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Mueller Goes Up To The Hill To Talk Anthrax

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Mueller/fbi photo

FBI director Robert Mueller III is up on the Hill today to explain the anthrax case against scientist Bruce E. Ivins, who committed suicide before any charges were filed. The case relies heavily on circumstantial evidence, which has created a stew of critics.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer 
WASHINGTON — The strength of the government’s evidence against Bruce E. Ivins, who died before prosecutors publicly labeled him the lone culprit in the 2001 anthrax-by-mail attacks, will be tested anew today when FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III appears before the House Judiciary Committee.
Authorities have released scores of pages from search warrants that they executed in an attempt to link Ivins, a bioweapons researcher at the Army lab at Fort Detrick, Md., to poison-laced letters that killed five people and sickened 17.

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Feds Say Ex-FBI Agent Acted Like Gangster

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John Connolly/wbztv

On the opening day of trial in Miami, prosecutors portrayed ex-Boston FBI agent John Connolly as another member of the Whitey Bulger gang who was responsible for murder. Meanwhile, Bulger remains a fugtive.

Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff
MIAMI – A jury of Floridians was introduced yesterday to Boston’s most notorious gangsters, a dizzying array of slayings, Byzantine betrayals, and a glimpse of a scandal involving the FBI’s handling of informants, as testimony began in the trial of former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. on murder charges.
A federal prosecutor from Boston portrayed Connolly as a corrupt agent who recruited gangster James “Whitey” Bulger as an informant and then became “just another member of the gang” and leaked sensitive information that provoked the 1982 slaying of Boston business consultant John B. Callahan.

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FBI Says U.S. Crime Slightly Down

The FBI reported that crime in 2007 declined a bit including murder and other violent acts. 

By Solomon Moore
New York Times
Violent crime declined slightly in 2007, reversing a two-year rise, and property crimes declined for a fifth straight year, an annual national survey released on Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation found.
The survey, the Uniform Crime Report, compiled crime data from more than 17,700 law enforcement agencies, which reported 1,408,337 violent crimes, a decrease of 0.7 percent from 2007. Violent crimes include murder, manslaughter, rape and assault; all four of those types of crime decreased.

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FBI Casts Wide Net in Maryland Raids

Thomas Hendershot/official photo

Thomas Hendershot/official photo

The FBI apparently raided more than originally reported, hitting the homes of a former council member and high ranking firefighter as part of a public corruption probe into development in Prince George’s County.

By Rosalend Helderman and Nelson Hernandez
Washington Post Staff Writers
GREENBELT, Md. — An FBI sweep across Prince George’s County on Saturday included raids on the homes of a former county council member and a high-ranking official with the county fire department, part of a federal investigation into a massive development project near the Greenbelt Metro station, a law enforcement source and neighbors said yesterday.
The searches of houses belonging to former council member Thomas R. Hendershot and Fire Department Lt. Col. Karl L. Granzow Jr. came on the same morning that teams of agents visited two county government buildings armed with search warrants and grand jury subpoenas seeking information on a lengthy list of lobbyists and developers, according to a source with knowledge of the documents.

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Secret Service Promotes Keith L. Prewitt

Keith L. Prewitt, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service, was recently named deputy director, director Mark Sullivan announced. Prewitt most recently served as assistant director of the Office of Protective Research.

Federal Judge Fires Off The Last Shot In Controversy

CHICAGO — The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a federal judge threw out a lawsuit that had shut down the FBI’s shooting range in North Chicago.
The paper said an environmental group had filed the suit and complained that the gun range sent bullets into a nearby park and into a lake. The FBI voluntarily closed the facility earlier this year to study any issues, but it will one day reopen after some improvements, the paper said.
   The paper quoted Chicago’s top FBI agent Robert Grant as saying: “We are careful stewards of our property and take great care in ensuring it is safely operated for guests, employees, neighbors and the environment.”

Judge Rips Federal Prosecutor in Terrorism Case

A federal judge ripped into a hard-hitting federal prosecutor, saying he’d gone too far in a terrorism case.

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sami al-Arian, one of the nation’s most prominent terrorism defendants, was about to be released into his daughter’s custody to await a new trial on contempt charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg protested, saying that “in this particular culture,” a woman could not prevent her father from fleeing.
U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema lashed out at the prosecutor, calling his remark about the Muslim family insulting. Earlier, she had chastised Kromberg for changing a boilerplate immunity order beyond the language spelled out by Congress and questioned whether Arian’s constitutional rights had been violated.

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FBI RAIDS Prince George’s Co. Offices

FBI agents raided two county office building in suburban Washington on Saturday, fueling more speculation and  talk about public corruption involving developers and lobbyists.

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Aaron C. Davis and Henri E. Cauvin
Washington Post Staff Writers
GREENBELT, MD –Teams of FBI agents raided two Prince George’s County government buildings yesterday, law enforcement and other sources said, a sweep that made public a federal investigation of a massive development planned near the Greenbelt Metro station.

A source with knowledge of the probe said agents distributed grand jury subpoenas seeking information about the planned 240-acre development, including efforts by developers to rezone the property and secure highway access from the Capital Beltway.
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