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Archive for March 19th, 2012

Baltimore Cop Gets 30 Months in Towing Scheme that Scandalized Dept.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Baltimore cop is off to prison for two years and six months for extortion in a towing scheme that scandalized the department.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake of Baltimore on Monday sentenced Baltimore office Jerry Diggs, Jr., 25, who was involved in a scheme in which brothers Hernan Moreno and Edwin Mejia paid Diggs and more than 50 other officers to arrange for their car repair company, Majestic, to tow vehicles from accident scenes and make repairs. The cops bypassed the city-authorized towing company.

The judge also ordered Diggs to pay $13,105.09 in restitution.

“Officer Diggs chose a treacherous path that included taking bribes, filing false police reports and committing insurance fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement. “Even as we condemn such criminal conduct, we should pause to thank the many police officers who serve with honor and integrity.

Queens Man Indicted for Bombing of Islamic Mosque and Hindu Temple

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Queens man was charged with hate crimes and explosive crimes stemming from allegations that allegedly fire bombed a mosque and a Hindu temple housed in a private residence on Jan. 1, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Ray Lazier Lengend, aka “Suraj Poonai,” was charged with the fire bombing of the Imam Al- Khoei Foundation mosque in Jamaica, Queens, and a Hindu temple housed in a private residence in Hillside, Queens, authorities said.

Authorities alleged that on Jan. 1 Lengend entered a local convenience store located near the intersection of 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Queens and threw a flaming bottle filled with gasoline.

Authorities said the bottle hit the ground, and liquid spilled out and began to burn. A store employee extinguished the flames, and no one was hurt.

After leaving the convenience store, Lengend headed over to a private residence on 107th Avenue in Queens, where he threw another fire-bomb. This time, the house caught fire, causing substantial damage.

Later, authorities said Lengend  went to the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation mosque, where he threw glass bottles containing gasoline at the building with the goal of inflicting damage on the mosque and harming Muslims and Arabs.

Lengend’s final fire-bombing in Queens targeted the Hindu temple inside a home. New York police detectives arrested Lengend two days after the attack.

“Hate crimes offend the very principles upon which this country was founded, and those who engage in such conduct will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This defendant allegedly sought to fan the flames of ethnic and religious tension. Those flames will always be extinguished by the rule of law,” stated U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “We are deeply grateful to the Queens District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Police Department for their investigation and coordination in this matter.”

 

 

Secret Service Crosses Pond to Help Train Scotland Yard

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Elite U.S. Secret Service agents, who protect President Obama, are on a little mission across the pond.

The Daily Mail in London reports that the agents are training Scotland Yard bodyguards to protect VIPS from “high-tech assassins.”

The paper reported that police chiefs are worried computer hackers might infiltrate security for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games.

The paper reported that the Brits are worried terrorists might hack into computers controlling building security.

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Sen. Scott Brown Pokes Fun at Rick Santorum’s Secret Service Protection

Justice Dept. Agrees to Pay $140,000 to Fla Man After Prosecutors Withheld Evidence

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case.

Florida Today reports that the Justice Department has agreed to pay about $140,000 to a Florida man who was released from jail after three years when the government admitted prosecutorial misconduct.

The paper reported that the prosecutors hid evidence that could have set Nino Lyons free.

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Santorum Accuses Obama Admin. Of Being Too Lax About Cracking Down on Porn

Rick Santorum/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rick Santorum, who has marketed himself as the conservative Republican candidate who can defeat the liberal Barack Obama, is complaining the Obama Justice Department isn’t doing enough to crackdown on pornography.

The Christian Post reports that Santorum had said on his campaign website that President Obama favored pornographers over children.

On CNN on Sunday, he remarked:

“The proof is in the prosecution. In the Bush administration, pornographers were prosecuted much more rigorously than they are … under the Obama administration. … They have not put a priority on prosecuting these cases and in doing so they are exposing children to a tremendous amount of harm, and … putting children at risk as a result of that.”

 

Penn State Begins Implementing New Guidelines Recommended by Ex-FBI Dir. Louie Freeh

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This won’t make this scandal vanish, but it may help avoid one in the future.

The Associated Press reported that Penn State University has begun implementing new guidelines about identifying and reporting sexual abuse recommended by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

The recommendations come in wake of the scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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FBI Worried Scientology Leader Might Escape on Tom Cruise’s Plane

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI probe into Scientology and human trafficking is dead, the Village Voice reports, but the details are fascinating nonetheless.

The newspaper reports that by around June, 2010, the FBI had planned to raid Scientology’s California international headquarters “using high resolution footage shot from drone aircraft, and had also recorded the tail numbers on airplanes owned by Tom Cruise in case Scientology leader David Miscavige should try to abscond from the scene.”

The Village Voice also reported that by the time the New Yorker had revealed the existence of the probe in February 2011, the investigation had been over for about four months.

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