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Archive for February 7th, 2014

The “Good Old Days” of Law Enforcement

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.
 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com
In a recent conversation in a Detroit watering hole in metro Detroit with past and present federal agents, the stories of the “good old days” sounded more like the ”bad young days.” The waitresses were, no doubt, rolling their eyes at our stories of how tough we had it compared to today’s incoming generation of law enforcement officers.

Well, thanks to Justin in Ft. Worth, a stellar example of Detroit federal agent alums, we can have some historical perspective in this recruitment poster for English policemen in 1839.

Walk 20 miles a day, 7 days a week in 12 hour shifts, with one unpaid holiday per year? Most of the guys I worked with could perhaps have handled such rigors. But—no talking to women and no sitting in public houses—that would have required a level of dedication beyond the ability of most of us.

 

Parker: The “Good Old Days” of Law Enforcement

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.
 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com
In a recent conversation in a Detroit watering hole in metro Detroit with past and present federal agents, the stories of the “good old days” sounded more like the ”bad young days.” The waitresses were, no doubt, rolling their eyes at our stories of how tough we had it compared to today’s incoming generation of law enforcement officers.

Well, thanks to Justin in Ft. Worth, a stellar example of Detroit federal agent alums, we can have some historical perspective in this recruitment poster for English policemen in 1839.

Walk 20 miles a day, 7 days a week in 12 hour shifts, with one unpaid holiday per year? Most of the guys I worked with could perhaps have handled such rigors. But—no talking to women and no sitting in public houses—that would have required a level of dedication beyond the ability of most of us.

 

Weekend Series on Crime: FBI Agent Robert Hanssen’s Betrayal of America

Los Angeles Times Editorial: Civil Rights Division Nominee Deserves Better

 
 
By The Los Angeles Times
Editorial Board

Debo Adegbile, President Obama‘s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, is an experienced litigator and  specialist in civil rights law. In a rational world, he would receive unanimous confirmation. But as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote on his nomination, Adegbile faces opposition from conservatives who don’t like his legal philosophy and a law enforcement group that won’t forgive him for participating in the appeal of a man convicted of killing a police officer.

Neither objection has merit. Like any president, Obama is entitled to Justice Department officials who share his views. As for the charge that Adegbile is hostile to law enforcement, it’s based on a fundamental misunderstanding of a lawyer’s role.

The most sensational — and unfair — criticism of Adegbile involves the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. Adegbile and other attorneys at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a brief with the Supreme Court in 2009 asserting that Abu-Jamal’s conviction was invalid because of racial discrimination in jury selection. Two years later they represented Abu-Jamal directly when prosecutors asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his death sentence.

The Fraternal Order of Police complained to Obama that Abu-Jamal’s “just sentence — death — was undone by your nominee and others like him.” Actually, it was a federal appeals court that overturned Abu-Jamal’s death sentence, citing flawed jury instructions.

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Lawyer Nominated for Key Justice Department Post Faces Increased Pressure

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s nominee of a key Justice Department position is coming under more attack.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and former Gov. Tom Ridge urged the U.S. Senate to reject Debo Adegbile because he helped overturn the death penalty for a convicted cop killer.

Still, the Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly approved Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division, placing his fate in the hands of the full Senate.

In 2011, Adegbile helped get the death penalty tossed in the case of a Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1982 of murdering a Philadelphia police officer.

Former Stanford University Student Successfully Sues to Be Removed from No-Fly List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Stanford University student became the first person to successfully challenge placement on a government’s no-fly list, Wired.com reports.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Thursday that an FBI agent “erroneously nominated” Rahinah Ibrahim to the list in 2004. The agent, Michael Kelly, “checked the wrong boxes, filling out the form exactly the opposite way from the instructions on the form.”

The Malaysian woman discovered she was on the no-fly list in December 2005 when she was detained and handcuffed while trying to travel to Hawaii to present a paper on affordable housing.

She sued, and despite the mistakes, federal authorities challenged her in court.

TSA Official Not Charged with Sex Crime After Woman Claims Excessive Groping

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA official won’t be charged with a crime after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her during a search at the Denver International Airport, RT.com reports.

Jamelyn Steenhoek, 39, complained in December that she was subjected to a “pretty invasive search” after being stopped at an airport checkpoint. She said the TSA officer cupped her crotch and groped her breasts.

“I felt sick to my stomach,” Steenhoek said to CBS Denver. “Those TSA agents were purposely abusive to me. And there isn’t any recourse. I still feel as if a crime was committed, and as an individual American I am powerless to do anything about it.”

The district attorney said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove sexual assault.

“We would be unable to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the local District Attorney’s Office.

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