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Ex-Minister Gets Six Months in Prison for Lying to FBI About Hate Crime in Virginia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former minister in Virginia claimed earlier this year that his porch and car were set on fire, and the side of his house painted with a racial slur.

The financially struggling minister, Olander D. Cuthrell, 42, said he was the target of a hate crime.

Not so.

Turns out, he set it all up.

Cuthrell was sentenced to six months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to lying to an FBI agent during a hate investigation, Progress-index.com reports.

The FBI became involved because of the hate crime claims.

 

FBI Agent Faces Trial After Shooting His Wife During an Alleged Confrontation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

A second-degree murder trial is scheduled for Arthur “Art” Bernard Gonzales to begin on Oct. 16, Frederickburg.com reports.

Gonzales, who has been working as a supervisory special agent-instructor at the bureau’s National Academy at Quantico, is accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife at their Stafford County home in Virginia during what he said was an argument.

Gonzales, 43, called 911 on April 19 and blamed the confrontation on his estranged wife, Julie Serna Gonzales, 42.

“My wife just attacked me with a knife and I had to shoot her,” he was recorded telling the Virginia 911 dispatcher. “She cut me on the arm.”

 

Federal Agent Returns Home After Hung Jury in His Second-Degree Murder Trial

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A monthlong trial for a federal agent accused of murder in Hawaii ended in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict, ABC News reports.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy is headed home to Virginia, but he most likely will face another trial, ABC News wrote.

“Mr. Deedy does need to go back home and back to work,” defense attorney Brook Hart told the judge.

The 29-year-old agent from Virginia is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kollin Elderts, 23.

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Appeals Court Rules NY Times Reporter James Risen Must Testify: He Says He’d Rather Go to Jail

Reporter James Risen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — James Risen, a hard-hitting New York Times reporter, continues to have his feet held to the fire.

A U.S. Appeals Court in Richmond, Va. on Friday ruled that the reporter and author must testify in a criminal trial of a former CIA officer accused of providing classified information to Risen about a botched plot against the Iranian government, USA Today reports.

The court ruled that  the First Amendment did not protect reporters in cases of unauthorized leaks from testifying against the suspected leakers.

Risen has vowed to appeal the ruling to Supreme Court and go to jail if necessary.

The ruling comes in wake of a controversial move by the Justice Department to secretly obtain Associated Press reporters’ phone records, and a vow by the Justice Department to be more sensitive to the work reporters do.

“The subpoena for Risen’s testimony was not issued in bad faith or for the purpose of harassment,” the court’s majority concluded. “Risen is not being called upon to give information bearing only a remote and tenuous relationship to the subject of the investigation, and there is no reason to believe that his testimony implicates confidential source relationship without a legitimate need of law enforcement.”

The latest ruling has triggered much talk among journalists here in the nation’s capital.

The New York Times writes:

Mr. Risen is a national security reporter for The Times, but the case revolves around material he published in his 2006 book, “State of War,” not in the newspaper. A chapter in the book recounted efforts by the C.I.A. in the Clinton administration to trick Iranian scientists by having a Russian defector give them blueprints for a nuclear triggering device that had been altered with an error. The chapter portrays the operation as reckless and botched in a way that could have helped the Iranians gain accurate information.

Two Virginia Friends Accused of Stealing FBI-Issued Machine Gun from Trunk

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Virginia friends thought it would be fun to test out a machine gun they are accused of stealing from the trunk of an FBI agent in Alexandria, The Washington Examiner reports.

Jonathan Cowden, 26, a security guard and Nate Whilden, a music instructor, face up to 10 years in prison on charges of possessing a machine gun.

Whilden is accused of breaking into the FBI sedan and stealing a black bag that contained an agency-issued Heckler and Koch MP5/10mm machine gun and body armor marked with the bureau’s letters.

“Oh, crap, what did I do,” Whilden is accused of saying after becoming aware he had stolen an FBI machine gun, The Washington Examiner reported.

Cowden is described as an “avid collector of exotic guns.”

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Virginia Gov. McDonnell Faces Uncertain Future As FBI Investigates Gifts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The political future of Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell is at a stake as the FBI investigates gifts he received from a maker of dietary supplements, Bloomberg reports.

The company, Star Scientific, spent $2,268 on a getaway vacation for the governor, $15,000 for catering at his daughter’s wedding and $100,000 on campaign contribution to the Republican, Bloomberg wrote.

The inquiry raises the chances of spoiling McDonnell’s potential 2016 presidential bid

“This still-unfolding scandal is a real departure from the governor’s generally squeaky-clean image,” said Stephen Farnsworth, the director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. “This controversy has really put a dent into the governor’s political future.”

Virginia Gov. McDonnell Under Investigation Over Company Paying $15,000 for Daughter’s Wedding

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell after a campaign donor paid for catering and flowers at his daughter’s wedding, The Atlantic reports.

The probes centers around whether McDonnell violated campaign finance laws when Star Scientific picked up the $15,000 tab for food and flowers at the wedding in 2011. 

The governor said he never reported the donation because it was for his daughter, not him, The Atlantic wrote.

Virginia law only requires donation disclosure for contributions made to an office holder.

McDonnell lobbied vigorously for the company in the past, The Atlantic reported.

Reagan Shooter John Hinckley Behaving Well

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been behaving well.

The Associated Press reports that he’s behaved well in the past year when leaving his home, a psychiatric hospital in Washington, to visit his mother in nearby Virginia.

AP reported that Secret Service agents trailed Hinckley on more than 35 days during 2012 when he visited his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Va.

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