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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Charged with Federal Crimes at Hospital Bed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors charged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his hospital bed Monday, Reuters reports.

The criminal complaint charges mean Tsarnaev won’t be treated as an enemy combatant.

“We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,”  White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commission.”

Tsarnaev has been unable to speak because of his injuries.

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CBP Supervisor in New York Accused of Possessing Child Porn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A supervisor for Customs and Border Protection in New York is accused of possessing child porn, the Associated Press reports.

The AP wrote that Steven Metz, who has been charged in federal court, is accused of receiving and distributing images and videos of children involved in sexual acts.

Metz, 40, is on administrative leave.

He works in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg.

2 Ex-UAW Officials Get Prison Time for Extorting General Motors

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — So much for above the board negotiations.

Two ex-United Auto Workers officials were sentenced to prison Tuesday in federal court in Detroit for conspiring to extort General Motors during a strike in 1997 at the Pontiac Truck Plant.

Donny Douglas, 70, of Holly, Mich., a former UAW International Servicing Representative was sentenced to 18 months in prison and and Jay Campbell, 70, of Davisburg, Mich., a former UAW Local 594 Chairman, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison. They were convicted in 2006.

Authorities said the two were convicted of conspiring to commit extortion by threatening to extend the 1997 strike at the Pontiac Truck Plant by UAW Local 594 unless General Motors hired two unqualified, non-UAW members who were family members or friends of the defendants as skilled tradesmen.

Authorities said that GM, concerned about the continued financial loss of a strike, hired Campbell’s son and a former UAW Local 594 President’s son-in-law as journeymen even though neither man was a member of the UAW, worked for General Motors, or was qualified for the position.

Blago Sentencing Set for Oct. 6

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Oct. 6 won’t be a pretty day.

That’s the day U.S. District Judge James Zagel of Chicago has set for sentencing for the ever-chatty ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to court records.

In his retrial, Blago was convicted of 17 or 20 counts. He alos faces sentencing for the one count he was convicted of his first trial — laying to the FBI.

At a hearing on Monday Monday’s court hearing, the judge indicated he wasn’t impressed with Blagojevich’s attorneys 158-page filing seeking a new trial. The Chicago Tribune reported that the judge said:

“There doesn’t seem to be anything new,” he said.

Sheldon Sorosky, one of Blagojevich’s attorneys, hinted outside of court the defense at sentencing would raise Blago’s contributions to the state and the fact two daughters depend on him.

“He cared for the ordinary guy,” Sorosky said, according to the Trib.

“Talib Islam” Gets 28 Years in FBI Sting After Trying to Blow Up Fed Courthouse in Ill.


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A man nicknamed the “Talib Islam” was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to attempting to bomb the federal courthouse in Springfield, Ill., in September 2009, authorities said.

Michael C. Finton, 31, a U.S. citizen from Decatur, Ill., was busted in an FBI sting. He was sentenced in East St. Louis, Ill., federal court.

According to the plea agreement and court documents, Finton met on several occasions with someone  he thought was linked to al Qaeda, when in fact the person was an undercover FBI agent.

During a meeting on July 29, 2009, Finton proposed targeting the federal building in Springfield and using two vehicles: the first to do the initial damage, and the second to attack the responders, authorities said.

Finton also suggested that if the bomb was big enough it might also “take out” the office of the congressman across the street from the federal building, authorities said.

Finton admitted traveling on Sept. 23, 2009,  from Decatur to Springfield where he took control of a truck he thought contained a bomb with about one ton of explosives. The the bomb was actually fake.

Finton drove the truck to the Paul Findley Federal Building and Courthouse at 600 East Monroe Street in Springfield, and parked it immediately outside the building and across the street from where a U.S. Congressman had an office.

After Finton parked the van and armed the device, he locked the truck and got into a vehicle with an undercover FBI agent agent whom he believed was associated with the al-Qaeda terrorist organization.

Finton tried using a cell phone to try and detonate the bomb after he and the undercover agent had driven a safe distance away.

“Michael Finton is one of a number of young Americans over the past two years who, under the influence of a radical and violent ideology, have sought to carry out acts of terrorism in the United States,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Todd Hinnen said in a statement.

“Although a coordinated undercover law enforcement investigation thwarted Mr. Finton’s plot to destroy the federal courthouse in Springfield, this case underscores the need to remain vigilant against the threat posed by homegrown extremism.”

Disney Secretary Sentenced for Leaking Insider Financial Info

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Disneyland is normally associated with fun and happiness.

Well, ex-Disney secretary Bonnie Hoxie is anything but happy.

A tearful Hoxie was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to four months of home confinement — she could have gotten 4 to 10 months in prison — for leaking inside financial information about Disney to her boyfriend, the New York Daily News reported.

The paper reported that she told the judge she was “blindsided by love” and fell for a phony Prince Charming who ended up getting busted after trying to peddle the insider info to an undercover FBI agent posing as a hedge-fund executive.

“It was completely irresponsible; it was completely bad judgment,” Hoxie, according to the Daily News.

Cross Burnings — Symbols of Hate — Know No Boundaries

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Cross burnings which once symbolized the pervasive racism in parts of the South decades ago, is apparently not a thing of the past, and apparently knows no boundaries.

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced that Michael Francis Bealonis,19, of Robinson, Pa. pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to burning a 6-foot cross in November 2009 in the backyard of someone in his neighborhood.

Bealonis pleaded guilty to burning the cross at the home of a family that had three minor children, one of whom was an adopted African American.

“This teen used an unmistakable symbol of bigotry and hate to threaten a family with violence simply because the race of a child,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.” These incidents have no place in our country, and they are a reminder of the civil rights challenges we still face today.”

Sentencing is set for May 25.

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2 Philly Cops to Plead Guilty in DEA Undercover Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two of three Philly cops busted in an undercover DEA sting last summer are expected to plead guilty Monday, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Cops Robert Snyder, 30, of South Philadelphia, and James Venziale, 32, of the Far Northeast, are scheduled to enter pleas before U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III, the paper reported. The cops, along with a third cop, Mark Williams, have all been dismissed from the department.

The cops were charged with plotting to steal 300 grams of heroin from a drug dealer, the paper reported.

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