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Accused Murder, Rapist Who Was on FBI’s Most Wanted List Is Captured in Mexico

Steve Neavling

One of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives was captured in Mexico and taken into custody Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports that José Manuel García Guevara was taken to Louisiana, where he is accused of breaking into a 26-year-old woman’s home, raping her and then fatally stabbing while her 4-year-old stepson was nearby on Feb. 19, 2008.

Guevara was taken to Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he is wanted on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated battery.

Guevara was the 499th person to join the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list when he was added last year.

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Founder of FBI’s Art Crime Team to Speak About Thefts in Iowa

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Steve Neavling

The founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team was once called “a living legend” by the Wall Street Journal for his work tracking down thieves.

The Des Moines Register reports that Robert Wittman, who now works as a private investigator, plans to speak during an Aug. 14 visit to the Des Moines Art Center, which is hosting a series of events about art crimes.

Wittman estimates he’s recovered more than $300 million in stolen art.

“But the money’s not important. It’s the cultural history,” Wittman, now a Philadelphia private investigator, said.

Wittman plans to discuss his 20-year FBI career, which included tracking down paintings by Monet, Picasso and Rembrandt.

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USA Today Column: Tough Immigration Rules Backfire, Keeping Migrants Inside US or Locking Them Out

Alex Nowrasteh
USA Today

President Obama’s recent request for billions of dollars to address the surge in unaccompanied children across the U.S.-Mexico border has ignited fierce criticism. Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas blame Obama’s supposedly lax enforcement policies. Democrats blame the surge on a humanitarian crisis in Central America.

While both narratives bear some truth, both miss how our immigration restrictions and border enforcement have created the current mess.

Migration from Central America and Mexico used to be circular. Migrants would come for a season or a few years to work, move back home, then return to the USA when there was more work. This reigned from the 1920s to 1986, when Congress passed the more restrictive Immigration Reform and Control Act. Before 1986, when circular migration was in effect, 60% of unauthorized immigrants on their first trip here would eventually settle back in their home countries rather than in the United States, and 80% of undocumented immigrants who came back on a second trip eventually returned home.

Since 1986, the rate of return for first-time border crossers has fallen to almost zero. The return rate of second-time crossers has fallen to a mere 30%. What happened? In the mid-1980s, the government began spending massive resources to stop unauthorized immigrants from coming in the first place. By trying to keep them out, increases in border security locked them in.

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Woman Files Federal Lawsuit Against Border Patrol Agent, Saying He Sexual Assaulted Her

Steve Neavling

A woman who was captured after illegally crossing the Mexico border into the U.S. has filed a federal lawsuit against a Border Patrol agent, accusing him of sexually assaulting her at least twice while she was in restraints on a hospital bed, the Associated Press reports.

The agent was guarding the woman at a South Texas hospital where she underwent two surgeries after she was injured in Border Patrol custody.

The alleged victim said her constitutional rights were violated.

The agent, who has not been identified, had been on administrative leave before a grand jury declined to indict him. His status with the agency is unclear.


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Federal Review: FBI Lab Rife with Forensic Flaws in 1980s, 1990s

Steve Neavling

The FBI and Justice Department have found serious problems at the bureau’s lab that raise serious questions about the guilt or innocence of several thousand people who have been convicted, the Washington Post reports.

The investigation began after the Washington Post exposed flawed evidence two years involving microscopic hair matches.

“I don’t know whether history is repeating itself, but clearly the [latest] report doesn’t give anyone a sense of confidence that the work of the examiners whose conduct was first publicly questioned in 1997 was reviewed as diligently and promptly as it needed to be,” said Michael R. Bromwich, who was inspector general from 1994 to 1999 and is now a partner at the Goodwin Procter law firm.

The review of the cases was halted last year, the FBI said, because of a “vigorous debate that occurred within the FBI and DOJ about the appropriate scientific standards we should apply when reviewing FBI lab examiner testimony — many years after the fact.”

The investigations resumed this month.

“Working closely with DOJ, we have resolved those issues and are moving forward with the transcript review for the remaining cases,” the FBI said.

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Some Children Rescued in Sex Trafficking Ring Were Never Reported Missing

Steve Neavling

Some of the 168 children who were rescued from a sex trafficking ring last month were never reported missing, the New York Post reports.

The children, as young as 11, were found in hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

But some were never reported missing, a big concern for child welfare advocates.

Part of the problem, the advocates say, is that the U.S. needs a standardized approach to report missing children. Some states, for example, also don’t require agencies to alert the FBI’s National Crime Information Center.

Some states also lack laws requiring the reporting of missing children.

Legislation pending in Congress would require both.

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Militia Groups Sporting Semi-Automatic Rifles And Camouflage Are Patrolling the Border

Steve Neavling

More than 10 militia groups are patrolling the Texas-Mexico border despite objection from the federal government, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The newspaper obtained more than 30 photos showing the armed militia members in camouflage, tactical gear and masks.

CBP responded that it does not “endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands, as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”

State lawmakers also expressed concern and anger.

“Local law enforcement and federal Border Patrol agents have been clear. The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts,” said Van de Putte, who is running against state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, for lieutenant governor.

The groups, including Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, have been recruiting members since the media began focusing on an influx of Central American immigrants, mostly families and children.

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FBI Arrests Indiana Sheriff Accused of Hiring Prostitute, Urging Her to Destroy Evidence

Steve Neavling

The FBI arrested a county sheriff in Indiana on charges that he paid a prostitute $300 for oral sex and then urged her to hide the evidence, the Courier-Journal reports.

The arrest of Sheriff Danny Rodden comes after he was indicted July 23 on charges of lying to federal agents and counseling the destruction of evidence.

Investigators said Rodden paid for the sex act in a Louisville hotel.

Rodden, 60, also is accused of giving the prostitute a badge and sheriff’s department apparel so she could receive discounts at hotels.

“It is a sad day for Clark County. It is a sad day for all elected and appointed officials who do their best to adhere to the high standards expected of those of us who serve the public,” said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, who announced the charges.


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