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Archive for March 19th, 2013

Ex-Fed Prosecutor a Favorite to Succeed Pat Fitzgerald

By Annie Sweeney and Christi Parsons
Chicago Tribune reporters

CHICAGO — A former federal prosecutor who helped convict former Gov. George Ryan appears to be the favorite to succeed Patrick Fitzgerald as the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, sources in Washington and Chicago told the Tribune.

The sources said Zachary Fardon, 46, is the leading candidate to be nominated to the federal law enforcement post in Chicago.

The White House declined to comment Sunday, saying that the internal selection process was still in motion.

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DEA Tight-Lipped about Investigation into Prostitution Scandal in Colombia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA is refusing to answer questions about three of its agents who are still on the federal payroll despite their alleged involvement in a prostitution scandal in Colombia, the Washington Examiner reports.

The accusations are serious. DEA agents are accused of paying for a prostitute for a Secret Service supervisor and obstructing the investigation by lying and destroying evidence, the Examiner wrote.

“And they are still on the job a year later,” state Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA said. “That’s just not a good thing.”

The scandal broke in April 2012 when a dozens Secret Service agents were in Cartagena, Columbia, to prepare for a trip by President Obama.

Opinion: FBI’s ‘Deke’ DeLoach

Dan K. Thomasson 
The Reporter

The last time I saw Cartha D. DeLoach was all the way back in the early 1970s, when the nation’s attention was focused on the Watergate scandal. While he wasn’t one of the figures in the constitutional crisis boiling around the Nixon administration, he certainly had been a key in a series of events that historically set that stage.

“Deke,” as he was known, died last week at age 92. When I’d seen him four decades ago, he had left his high perch in law enforcement as J. Edgar Hoover’s third in command of the FBI and was then a private citizen in corporate America. We met in his office at PepisCo, the giant beverage conglomerate, where he was assistant to the president, to discuss a sensitive subject: the politicization of the FBI and its use, or misuse, by presidents.

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Colorado Officials Pledge to Repeal Controversial Immigration Reporting Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Colorado moved closer Monday to repealing a controversial law that requires local police to determine the status of immigrants and report undocumented people to federal authorities, the Denver Post reports.

A state House committee voted 9-2 to repeal the six-year-old law, SB 90, that state officials said has cost taxpayers $13 million a year and eroded public trust, the Post wrote.

“SB 90 needs to go away,” testified Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson, who was representing the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. “It is outdated and ineffective.”

Some groups said the law also discourages immigrants from reporting crimes.

“Because they are brown, they feel like they can’t report crimes,” John “Eddie” Soto with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition told the committee.

Man Poses As FBI Agent Because He Was in Hurry to Pay Phone Bill

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police are searching for a security guard who said he posed as an FBI agent and sped through San Francisco in a car with flashing lights and a blaring siren because he was rushing to pay his phone bill, the San Francisco Examiner reports.

On Monday, a bench warrant was issued for the arrest of 47-year-old Angel Wilfredo Castro after he failed to appear in court, the Examiner wrote.

Police became suspicious when they saw the car speeding and running a red light.

The Examiner reported that Castro was wearing a blue shirt with an FBI emblem, a blue baseball hat, black boots and a gun with a holster.

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