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Utah Man Accused of Threatening to Blow Up FBI Office After Making 112 Calls

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Utah man really wanted the FBI’s attention.

Robert Zickella, 49, is accused of calling the FBI in St. George at least 112 times over several days, threatening agents and threatening to blow up the bureau’s office, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Zickella is being held in the Purgatory Correctional Facility on a $10,000 bond

What remains unclear is why Zickella threatened the FBI and hounded agents.

Ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay Gets 3 Years in Prison; Remains Free On $10,000 Bond

Ex-Rep. Tom DeLay

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The once powerful U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who had been under FBI investigation in  connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal,  but was never charged,  was sentenced  in state court Monday in Austin, Tex., to three years in prison for a scheme in which he illegally helped funnel corporate contributions to Republican Texas legislative candidates, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that DeLay remained defiant to the end, denying wrongdoing. He was jailed for three hours before he posted a $10,000 bond. He will remain free pending an appeal that could potentially take years.

“Everything I did was covered by accountants and lawyers telling me what I had to do to stay within the law,” the ex-House majority leader said in court. “I can’t be remorseful for something I don’t think I did.”

AP reported that Senior Judge Pat Priest disagreed with DeLay, saying those who write laws should be bound by them.

DeLay had been convicted in November of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money launder for using a political action committee to illegally send corporate donations to Texas House candidates in 2002, AP reported.

The FBI and Justice Department had investigated DeLay in connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal. DeLay was never charged, but two of his political aides pleaded guilty in the case.

Surprise: Detroit Judge Orders Militia Members Free on Bond

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

Hutaree members/southern poverty law center photo

UPDATE: The Judge late Monday granted a request by the U.S. Attorney  to delay until Wednesday at 5 p.m. the release of the  suspects to give the government time to decide whether to appeal her ruling, the Detroit Free Press reported.
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a ruling that raises some questions about strength of the government’s case, a federal judge in Detroit on Monday ordered that nine members of Michigan based-Christian militia called the Hutaree be freed on bond. The members were accused of plotting to kill cops.

“The United States is correct that it need not wait until the people are killed before it arrests conspirators,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said in a 36-page written order. “But defendants are also correct: their right to engage in hate-filled, venomous speech, is a right that deserves First Amendment protection.

“The Court’s own Pretrial Services Agency, which makes bond recommendations, concluded that but for the seriousness of the offenses charged, the defendants are all people it would normally recommend for release on bond.”

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