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Archive for August 14th, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets 30 Months in Prison

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr./campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who had a promising political career, and a famous father, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing more than $750,000 in campaign money, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I misled the American people, I misled the House of Representatives,” Jackson, 48, said in court. “I was wrong and I do not fault anyone.”

His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, was hit with a  12 month sentence, the paper reported.  The judge noted that she spent campaign funds that included $5,000 in furs and parkas “in one day.”

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Judge Delays Child Sex Cases Amid Allegations of Questionable Tactics of FBI Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ten cases related to a child sex sting have been delayed because of the questionable tactics of the head of the FBI’s Northwest Georgia Crime Against Children Task Force, The Times Free Press reports.

Judge Grant Brantley, of Walker County, Ga., put court hearings on hold for at least six months as the FBI conducts an internal investigation into Special Agent Ken Hillman.
Hillman, who headed up a task force aimed at targeting online child molesters, is accused of numerous FBI violations and allowing the estranged wife of millionaire Emerson Russell to be a part of the sting, The Times Free Press reported.
“We have agreed to put things aside for six months and see if it has been concluded,” public defender David Dunn said of the FBI’s investigation.

Massachusetts Prosecutors Mull State Charges Against Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger, His Former Associates

 

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It might not be over yet for notorious mobster and convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger and his former associates.

Prosecutors in Massachusetts are exploring whether they can charge Bulger and others with murder and other crimes now that the federal trial is over, the Boston Globe Press reports.

One associate that faces potential criminal charges is Patrik Nee, who was named as an accomplice in several murders but never charged.

Bulger was convicted Monday on murder and racketeering counts in federal court.

“We’re always looking for evidence that can help us investigate and prosecute Suffolk County homicides,” Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, told the Globe in a statement.

Father Launches Independent Investigation of Ibragim Todashev’s Death During FBI Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Abdulbaki Todashev raised a photo of his dead son during a news conference Tuesday and pledged to uncover the truth behind Ibragim Todashev’s death during an FBI interrogation, The Guardian reports.

Todashev hired two prominent civil rights attorneys in Florida to determine what prompted the death of his 27-year-old son, who was being questioned in May about his relationship with one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The Muslim advocacy group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said it hired experts to investigate the case.

“This case is about police accountability and justice,” Hassan Shibly, the group’s executive director, said. “I don’t think we want to live in a country where people get shot by federal agents in their own homes.”

The FBI continues to declined to comment on Ibragim Todashev’s death, saying it’s still the subject of an investigation.

$600,000 Homes Built for CBP Personnel in Small Arizona Town

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A cluster of yellow, blue and salmon-colored homes was built for CBP employees in a small former mining community in Ajo, Ariz. at a cost of roughly $600,000 apiece, The Arizona Republic reports.

The price tag includes the cost to plan and build each of 21 two- and three-bedroom houses that are intended to attract CBP employees to the town.

Similar-sized homes in Ajo are selling for less than $100,000, the Republic reported.

The rental homes are about 11 miles from a Border Patrol station in Why, Ariz.

It’s unclear how much the federal government is charging for rent, but officials said rent is at market rates, the Republic wrote.

Mexican Officials Challenge Early Release of DEA Agent Killer, Caro Quintero

Enrique Camarena

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mexican officials said Tuesday they are seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling that led to the early release of a notorious drug kingpin who was in prison for killing a DEA agent, The LA Times reports.

Relations between the U.S. and Mexico became strained after Caro Quintero, the accused founder of the once-potent Guadalajara drug cartel, was released from prison after serving 28 years – 12 short of his sentence.

“The decision, in our opinion, wasn’t respectful of the legal framework,” Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade told reporters Tuesday. “We will have to find the way to reverse it.”

Quintero was convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.

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Longtime Agent Monica M. Miller To Head FBI in Northern California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Monica M. Miller, who has abundant experience investigating violent crime and public corruption, has been tapped as the leader of the FBI’s Sacramento field office, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Miller will replace Herb M. Brown, who departed last year to take a job with the Central California Intelligence Center.

Miller was the bureau’s senior detailee to the CIA, overseeing counterespionage employees.

Miller’s new territory stretches from Oregon to south of Bakersfield, Calif., the Bee reported.

She joined the FBI in 1989.