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Archive for October 18th, 2013

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Los Angeles Mob

New Movie “The Fifth Estate” Opens

FBI, Justice Department Urged to Re-Open 1985 Pipe Bombing of Arab American Group

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Civil rights supporters are calling for the FBI and Justice Department to reopen the investigation into the 1985 killing of a prominent Palestinian American leader, Democracy Now reports.

Alex Odeh was killed by a powerful pipe bomb placed at the offices of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination in Santa Ana, Calif., where he served as group’s western regional director.

The FBI’s focus was on the Jewish Defense League, according to Democracy Now.

But no one has been arrested.

“Despite 28 years of knocking on the doors of justice, we have not found it yet. Alex was a very peaceful man,” says Albert Mokhiber, former president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. “He was known as an activist, in not just the Arab-American movement and Palestinian issues, but civil rights in general.”

Attorneys for Aurora Theater Shooting Suspect Question Police Handling of Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes are trying to convince a judge to restrict some evidence from being used at trial because of the police’s handling of the investigation, ABC 7 in Denver reported.

One of the issues is why police continued to talk to Holmes after his attorney advised them not to.

Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder after opening fire in a movie theater in Aurora in July 2012, killing 12 people and injuring 70.

President Obama to Nominate Jeh C. Johnson As Next Homeland Security Secretary

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

If President Obama gets his way, Jeh C. Johnson will be the next secretary of the Homeland Security Department, the New York Times reports.

Obama plans to soon nominate Johnson, who worked on many of the administration’s national security policies while he was the Defense Department’s general counsel.

Johnson, 56, would replace Janet Napolitano, who resigned in July to lead the University of California system, the New York Times wrote.

The Times reported that Johnson lacks experience with issues such as border security and immigration, but he shares many of the president’s view of the future of U.S. counterterrorism.

Convicted Felon Shows Off on Facebook with Guns, Leading to Arrests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hollis Nunnery didn’t let the fact that he was a convicted felon get in the way of posting pictures of himself holding guns on Facebook, WoodTV.com reports.

Nunnery also happened to be the focus of an FBI investigation into bank robberies.

After spotting Nunnery holding a large handgun with a laster site, another handgun and a pistol-gripped shotgun on Facebook, an FBI task force took action.

Nunnery was charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Justice Delayed? Four U.S. Security Contractors Charged in 2007 Baghdad Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Four years after a judge dismissed the case, four former Blackwater security contractors were charged Thursday in the 2007 attack on Iraqi civilians in which 17 people were killed, Time reports.

The men, who were hired to guard U.S. diplomats, are accused of using machine guns and grenades at a Baghdad Square in 2007.

Among the victim were women and children, Time reported.

Defense attorneys said the contractors were firing on an ambush by insurgents.