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Breaking: Ex-Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and Wife Maureen Convicted of Public Corruption

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who had been mentioned as a vice presidential candidate at one time, was convicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., along with his wife Maureen, of public corruption and selling the office to a free spending Richmond businessman for golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans, the Washington Post reported.

Matt Zapotosky and Rosalind S. Helderman of the Post reported that a federal jury deliberated three days before serving up the verdict. Robert McDonnell was convicted of 11 counts and his wife,  nine.

The jury also acquitted the couple of several charges. 

The Post wrote:

 The verdict means that Robert McDonnell, who was already the first governor in Virginia history to be charged with a crime, now he holds an even more unwanted distinction: the first ever to be convicted of one. He and his wife face decades in federal prison, though their actual sentence will probably fall well short of that.

 

Anti-Defamation League to Hold 5th Annual ADL Shield Awards to Honor Law Enforcement

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization which works closely with law enforcement in the battle against terrorism and protecting civil rights, will present its fifth annual ADL Shield Awards on Sept. 17 in D.C.

The awards are in the area of terrorism and civil rights.

The awards were created in 2010 to recognize law enforcement for major achievements in the fight against hate crimes, domestic and international terrorism, and for protecting civil rights.

“The SHIELD Awards give us an opportunity to publicly recognize and express our appreciation to law enforcement for protecting our nation and its values,” Elise Jarvis, ADL’s Associate Director for Law Enforcement Outreach and Communal Security, said in a press release. “They are a way for us to honor the individuals who guard our lives and freedoms.”

According to a press release, the 2014 ADL SHIELD Award recipients will include investigators and prosecutors from:

  •  The FBI Washington Field Office, New York City Police Department Intelligence Bureau, US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Counterterrorism Section for their investigation and prosecution of the founders and leaders of Revolution Muslim, an organization which encouraged terrorist attacks and violence against non-Muslims. Zachary Chesser pled guilty to soliciting murder and attempting to support a designated terrorist group and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Jesse Morton pled guilty to soliciting murder and was sentenced to nearly 12 years in jail. Yousef Al-Khattab pled guilty to using the Internet to place others in fear of serious bodily injury or death and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
  •  The FBI Baltimore Division and the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Criminal Section for their investigation and prosecution of a Color of Law case in which corrections officers in Maryland beat an inmate over a series of shifts and then subsequently obstructed justice with other officers in an effort to cover up the assault. Fourteen corrections officers were held accountable and convicted under federal law.
  •  The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Division and Statesboro Resident Agency and the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia for their investigation and prosecution of Michael Lee Fullmore, a member of the Georgia Knight Rider’s, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, who was arrested after confiding to an FBI informant that he wanted to firebomb a local church in retaliation for the church’s support of the Latino community. He was charged with firearms and drug distribution violations and sentenced to 52 months in prison. Following his conviction, the entire Knight Riders Klan organization was disbanded.
  •  The Drug Enforcement Administration, US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, US Customs and Border Protection, and US Department of the Treasury for a multi-agency operation which focused on the financial activities of three Lebanese financial institutions, each of which has been implicated for its involvement with the Hezbollah terror group. As of March 2014, more than $150 million dollars had been seized under this Operation.
  •  The Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for their investigation and prosecution of local members of the Moorish Nation, part of the sovereign citizen movement, for felonies which included First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy, and Theft over $100,000 in connection to their occupation of a home in Montgomery County, MD. Honorees received threats to themselves and their families because of their involvement in the case.

 

Tussle for FBI Headquarters: Maryland Says It Has More Bureau Employees Than Other States

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ongoing battle to land the new FBI headquarters has prompted a tussle between Maryland and Virginia about where most of the bureau’s staff actually live, the Washington Post reports.

According to a previously unreleased study from 2012 by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Maryland is the most popular home for headquarters employees.

“Based on commuting data of the Census block groups of the current FBI location, we estimate that 43.2% of current FBI headquarters employees reside in Maryland, 33.4% in Virginia and 17.4% in DC,” the report states. ” Outside of Washington DC, the largest number of commuters resides in Montgomery County (16.4%), Prince George’s County (16.3%) and Fairfax County (15.4%).”

The Washington Post reports that residency is important and could give Maryland the advantage.

But little could be gained from an income tax standpoint.

“The only way that Maryland would gain income tax revenue from FBI employees would be if they relocate from either D.C. or Virginia,” wrote the Maryland researchers, in their report. “Currently, 75 percent of workers around the FBI headquarters commute from within a 25-mile radius and would be unlikely to relocate. Very few of the current FBI workers would be likely to relocate to Maryland in the near term.”

 

 

 

FBI Expects to Soon Release Short List of Potential New FBI Headquarters Sites

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The search for a future FBI headquarters should soon be narrowed down to a short list, the Washington Post reports.

Communities and politicians in Virginia and Maryland are watching closely as the FBI looks to build the largest new federal campus in more than 50 years.

Once the list is narrowed down to finalists, the developers will be invited to submit proposals to build the headquarters, the New York Times wrote.

The FBI is looking to build 2.1 million-square-foot campus that must be within 2.5 miles of the Beltway and two miles of a Metro station.

The federal government expects to choose the final location late next year.

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.