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Archive for May 2nd, 2013

Judge Rules Whitey Bulger Can’t Use Immunity Defense

Whitey Bulger

John R. Ellement
Boston Globe Staff
BOSTON — US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper dealt a major setback to James “Whitey” Bulger’s defense strategy, ruling that the South Boston mobster cannot claim during his trial that federal law enforcement officials immunized him from prosecution.

“The government’s motion to preclude Bulger from arguing his claim of immunity to the jury as a defense at trial…is allowed,’’ Casper wrote in a 31-page ruling released this morning. “The Court has determined that the issue of immunity is not an issue for the jury.’’

Through his attorneys, Bulger has argued that a now-deceased federal prosecutor, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, allowed him to commit crimes in return for working with federal law enforcement. Bulger’s lawyers have claimed that Bulger was not an FBI informant, an assertion that federal prosecutors have ridiculed as false.

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Virginia Gov. McDonnell Under Investigation Over Company Paying $15,000 for Daughter’s Wedding

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell after a campaign donor paid for catering and flowers at his daughter’s wedding, The Atlantic reports.

The probes centers around whether McDonnell violated campaign finance laws when Star Scientific picked up the $15,000 tab for food and flowers at the wedding in 2011. 

The governor said he never reported the donation because it was for his daughter, not him, The Atlantic wrote.

Virginia law only requires donation disclosure for contributions made to an office holder.

McDonnell lobbied vigorously for the company in the past, The Atlantic reported.

FBI Seeks Public’s Help in Tracking Down 3 People Seen Near the Embassy Attack in Benghazi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is urging the public to help identify three people who were on the grounds of the U.S. embassy in Benghazi on the day an attack killed three Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“We are seeking information about three individuals who were on the grounds of the U.S. Special Mission when it was attacked,” the FBI said in a press release Wednesday. “These individuals may be able to provide information to help in the investigation.”

The grainy photos appear to show three men.

FBI: Man Who Sent Ricin-Laced Letter Bought One Critical Ingredient on eBay

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

You can find almost anything on eBay.

According to the FBI, James Everette Dutschke used the online auction to buy a critical ingredient to making the toxin ricin, which he’s accused of sending to President Obama and two other political officials in a letter, Christian Science Monitor reports.

Dutschke bought 100 red castor beans from eBay in November and December 2012, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

“I understand that the number of castor beans ordered is more than sufficient to extract the quantity of ricin found in the three letters,” Special Agent Stephen Thomason wrote in an affidavit, Reuters reported.

The FBI arrested Dutschke at his home Saturday.

DEA Goes After Pot Dispensaries in Seattle, Says It’s Not Signal of War Against State Pot Laws

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA has alarmed marijuana advocates after sending cease-and-desist letters to 11 dispensaries in the Seattle area, the Seattle Times reports

Although state law permits medical-marijuana dispensaries, federal law bans all forms of pot. 

The letters, however, don’t signal a war against state marijuana laws, according to the DEA.

The dispensaries were within 1,000 feet of schools, the Seattle Times reported.

Recipients of the letters were told to stop selling marijuana within 30 days or they face seizure.

California dispensaries also are being targeted by Federal authority, Gawker reports.

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