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Archive for November 8th, 2012

Jared Loughner Gets 7 Consecutive Life Sentences in Arizona Mass Killings

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Crazed gunman Jared Loughner, who killed six people in 2011 including a federal judge and wounded 13 including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was sentenced Thursday in Tucson to seven consecutive life sentences.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns on Thursday called the sentence “astronomical” and “justified” because Loughner, 24, “knew what he was doing,” according to the Arizona Republic.

“The facts show he traveled there with the purpose of shooting Ms. Giffords,” Burns said.

The 2 1/2 hour hearing including comments from Loughner’s victims.

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Controversy Brewing in New Orleans Over Allegations Prosecutor Posted Harsh Comments Online Under “Eweman”

U.S. Atty Jim Letten/gov photo

By John Simerman
New Orleans Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS — Two of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s strongest backers in Washington expressed concern Wednesday about the recent allegation that a second top prosecutor in his office had posted intemperate remarks online taking bitter aim at targets of federal probes.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. and Sen. David Vitter, R-La., both sounded troubled about the charge by River Birch landfill magnate Fred Heebe that First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann is the caustic online author “eweman.”

Vitter also said he is worried about the delayed public response from Letten, who has yet to offer any public defense of Mann or specifics on the case since Heebe filed his defamation lawsuit against her on Friday.

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FBI Agent, Reporter Published Book About Bizarre Heist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent and newspaper reporter have written a book about the bizarre bank heist involving a pipe bomb that exploded around the neck of a pizza delivery driver, the Associated Press reports.

The book, “Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery,” was released Tuesday.

The idea behind the book is to provide new details and dispel claims that the pizza delivery driver, Brian Wells, was an innocent pawn in a sophisticated heist, the AP reports.

Retired FBI special agent Jerry Clark worked on the 2003 case that involved a strange list of characters and said Wells was not the innocent victim he pretended to be.

Clark said Wells “Brian Wells “had some association with these people and had some cooperation with committing this crime,” the AP wrote.

Autopsy: Border Patrol Agent Died from Gunshot to Head During Suspected Friendly Fire Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A long-awaited autopsy has revealed that a U.S. Border Patrol agent died of a gunshot wound to the head by what federal authorities describe as friendly fire along the Arizona-Mexico border, CNN reports.

The report, released Wednesday, shows that Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, of Provo, Utah, died Oct. 2 by a “penetrating gunshot wound of the head involving the brain.”

Ivie was responding to an alarm at the border when he became involved in a shootout that also wounded another agent.

In a preliminary investigation, the FBI said evidence suggests the shooting was between Border Patrol agents who had become confused.

Legalization of Marijuana in Two States Could Spark a Clash with Federal Authorities

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 When voters approved ballot language to legalize recreational use of pot Tuesday, they set the stage for a showdown with federal authorities, the Associated Press reports.

Pot advocates and opponents are closely watching Washington state and Colorado to see how federal authorities respond to decriminalization.

Federal law still prohibits the use of marijuana.

Not happy about the passage in Colorado is its governor, John Hickenlooper.

“Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly,” Hickenlooper told the AP.

The Justice Department, which has been prosecuting pot retailers in states where medicinal marijuana is legal, has not said yet how it will respond to the new laws.

President Obama Sets Up Federal Partnership to Combat Homeland Security Challenges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama has assembled a feral partnership among law enforcement agencies to improve homeland security, Courthouse News Service reports.

The White House Homeland Security Partnership Council and Steering Committee will include the Justice Department, State Department and Homeland Security.

A total of 19 agencies will be represented, the Courthouse News Service wrote.

The idea is to “enhance our ability to address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources,” Obama said.

He added, “We must tap the ingenuity outside government through strategic partnerships with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and community-based organizations.”

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