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Archive for February 16th, 2016

IRS Agent in Seattle Convicted of Bribery

IRS

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After three days of deliberations, a federal jury in Seattle last week convicted an IRS  agent of soliciting and accepting a bribe.

Paul G. Hurley, 43, of Seattle,  was convicted on two felony counts on Friday. Sentencing is set for May 13.

According to testimony at trial and records filed in the case, authorities said that Hurley in the summer of  2015 was randomly assigned to audit the corporate taxes of Have a Heart Compassion Care, Inc., a medical marijuana dispensary.

During a meeting at one of the dispensary locations, Hurley presented the owner with the findings of the audit and said he had saved him  “millions” during the audit,  and he lived paycheck to paycheck, according to a press release.

Hurley asked the owner for $20,000.

The business owner and his attorney reported the solicitation of a bribe to the FBI.

Working with the FBI, the business owner met twice with Hurley and recorded conversations and delivered cash in marked bills, authorities said.  Some of the cash was seized when Hurley was arrested following the second meeting with the business owner.

 

 

Ex-D.C. Homicide Commander Questions the Way Death of Justice Scalia Was Handled

Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead over the weekend at a west Texas ranch, he reportedly had a pillow over his head.

Now, the conspiracy theories are cropping up.

Sari Horowitz and Lena Sun of the Washington Post report that a former D.C. homicide commander is raising questions about how the death was handled by local and federal authorities.

“As a former homicide commander, I am stunned that no autopsy was ordered for Justice Scalia,” William O. Ritchie, former head of criminal investigations for D.C. police, wrote in a post on Facebook on Sunday.

The Post writes:

Scalia was found dead in his room at a luxury hunting resort in the state’s Big Bend region by the resort’s owner. It took hours for authorities to find a justice of the peace. When they did, Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes without seeing the body — which is permissible under Texas law — and without ordering an autopsy.

On Sunday, the U.S. Marshals Service, which provides security for Supreme Court justices, said that Scalia had declined a security detail while at the ranch, so marshals were not present when he died. When the marshals were notified, deputy marshals from the Western District of Texas went to the scene, the service said in a statement.

Guevara said she declared Scalia dead based on information from law enforcement officials on the scene, who assured her that “there were no signs of foul play.” She also spoke to Scalia’s doctor, who told her that the justice had been to see him Wednesday and Thursday last week for a shoulder injury and that he had ordered an MRI for Scalia, according to WFAA-TV in Dallas. The 79-year-old justice also suffered from several chronic conditions, Guevara said. She said she was awaiting a statement from the physician to complete Scalia’s death certificate.

Ritchie writes:

“You have a Supreme Court Justice who died, not in attendance of a physician. You have a non-homicide trained US Marshal tell the justice of peace that no foul play was observed. You have a justice of the peace pronounce death while not being on the scene and without any medical training opining that the justice died of a heart attack. What medical proof exists of a myocardial Infarction? Why not a cerebral hemorrhage?”

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FBI: Premature to Conclude Motive of Machete Attack at Ohio Diner

columbus ohioBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The machete-wielding man who attacked diners at an Ohio restaurant was from Guinea, the FBI said.

But the bureau said it’s premature to discuss the motives behind the Thursday attack in Columbus, the Associated Press reports.

Mohamed Barry, 30, was shot and killed by a policeman.

Police said they contacted the local terrorism task force based on information about the registration of Berry’s car.

Four people were injured in the attack.

FBI Expects to Collect Evidence at Oregon Wildlife Refuge for Several Weeks

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Now that the 41-day standoff is over at the Oregon wildlife refuge, the FBI is sorting through evidence at the scene as the town of Burns is eager for life to return to normal.

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has turned into a crime scene at a time when land managers must prepare to open the 300-square-mile area that attracts hunters, birdwatchers and anglers, the Associated Press reports. 

The FBI expects to spend the next several weeks collecting evidence and clearing the crime scene. After that, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will being cleaning the site to prepare for the busy summer season.

“People need to heal,” said Linda Gainer, owner of The Narrows restaurant and RV park, which is just a few miles from the refuge. “I didn’t have any people say, ‘I’ll never be your friend again.’ But we did have crappy emails. I’m hoping the birders come back.”

ICE Employees Complain of Pervasive Discrimination, Mismanagement, Harassment

ICE logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The union representing ICE employees is asking the agency’s Office of Inspector General to investigate allegations of discrimination, mismanagement and harassment from top officials.

“We’ve begged ICE leadership to intervene but they refuse to clean up the agency,” Felix Luciano, a local president of the union in San Diego, said in a PR News Wire release. “If you’re a pregnant female, a veteran, a union representative, or person of color, you’re a target of ICE managers.”

The issues are so pervasive, the union argued, that ICE employees filed 18 discrimination suits in just San Diego.

“Union and non-union employees agree: ICE is a horrific place to work,” said Chris Crane, National President of the union representing ICE employees.

“Mission readiness falls apart when leadership fails, and morale hits rock bottom,” Crane said. “Discrimination, harassment and retaliation are a part of everyday life for ICE employees. Our managers act more like thugs than public servants entrusted to manage ICE’s critical public safety and national security missions.”

Crane said the pervasive issues are causing morale to continue to decline.

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