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Tag: FBI

New Jersey Police Captain Accused of Using FBI Database to Vet Baseball Teammates

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge convicted a suspended New Jersey police captain of using an FBI database to check to do  backgrounds of players on a minor league baseball that he followed, Philly.com reports.

Brian Brady, 52, of Sparta, also directed subordinates to use the National Crime Information Center database to conduct a background check on a home health aid for his mom. He was the third ranking officer of the state Human Services Police.

Brady was found guilty of official misconduct and computer theft.

Brady “repeatedly treated a restricted law enforcement database like his personal information clearinghouse,” said Criminal Justice Division Director Elie Honig.

“There’s no room in law enforcement for this type of rogue behavior,” Honig said.

Brady faces up to 20 years in prison.

Seattle’s New FBI Chief Described ‘Momentum’ In 13-Year-old Murder of Prosecutor

Frank Montoya Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The new head of the Seattle FBI office is wiping off the dust of a 13-year-old investigation into the fatal shooting of a Seattle federal prosecutor after expressing “momentum” in the case, the Seattle Times reports.

“It’s an ongoing, active investigation,” Special Agent in Charge Frank Montoya Jr. said during a wide-ranging news briefing. The news comes after the previous special agent in charge, Laura Laughlin, reportedly reduced the size of the task force working the case of Thomas Wales.

Montoya said he’s encouraged with the prospect of solving the case, which involves active leads.

Wales was shot in his basement through a window in the backyard.

A witness said a man fled.

Despite All the Hype, The PBS Show on The Jimmy Hoffa Disappearance Didn’t Crack the Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com 

DETROIT — As we thought would be the case, the PBS show Tuesday night on Jimmy Hoffa — “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?” –  didn’t crack the case as the pre-show hype suggested it might. And it certainly didn’t leave you feeling as if you knew what really happened to the Teamster boss.

It was entertaining, but a little cheesy, particularly for a PBS production.

Greg Stejskal on the right.

Retired FBI Agent Greg Stejskal, who was interviewed in the show, told ticklethewire.com after the show that he thought it was full of “a lot of speculation” and “I thought pretty far fetched as far as some of the connections they made.”

“There’s a lot of information there,” he said. “But I thought they took a lot of literary license making things fit together that didn’t necessarily fit together and basically ignored things that would have argued otherwise.”

The PBS website hyped the upcoming show:

For decades, investigators have searched for clues about what happened to Hoffa and why. Was he murdered? If so, who wanted him dead? After serving prison time for conspiracy and fraud, Hoffa was pardoned by President Richard Nixon. What interest did the White House have in Jimmy Hoffa?

Recently declassified government files reveal shocking evidence of corruption at the highest levels. Interviews with a former mob lawyer, a murder witness, and an FBI agent are among the sources History Detectives unearth as they track Jimmy Hoffa’s final hours and answer the question: “Who killed Jimmy Hoffa?”

The show gave a lot of weight to a death bed confession of Frank Sheeran, a friend of Hoffa who was described as a hitman. Sheeran said he killed Hoffa at a home in Detroit.

Stejskal said the FBI investigated and was dismissive of his claims.

It also talked about President Richard Nixon possibly taking mob money, something that had reported in the past.

David Ashenfelter, a former Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reporter, and a Pulitzer prize winner, who was interviewed in the show, told ticklethewire.com:

David Ashenfelter

“I think Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance remains a mystery. I found the archival footage very interesting. I enjoyed the program.

“I thought they covered all of the major leads and brought a younger generation up to date on one of the biggest mysteries of the 20th Century,” he added. “But as it always turns out in the Hoffa mystery, we don’t know much more than we knew when the FBI wrote the Hoffex Memo six months after Jimmy Hoffa vanished.”

 

FBI May Investigate Death of Staten Island Man Placed in Chokehold by NYPD

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is considering launching its own investigation into the death of a Staten Island man who died after he was placed in a chokehold by police, The New York Post reports.

The bureau also is “monitoring” the investigation by the New York Police Department.

George Venizelos, the chief of the FBI’s New York office, spoke with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton about the death.

Eric Garner, 43, died of cardiac arrest after an undercover cop put him in a chokehold. A video shows Garner struggling to say he can’t breathe but police sustained the hold.

80th Anniversary: Death of Gangster John Dillinger Helped Lead to Creation of FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gangster John Dillinger was the fed’s first Public Enemy Number One.

It was June 22, 1934, and Dillinger was wanted for at least 12 bank robberies, four police department robberies and the murder of a police officer. Outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago, agents from the Department of Investigation of the Justice Department shot and killed Dillinger after he reached for a gun, Reason recounts.

The nationally publicized capture catapulted J. Edgar Hoover and his “G-Men” into heroes, prompting Congress to approve the creation of the FBI.

Omaha Columnist Interviews Retired FBI Agent Greg Stejskal About the Hoffa Disappearance

 Editors Note from ticklethewire.com: Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office. He is also a columnist for ticklethewire.com

Greg Stejskal

 
By Michael Kelly
World-Herald columnist

Omaha native and retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal recently returned to the scene of a famous crime: the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

Stejskal, who worked on the case of the missing former Teamsters Union president, was interviewed for the PBS program “History Detectives” at the Red Fox restaurant in suburban Detroit, where Hoffa was last seen.

The ex-agent is curious as to whether the “History Detectives” turned up something new. The “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?”documentary airs at 9 tonight.

Says PBS: “Recently declassified government files reveal shocking evidence of corruption at the highest levels.”

To read more click here. 

Listen to his interview below on WDET in Detroit.

Blistering Human Rights Report: FBI Pushed Muslims to Plot Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department used questionable tactics to identify and prosecute terrorism suspects, a new human rights report offers, the Washington Post reports.

Human Rights Watch offered a scathing assessment of the FBI and Justice Department, which are accused of injecting fear into some Muslim communities because of the use of surveillance and informants.

The report, which follows a lengthy examination of U.S. terrorism prosecutions, says feds have targeted people with mental and physical disabilities, using tactics that critics decry as entrapment.

“The report clearly shows, in many respects, the American public is being sold a false bill of goods,” said Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington director at Human Rights Watch. “To be sure, the threat of terrorism is real,” she said. “But in many of the cases we documented, there was no threat until the FBI showed up and helped turn people into terrorists.”

The Justice Department defended its record.

“The Department of Justice has been a steadfast ally of our nation’s civil rights groups for decades,” Marc Raimondi, a Justice Department spokesman, said. “The report itself acknowledges that the legal process used in the cases it highlighted is not only lawful but is also specifically approved by federal judges. . . . We do not and cannot target individuals solely for engaging in activities protected by the First Amendment, which includes free speech and religion.”

DNA Evidence Exonerates Man in 1982 Slaying Following Discovery of FBI Lab Error

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who spent 26 years in prison in the 1982 slaying of a Washington woman was exonerated following the discovery that the FBI made a critical lab error during the investigation, the Washington Post reports.

Kevin Martin, 50, who long maintained his innocence, was cleared following DNA evidence that contradicted FBI lab results that tied Martin to the scene of the attack.

It’s the fifth time in five years that prosecutors in Washington conceded making errors by an elite forensic unit.

“I am free at last. I am humbled. I never gave up,” Martin said, hugging his lawyers as his fiancé and family gathered around him.

“I just want to live,” Martin said.

Martin was accused of killing Ursula C. Brown, whose body was found near a dumpster next to an elementary school. She had been stabbed, sexually assaulted and shot in the head.