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Planned Parenthood Shooter Claimed Attack Was ‘Last Stand’ Against FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man who killed three people and wounded nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado said he chose the attack to make “my last stand” against the FBI, which he claims has been harassing him for years.

In an interview with KCNC-TV, Robert Lewis Dear said he didn’t plan the Nov. 27 shooting in advance and that the FBI was following him that morning.

Dear claimed that the FBI has been raising him for years, breaking into his home and cutting holes in his clothes.

“I felt like they were going to get me, and so I am going to pick where I am going to make my last stand, and I picked Planned Parenthood because it’s murdering little babies,” Dear said. “Well, when I got there, of course, those guys knew I was armed, knew everything about me. They slither off like snakes and they get the local cops to do their dirty work, so that’s why the shootout was there.”

The FBI couldn’t comment because of a gag order in the case.

Dear said he’s “sane” and “coherent” and has a college degree.

He has been charged with 179 counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and other crimes.

“Well I’m just an honest man and I believe I’m guilty, so I am just going to plead guilty,” he said.

Border Patrol Agent Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Potentially Drugged Minor

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is accused of sexually assaulting a potentially drugged minor, NBC 7 San Diego reports.

Daniel Alfredo Spear, 45, has been arrested and charged with forcible lewd and lascivious acts on an underage person.

Spear is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the probe.

Details of the allegations have not yet been released.

FBI Investigates 4 Cases of Alleged Inmate Abuse at Hands of Guards

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating allegations that guards physically abused inmates at a Jackson County jail.

The Kansas City Star reports that the probe is focused on four recent cases involving male inmates who received injuries ranging from stitches and bruises to a broken neck.

Four guards accused of playing a role in the injuries no longer work at the jail.

Race didn’t appear to play a role, the newspaper reported, because two of the victims were white and two were black.

Jackson County also is investigating.

Family of Dead Former Cop Drops Lawsuit over Alleged FBI Framing

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A trial in federal court ended abruptly Wednesday after a family suing an FBI agent for allegedly framing the late,  ex-cop Gary Engel in a 1984 kidnapping plot,   dropped the lawsuit.

The son of Engel dismissed the suit against retired FBI Agent Robert Buchan on what would have been the third day of the civil trial, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

The decision to drop the suit came after lawyers for the agent said that Engel’s brother was willing to sign an affidavit, saying he had implicated his sibling in the kidnapping.

The brother, Rick, said Engel came home from a trip to Missouri in 1984 and made the admission.

The family, however, reached a $3 million settlement this week with the village of Buffalo Grove, which also was a defendant in the suit. An attorney for the family said the suit was “sufficient justice.”

Engel was sentenced to 90 years for the 1984 case and served 20 years before he was released after it came to light that a key witness against him, Missouri mobster Anthony Mammolito, had been paid $500 by Buffalo Grove police.

The Tribune reported that Engel’s lawsuit against the FBI was pending in October 2012 when he was arrested as part of a plot to kidnap a suburban businessman.

A few days after that arrest, Engel was found hanged in his jail cell.

 

Convicted Gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Asks for Court to Overturn Conviction

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“Whitey” Bulger

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is asking for a new trial, claiming he was given an unfair trial because he was barred from testifying about his contention that he received immunity for his crimes, the Associated Press reports.

Bulger’s attorney Hank Brennan said Bulger should have been permitted to testify that a now-dead federal prosecutor granted him immunity.

“The defendant has that right to testify. There is no shaking that right,” Brennan told a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The government argued that the judge had a right to deny Bulger from testifying about the immunity claim because there was no hard evidence such an agreement existed.

“He chose not to testify,”  Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Kromm said.

FBI Arrests Correction Officers in Beating Death of Rikers Island Inmate

Photo by Tim Rodenberg - Flickr: Rikers Island Jail.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents arrested two New York correction officers Wednesday accused of beating to death a Rikers Island inmate, Newsweek reports.

A pretrial detainee, 52-year-old Ronald Spear, was killed in December 2012 from bunt force trauma to the head.

Agents arrested former officer Brian Coll and officer Byron Taylor.

According to the complaint, Coll “willfully kicked Ronald Spear multiple times in the head while he was restrained, which resulted in injury to Spear.”

Both officers “agreed to make false statements to multiple investigators about the assault of Ronald Spear…in order to cover up the fact that Coll had unlawfully assaulted Spear,” according to the complaint.

New York City settled a wrong death lawsuit in the case for $2.75 million.

Justice Department Blasts DEA for Lax Punishment of Agents Behind Cruel Detainment

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department criticized the DEA for the lax discipline of agents who detained a San Diego college student and left him without food or water for five days, NPR reports. 

Daniel Chong was handcuffed and left in a dark room during the 2012 detention in which he tried to stay hydrated by drinking his own urine.

“What happened to Mr. Chong is unacceptable,” the Justice Department said in a letter released Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The DEA’s failure to impose significant discipline on these employees further demonstrates the need for a systemic review of DEA’s disciplinary process.”

Chong settled with the government for $4.1 million.

“I didn’t stay sane,” he told All Things Considered’s Audie Cornish in May 2012, weeks after his arrest. “Eventually, by the second or third night … I went completely insane and was just trying to get a grip on reality, on what’s happening to me.”

Agents Slapped on Wrist for Placing College Student in Holding Cell for 5 Days with No Water, Food

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DEA agents who left a 23-year-old college student in a holding cell for five days without food or water for allegedly possessing marijuana received a slap on the wrist.

The agents, who said they forgot about Daniel Chong, were reprimanded or received short suspensions, even though the illegally detained student nearly died and drank his own urine to stave off hydration, The Los Angeles Times reports. 

The Justice Department told Congress that “what happened to Mr. Chong is unacceptable” and that “the DEA’s failure to impose significant discipline on these employees further demonstrates the need for a systemic review of DEA’s disciplinary process.”

Chong was left to die, his hands handcuffed behind his back in a windowless cell. Someone even turned off the light halfway through the ordeal.

Chong was hospitalized for four days and sued the DEA, winning a $4.1 million settlement.

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