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Lengel: The Terrible Message President Obama is Sending About ATF and the U.S. Marshals Service

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Imagine if you will, if there was an interim director of the FBI and President Barack Obama announced that he wasn’t going to bother nominating the interim director to a permanent post because he didn’t want to expend the political capital and energy.

Imagine the message that would send: Presumably that the FBI wasn’t worth the trouble, that it wasn’t worth the effort, that it wasn’t really that important of a law enforcement agency.

Well, The Hill newspaper reports that Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the President wasn’t going to nominate U.S. Marshals Service Acting Director David Harlow nor interim ATF head Thomas Brandon for a Senate confirmation. That means both will be deputy directors.

It not only sends a message to the agencies and its workers that “you’re not that important,” it also sends the same message to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who set their budgets, and to the public at large.

The U.S. Marshals Service transports prisoners, hunts fugitives and protects federal courthouses and judges. Sounds pretty important to me.

ATF enforces our gun laws and investigates explosions. That also sounds pretty important.

Interestingly, at a time when President Barack Obama is shouting from the mountain tops about the importance of cracking down on gun violence, he’s whispering behind closed doors that ATF, which could help in the battle,  is not a very high priority to him.

President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch need to step up and defend their law enforcement agencies.

It’s the right thing to do.

Atty. Gen. Holder Issues Hiring Freeze for Justice Dept.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. has issued a memo calling for a temporary hiring freeze for all Justice Department employees at least until spring, saying the federal government is “facing unprecedented budget challenges”, ABC News reported.

“I anticipate revisiting the Department’s hiring and staff situation in the spring, once we know our likely full-year funding level,” Holder wrote in the Jan. 21 memo, according to ABC’s Jason Ryan. The Justice Department includes prosecutors, support staff and agents from the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Marshals Service.

Holder said he hoped the steps would “allow us to avoid more severe future measures, such as staff furloughs.”

“While we do not yet know what actions will be taken to fund the Justice Department for the remainder of the fiscal year (FY) which ends September 30, 2011, there is a realistic prospect that the Department will have to operate for the entire fiscal year at last year’s levels,” the memo continued. “This presents significant budget challenges as the cost of our operations and staffing is considerably higher this year.”

“The Justice Department’s budget request for the current fiscal year included a 5.4 percent funding increase, with over 2,800 employees being added to department’s workforce.

“This week, I issued a memorandum to all Component Heads outlining the financial measures that we need to take to ensure the Department can operate through FY 2011 within our budget. Given the Department’s vast size and broad responsibilities, the financial restrictions that I announced will be difficult but given our funding constraints are required.

“One of the measures that I announced was a temporary freeze on hiring. I also directed that components curtail non-personnel spending unless it is necessary for essential operations.”

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Some of Swindler Bernie Madoff’s Possessions Go Up for Auction Saturday

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The spoils of swindler Bernie Madoff and his wife go up for auction Saturday in New York.

His black velveteen slippers, an emerald cut 10.5-carat diamond ring, other jewelry and furniture are up for grabs, the New York Daily News reports.

Auctioneers at Gaston & Sheehan will handle the sale, which will be online and at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan starting at 10 a.m.

Jennifer Crane of the U.S. Marshals Service asset forfeiture unit, who was inside Madoff’s upper East Side penthouse after his December 2008 arrest, told the Daily News:

“He was extremely meticulous. Everything was folded beautifully, every drawer you opened up was perfectly organized. It wasn’t what I expected.”

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Marshals Say Az Esacapee and Accomplice May Have Changed Look

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John McCluskey/marshal photo

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How McCluskey might look

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Arizona prison escapee John Charles McCluskey and his companion Casslyn Welch have changed their appearance, the U.S. Marshals Service said Wednesday.

The Marshals Service issued a statement Wednesday saying that  McCluskey now has black hair and a beard and Welch has dyed her hair blonde.

The Marshals Service said investigators have been focusing their hunt in Western Montana and Southwest Canada.

McCluskey, 45, Tracy Province,42, and Daniel Renwick, 35, escaped from the Arizona State Prison in Kingman on July 30. Authorities believe Casslyn Welch, 43, assisted them in the escape.  U.S. Marshals had received tips that McCluskey and Welch were sighted east of Glacier National Park near the Canadian border.

On Aug. 1, Renwick was arrested in Rifle, Colo. after a brief car chase and firing a gun at police. Tracy Province was captured Monday in Wyoming after a woman in a church recognized him from television news broadcasts.

Authorities suspect  the escapees may have been responsible for the murders of an elderly couple at a campground in Santa Rosa, Calif.


Security For Federal Judges Improves

us-marshall2Good news for federal judges who put their lives on the line going up against some of the nation’s toughest criminals and angry litigants who can get unhinged. Protection has improved. Not long ago the Marshal Service was under attack for not promptly investigating threats against judges.

Matthew Barakat
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Four years after the husband and mother of a federal judge were murdered in their home by a disgruntled litigant, federal marshals have dramatically increased resources dedicated to judicial security to keep pace with an increased number of threats.

At a ceremony Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service highlighted the new efforts to protect federal judges and prosecutors. Since September 2007, the work has been coordinated out of a secure Threat Management Center at its headquarters in Crystal City.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow of Chicago prodded Congress to increase funding for security after her husband and mother were killed in 2005 by an unemployed electrician whose lawsuit had been thrown out. She had also received death threats from a white supremacist.

Judge Lefkow said at the ceremony that judicial security is “so much improved over what it was before. … I can only hope this will prevent another incident such as ours.”

The ceremony formally dedicated the Threat Management Center’s conference room in Judge Lefkow’s name and in memory of her husband, Michael Lefkow, and mother, Donna Humphrey.

The Marshals Service said its judicial security efforts have improved significantly the past few years, thanks in part to millions of dollars in new funding from Congress.
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