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Archive for August 15th, 2013

Newly Crowned Miss Teen USA, Other Women Targeted in Latest String of “Sextortion” Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a so-called “sextortion case” that targeted newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other women, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The culprit hacked into the computers of Wolf and others, turning on the webcam and also searching for nude photos and videos, The Times wrote.

Once the images were collected, the hacker demanded money to keep the images from going public.

“Sextortion” cases appear to be on the rise as hackers tap into email accounts, social media or even the computer’s own hardware to find compromising information.

The FBI confirmed the “sextortion” investigation but would not divulge details, including whether they had found a suspect.

Disgust, Fear Rattled Jurors Tasked with Deciding Fate of mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For the four women and eight men tasked with deciding whether notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was guilty of murder and racketeering, life was not easy.

Sometimes the jurors shouted at each other; other times they felt disgusted with the sleazy witnesses.

The trial was so stressful that some even popped aspirin to soothe headaches, the Boston Globe reports after interviewing some jury members.

Juror Janet Uhlar, 56, of Eastham, said she was disgusted to hear that some witnesses were never jailed despite committing murders.

“It really broke my heart to see that happening, to see what our founding fathers laid down their lives for, the judicial system, corrupted like that,” Uhlar told the Globe.

The jury convicted Bulger on 31 of 32 counts Monday. He has not yet been sentenced.

Columnist: End of War on Drugs Couldn’t Be Sooner

Leonard Pitts Jr. 
Miami Herald

It’s been a war on justice, an assault on equal protection under the law.

And a war on families, removing millions of fathers from millions of homes.

And a war on money, spilling it like water.

And a war on people of color, targeting them with drone strike efficiency.

We never call it any of those things, though all of them fit. No, we call it the War on Drugs. It is a 42-year, trillion-dollar disaster that has done nothing — underscore that: absolutely nothing — to stem the inexhaustible supply of, and insatiable demand for, illegal narcotics. In the process, it has rendered this “land of the free” the biggest jailer on Earth.

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Authorities Search for Missing ICE Agent in Los Angeles Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Feds and local police launched a search Wednesday night for a missing ICE agent who didn’t turn up for work in southern California, The Los Angeles Times reports.

But authorities expressed some optimism late Wednesday that no foul play was involved. ICE released a statement shortly before 11 p.m., saying they believed the unidentified officer “was picked up by a fellow … employee after experiencing vehicle problems overnight on a local freeway.”

However, police “will continue to treat the this as a ‘missing persons’ case until the officer is actually contacted.”

The updates were posted on a LA Times report about the suspected disappearance.

Earlier in the day, ICE wrote in a press release, “A search is underway … for an officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and Removal Operations division who may be missing.”

Autopsy: Kidnapper, Accused Murderer was Shot At least 5 Times by FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James DiMaggio, the man accused of killing the mother and brother of his kidnapping victim in Southern California, was struck by at least five bullets in the head and chest, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing an Idaho coroner.

Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess said DiMaggio, who was armed and may have fired his weapon at the agents, died at the scene.

An FBI tactical team tracked down DiMaggio at a campsite about 75 miles north of Boise, Idaho, where he was holding 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.

The teen did not know her brother and mother were killed, The Times reported.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear.

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