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Archive for February 18th, 2009

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Says America is a Nation of Cowards When It Comes to Race

Eric Holder Jr./doj photo

Eric Holder Jr./doj photo

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr., a well respected figure in Washington, delivered some sobering and pointed remarks about race in America. Even with the first African American president and attorney general, he said the race issue is far from perfect.

By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, said Wednesday the United States was “a nation of cowards” on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues. In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.
“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder said.
Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, but “we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”
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Chicago FBI Gives NBC Executive Larry Wert Citizen Award

CHICAGO — Larry Wert, President of the Central and Western Region of NBC Local Media, is the 2008 Chicago recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, the FBI in Chicago announced.
Commenting on the award, in a prepared statement, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said Telemundo Chicago (WSNS-TV), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, has provided has provided invaluable help in the past year by airing its “Unsolved Crimes” segment.
Each of the 56 FBI field offices give the award to a citizen.


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At Least 10 People Vying For Philly U.S. Atty Job

A herd of candidates are trying to grab the U.S. Attorney post in Philly, but if history is any indication, there won’t be any decision made any time soon.

By KITTY CAPARELLA
Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — WANTED: U.S. Attorney with trial experience, possibly a career prosecutor, outstanding academic credentials and a fervor to tackle the pay-to-play culture, street violence and terrorism.
Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder named Laurie Magid as interim U.S. Attorney, but she is expected to hold that position only briefly. She had been the acting federal prosecutor since Patrick Meehan left the job last fall.
Meantime, at least 10 lawyers are known to be interested in the job as top federal prosecutor, who oversees 250 attorneys in nine counties of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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Prosecution Team Replaced in Sen. Stevens Case

This prosecution team had so many screw ups that it seems this was the only logical move. Can this save the government from a mistrial or losing the case all together? Who knows. There’s still the issue of an FBI agent alleging government misconduct in the case.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Six Justice Department prosecutors will no longer participate in key legal proceedings involving former senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who was convicted last year on corruption charges.
The move follows a hearing last week in which U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan held four prosecutors in contempt for failing to give defense attorneys documents concerning allegations of misconduct by members of the government’s legal team.
The Justice Department says the prosecutors will no longer be part of legal proceedings dealing with the allegations. They will continue to play a role in other post-trial legal issues, however.
Laura Sweeney, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said, “It was determined that this was the appropriate action.” She declined to comment further.
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D.C. Councilman Marion Barry Pulls a Surprise: He Files his 2007 Taxes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Marion Barry/official photo
Marion Barry/official photo

WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilman Marion Barry, who for years has tested the patience of the electorate and federal prosecutors alike, finally filed his 2007 tax return Tuesday, WRC-TV in Washington reported.
The stations also said Barry, who is still beloved in certain sections of the city, “is threatening to file his 2008 taxes next week, according to a representative for the former mayor.”
Federal prosecutors recently filed court papers asking that Barry get thrown in the slammer for failing to pay his taxes. The station reported that he was on probation for failing to file on time in the past and had failed to file on time in eight of the past nine years.
Barry is hoping that between filing the latest taxes, and his ailments — he is awaiting a kidney transplant — the feds will back off  and allow him to remain a free man.
Stay tuned. The man has a knack for getting in trouble.
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It’s Christmas For Homeland Security When it Comes to Stimulus Package

Rich Cooper

Rich Cooper

By Rich Cooper
Security DeBrief

WASHINGTON — Let it never be said that giving out Christmas presents has to happen just one day a year. In fact, it can occur any time the Congress and President are in the spending mood and, boy oh boy, are they in the spending mood.
Below is what will be signed into law (anticipated on Monday) and needless to say DHS has not been ignored or forgotten when it comes being a ‘stimulator’ for the nation’s ailing economy.

TITLE VI-DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Under Secretary for Management

For an additional amount for the ‘Office of the Under Secretary for Management’, $198,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2011, solely for planning, design, and construction costs, including site security, information technology infrastructure, fixtures, and related costs to consolidate the Department of Homeland Security headquarters: Provided, That no later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Administrator of General Services, shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives a plan for the expenditure of these funds.

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Fed Prosecutors Talk to Yankee Pitcher in Roger Clemens Probe

Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens

The feds are actively pursuing its case against baseball star Roger Clemens, trying to figure out if he lied to Congress. The question is: can Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte help make their case?

By Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors have interviewed Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte as they investigate whether his former teammate Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Two people familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Pettitte was in Washington last week to meet with prosecutors. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.
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