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Netflix Series ‘Mindhunter’ Will Focus on Elite FBI Unit Tracking Down Serial Killer

David Fincher, via Wikipedia.

David Fincher, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Executive producers David Fincher and Charlize Theron are developing a crime drama involving the FBI for Netflix called “Mindhunter,” TV.com reports. 

The movie is based on a 1996 book, “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former special agent John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

Netflix and Fincher are responsible for the largely successful show, “House of Cards,” which won an Emmy for directing the show’s pilot.

The show will involve the “pursuit-of-a-serial-killer” genre, which Fincher used in his films “Se7en” and “Zodiac.”

Playwright Joe Penhall will write the series.

John Oliver Pokes Fun at Secret Service for Breaking Law to Embarrass Congressman

John Oliver screen capture.

John Oliver screen capture.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver poked fun at the recent discovery that the Secret Service tried to embarrass a Republican congressman by releasing “unflattering private information.”

Oliver pointed out that Rep. Jason Chaffetz has no problem embarrassing himself without the help of the Secret Service.

“That’s right. The Secret Service attempted to embarrass one of their biggest critics, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, by leaking his rejected application to join them, essentially behaving like the high school table of mean girls,” Oliver said before affecting a snotty teen girl’s voice, wrote Raw Story. “You only hate us because we won’t let you sit with us, Jason. Don’t look at our food. You’re making it uncool.”

Oliver ridiculed the Secret Service for breaking the law to embarrass someone who so easily embarrasses himself.

“I don’t know what’s worse here,” Oliver said. “The fact that the Secret Service is so petty that they broke the law to embarrass Jason Chaffetz, or that they’re so stupid and they didn’t realize, if you want to embarrass Jason Chaffetz, just wait, and he will do it for you.”

Other Stories of Interest

New ABC Drama ‘Quantico’ to Feature Group of FBI Recruits

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ABC will premier a new drama, “Quantico,” on Sept. 27 about a group of FBI recruits training at Quantico Base.

The network released the first eight minutes of the show, starring Priyanka Chopra.

One of the recruits is accused of masterminding a terrorist attack in New York.

The show premiers at 10 p.m.

FBI Drama About ‘Young, Sexy’ Recruits to Premiere on ABC This Season

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A new drama about a group of “young, sexy” FBI recruits has been picked up by ABC in what will be a busy pilot season, A.V. Club reports.

The show, Quantico, features the recruits at a real-life training center.

But there’s a twist.

“One of the recruits turns out to be a terrorist [who] created the most severe terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11,” the show’s official description reads.

 

Is the Chicago Judge Going too Far by Withholding Jurors Names After the Verdict?

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Imagine taxpayers spending millions of dollars collectively trying an Illinois governor, and in the end, the case all but collapses. The jurors only convict on one of 24 counts . They end up deadlocked on the rest.

Imagine that. Yes,it’s not too hard, considering it happened in the first trial of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Isn’t it fair to assume people want to know why the case collapsed? Can we go as far as to say they have a right to know? I’d say Yes.

So I speak with some mixed feelings when I read that the U.S. District Judge James Zagel in Chicago on Tuesday ruled that he won’t release the names of the jurors until 9 a.m., the day after the verdict in the retrial of Blagojevich, which begins April 20.

The judge wants to  protect the jurors. Fair.

Zagel raises some good points: He says the press after the first trial hounded the jurors to find out what they were thinking. They knocked on doors. A TV helicopter reportedly flew up above a home where one jury was staying, the Associated Press reported. The judge has said the press was  obnoxious, that reporters went too far.

I’m for some balance. Jurors have rights.  But so does the public — the right to know. At minimum, the judge — and in other high profile cases as well — should strongly suggest — and not just throw it out as an option — that at least one of the jurors should brief the press after the verdict. Judges have a way of being persuasive, particularly after they bond with jurors during a trial. They can make it happen. And maybe that way, reporters wouldn’t have to knock on doors.

We have a right to know: What the prosecution, what the defense  did right, what they did wrong. Was it taxpayers’ money well spent? Did justice — regardless of the verdict — prevail?

There should be dignity in these proceedings. No question. But citizens — the lion’s share who don’t have time to attend these trials  — have the right to know what’s going on in the courts.

And while I’m at it, frankly, it’s time to bring television cameras into federal court to let citizens — some who have never stepped foot in a federal court — see what’s going on.  Worse yet, some federal courts, like in  Alexandria, Va., do everything to make it difficult for the press to do its job. The court there doesn’t allow reporters to carry cell phones (this is the 21st Century) and laptops (granted they shouldn’t be used in the courtrooms).

I have to commend federal courthouses like the one in Washington, which try to accommodate the press. Reporters can carry cell phones and bring a laptop into the courthouse.  And during some trials, like the one in D.C. involving Sen. Ted Stevens, the court set up an overflow room with TV monitors where reporters used laptops to report to the public what was going on. Other courthouses should follow suit.

Federal court is a dignified place.  But let’s strike a balance. Let’s not lose sight of the fact the people have a right to know what’s going on!

Late Sen. Helms Offered to Help FBI as TV Executive

Jesse Helms/govt photo

Jesse Helms/govt photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The late  Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina was a broadcast executive before becoming a senator and  “offered the facilities of his station to assist the FBI at any time,” according to a 1971 FBI memo, the Raleigh News Observer  reported.

“He is a great admirer of the Director [J. Edgar Hoover] and the FBI and for a long period of time has been a staunch defender of the Director and his policies,” the FBI memo said of Helms who died in 2008, the newspaper reported. The memo was part of newly released FBI files of the Helms, a conservative Republican,  who was elected to the Senate in 1972 and served five terms.

Before serving in the senate,  he was executive vice president and assistant CEO of the Capitol Broadcasting Company, which operates WRAL, the Raleigh, N.C.,  station he volunteered to give the FBI access to, according to the paper.

Steve Hammel, WRAL’s vice president and general manager, told the paper  he was not aware of the FBI ever using the station.

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