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Archive for February 10th, 2009

FBI Agents Raid Ga. Peanut Processing Plant Linked to Salmonella

That such a product so beloved by Americans could become a symbol of death is unthinkable. The FBI is now working the case.

By JIM DRINKARD
Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Federal agents on Monday raided a Georgia peanut processing plant linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak that has prompted one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history.
The FBI executed search warrants at both the plant in Blakely, Ga., and at Peanut Corp. of America’s headquarters in Lynchburg, Va., according to a senior congressional aide with knowledge of the raids. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The plant has been identified as the source of the salmonella that has sickened hundreds and killed as many as eight people.
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Philly FBI Agent Shoots and Kills Man During Undercover Investigation

The shooting stunned the neighborhood in Northeast Philly.

By CBS3.com
PHILADELPHIA — A FBI agent fatally shot a man during an undercover investigation in Northeast Philadelphia Monday afternoon.
The shooting happened in the 900 block of Borbeck Avenue in the city’s Fox Chase section at about 3:00 p.m.
According to reports, the FBI and the Major Crimes Unit of Philadelphia were doing undercover surveillance as part of an investigation into bank robberies.
Sources said the suspect under surveillance, 48-year-old Daniel Trinsey, exited his girlfriend’s home and pulled out a replica of a Glock. FBI agents, believing the gun was real, instructed him to drop the weapon, but investigators said he refused.
An agent fired several shots, fatally wounding Trinsey on the front lawn.
Sources said Trinsey had a long criminal history and served seven years in prison for a bank robbery.
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Former Orioles Shortstop Miguel Tejada Charged With Lying to Congressional Investigators


The charges come as the feds continue to look into Roger Clemens and his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Tejada, who now plays for the Houston Astros, is expected to plead guilty.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Dave Sheinin
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada was charged today with lying to Congressional investigators about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
Federal prosecutors accused Tejada of making misrepresentations to Congressional staffers during an interview in a Baltimore hotel room focusing on the prevalence of steroids in the game.
The charge came in “a criminal information,” a document that can only be filed with the defendant’s consent and usually signals a plea deal is near. Tejada, who now plays for the Houston Astros, is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Washington, court officials said.
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FBI Raided Virginia Defense Lobbying Firm With Close Ties to Rep. John Murtha

Rep. John Murtha/gov. photo

Rep. John Murtha/gov. photo

The real question is: Are the feds focusing in on Rep. John Murtha, the influential pol from Pennsylvania?


By Emma Schwartz and Justin Rood
ABC News

The FBI raided the offices of a defense lobbying firm with close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha (Penn.), sources tell ABC News.
PMA Group
The FBI searched the Virginia headquarters of the PMA Group in November, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. PMA was founded by former Murtha aide Paul Magliochetti and specializes in winning earmarked taxpayer funds for its clients.
Good government groups have long criticized Murtha’s cozy relationship with a handful of lobbyists and defense firms, ties that see millions of dollars in government spending go out from Murtha’s office, and hundreds of thousands in campaign donations come in. Murtha has said his earmarking has helped revive his economically depressed district.

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Former N.Y. Fed Prosecutor to Become SEC Head of Enforcement

The Securities Exchange Commission has been shamed by the Bernie Madoff case. Lots of changes need to be made so this can’t happen again. Here’s one big one.


By KARA SCANNELL
The Wall Street Journal

Former federal prosecutor Robert Khuzami will be named the new head of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as this week, a person familiar with the matter said, in the latest bid by the SEC’s new chief to restore its credibility.
Mr. Khuzami, currently a top lawyer at Deutsche Bank AG in New York, was offered and accepted the position of enforcement director, this person said. He will replace Linda Thomsen, the division’s first female director, who is expected to resign this week, the person said. A spokesman for Deutche Bank declined to comment.
Mr. Khuzami and Ms. Thomsen couldn’t be reached for comment. A spokesman for the SEC and a spokesman for Deutche Bank declined to comment.

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GOP Examining Dep. Atty. Gen. Nominee David Ogden on Issues Including Obscenity, Abortion and the Death Penalty

David Ogden/law firm photo

David Ogden/law firm photo

The GOP is examining David Ogden’s work as a private lawyer and conservatives are questioning his legal work defending the adult entertainment industry in First Amendment cases. Still, his confirmation seems to be a sure thing.

By David Ingram
Legal Times
WASHINGTON — The nomination of David Ogden to be deputy attorney general has given senators a chance to revisit some of most controversial Supreme Court decisions of the last two decades.
During a two-hour confirmation hearing last week, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Ogden about his work on cases involving abortion, the death penalty, foreign law and obscenity, repeatedly asking whether he personally holds the views that he argued on behalf of his clients. The partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr replied that in many cases he does not, and that in others he would still enforce the law if confirmed as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.
Anti-pornography activists have been among the most vocal critics of Ogden’s nomination because of his work on behalf of the adult entertainment industry in First Amendment cases.
“A lawyer in private practice does not sit in judgment of his clients. His job is to present their view as persuasively as possible,” Ogden said at the Feb. 5 hearing.
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New England Mobster to Hitman: “Shoot Him in the F—ing Head…Say ‘This is From the Saint’

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Anthony St. Laurent Sr. gave a hired hitman some simple instructions before rubbing out rival New England mobster Robert DeLuca: “Shoot him in the f–ing head…Say ‘This is from the Saint.”
Unfortunately for St. Laurent, a “made man” in the Patriarca crime family, the hitman was actually an undercover police officer, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I.
St. Laurent, 67, already serving time in prison for extortion, now faces a charge of solicitation to commit murder for hire, according to the Justice Department.
St. Laurent spoke Monday by video conference to U.S. District Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond in Providence, who assigned him a court appointed attorney, according to the Providence Journal.
U.S. Atty. Clark Corrente of Providence said the charges were part of ongoing effort to crackdown on organized crime.
“Federal, state and local law enforcement throughout New England are ramping up the campaign against organized crime,” he said in a statement.
In 2006, according to a court affidavit, St. Laurent allegedly offered two people $20,000 to kill DeLuca. However, authorities said, the duo declined and expressed concern that DeLuca was a “made” member of the Mob and killing him might result in retribution.
In 2007, St. Laurent went off to prison to serve a 56-month sentence for extortion, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Behind bars, according to the government affidavit, he told a fellow inmate to pass on his wishes about killing DeLuca to a visitor – a cop, who was posing as a hitman.
St. Laurent is currently at the Federal Medical Facility in Fort Devens, Mass.

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