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Tag: Prosecutor

ATF Investigates Alleged Affair Between Agent, Prosecutor During Storefront Investigations

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent and a prosecutor had a secret affair while working together on controversial storefront operations in Georgia and are under investigation following allegations they illegally helped in informant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. 

The storefront investigations were the subject of intense scrutiny following alarming reports by the Journal Sentinel that showed numerous problems.

ATF said it is investigating the relationship between Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Ippolito and ATF Special Agent Lou Valoze.

“The department takes these allegations seriously and is taking active and appropriate steps with regard to the employees involved,” said ATF spokesman Patrick Rodenbush, who declined to elaborate further because it is a personnel matter.

According to the Journal Sentinel, the ATF is investigating whether Valoze and Ippolito presented false information to Homeland Security for a visa for an informant.

Other Stories of Interest

Internal Investigation: FBI’s Evidence Collection Is Beset with Serious Errors

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An internal investigation found widespread mishandling of FBI evidence in every region of the country, the New York Times reports.

The highly critical report found that the FBI’s evidence collection and retention system is beset by errors, either through mishandling, mislabeling or losing evidence.

The report also found that the FBI was storing more drugs and weapons and less money and valuables than indicated.

The errors were serious enough for the FBI to alert prosecutors on Friday that some of the errors may need to be disclosed. Even minor record-keeping discrepancies can prompt evidence to be tossed out of court.

“A majority of the errors identified were due in large part to human error, attributable to a lack of training and program management oversight,” auditors wrote in the report, which was obtained by The New York Times.

 

 

Feds Arrest Numerous Suspects in Case of Revenge Kidnapping in North Carolina

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wasted no time tracking down a group of men accused of a revenge kidnapping of a North Carolina man.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the latest suspect to be arrested plans to confess to the violent scheme that allegedly was orchestrated by Kelvin Melton, an inmate serving a life sentence for a murder plot.

According to authorities, Melton wanted revenge on Colleen Janssen, the North Carolina prosecutor in his murder trial. Two men and two women drove from Atlanta to Wake Forest to abduct Janssen’s father, Frank Arthur Janssen.

At least six people have been arrested so far in connection with the kidnapping plot.

 

Top Prosecutor Says He’s Investigating FBI Shooting of Chechen immigrant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Orlando’s top prosecutor pledged to review the fatal shooing of a Chechen immigrant in his condo during an FBI interrogation, The Associated Press reports.

The news comes the same week Ibragim Todashev’s father arrived in Florida with the intention of suing the bureau for his son’s death.

State Attorney Jeff Ashton said he’s received a preliminary report of the shooting from the Justice Department, which investigated the death in May.

Todashev was killed while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Closing Arguments to Begin in Murder, Racketeering Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering case against accused mobster James ‘Whitey” Bulger may have reached its final days as prosecutors and defense attorneys prepare to present lengthy closing arguments today, the Associated Press wrote.

The nearly eight-week trial will give way to closing arguments after jurors heard testimony about 19 killings in which Bulger is accused of being involved.

It has been a long time coming. The 83-year-old man fled Boston ahead of an indictment, and he remained one of the most wanted fugitives until he was found in California in 2011.

Judge Denise Casper has given each side three hours and 15 minutes to present closing arguments.

The jury is expected to begin deliberating Tuesday.

Family Urges FBI to Handle Fatal Shootings of Prosecutors in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Family members grieving the murder of a Texas prosecutor and his wife want the FBI to take over the investigation, KMOV 4 St. Louis reports.

Family of Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were fatally shot in their home March 31, two months after a prosecutor from the same office was shot to death.

The family wants the FBI to investigate all three deaths.

“The family’s pretty much at the edge of its seat with some anger at this point that more was not being done,” family spokesman Chris Heisler said. “The reward money that’s out right now is $200,000. I think that’s insignificant.”

The family wants the reward to be $1 million.

State Prosecutor Gunned Down in Texas

Station Posts FBI Recording of County Exec. Telling Wife to Destroy Evidence As Agents Pound on Door

Jack Johnson/wusa

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Considering he was once the top prosecutor for a prominent suburban county just outside D.C., Jack B. Johnson was not such a smart crook and shakedown artist.

Johnson was arrested by the FBI late last year while in his final weeks in office as county executive of Prince George’s County on charges of taking more than $400,000 in bribes. He was recorded by the FBI on a tense phone call with his wife Leslie, who was home at the time when two FBI agents knocked at the front door. He was advising her to hide incriminating evidence including wads of cash. In May, he pleaded guilty in federal court, and sentencing is set for Dec. 6.

Channel 4 in Washington posted on its website the recordings, which are fascinating to listen to.

Below is the recording.