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Archive for April 8th, 2013

Ex-U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White Confirmed as Head of SEC

Mary Jo White

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

With little fanfare, the Senate on Monday confirmed former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White as head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

CNN Money reported that White, 65, was confirmed without a roll call vote.

She is currently head of litigation at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. She  was the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan.

 

Some Think Jana Monroe Should Be in the Mix for FBI Director

 

Jana Monroe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There have been plenty names bandied about to replace FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III later this year including Lisa Monaco, a career federal prosecutor, ex-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Jim Comey, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan

But one name some think should be in the mix is Jana Monroe, the former FBI special agent in charge of the Phoenix division, who is now Director, Corporate Security & Business Continuity Management at Southern California Edison in the Los Angeles area. She worked in the areas of counterterrorism, national security, corporate fraud, white-collar crime, corruption, and compliance crimes

One FBI agent, who thinks it would be wise to consider her, tells ticklethewire.com:

“It would be refreshing and rejuvenating for the FBI to hire someone with her background and leadership skills and style. She comes from the ranks and she’s been involved in the corporate world long enough to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the corporate world. I think Jana would also be great at working in the criminal intelligence and terrorism violations”

 In 2004 to 2006, she served as the head of the Phoenix office.   She was the first female operational Assistant Director of the FBI, tasked with establishing its Cyber Division shortly after 9/11.

 

Director Appoints Agents to Head Offices in Charlotte, Newark and Phoenix

Aaron Ford

 

John Strong

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Douglas Price

The FBI has announced the appointment of agents to head offices in Charlotte, Newark and Phoenix.

John A. Strong, who was deputy assistant director in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, W. Va., will head up the Charlotte office.

Douglas G. Price, who most recently served as chief of the Employee Development and Selection Program Section in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters, will head up the Phoenix Division.

And Aaron T. Ford, who served most recently as the special agent in charge of the Memphis Division heads north to head up the Newark Division.

 

 

“Wearing a Wire” a Term of the Past in the Digital Era?

Undercover FBI agent Joaquin Gracia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The times have changed.

Wendy Ruderman of New York Times reports that the digital age has made the phrase “wearing a wire” something of the past.

“In the old days, they would say, ‘Let me pat you down for a wire’ and boom, everybody would just open their shirt and say, ‘I’m not wearing a wire,’ ” retired undercover FBI agent Joaquin Garcia told the Times. “Now there is no need to wear a wire. It’s become extinct. It’s all gone digital. But what are you going to say, ‘I’m wearing digital,’ instead of ‘I’m wearing a wire’? It’s just become part of the parlance of law enforcement.”

To read the whole story, click here.

 

A Twist in ATF Task Force Shooting May Make ‘Friendly Fire’ Issue More Complicated

ATF task force members blocked in suspect's car in Detroit.

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Investigators are trying to determine if one of two wounded Detroit cops on an ATF task force was injured as a result of friendly fire in a shootout with a murder suspect last week on the city’s west side.

That may not be easy.

Law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation being conducted by Detroit Police and Michigan State Police say the officer suffered injuries to the head from metal-like fragments that may not be from a bullet. Instead, the fragments may have come from something like metal from a car that was struck by a bullet, sources said.

Authorities say that Matthew Joseph, 23, a murder suspect who was on parole for an armed robbery conviction, opened fire on task force members as they tried to arrest him by blocking his car at Linwood and Hooker shortly after 6 p.m. last Tuesday. Officers returned fire and killed him.

Sources say Joseph had a .40-caliber gun, the same caliber Detroit police use. One officer was shot twice in the leg. The officer who suffered head injuries remains in Ford Hospital in serious condition.

To read more click here. 

What We Can Do to Confront the Threat of New Designer Drugs from China

 This is the second in a two-part series.  To read the first part click here.
 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

Part one of this report discussed the menace of a new generation of synthetic designer drugs from China causing a public health crisis in Europe. In America, in the last two years, enterprising rogue Chinese chemists have introduced hundreds of these new chemical combinations into the market.

This plague in America is steadily growing worse.  Law enforcement and medical experts believe that the tens of thousands of reported cases in hospitals in the last year are just the tip of the iceberg. These numbers have essentially doubled just in the last year. The rate of reporting by the agencies like DAWN, which records emergency room admissions, and NFLIS, which keeps track of law enforcement laboratory tests on drugs, is a bleak harbinger of things to come.

Unless aggressive action is taken, we can expect the same panic the British are experiencing from this onslaught. On a more optimistic note, there are positive steps that can be taken and virtually all individuals and groups can have a role in this defense. This part will outline a strategy which can meet this oncoming crisis.

Parents —– Since the victims are largely teenagers living at home, the first line of defense has to be the parents. At a minimum all parents of teens and pre-teens should have a frank and two-sided conversation to educate their children on the life-threatening effects of these drugs, which are deceptively packaged and marketed as a “legal high.”

Teens think they are immortal and the prospect of some exciting new forbidden experience can be irresistible. Information and misinformation about the synthetics are spread by friends and acquaintances, and the availability is cheap and accessible. Many of these new consumers are naïve about drugs in general, as well as their dangers.

A teenage boy in North Dakota is currently facing murder charges because he gave a single tablet of a synthetic drug to a friend. The friend died shortly after ingesting it at a party. The consequences of such single acts are beyond the comprehension of most teens.

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Part 2: What We Can Do to Confront the Threat of New Designer Drugs from China

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office. This is the second in a two-part series.  To read the first part, click here.
 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

Part one of this report discussed the menace of a new generation of synthetic designer drugs from China causing a public health crisis in Europe. In America, in the last two years, enterprising rogue Chinese chemists have introduced hundreds of these new chemical combinations into the market.

This plague in America  is steadily growing worse.  Law enforcement and medical experts believe that the tens of thousands of reported cases in hospitals in the last year are just the tip of the iceberg. These numbers have essentially doubled just in the last year. The rate of reporting by the agencies like DAWN, which records emergency room admissions, and NFLIS, which keeps track of law enforcement laboratory tests on drugs, is a bleak harbinger of things to come.

Unless aggressive action is taken, we can expect the same panic the British are experiencing from this onslaught. On a more optimistic note, there are positive steps that can be taken and virtually all individuals and groups can have a role in this defense. This part will outline a strategy which can meet this oncoming crisis.

Parents —– Since the victims are largely teenagers living at home, the first line of defense has to be the parents. At a minimum all parents of teens and pre-teens should have a frank and two-sided conversation to educate their children on the life-threatening effects of these drugs, which are deceptively packaged and marketed as a “legal high.”

Teens think they are immortal and the prospect of some exciting new forbidden experience can be irresistible. Information and misinformation about the synthetics are spread by friends and acquaintances, and the availability is cheap and accessible. Many of these new consumers are naïve about drugs in general, as well as their dangers.

A teenage boy in North Dakota is currently facing murder charges because he gave a single tablet of a synthetic drug to a friend. The friend died shortly after ingesting it at a party. The consequences of such single acts are beyond the comprehension of most teens.

Read more »

FBI Probes Release of Video Showing Rutgers Coach Shoving, Kicking Players

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is trying to determine whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university by threatening to release damaging videos showing ex-coach Mike Rice shoving players and calling them gay slurs, the Associated Press reports.

The former employee, Eric Murdock, quit his job last year at the basketball program’s player development director.

A lawyer for Murdock asked the university for $950,000 to avoid a lawsuit, the AP reported.

The video was released last week, and Murdock filed a whistleblower suit Friday against the university.

The video resulted in Rice’s termination and the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti, an assistant basketball coach and the university’s top in-house lawyer.