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Duped! Hoax Website Falsely Claims ‘El Chapo’ Was Escaped Jail Again

Joaquin_Guzman-LoeraBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Social media was abuzz Sunday after rumors circulated that Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman broke free of jail for the third time.

The source of the rumors was a hoax ABC News site that posted a story that claimed Guzman escaped a Mexican prison once again.

Mexican and U.S. officials confirmed that Guzman did not escape and was still in custody.

The hoax site has been the source of plenty of fake stories that tricked readers.

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CNN Opinion: Cure for So-Called ‘Affluenza’ Is Nothing Short of Prison

Ethan Couch.

Ethan Couch.

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American lawyers have never been accused of lacking creativity in seeking to justify the nefarious deeds of their clients. Texas defense attorney Scott Brown, however, appears to have raised the bar to a new level by asserting the newly minted defense of “affluenza” to obtain leniency in a tragic vehicular homicide case arising out of the reckless driving of his very drunk and very rich 16-year-old client, Ethan Couch.

Affluenza may be a contender for a collection of odd and unlikely defenses that can trace their lineage back to the infamous (and some even say apocryphal) “Twinkie defense.” The notorious junk food defense was asserted in psychiatric testimony as part of a broad claim of diminished capacity caused by depression with at least some success in the 1979 trial of Supervisor Dan White for the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Although White was charged with murder, the jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

he current claim in Fort Worth, Texas, is that the condition of affluenza, a combination of the words “affluence” and “influenza” should immunize Ethan Couch from full responsibility for his actions in killing four people and critically injuring two others.

The Oxford Dictionary defines the condition as “a psychological malaise supposedly affecting young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.” Defense attorney Brown apparently succeeded in convincing soon-to-be retired juvenile Judge Jean Boyd that this spoiled rich kid syndrome diminished Ethan Couch’s capacity to distinguish right from wrong.

n the face of prosecution demands for 20 years in the slammer, the judge responded with a sentence of 10 years of probation and rehabilitation. Couch’s rich daddy proposes to fund a trip to a $450,000 a year California rehab facility that offers treatment to those with way too much cash and free time on their manicured hands. I wish I was kidding about this, but I am not.

Defense psychologist Dr. G. Dick Miller testified that poor Ethan Couch was never properly disciplined by his wealthy parents, eventually driving at age 13, abusing alcohol, and coming to believe that money could buy him out of pretty much any situation where he hurt someone. Affluenza, the shrink suggests, diminished Ethan’s capacity to obey the law and tragic consequences followed.

Miller’s offensive analysis fails to explain why this strange condition is not mentioned in the diagnostic bible of the psychiatric profession, the DSM-5 and its predecessor volumes. Rich kid syndrome, or the more succinct label affluenza, seems to be made of the same empty calories that made the Twinkie defense so offensive to the public at the time it was served up in a 1970s San Francisco courtroom.

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Border Patrol Supervisor Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Secretly Videotaping Co-Workers

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol supervisor who secretly videotaped his female co-workers in the bathroom was sentenced to 21 months in prison, NBC San Diego reports. 

Armando Gonzalez, 46, admitted to recording seven women in the bathroom at the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station and then lying to cover up his actions.

U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez said Gonzalez’s actions were “egregious” and “a violation of trust.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alessandra Serano urged the judge to show no mercy.

“When Armando Gonzalez put a video camera down the drain of a women’s restroom, he also put his career, his honor and his freedom down that drain,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy in a statement. “This is a fitting sentence for a man who sullied his badge with such despicable behavior.”

Chief Patrol Agent Richard A. Barlow issued this statement: “The U.S. Border Patrol has cooperated fully with this investigation from the onset and we are satisfied to see the criminal justice system move swiftly to bring this case to a close. Mr. Gonzalez has tarnished the image of every Border Patrol agent who works tirelessly protecting America night and day. Border Patrol agents are held to the highest standards and we remain committed to rooting out unacceptable behavior to ensure that those who commit such acts are held accountable.”

Former Secret Service Agent Who Stole Bitcoins During Probe Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

bitcoin_bigBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent who illegally accessed the now-defunct Silk Road website and stealing bitcoin was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison and ordered to pay $1 million for the siphoned currency, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

Shaun Bridges, 33, pleaded guilty to felony charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Officials pegged the value of the bitcoin at $350,000 when the currency was stolen.

Bridges sold the currency for $820,000.

Bridges’ attorneys urged the judge to sentence him to three years in prison.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Who Fatally Shot Wife’s Lover Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

Adam Garibay

Adam Garibay

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent who fatally shot his wife’s lover was sentenced to 30 years in prison, ABC13 reports.

The sentence was the maximum allowed under a plea agreement with prosecutors in the killing of Keith J. Martin.

Adam S. Garibay, who pleaded guilty to the Nov. 9 murder, will have to serve at least 15 years before he is eligible for parole.

Prosecutors said Garibay drove to the Corpus Christi home of wife, who was restrained with handcuffs and duct tape. He then drove to a house near Hondo, where Martin was killed.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty to Murder in Shooting Death of Wife’s Boyfriend

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of a man who had been dating his wife, the Corpus Christi Caller Times reports. 

Adam S. Garibay pleaded guilty Monday to the shooting death of Keith J. Martin at the victim’s parents’ home in Corpus Christi.

Garibay said he was heartbroken and couldn’t remember the shooting.

“It was too much for my mind and heart and I broke inside. I am at a loss for living or reason,” said a document admitted as evidence in a punishment hearing that began Monday.

Garibay shot Martin 10 times from behind, police said.

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Justice Department to Let Loose 6,000 Prisoners in Largest One-Time Release

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Marking the largest one-time release of inmates, the Justice Department is releasing 6,000 prisoners to reduce overcrowding and help correct harsh sentences imposes on drug offenders over the past three decades, the Washington Post reports. 

The department’s Bureau of Prisons is setting the inmates free between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2, when about two-thirds will end up on supervised released after being placed in home confinement and halfway houses.

An additional 46,000 of the approximately 100,000 drug offenders also could be released early under a chance in sentencing guidelines.

“The number of people who will be affected is quite exceptional,” said Mary Price, general counsel for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, an advocacy group that supports sentencing reform.

German Sniper Sentenced to 20 Years for Plot to Kill DEA Agent, Informant

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A German sniper who plotted to assassinate a federal DEA agent was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday, the New York Post reports. 

Dennis “Nico” Gogel was convicted in January of conspiring to murder the agent and a confidential informant in Liberia for $800,000, the Post wrote.

“How stupid I feel to have engaged in something like that,” Gogel said at his sentencing.

“I’m not the same person I was before.”

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