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Insane Clown Posse Can’t Sue Government Over FBI Gang Report, Judge Rules

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse has lost its lawsuit against the feds.

U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland dismissed the group’s lawsuit against the FBI and Justice Department,  saying the government can’t be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that classified fans of the group as a “loosely organized hybrid gang,”  the Associated Press reported. The fans are known as Juggalos.

The AP reported that the U.S. Justice Department is not responsible for how authorities use a national report on gangs.

Fans claimed they were unfairly targeted by local authorities because of the gang label.

Border Patrol Union: Court Ruling Endangers Agents Because of Fear of Lawsuits

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An appellate court’s ruling that permitted a Mexican family to sue Border Patrol agents could endanger officers, the agency’s union said Tuesday, according to the Texas Tribune reports.

Agents worried about lawsuits may be more reluctant to use deadly force when necessary, according to the National Border Patrol Council.

“We’re concerned, and we think [Monday’s ruling] is going to have a very chilling effect,” said Shawn Moran, vice president at-large and a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council.

On Monday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the family of a Mexican child can sue the Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the boy.

The ACLU applauded the decision.

“Today the Fifth Circuit helped ensure that [Customs and Border Patrol] agents are held accountable for shocking and outrageous abuse, even when their victims aren’t inside the U.S.,” Adriana Piñon, an ACLU of Texas staff attorney, said in a statement.

Supreme Court: Secret Service Agents Immune from Protest Lawsuit Involving President Bush

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Supreme Court halted a lawsuit that alleges unequal treatment by Secret Service agents.

The Washington Post reports that the court unanimously ruled that agents were immune from the lawsuit because they were responsible for distancing protesters from then-President George W. Bush following a 2-0-4 campaign event in Jacksonville, Ore.

“The maintenance of equal access makes sense in the situation the agents confronted,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the court.

During the event, the Secret Service moved protesters away while allowing supporters to stay close.

Seven protesters and two Secret Service agents filed suit, claiming unequal treatment of their free-speech rights.

American Muslims Claim FBI Placed Them on No-Fly List for Refusing to Be Informants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No one has accused Naveed Shinwari of breaking the law.

But that hasn’t stopped federal authorities from placing him on the no-fly list, which has prevented Shinwari from seeing his wife for the past 26 months, the Guardian reports.

Shinwari said he believes he can’t fly because he’s refused to become an informant for the FBI.

“I’m just very frustrated, [and I said] what can I do to clear my name?” said Shinwari, 30, who has lived in the U.S. since he was 14. “And that’s where it was mentioned to me: ‘you help us, we help you. We know you don’t have a job; we’ll give you money.’”

Shinwari is among four American Muslims accusing the FBI in a lawsuit of retaliating against them for refusing to become informants.
The FBI declined to comment.

Retired ATF Agent Sues Feds for $10M Over Handling of Him Infiltrating Hell’s Angels

Jay Dobyns/his website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A retired ATF agent who infiltrated the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang is suing the federal agency for $10 million for failing to protect him, News 4 Tucson reports.

Jay Dobyns, an ATF agent for 27 years, was investigating Hell’s Angels between 2001 and 2003 as an undercover agent.

As a result, Dobyns has been subjected to threats from the motorcycle gang.

In the suit, Dobyns alleges the agency never investigated a suspicious fire that destroyed his Tucson home, which precipitated the lawsuit.

After closing arguments were made earlier this week, observers expect a judgment soon.

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Judge: FBI Has Right to Access Woman’s Facebook Posts in Lawsuit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Be careful what you write on Facebook.

In one case, the FBI has the right to access the Facebook posts of a woman who is suing the bureau over what she claims was a misguided 2011 raid, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Shaquel Adams must turn over pages from her Facebook account, particularly to demonstrate claims that she suffered from severe emotional distress.

“While the Court acknowledges that discovery of such matters is intrusive and regards personal matters which are typically not shared publicly, by asserting claims seeking damages for their emotional distress allegedly sustained during the events of March 3, 2011, Plaintiffs have put their own mental health, therapy and school records at issue in this case,” U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer wrote.

Was ‘Hero’ ATF Agent Too Cold After Shooting a Bronx Weapons Dealer?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An ATF agent hailed as a hero for fatally shooting a Bronx weapons dealer is suing the federal agency because he was taken off full duty after the incident, the New York Post reports.

Adam Bruzzese, of Long Island, said his bosses at ATF were convinced something was wrong with him because they believed he didn’t show enough emotional reaction.

“Although Mr. Bruzzese appreciated the gravity of the on-the-job shooting, he did not experience any psychological, psychosomatic or emotional difficulties and he was willing and able to return to work immediately,” the suit states.

But a boss “questioned Mr. Bruzzese’s mental and emotional stability because Mr. Bruzzese did not seek further counseling, did not take time off from work and was supposedly not acknowledging the seriousness of the incident,” the suit says.

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Justice Department Urges Court to Toss Lawsuit Filed by Florida Socialite Jill Kelley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Florida socialite whose complaint to the FBI led to the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus, Lawyers.com reports.

Jill Kelley claims in a lawsuit that her reputation was tarnished when the government allegedly leaked her private e-mails to the media.

Some of the messages, according to leaks to the media, were sexually explicit.

The Justice Department claims the suit should be tossed because Kelley failed to substantial her claim that the government violated her privacy, Lawyers.com reported.

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