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Democratic Lawmakers Call for More Study to Determine Fallout of ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Congresswoman is calling for the Justice Department to study the racial impact of “Stand Your Ground” laws, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Cleveland, and a group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday to AG Eric Holder to plead for more documentation and study of the laws that permit people to use deadly force before retreating. More than two dozens states have laws similar to “Stand Your Ground.”

The letter states that “Stand Your Ground” laws “are contributing to increases in homicides and firearm injuries and are exacerbating racial disparities in the criminal justice system.”

Congressional Members Want Answers from CBP About Use-of-Force Policies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CBP’s decision not to implement key reforms within the department has prompted calls from members of Congress for more explanation, the Arizona Star reports.

Twenty two members of Congress wrote a letter to CBP acting Commissioner Thomas Winkowski. “The Border Patrol has not been as forthcoming as possible about how it uses force in the name of public safety, and that needs to change,” Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, said in a news release.

“If the American people don’t believe the Border Patrol will answer honest questions about its conduct, the mission will suffer,” he added.

One of the reforms that wasn’t implemented was the restriction of deadly force when agents are attacked by rocks.

At least 19 people have died in CBP-related deaths since 2010, according to the Arizona Star.

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Ex-Prosecutor Convertino Fails Again to Get Detroit Reporter to Disclose Sources

David Ashenfelter

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– Ex-federal prosecutor Richard Convertino has once again failed in his bid to get ex-Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter to disclose his sources.

U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland ruled Monday that Ashenfelter, who recently retired from the Free Press, had the right to invoke his Fifth Amendment privileges, according to a court document filed Monday.

It was third time in the protracted legal battle that a federal judge ruled against Convertino in his bid to get Ashenfelter to sing. Convertino, now a private attorney, is suing the Justice Department, claiming it illegally leaked information about him to Ashenfelter.

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Ex-FBI Agent Becomes Longest-Held American Hostage Ever After Disappearing in Iran in 2007

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Robert Levinson vanished 2,456 days ago.

That makes the retired FBI agent the longest-held American hostage, according to the New York Daily News.

Journalist Terry Anderson was held hostage for 2,454 days. He was freed in 1991 by the Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, according to the Daily News.

Levinson worked at the FBI’s New York Field Office for 28 years.

He disappeared in March 2007 when was working as a private investigator in Iran, looking into cigarette smuggling.

GSA Narrows Down List of Potential Locations for New FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The General Services Administration has narrowed down the list of possible new locations for a new FBI headquarters by adding more geographic requirements, the Washington Post reports.

The FBI has become more restrictive about location, saying the new headquarters must be within two miles of a Metrorail station and within two-and-a-half miles of the Capital Beltway.

The new map represents areas that fit the requirements.

Ex-Minister Gets Six Months in Prison for Lying to FBI About Hate Crime in Virginia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former minister in Virginia claimed earlier this year that his porch and car were set on fire, and the side of his house painted with a racial slur.

The financially struggling minister, Olander D. Cuthrell, 42, said he was the target of a hate crime.

Not so.

Turns out, he set it all up.

Cuthrell was sentenced to six months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to lying to an FBI agent during a hate investigation, Progress-index.com reports.

The FBI became involved because of the hate crime claims.

 

Unruly Group of More Than 100 Migrants Attacks Border Patrol Agents at Mexican Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents came under attack by more than 100 people throwing rocks and bottles, CNN reports.

No serious injuries were reported.

The unruly group ignored stop orders from a Border Patrol agent and attempted to cross from the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California.

Not even fire pellets with pepper power stopped the group.

“The crowd became increasingly unruly and began throwing rocks and bottles,” the agency said.

The group eventually retreated and escaped arrest, CNN reported.

FBI Reports Slight Drop in Hate Crimes in U.S., With Race Accounting for About Half of Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Reported hate crimes dropped slightly in the U.S. last year, and almost half the cases involved race, the Guardian reports.

The FBI statistics show reported hate crimes fell from 6,222 in 2011 to 5,796 in 2012.

“The numbers show that we as a nation still have a way to go toward alleviating these crimes that have such a devastating impact on communities,” the agency said in a note accompanying the statistics.

Following race, the top motives for hate crimes were sexual orientation and religion.

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