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Fed. Prosecutors Widen the Net into Allegations of Torture Involving Chicago Cops

By Steve Mills and Jeff Coen
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors continue to investigate decades-old allegations that Chicago police routinely tortured murder suspects, focusing on a half-dozen detectives following the recent indictment of former Cmdr. Jon Burge, the alleged ringleader, sources said.
Subpoenas served on the city show that prosecutors are looking at detectives long linked to Burge and the South Side precincts where he worked mostly during the 1980s. Among them: former Sgt. John Byrne, considered Burge’s right-hand man, and former detective Peter Dignan.
It is not surprising that the investigation has widened beyond Burge. Last October, when prosecutors announced Burge’s indictment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges, U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald said the charges “should serve as a warning” to those officers who worked for him and took part in alleged brutality.
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Atty Fired Under Bush Regime After Rumors of Being A Lesbian is Rehired

Things are quickly changing at the Justice Department — quicker than expected.

By Ari Shapiro
All Things Considered
WASHINGTON —  On Monday, the Justice Department undid a small part of the damage that top officials caused in a scandal of politicized hiring and firing during the Bush administration. The department rehired an attorney who was improperly removed from her job because she was rumored to be a lesbian.
NPR first broke the story of Leslie Hagen’s dismissal last April, and the Justice Department’s inspector general later corroborated the report. Now, Hagen has returned to her post at the department’s Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.
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He’s Back: Ex-Gov. Blago Takes Some Hits on Letterman



Some Investors Suspected Madoff of Wrongdoing But Didn’t Care (Bloomberg)

Could Missing FBI Agent Robert Levinson Be Part of Prisoner Swap?

Criminologist Who Looks Like Biker Opening Law Enforcement’s Eyes About Drug Dealers

"The Wire" Depicted Life of the Drug DealerBy Suzanne Smalley

The image of a drug dealer driving a Mercedes is a Hollywood favorite, so maybe it’s not surprising that the African-American preacher, speaking on a panel about how to shut down urban drug markets, went for the cliché. It’s hard to get the dealers off the corners and into straight jobs, said the preacher, since selling drugs pays so well. A voice piped up. “This is not true,” said David Kennedy. “They’re scraping by, living at home.” Kennedy offered advice: when confronting dealers who say they’re getting rich, tell them, “I’m calling bulls—.”
Kennedy is a rail-thin white man with weary eyes, a goatee and hair down his back; he resembles country singer Willie Nelson. He has never been a cop, and, as one friend says, he “looks more like a biker than a professor.” He has no Ph.D. or masters in criminology; he studied philosophy as a Swarthmore undergrad. But in the hotel ballroom packed with police and U.S. Justice Department officials, everyone was listening-because Kennedy is the only person who has ever come up with a consistently viable (and cost-effective) strategy for helping the inner city with its chronic blight and shame, the dope dealer on the corner.
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The Latest “Oops Award” Goes to New York Fed Judge P. Kevin Castel

By Jerry Capeci
Gangland News

Federal Judge P. Kevin Castel is a stickler for the rule of law and proper courtroom decorum.
Two weeks ago, the judge’s words, and common courtesy, failed the jurist miserably when he tweaked a federal prosecutor twice about his failure to stand up to address the court.
Had the judge exhibited the common courtesy to look down from the bench he would have realized the prosecutor can’t stand up. He’s a quadriplegic.
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Man Who Sent Dozens of White Powdered Letters Was Upset About Losing $60,000+ in Stock

Message to Richard Leon Goyette: Lots more people loss lots more cash than you buddy. Next time get a Bernie Madoff punching bag to let out your aggressions.

Associated Press
DALLAS – A man apparently upset about losing more than $60,000 when the government took over a failed bank has been arrested on charges alleging he mailed threatening letters containing suspicious powder to banks and federal offices, authorities said Tuesday.
Richard Leon Goyette, 47, was arrested at the Albuquerque, N.M., airport Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Dallas said. He is charged with a single count of knowingly and intentionally conveying false and misleading information.
“Mr. Goyette’s alleged criminal actions caused emergency responders and hazardous response teams immense unnecessary labor and expense, diverted personnel from actual emergencies, completely disrupted business at these financial institutions, and caused untold emotional distress to those who received letters,” said James T. Jacks, acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
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Eric Holder Vows to Staff to Fight Terrorism and Improve Integrity of Dept.

Eric Holder Jr.
Eric Holder Jr.

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — The newly minted Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. addressed Justice Department employees Tuesday morning and vowed to fight terrorism and improve the integrity of the department.
“We must restore the credibility of this Department, which has been so badly shaken by allegations of improper political interference,” he said, according to a prepared statement released by the Justice Department. “Law enforcement decisions and personnel actions must, and they will, be untainted by partisanship.”
In the area of terrorism, he said:
“We must strengthen the activities of the federal government as we protect the people – the American people – from terrorism. Nothing we will do will be more important. We must use every available tactic to defeat our adversaries – and we must do so within the letter and the spirit of the Constitution. There is not a tension between the ideals that formed this nation and that which we must do to keep it safe.
The following is the full text of his speech:

Good morning.

It’s a privilege to speak to you today, both as the new Attorney General and as your returning colleague. I am deeply honored to have the opportunity once again to work side-by-side with all of you here at the United States Department of Justice.
The Justice Department has aptly been described as the “crown jewel” of the federal government. It has attained this distinction not because of any laws or regulations, cases or controversies, buildings or equipment, but rather because of the quality, integrity, and dedication of the people who work tirelessly to carry out the Department’s vital mission. Simply stated, you – the employees of the United States Department of Justice – are the backbone, the heart, and the soul of this great agency.

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