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Archive for May 21st, 2015

Man Convinces Jury He Was Drunk, Not Intent on Assaulting Border Patrol Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Shawn Miguel acknowledged he hit a parked Border Patrol truck with his mom’s pickup truck, narrowly missing an agent.

But the 36-year-old’s attorney was able to convince a jury that his client struck the Border Patrol truck because he was drunk, not because he was trying to assault an agent, the Arizona Republic reports. 

Miguel was facing 20 years in prison for assault.

After Miguel struck the agent’s truck, the agent fired his weapon at Miguel, striking him in the face and injuring a passenger.

Miguel and his passenger have filed a civil suit.

1 of FBI’s Most Wanted Criminals Was Hiding Along Appalachin Trail

James Hammes was captured.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s most wanted criminals often spent time along the Appalachian Trail, befriended hikers and traveled with a woman whom he called his wife, the Dispatch reports.

A hiker who met a bedraggled, friendly man along the trail last year was watching “American Greed” several months ago when the program featured his hiking companion, fugitive James T. Hammes, who faces 75 charges, including 37 counts of money laundering.

“Nicest guy ever,” the hiker told The Dispatch on Tuesday.

The Mississippi man called authorities, who managed to track down Hammes.

Columnist: Justice Department Must Start Jailing Criminal Bankers

 

By Laurence Kotlikoff
Forbes Contributor

People of little means in our country are routinely being incarcerated for minor crimes. Meanwhile, big-time criminals engaging in major financial crimes that effectively involve the theft of billions of dollars from the public aren’t being prosecuted. Today we learned of yet another huge settlement by five of the largest banks operating in our country. The list includes JP Morgan, Citigroup, Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland,and UBS.

Each of these banks admitted to engaging in criminal activity. But banks don’t commit crimes. People working for banks commit crime. And when people working for banks commit crime, it’s the responsibility of our Justice Department to indict them. If our Justice Department can’t figure this out, the personnel running our Justice Department need to be fired. That’s the President’s job. So the big question here — today’s fine is $5.6 billions, so we can say the billion dollar question here is why the President continues to give Wall Street criminals a pass?

Does his political party need Wall Street contributions this much? I voted for President Obama, but this truly makes me sick to my stomach. The same is surely true of any decent American reading this article. And this is not just a matter of elemental justice. It’s also vital to the economy’s future well being. We are operating a faith-based banking system with full opacity. No one can learn how his money is really being used or misused. The government, which should be heavily involved in fully disclosing on a real-time basis what each financial corporation owns and owes is doing nothing of the kind. Instead, the Dodd-Frank bill has not only left faith-based banking in full swing. But it’s also permitted banks to continue operating with extremely high levels of leverage.

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Feds Nab Dozens of Crips in New Jersey; 1 Charged with Plotting to Kill FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Members of a violent criminal street gang in New Jersey were arrested after federal authorities said at least one of them was plotting to murder an FBI plot, WABC reports.

A state, local and federal investigation culminated in the arrests of 71 people allegedly connected to the Grape Street Crips gang. The charges range from drug distribution to weapons offenses.

Authorities said one of the gang members, Corey Batts, plotted to kill an FBI agent while behind bars. He captured photos of the agent from the prison library and sent them to his “cousin,” but prison officials intercepted.

“As this investigation demonstrates, the New Jersey Grape Street Crips are allegedly one of the largest and most dangerous street gangs in Newark as well as a prolific narcotics trafficking organization that floods the streets New Jersey with heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. “The narcotics activities that the gang and its associates allegedly engage in directly affect the quality of life of law-abiding citizens who reside in cities and suburbs of northern New Jersey.”

DEA Agents Busted Lying About Secret Ownership of Strip Club

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two DEA workers are accused of secretly running a strip club in New Jersey and then lying about their ownership interests during national security background checks.

The New York Times reports that the officials were David Polos, who most recently served as an assistant special agent in charge, and Glen Lover, a civilian employee. They are charged with one count of making false statements and face up to five years in prison.

During the background checks, the men said they did not have ownership interests in the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge.

The men had “important and sensitive”  jobs, said Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“They also had other secret jobs,” he added, “which they concealed from D.E.A. in order to maintain their national security clearance, betraying the oaths they had taken and creating needless risk for the agency they worked for.”