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Archive for January 10th, 2013

Detroit’s Ex-Hip Hop Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Can’t Stay Out of Trouble — Not Even While He’s on Trial in Fed Court

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit
DETROIT — In downtown Detroit, normally Monday through Friday, ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has his hands full as a defendant in one of the biggest public corruption trials in federal court in recent times. The case started in September and will certainly go into February, if not beyond.

But some how the ex-mayor, who was once dubbed the hip-hop mayor because of his youth, is having a hard time staying out of trouble while he’s on trial.

Fox 2’s M.L. Elrick obtained and published surveillance video from a Walmart store in Chesterfield Township, outside of Detroit, showing Kilpatrick cashing a $2,000 wire transfer in December  from Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church in Chicago.

Fox 2 reported that Kilpatrick pocketed at least $800 of the money and wired about $1,100 to Texas, where his family lives. Problem is,  he’s on parole for  obstruction of justice in a state conviction that stemmed from sex texts and lying in court.  He still owes $800,000 to the city of Detroit and must, according to his parole conditions,  regularly report income or gifts to the state.

So on Thursday, after spending the morning in court, Kilpatrick went to his mother’s house (she former Congress member Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick)  where the parole officers from the the Michigan Department of Corrections fit him with a tether for violating his parole. Fox2 reports that he cab only  travel between his mother’s house and court, see his lawyers or go to approved speaking engagements for an undefined amount of time.

“Part of his parole conditions are that he has to report to us any income that he receives, any gifts that he receives during the month,”  Russ Marlan from the Michigan Department of Corrections told Fox2. “The problem is he reported zero dollars in income, zero dollars in gifts for the month of December.”

For a guy who became the youngest elected mayor in Detroit (he was 31) and for a guy who has a law degree and was a former state representative, Kilpatrick could act a little smarter.

 

Washington Post: Data Shows Drop in High-Capacity Magazines During Federal Gun Ban

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By David S. Fallis,
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — During the 10-year federal ban on assault weapons, the percentage of firearms equipped with high-capacity magazines seized by police agencies in Virginia dropped, only to rise sharply once the restrictions were lifted in 2004, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.

The White House is leading a push to reinstate a national ban on large capacity magazines and assault weapons after a gunman armed with an AR-15 and 30-round magazines killed 20 children and seven adults in Connecticut. Vice President Biden is holding advisory meetings this week to hammer out a course of action that will address the issue of the larger magazines, which under the lapsed federal ban were those that held 11 or more rounds of ammunition.

In Virginia, the Post found that the rate at which police recovered firearms with high-capacity magazines — mostly handguns and to a smaller extent rifles — began to drop around 1998, four years into the ban. It hit a low of 9 percent of the total number of guns recovered the year the ban expired, 2004. To read the full story click here.

Pistol Found at Mexican Murder Scene Tied to ATF Agent

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Another firearm traced to the botched gun-running investigation Operation Fast and Furious has turned up at a shooting, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports

The Tribune wrote today that a semi-automatic pistol found at a bloody scene where five people, including a Mexican beauty queen, were killed in Sinaloa in November was tracked back to ATF Agent George Gillett Jr., who oversaw the gun-running probe.

The Tribune learned of the incident in a Dec. 21 letter obtained from the Justice Department.

Federal authorities have been criticized for mishandling Operation Fast and Furious and losing track of guns.

 

In an Asian Restaurant Bathroom, Aide Delivered $10,000 Payoff to Detroit Mayor

Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick with ex-friend Derrick Miller (inset)

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — On Thursday, Derrick Miller finally talked about the much anticipated payoff in the bathroom — something out of an episdoe of “The Sopranos.”

Miller, a former close friend who was in Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s administration, testified at Kilpatrick’s federal trial that the then-mayor asked him to get cash for him from the partners of Asian Village, the now-defunct restaurant venture on the Detroit River.

“Can you get it from your Asian Village guys?” Miller says Kilpatrick asked.

Miller said he got $10,000 and met Kilpatrick in a bathroom at Asian Village. He did not specify a date, but it was believed to be around 2007.

“I gave him the money,” Miller said.

When Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow asked.

“What did he say?” Chutkow asked.

To read more click here.

 

American Football Coaches Asscociation Gives FBI’s Robert Mueller Top Award

Grant Teaff (left), executive director of the American Football Coaches Associaton, presented the Tuss McLaughry Award to Director Mueller.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Tuesday night received the Tuss McLaughry Award from the American Football Coaches Association in Nashville.

The award, established in 1964, is the organization’s highest honor and is presented to distinguished Americans in recognition of outstanding service to others.

“Coaches are parental figures,” Mueller said during the ceremony according to information posted on the FBI website.

“They reinforce the importance of hard work and dedication; of selflessness and fair play; and of character, humility, and leadership.”

“Everyone remembers their favorite coach and the lessons they learned,” Mueller said. “You as coaches contribute to a legacy of sportsmanship and solidarity…of discipline and dedication…of toughness in the face of adversity. That lasting impact is every coach’s legacy.”

Justice Department: One in Four Women in Jail Have Serious Mental Health Issues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Justice Department study has found that one in four women in jail have serious mental illnesses.

The Justice Department announced the findings Wednesday in what is certain to spark more debates about access to mental health care in prison.

The study also found that half of incarcerated women had received treatment for mental health or substance abuse disorders.

“The overrepresentation of women with mental illness in jails has tragic consequences for children and families. It is important that the field of criminal justice understands how mental illness, trauma, and other disorders are related to women becoming involved in the criminal justice system,” said BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell. “The information from this study can help us develop strategies to address and respond to these issues.”

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST


Miami Cops Accused of Providing Protection to Gambling Ring

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least nine Miami police officers are the target of an FBI investigation into a scheme to protect an illegal sports-betting operation, the Miami Herald reports.

The officers are accused of protecting a Liberty City gambling ring that operated out of a barber shop.

The Miami Herald wrote that six of the officers have resigned or been suspended as part of the probe.

Arrests are expected by the end of the month.

According to the Miami Herald, one gambler saw cops so frequently that he believed the police department was running the shop.

FBI Investigates Cyber Attacks Targeting Police Accused of Mishandling Rape Case

Part of Threatening Letter/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local police in Ohio who are accused of mishandling a rape case involving high school football players have been bombarded with cyber attacks, the Associated Press reports.

Now the FBI is trying to determine who posted a death threat to the local sheriff on Facebook and an email that shut down the computer of the Steubenville Police Department.

As a precaution, the police and sheriff’s departments shut down their websites after business hours, the AP wrote.

“The police who protect them must be executed,” the Facebook post said, with “them” referring to students at Steubenville High School, the AP wrote.

“This has got to be some crackpot sick individual out there who would put this stuff out there,” Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Wednesday.