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Archive for July 7th, 2016

Legal Ethics Professor Blasts Comey, Calls Email Press Conference ‘Out of Line’

Professor Stephen Gillers

Professor Stephen Gillers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A professor of legal ethics at N.Y.U. School of Law blasted FBI Director James B. Comey for holding a press conference on Tuesday and delivering “his verdict on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.”

In a letter to editor at the New York Times on Thursday, Professor Stephen Gillers wrote that the press conference was “was out of line.”

He went on to write: 

The F.B.I. is neither judge nor jury. And it certainly has no business characterizing the noncriminal conduct of subjects of investigation, as Mr. Comey did. Cops, even top cops, should not play this role.

While it may gratify the country to hear Mr. Comey’s independent views on the server controversy, his press briefing sets a bad precedent that can harm the fair administration of justice. Few people under investigation have the resources Mrs. Clinton has to defend herself.

True, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she would accept the recommendation of Mr. Comey and career prosecutors, but that was not a license for the director to go public. Furthermore, even if Ms. Lynch had given Mr. Comey the sole authority to decide whether to indict Mrs. Clinton, that’s all he should have decided.

Once a decision is made not to indict, a prosecuting agency should say nothing more. Its job is to prosecute crime, and if there is no crime, it should remain silent.

 

DEA Not Surprised After 17 Heroin Overdoses in Akron, Ohio in 24 Hours

800px-HeroinBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Heroin continues to claim lives at unprecedented rates.

In the city of Akron, Ohio, 17 people overdosed on heroin, and one died, in a 24-hour period, WWJ reports.

Special Agent Rich Isaacson, of the DEA’s Detroit field division, said the trend is startling.

“It’s a huge problem in Akron, Ohio but it’s also a huge problem across the United States,” said Issacson. “There is not a community in southeast Michigan that hasn’t been hit hard by the opiate abuse problems, that’s including pain killers, like hydrcodone and oxycodone products as well as heroin.”

Isaacson said news of deaths don’t usually stop users.

“On occasion when there’s talk of heroin overdose deaths – or a series of heroin overdose deaths; sometimes as counter-intuitive as it sounds – that actually sounds attractive to a heroin addict because they know that if that heroin caused the death of another user, that must have been pretty strong heroin,” Issacson said.

The heroin epidemic is being blamed on the ubiquity of pain medicine.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Background Checks Surge in June After Mass Shooting in Orlando

gunBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Americans are buying more guns in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings.

Following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, gun sale surged in June, CNN reports. 

The FBI conducted more than 2.1 million background checks in June 2016. By comparison, the FBI conducted 1.5 million background checks in June 2015.

The FBI is on track to eclipse last year’s record for background checks.

In the first half of this year, the FBI conducted 13.8 million background checks, compared to 23.1 million for all of last year.

FBI’s Reputation Continues to Crumble with Clinton Probe: Glenn Reynolds

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Glenn Harlan Reynolds
USA Today

“I’d rather have a sister in a whorehouse than a brother in the FBI.” That quote from Alabama Securities Commissioner Thomas Krebs appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal in 1980, referencing the feds’ unwillingness to go after financial criminals. But it’s a sentiment that could be shared by a lot of people given the FBI’s recent record.

Bureau Director James Comey’s news conference, in which he laid out an extended record of misconduct by Hillary Clinton but then announced that he wouldn’t recommend prosecuting her, was just the latest in a series of very visible FBI failures.

The FBI had interviewed Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, after being warned by the Russian government that he was a threat, but still did nothing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured as a result. The FBI also investigated in advance but failed to prevent mass killings by Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and Arkansas shooter Carlos Bledsoe.

The FBI made a “mistake” in the background check for mass shooter Dylann Roof, Comey has said. Roof should have been prevented from buying the .45-caliber weapon used in Charleston, S.C., in what officials called a hate crime. The political repercussions of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church led South Carolina to remove the Confederate battle flag from its statehouse grounds last year. Said Comey, “The thought that an error on our part is connected to this guy’s purchase of a gun that he used to slaughter these good people is very painful to us.”

It was also painful to the families of the nine people who were killed.

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Federal Investigators Take Over Investigation of Shooting Death of Baton Rouge Man

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are taking over the probe of the shooting death of a Baton Rouge man.

City and state officials said they support the decision because it will provide more transparency, People.com reports. 

Sterling was shot by police as he appeared to be pinned down by officers.

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating.

“An altercation between Sterling and the officers ensued,” according to an earlier statement from Baton Rouge police. “Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene.”

A 48-second video taken by a witness has circulated online, igniting anger over another black man killed by police.