Archive for July 12th, 2012
FBI agents swept across Indiana on Wednesday in search of 43 members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club to face charges that remain sealed, The Indianapolis Star reports.
Calling it the largest federal bust of alleged gang activity in Indiana, a task force of hundreds of agents helped arrest dozens of bikers.
Earlier in the week, U.S. marshals served arrest warrants to gang members and associates accused of racketeering and mail fraud.
The bike club has a recent history of arrests for assault, racketeering and conspiracy to commit violence.
OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST
- FBI Divers Lift Sunken Yacht to Surface
- FBI Raids, Locks Down Bridgewater Town Hall
- Department of Justice Sues Texas Agencies of Gender Discrimination
- Grand Jury Probes Death of Illegal Immigrant Shot by Feds
- DEA Found Major Cross-Border Drug Tunnel in Arizona
In a damning report that confirms what many suspected, an independent investigation, led by ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh found that top leaders at Pennsylvania State University, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, tried covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children for 14 years.
The findings of the panel’s 162-page report was released Thursday.
“The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,” Freeh commented on Thursday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Freeh concluded that PSU leaders “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”
In fact, Paterno and top PSU officials offered Sandusky a job indefinitely in 1999, a year after they were informed of him groping an 11-year-old boy in the shower, according to DeadSpin.com.
Freeh also faults Penn State’s sports culture, saying witnesses and victims feared the power of the football program and its coaches, the LA Times reported.
An ATF agent accused of witness tampering was cleared of charges, WRAL reports.
U.S. District Judge James Fox dismissed the witness-tampering charges Tuesday against Raleigh, N.C. ATF agent Mike Fanelly, saying prosecutors failed to provide sufficient evidence.
Fanelly will retain his job.
A grand jury had charged that he interfered with two officers who were investigating reports of cocaine distribution last June and that he made a false statement about a woman who was arrested that he happened to be having an affair with.
Unable to discern who is telling the truth, Orange County prosecutors won’t seek criminal charges against an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who shot the wrong drug suspect, The Orange County Register reports.
Prosecutors said they could not confirm Daniel Noriega’s story that claims an ICE agent shot at him without provocation. Noriega said he was in a parking lot when an officer in an unmarked police car shot at him.
ICE authorities countered that Noriega tried to run down their car, a claim that Noriega says is fabricated.
Prosecutors plan to release FBI interviews Thursday in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The interviews are expected to shed more light on the man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin while he was walking home from a store in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26.
The FBI, which became involved following complaints that Sanford Police conducted a racially biased investigation, interviewed Martin’s ex-girlfriend, police officers, gun shop and neighbors, among others.
Zimmerman claims self-defense when he shot Martin on a sidewalk in Zimmerman’s neighborhood.