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Blago Defense Asks Judge to Dismiss his Conviction

Ex-Gov. Blago while in office/official photo

Ex-Gov. Blago while in office/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Just when you thought you’d get a break from some Rod Blagojevich news.

The latest: The Chicago Tribune reports that the ex-Illinois governor’s lawyers have asked the judge who presided over the trial to dismiss the one conviction for lying to the FBI.

The Tribune reports that the lawyers filed a motion claiming the conviction was the result of a “plethora of errors”. Blago was convicted on only one of 24 counts. The jury deadlocked on the remainder.

The defense claims prosecutors served up an overly complicated case that confused jurors, and the judge limited the defense during trial at every turn.

“To be sure, the burden was on the government and the defendant had no obligation to put on a case,” the defense motion said, according to the Tribune. “However, the defendant’s fundamental right to defend himself through cross-examination was stomped upon by obstructionist (and continuous) objections that were sustained by the Court.”

FBI Arrests Chicago Cop For Lying to Agents

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Chicago cop Victor Brown found himself on the wrong side of the law Monday when he was arrested by the FBI and internal affairs.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Brown, 36, faces charges of lying to FBI agents about taking cash from another cop in exchange for a promise that he could influence the  Chicago Police Board in a discipline matter. The other cop was wired and was working for FBI.

The Tribune reported that Brown allegedly  took a total of $4,500 in payments in 2008 and 2009. Brown promised he could take care of things for $10,000.

At one point, during a meeting, the cop working with the FBI showed up with no money, the Trib reported. Brown wasn’t happy.

“I’m going to tell (the Police Board) you showed up and you said you ain’t got nothing today, and they gonna do whatever they do,” Brown was quoted as saying, according to the paper. “You made promises you don’t keep,” he added later.

During one conversation, the undercover officer asked Brown for a receipt for a payment, according to the complaint, the paper reported.

“Who in the (expletive) is gonna give you a (expletive) receipt for some (expletive) they doin’ they ain’t supposed to?” Brown allegedly said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason released  Brown on his own recognizance. However, he cannot carry his gun.

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Cleveland DEA Agent Goes on Trial Jan. 6 on Charges of Perjury and Obstruction of Justice in One Heck of a Mess

clevelandBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s never pretty when fed prosecutors go after a federal agent.

But that’s what will happen Jan. 6 in Cleveland when trial is slated to begin for Drug Enforcement Administration agent  Lee Lucas, a 19 year veteran, on charges he lied on the witness stand, made false statements in official reports, obstructed justice and violated people’s civil rights, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The case includes allegations that he oversaw a rogue witnesses who helped put away innocent people. Lucas has denied doing anything criminal.

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El Paso FBI Agent Indicted on Charges of Selling Weapons Without a License and Lying

Not a good idea to break the law, particularly when you’re an FBI agent. Not only do you get jammed up in the legal system, but it becomes fodder for news organizations. And oh yes, there’s always a good chance you’re going to lose your job.

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By Adriana M. Chávez
El Paso Times
EL PASO, Tex — An FBI agent accused of buying and selling weapons and ammunition without a license, then lying about it, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury.

John Thomas Shipley, 39, was charged with one count of dealing firearms without a license, four counts of causing a firearms dealer to maintain false records and one count of making a false statement to federal authorities.

FBI officials in El Paso said Shipley has been suspended without pay since March, but they would not say how long he has been an agent.

The indictment alleges that he bought and sold weapons and ammunition on the Internet from January 2005 to May 2008.

He is accused of posting firearms for sale more than 200 times.

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Baseball Shortstop Miguel Tejada Gets Probaton for Lying to Congress

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As expected, and as recommended by the prosecution, Miguel Tejada got probation. It’s probably the right call this time.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada today was sentenced to one year of probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for lying to Congress about his knowledge of performance-enhancing drug use in baseball.

Tejada, 34, pleaded guilty last month to making a misrepresentation to Congress, admitting that he lied to congressional staffers during an interview in a Baltimore hotel room in 2005 that focused on the prevalence of steroids in the game.

Tejada apologized for his actions during brief hearing this morning in the District’s federal courthouse. “I take full responsibility,” he said. “I apologize to the Congress and to the court and especially to the kids.”

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Fed Prosecutors Ask that Judge Balk at Jail in Case of Shortstop Miguel Tejada

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Miguel Tejada/webchannel4.com

It’s not every day the government recommends probation. In this case, it seems reasonable and it shows some compassion on the part of the government.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors yesterday told a judge that former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada should be sentenced to probation for lying to Congress about his knowledge of performance-enhancing drug use in baseball.

Tejada, 34, pleaded guilty last month to making a misrepresentation to Congress, admitting that he lied to congressional staffers during an interview in a Baltimore hotel room in 2005 that focused on the prevalence of steroids in the game.

Federal guidelines call for a sentence of probation to six months in jail. Under Tejada’s plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to oppose a sentence at the low end of the guideline range. In recommending a sentence of probation and community service for the Houston Astros infielder, prosecutors wrote in court papers filed yesterday that Tejada has no criminal record, has a steady job and “has expressed appropriate remorse and contrition for this offense.”

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Former Orioles Shortstop Miguel Tejada Charged With Lying to Congressional Investigators


The charges come as the feds continue to look into Roger Clemens and his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Tejada, who now plays for the Houston Astros, is expected to plead guilty.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Dave Sheinin
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada was charged today with lying to Congressional investigators about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
Federal prosecutors accused Tejada of making misrepresentations to Congressional staffers during an interview in a Baltimore hotel room focusing on the prevalence of steroids in the game.
The charge came in “a criminal information,” a document that can only be filed with the defendant’s consent and usually signals a plea deal is near. Tejada, who now plays for the Houston Astros, is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Washington, court officials said.
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