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Federal Judge Slams Justice Department Attorney’s Handling of Immigration Case

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge in Texas slammed the Justice Department on Thursday, ordering ethics classes for the department’s lawyers who  argued President Obama’s immigration executive actions.

The New York Times reports that Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Federal District Court in Brownsville also ordered sanctions agains the lawyers, who are accused of lying to him during arguments in the case.

The judge also wants the government to provide a list of about 100,000 immigrants who entered the country illegally and are protected from deportation as part of a government program.

“Clearly, there seems to be a lack of knowledge about or adherence to the duties of professional responsibility in the halls of the Justice Department,” Judge Hanen wrote in the 28-page order.

The Justice Department said in a statement, “We strongly disagree with this order.”

FBI Investigates Death of Texas Mother Who Apparently Tumbled Off Cruise Ship

A Carnival Cruise boat.

A Carnival Cruise boat.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigate the death of a Texas mother who apparently tumbled off a Carnival Cruise ship traveling from Galveston to Cozumel, Mexico.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Samantha Broberg, 33, of Arlington, was lost at sea and her body has yet to be discovered.

“We are coordinating with Carnival to do a complete and thorough investigation,” said Special Agent Shauna Dunlap, of the FBI Houston Division. “Until that investigation is complete, I can’t comment further.”

Broberg was a mother of four.

Surveillance footage shows that Broberg fell backward off the deck late Thursday night.

Texas Businessman Takes Case Against FBI to Supreme Court

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The owner of a trucking company in Texas, where FBI agents used an 18-wheeler without permission and the driver was killed, wants to take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Houston Chronicle reports that owner Craig Patty filed a $6.4 million lawsuit for damages following the November 2011 incident, which involved a botched Zetas Cartel sting.

In March, an appeals court dismissed the suit. Now Patty is appealing the case to the Supreme Court.

“The facts of this case are straight out of a Hollywood movie, and yet are completely true and undisputed,” Houston lawyer Andy Vickery states in recent petition to the court.

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ATF Concludes Deadly Fire at Texas Fertilizer Facility Was Intentionally Set

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A massive explosion at a fertilizer facility in Texas that killed more than three dozen people and injured hundreds was intentionally set, the ATF said Wednesday.

The announcement comes more than three years after the explosion.

The ATF said it has ruled out “all reasonable, accidental and natural causes,” the Washington Post reports. 

The agency has not made any arrests yet and is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible.

The explosion also leveled nearby homes.

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Cell Phone App Helps Border Patrol Save Lives, Capture Undocumented Immigrants

"Grid Me Now" app.

“Grid Me Now” app.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A cell phone app is credited with saving undocumented immigrants who were in bad shape after crossing the border.

The app, “Grid Me Now,” allows residents to send precise coordinates of undocumented immigrants to Border Patrol stations.

In one case, a rancher in Texas found a man who crossed the border illegally and was having a tough time. The rancher offered the man water and then sent the coordinates to the Border Patrol, KRGV reports. 

Jon Parham, Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team member, said, “He looked exhausted. He was not severe, but he definitely would have gotten there if he’d stayed out here any longer. Luckily, he made it out the road and somebody spotted him, called us in. We responded to it and got him the medical help he needed.”

In another case, a rancher spotted a young woman who needed medical attention, and she sent out an alert on the app.

“She was left behind, you know, just after Mother’s Day,” said Thomas W. Slowinski, deputy Border Patrol agent in charge in Falfurrias. “Who leaves a woman behind in the brush? Well, the ruthless smugglers do, okay. They left her behind too tired to walk, feet completely blistered. This rancher went by, saw her, gave us the information, need help, need medical help. That information came in, and of course we responded.”

Slowinski said the phone app is a great resource.

“It’s a tool for us to better communicate with the ranch community or the community at large, to generate information, precise information, through the use of the Internet in an application… that goes on smart phones to give us a precise location of the traffic they may encounter,” Slowinski said.

Border Patrol Rescues Abandoned 2-Year-Old Girl Smuggled into U.S.

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Smugglers left behind a 2-year-old girl in Granjeno, Texas, where she was wearing a T-shirt with a phone number on it.

Border Patrol agents rescued the girl and apprehended 14 illegal immigrants who authorities believe had possession of the girl, KSAT.com reports.

The girl was from El Salvador, and her mother said a friend was supposed to bring her daughter to her.

“Smugglers are heartless criminals who have no regard for the lives of the people, no matter what age. This child was left in the hands of strangers to get smuggled across the border,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. “This case shows how smugglers continue to prey on the most vulnerable, treating them as contraband, using them for personal gain.”

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Border Patrol Agent Killed in Car Crash on Way Home in Texas

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was killed in a car accident while headed home from work in Texas, KFOX14 reports. 

Jose Daniel Barraza, who was assigned to the Big Bend sector in Marfa, Texas, rear-ended a semi with his Ford F-150 on Interstate 10.

Barraza was wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Barraza, who was on his way home and was on duty, had been an agent with the Big Bend sector since August 2008.

The driver of the semi was injured.

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Texas Hospice Owner Accused of Texting Execution Orders for Patients

Novus Health Care Services CEO Brad Harris.

Novus Health Care Services CEO Brad Harris.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The owner of a Texas Hospice is accused of ordering nurses to kill patients who have “been on the hospice service for too long,” the FBI alleges.

Brad Harris, owner and CEO of Novus Health Care Services, is accused of texting execution orders to nurses, The Daily Beast reports.

“You need to make this patient go bye-bye,” Harris texted one his nurses, according to an FBI search warrant affidavit.

Harris said of another patient, “If this fuck would just die,” according to the Feb. 5 affidavit.

The FBI alleges that Harris ordered nurses to administer overdoses to four patients who had “been on the hospice service for too long.”

In one text to a nurse, Harris allegedly instructed a nurse to increase “the patient’s medication dosage to approximately four times the maximum allowed.”

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