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Archive for March 27th, 2015

Weekend Series on Crime History: Sammy the Bull

Scandal in Oregon? U.S. Attorney Placed on Leave Pending Investigation, Local Paper Reports

Amanda Marshall/ DOJ photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Oregon’s U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall may have troubles of her own to deal with.

The Willamette Weekly, Portland’s alternative newspaper, reports that the Justice Department placed Marshall on leave earlier this month pending an investigation of allegations that she stalked one of her male prosecutors.

The paper reports that the stalking allegedly involved text messages and emails, which would provide documentary evidence of her behavior. Neither Marshall nor the subordinate responded for comment to the paper, which wrote that it was unclear the nature of their relationship.

Marshall told The Oregonian newspaper that she stepping aside temporarily because “I’ve been having health issues for months. I can’t serve right now.”

Marshall was nominated for the position by President Obama in 2010 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2011.

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Secret Service Has Strict, New Policy Limiting When Agents Can Drive After Drinking

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is implementing a new policy that bars agents and other employees from driving government cars within 10 hours of drinking alcohol, The Washington Post reports. 

The policy comes after the embarrassing discovery that two agents allegedly interrupted a bomb-threat investigation scene at the White House earlier this month.

The new rules also came a day before Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy testified before a House committee.

“Secret Service employees are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that reflects the highest standards of the United States Government and must maintain an appropriate state of awareness and mission preparedness,” says the Monday memo to staff.

Anyone who violates the policy will be “subject to the full range of available disciplinary and adverse actions up to and including removal from employment,” the memo read.

Other Stories of Interest


Army National Guard Specialist Accused of Plotting Attack for ISIS Terrorists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Army National guard specialist is accused of trying to join ISIS overseas while his cousin planned to attack a U.S. military insulation.

Huffington Post reports that 22-year-old was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday while authorities say he was en route to join the extremists overseas.

His cousin Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home in Chicago and planned to target the U.S. military facility where his cousin trained.

It wasn’t immediately clear where the facility was.

The cousins are U.S. citizens and are charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

Border Patrol Agent Indicted on 19 Counts Related to Hidden Camera in Station Bathroom

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol supervisor accused of hiding a camera in the women’s bathroom at an agency station in California was indicted Thursday on 19 counts.

The indictment alleges that Armando Gonzalez, 46, “with intent, did capture an image of a private area of an individual without their consent … and knowingly did so under circumstances in which the individual had a reasonable expectation of privacy,” from July 19, 2013, until Jan. 9 at the Chula Vista station, the U-T San Diego reports.

Gonzalez was arrested earlier this month and pleaded not guilty to related charges.

The motion-activated camera was found Jan. 9, and Gonzalez claimed he installed it because he suspected an employee was using illegal drugs.

The indictment states otherwise: “No such drug investigation was ongoing.”

Indiana Man Dies Year After FBI Seized Incredible Collection of Exotic Artifacts

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Indiana man who amassed an incredible collection of exotic artifacts and became the subject of an FBI probe last year has died.

Don Miller, 91, died Sunday, nearly a year after the FBI seized thousands of artifacts from all over the world, The Indy Star reports. 

The case has been shrouded in mystery since, and no charges or lawsuits were ever filed against Miller.

Even now, the FBI is declining to discuss the case.

But experts say his death could result in a headache for those sorting out which of the artifacts were legally acquired.

“Even just figuring out which ones are illegally possessed in the United States is an enormous task when he’s purchased them over so many years, so you can see why this is such a difficult problem to solve,” said David B. Smith, a Virginia-based attorney with a background in asset forfeiture.

“Without his help, it’s just going to be enormously difficult to figure out which ones he legitimately purchased, which are legal and which ones aren’t,” Smith said. “It’s a huge problem.”