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Archive for August 8th, 2013

FBI Reopens 1964 Kidnapping of Infant from Chicago Hospital

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was almost 50 years ago when a woman dressed as a nurse snatched a newborn baby from a Chicago hospital.

Now the FBI is reopening the case, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The boy, named Paul Joseph Fronczak, was taken from Michael Ross Hospital in 1964. Fourteen months later, a boy who resembled Paul Joseph Fronczak was given to the parents.

But DNA tests from earlier this year determined the infant wasn’t Paul Joseph.

On Wednesday, the FBI confirmed it was reopening the case, and it has found the original evidence.

“It was deemed appropriate to take a fresh look at the evidence that we have and possibly re-interview (witnesses) that are still around,” Joan Hyde, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.

Wounded Army Veteran Justin Slaby Awarded $75,000 in Damages for Lawsuit Against FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Army veteran who sued the FBI after saying the bureau removed him from a training academy because of his prosthetic left hand was awarded $75,000 in damages Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

The federal jury in Alexandria determined Justin Slaby, whose hand was blown off by a grenade during a military training accident in 2004, was capable of performing his duties in spite of his disability.

Slaby’s attorney said his client plans to still become a special agent.

“It’s a historical case,” said John Griffin, one of the lawyers who represented Slaby. “A jury has now spoken and said people should be evaluated on their abilities and not on their appearances and not on what happened to them during a war.”

Justin Slaby

No Verdict in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case During Second Day of Deliberations

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury will resume deliberations today in the racketeering and murder trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger after submitting five questions for the judge, CNN reports.

The eight men and four women wanted to know whether they needed to vote unanimously on 33 “predicate” acts in one of the federal racketeering charges.

To be sure, there are a lot of charges to peruse. Bulger, 83, is charged with racketeering, murder, money laundering and 13 counts of extortion.

Father to Speak Out about Chechen Son Killed During FBI Interrogation in Orlando

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The father of the Chechen man who was fatally shot during an FBI interview in Orlando plans to speak out  Tuesday at a press conference, The Orland Sentinel reports

Abdulbaki Todashev recently traveled from Russia to the U.S. in search of answers about his son, Ibragim Todashev, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombers.

The FBI has refused to release any details about the fatal shooting during an interrogation at Todashev’s home in May.

During the press conference, Todashev plans to update the public on what he has learned and the status of a separate investigation by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Sentinel reported.

 

FBI Arrests Two South Florida Mayors on Extortion Bribery, Kickback Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI arrested not one – but two – mayors in South Florida on bribery-related charges, the Associated Press reports.

On Tuesday, feds took into custody Sweetwater Mayor Manuel “Manny” Marono and Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi.

Both are accused of separate kickback and bribery schemes using federal grants.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered suspensions for both mayors.

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