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Man Who Jumped White House Fence Charged with Assaulting Four-Legged Officers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who jumped the White House fence and kicked a Secret Service K-9 in the snout and punched another of the agency’s dog was charged with felonies in the attacks.

The New York Times reports that felony charge were filed against Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Maryland, for assaulting law enforcement officers. In this case, the victims were Jordan and Hurricane.

“All that’s hurt on the dog is its pride,” a uniformed Secret Service officer said Thursday afternoon as he stood guard outside the White House. “If you got kicked in the snout, your pride would be hurt too.”

The dogs stopped the fence jumper after some embarrassing security blunders in the past few months.

The dogs were taken to a veterinarian for treatment of minor injuries.

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TSA Agent Arrested on Felony Charges of Manufacturing, Selling Drugs in South Florida

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent in South Florida has been arrested on felony charges of manufacturing and selling drugs from her home, South Florida 6 reports.

During a search of Latwana Daniels’ home, authorities said they found 111 grams of cocaine and 39 grams of marijuana. They also found scales and materials to make crack cocaine near her TSA uniforms, investigators said.

Also recovered was a loaded Beretta PX4 handgun, which investigators said wasn’t secured from her four children.

Neighbor Ismael Morales expressed shock.

“I come and see a lot of cops there,” Morales said. “Over here we never see something like that.”

D.C. Businessman Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal, D.C. Campaign Finance Laws

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A D.C. businessman pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges in connection with secretly channeling more than $3.3 million in illegal campaign donations to at least 28 political campaigns, the FBI announced.

Jeffrey E. Thompson, 58, pleaded built to two conspiracy charges – conspiring to violate federal campaign finance laws and failure to comply with D.C. laws government campaign finances.

A Sentencing date was not set.

“Election after election, Jeff Thompson huddled behind closed doors with corrupt candidates, political operatives, and businessmen, devising schemes to funnel millions of dollars of corporate money into local and federal elections,” U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said. “Today’s guilty plea pulls back the curtain on years of widespread corruption. With Mr. Thompson’s cooperation, we have the opportunity to hold many wrongdoers accountable and to usher in a new era of honesty, integrity, and transparency in D.C. politics.”

Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Helping Smuggle Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol Agent Ivhan Herrera-Chiang had one major job – stop criminals from smuggling drugs.

But Herrera exploited his position to help smugglers bring meth, cocaine and marijuana into the U.S., the Arizona Central reports.

On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on four felony counts of bribery.

“You have done about the worst thing a law-enforcement agent could do, especially a Border Patrol agent, and that is passed confidential information” to criminal organizations, U.S. District Judge Paul Rosenblatt said during a sentencing hearing in Phoenix.

Herrara even helped smugglers find their way around underground sensors and lock combinations.

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Nullification: How States Are Making It a Felony to Enforce Federal Gun Laws

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica
In mid-April, Kansas passed a law asserting that federal gun regulations do not apply to guns made and owned in Kansas. Under the law, Kansans could manufacture and sell semi-automatic weapons in-state without a federal license or any federal oversight.

Kansas’ “Second Amendment Protection Act” backs up its states’ rights claims with a penalty aimed at federal agents: when dealing with “Made in Kansas” guns, any attempt to enforce federal law is now a felony. Bills similar to Kansas’ law have been introduced in at least 37 other states. An even broader bill is on the desk of Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. That bill would exempt any gun owned by an Alaskan from federal regulation. In Missouri, a bill declaring federal gun laws “null and void” passed by an overwhelming majority in the state house, and is headed for debate in the senate.

Mobilizing the pre-Civil-War doctrine of “nullification,” these bills assert that Congress has overstepped its ability to regulate guns — and that states, not the Supreme Court, have the ultimate authority to decide whether a law is constitutional or not.

The head of the Kansas’s State Rifle Association, an affiliate of the National Rifle Association, says she put the bill together and found it a sponsor. While the NRA regularly lauds passages of states’ gun-rights laws, it stayed silent on Kansas’ law, and, so far, has kept a low profile on nullification. (The group did not respond to our requests for comment.)

Many observers see nullification bills as pure political theater, “the ultimate triumph of symbolism over substance,” as UCLA law Professor Adam Winkler put it. He said he doubts the laws will ever be enforced, and, if they are, expects them to be struck down by the courts.

Winkler and others say nullification laws violate the Constitution, which makes federal law “the supreme law of the land…anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.” Indeed, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter last week to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, asserting that Kansas’ law is “unconstitutional.” (Brownback, who signed the bill into law, did not immediately respond to our requests for comment.)

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California Champions Bill to Protect Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While Arizona and Alabama impose tough crackdowns on illegal immigration, California lawmakers are creating a bill that would protect many illegal immigrants, Reuters reports.

California lawmakers are crafting a bill that would bar local police from referring a detainee to immigration officials unless he or she has been convict of a serious felony.

“California cannot afford to become another Arizona,” said California Assembly member Tom Ammiano, the bill’s sponsor, according to Reuters.

Critics of the crackdowns in Alabama and Arizona say they lead to unconstitutional racial profiling.

California Councilman Bribed Owner of Marijuana Dispensary

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Santa Fe Springs Councilman accepted $11,500 in bribes from a marijuana dispensary owner who was working as an FBI informant, according to a plea agreement released Thursday, the L.A. Times reports.

In the latest example of corruption in a Los Angeles County town, the case against Councilman Joseph Serrano Sr. alleges he sought monthly payments of up to $1,6000 in exchange for helping the pot shop survive bureaucratic threats.

Court records say Serrano was desperate to make his mortgage payments.

Under the plea agreement, Serrano will plead guilty to one felony count of bribery.

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3 Convictions for Violation of Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Fourteen years after its namesake’s murders, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is being used to hold three men accountable for hate-fueled violence in Houston.

Three defendants flush with white-supremacist tattoos were convicted Monday in Texas of hate crimes for the violent beating of an African-American man. The assault, which involved kicking and punching in the face, head and body, occurred while the victim waited for a bus in Houston in 2011, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Under Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, enacted in 2009, the assailants face up to 10 years in prison.

“We hope today’s convictions send a powerful public message,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris. “The Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is a tool the FBI will use to aggressively investigate and prosecute hate crimes as felony offenses.”

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