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Archive for August 6th, 2013

Racketeering, Murder Trial of Accused Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Goes to Deliberations Today

 

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury will begin deliberating today in the nearly month-long racketeering and murder trial against suspected mobster James “Whitey” Bulger after both sides delivered extensive closing arguments Monday, CNN reports.

Bulger, who is accused of participating in 19 murders as the head of the former Winter Hill Gang, was called one of the most “vicious, violent and calculating criminals to ever walk the streets of Boston” by the prosecution Monday.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney questioned the credibility of many of the witnesses, pointing out that some have extensive criminal backgrounds.

“If you cannot say in your deliberation that I personally can believe (prosecution witnesses) beyond a reasonable doubt, then the government cannot prove its case about the alleged murders,” Carney told the jury.

The trial has been marked with colorful testimony and occasional outbursts from Bulger.

Chechen Father Arrives in U.S. to Sue FBI Over Death of His Son in Orlando

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of the Chechen man killed during an FBI interview at his home in Florida is suing the bureau for the wrongful death of his 27-year-old son, Time reports.

Abdulbaki Todashev, who lives in Chechnya, arrived in Tampa Monday to begin filing the suit with the help of the ACLU.

Todashev’s son, Ibragim, was killed while being interrogated by the FBI on May 22.

The son was being interrogated about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect when he was killed.

The FBI has refused to say what happened.

“He was shot seven times,” his father told Time. “In the heart and in the head. What is that if not murder?”

Jury to Decide Whether Prosthetic Hand Made Man Unfit for FBI in Discrimination Suit

Justin Slaby

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Was a former Army Ranger who had his hand blown off in a training accident unsuitable for the FBI?

A jury is expected to make that decision today in the discrimination case filed by Justin Slaby, who said he was ejected from an FBI training academy after authorities learned he had a prosthetic arm, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Slaby attempted to show in court that his disabled hand was as capable to fire a weapon and perform other duties as a real hand.

FBI instructors and trainers said Slaby was unable to safely fire a gun, a claim that Slaby denies.

Slaby said after the trial that he’s remaining strong.

“I have no emotions or feelings right now, I’m just kind of focused,” he told a reporter. “I’ve been continually thinking that it’s amazing this had to come this far. It didn’t need to happen.”

Head of U.S. Border Patrol in Blaine Was Removed from His Position

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John C. Bates, the head of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine Sector, was removed from his post Monday after serving for six years as chief patrol agent for the sector, the Bellingham Herald reports.

The reason, however, remained a mystery this morning after authorities declined to say what happened.

Bates was in charge of protecting the borders of Washington, Alaska and Oregon.

He had been with the agency since 1985.

Blaine is the second leader to be removed from the Blaine sector in the last five years. A deputy chief was arrested for having sex with an underage girl, according to the Bellingham Herald.

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