FOX Chicago News

CHICAGO — Pam Davis said convicted former governor Rod Blagojevich has lost his sense of reality.

“I feel a sense of vindication that justice has finally been served,” Davis said. “It’s taken more than eight years, but I do think truth prevailed.”

It has been a long journey for Davis, who has been waiting for this day, waiting for the end of what has been along road for her. She provided the evidence that lead to the FBI’s investigation of Blagojevich.

“The first couple of months I did not have suspicions that it went all the way up to the governor,” Davis said. “But shortly after the second month of working with the FBI, I began to get a sense that this was much more complex and that they tentacles from these individual that were scheming to make money off good works probably did go up to the governor.”

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FBI Wants Google’s Help in Accessing Pimp’s Phone

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Technology is once again bumping up against law enforcement.

PC Magazine is reporting that the FBI has issued a warrant to get Google to give it a Gmail account and password and other info so it can tap into the Android cell phone of an alleged pimp suspected of playing a role in a human trafficking investigation.

PC reported that agents in the San Diego office seized a Samsung phone from suspected pimp Dante Dears on Jan. 17, but were unable to get past the lock on it.

To read more click here.

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