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Key Player in Russia Probe Cited for Misconduct As a Former Prosecutor

Greg Bower, FBI's top liaison for Congress during probe of Russia.

Greg Bower, FBI’s top liaison for Congress during probe of Russia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Greg Bower, a former top prosecutor who currently is the FBI’s top liaison with Congress during its investigation into Russian election meddling, has been cited for misconduct in an 8-year-old sex discrimination case.

While Bower was in charge of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada from January 2008 to October 2009, a former female prosecutor was subjected to sexual discrimination and retaliation, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

An administrative judge said Brower acted hostilely toward a prosecutor after she alleged he had made a sexist comment.

“While acts of discrimination and retaliation are no doubt common within the federal service, it is extremely rare to see such a finding against the U.S. attorney’s office, which is charged with upholding the laws of this country,” said Las Vegas attorney Adam Levine, who has represented clients in the federal equal employment opportunity process. “If any agency should be aware of the prohibition against retaliation, it is the U.S. attorney’s office.”

Then-FBI Director James Comey hired Bower as deputy counsel last year.

FBI Won’t Follow Nevada’s New Gun Control Law, Saying It’s Unenforceable

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A voter-approved measure in Nevada to require more gun background checks isn’t enforceable, says the FBI and Nevada’s attorney general. 

Under the measure, which was supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1, gun transactions between private citizens must involve federal screenings through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

But according to the Washington Times, the FBI won’t conduct the checks. 

In a letter to state officials, the FBI said the state is tasked with background checks and the ballot initiative’s approval “cannot dictate how federal resources are applied.”

The measure prohibits the state from conducting the background checks involving private sales.

“It is manifestly unjust to criminally penalize someone for failing to perform an act that is impossible to perform,” Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a Republican, wrote in an opinion Wednesday deeming the ballot initiative unenforceable. “Despite its intent to merely regulate the transfer or sale of firearms between private parties, because it is impossible to perform the background checks as required by the Act, the Act now unconditionally prohibits such transactions under the threat of criminal prosecution for conduct that was formerly lawful and routine.”

FBI Monitored Burning Man Festival in Nevada Desert, Records Show

Burning Man festival/via Wikipedia

Burning Man festival/via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New documents reveal that the FBI has monitored the annual Burning Man festival as tens of thousands of people gathered in the Nevada desert, Reuters reports. 

MuckRock.com acquired records that show agents joined artists, musicians and other revelers during the festival in 2010 and concluded that crowd control and illegal drugs were a big concern at the festival in northern Nevada.

The FBI wouldn’t comment on the records.

The records show that the bureau estimated that about 50,000 people turned out.

“The greatest known threat in this event is crowd control issues and use of illegal drugs by the participants,” said an FBI document on the festival posted to MuckRock.com.

Man Awaiting Death Penalty for Shooting FBI Agent Is Ordered Released from Prison

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A man convicted in the 1990 shooting death of an FBI special agent has been ordered released from death row in Nevada, KLAS-TV reports. 

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du said Jose Echavarria must be released within 60 days barring the prosecutors willingness to retry the case.

Du said then-Clark County District Judge Jack Lehman never disclosed his bias, thereby violating the constitutional rights of the defendant.

Echavarria is accused of shooting Special Agent John Bailey in a bank in Las Vegas while the two wrestled for a gun.

Turns out, Judge Lehman had been investigated by Bailey earlier and never disclosed the relationship.

“The evidence submitted by Echavarria shows, beyond any dispute, that Agent Bailey had been centrally involved in conducting the investigation of the trial judge, and that the alleged fraud and the FBI investigation were of such significance that they would have had serious implications for the trial judge,” Du wrote.

FBI, Casino Regulator Criticized fo Failing to Get Warrant for Evidence Seizure

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI and a Nevada casino regulator entered Ceasars Palace posed as Internet repairman and gathered evidence against suspects in an allegedly illegal online gambling operation without ever consulting with a judge, according to testimony in the case.

The Associated Press reports that Nevada Gaming Control Board Special Agent Ricardo Lopez acknowledged in court, like those before him, that he had no permission from prosecutors and lacked a warrant.

The investigators didn’t even bother to get permission from the hotel.

The defense is trying to get the case dismissed because of what they say was an illegal search.

 

 

FBI Investigated Armed Supporters of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy are finding some more unwanted attention.

FBI agents have launching an investigation into the April 12 confrontation between Bundy, his supporters and law enforcement, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“I’ve said all along there has to be accountability for what took place on April 12,” Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.

The sheriff said the FBI is reviewing threats and assaults on law enforcement officials on the day of the showdown.

Of particular concern is supporters who were pointing weapons at law enforcement, the Review-Journal wrote.

Sentence for Ex-FBI Agent Who Killed His Son’s Girlfriend Will Stand, Judges Rule

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former FBI Agent Edward Preciado-Nuno will still service an 8-to-20-year sentence for killing his son’s girlfriend in Las Vegas in 2008.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Nevada Supreme Court rejected his challenge, which argued that a juror wasn’t impartial.

The court disagreed, saying the juror had “demonstrated the ability to set aside any preconceived prejudices.”

Preciado-Nuno was a 25-year FBI agent and a former Marine who served in Vietnam.

Most Dangerous States Are Not What You Might Expect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Think of the most dangerous states in the U.S. and you’re likely to name places like Michigan, New York, California and Texas.

They have large cities with reputations for violence.

But newly released FBI statistics show the most dangerous states are Tennessee, Nevada and Alaska, the USA Today reports.

You are more likely to be a victim of violence in those states than any other in the country, according to the stats.