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Identify Theft Law Can’t Be Used to Prosecute Illegal Immigrants

supreme-courtThe Supreme Court’s decision gives the government yet another reason to focus enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws against employers, not illegal immigrants.

New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a favorite tool of prosecutors in immigration cases, ruling unanimously that a federal identity-theft law may not be used against many illegal workers who used false Social Security numbers to get jobs.

The question in the case was whether workers who use fake identification numbers to commit some other crimes must know they belong to a real person to be subject to a two-year sentence extension for “aggravated identity theft.”

The answer, the Supreme Court said, is yes.

Prosecutors had used the threat of that punishment to persuade illegal workers to plead guilty to lesser charges of document fraud.

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Madoff May be Gone But Scammers Still Abound

handcuffedBernie Madoff may have had the most infamous Ponzi scheme of all time (short of Charles Ponzi), but there are still investors out there getting bilked of their retirement savings and other funds by scammers. First, we have Ponzi schemer Donald Manning sentenced to over 5 years in prison for taking $4.5 million in cash from retirees. Then we have Eric Hauser, former head securities trader and founder of the Lancer Group, manipulating stock values to the tune of $200 million in investor losses. Kudos to the prsoecutors  in these two – this is the last thing our economy needs right now.

By Mike Allen
San Diego Business Journal
Donald Manning, a former president of an investment firm that bilked some $4.5 million from retirees including members of Manning’s family, was sentenced April 15 to 63 months in federal prison by federal Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz, federal prosecutors said.

Manning, 71, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges Jan. 16 in the case that involved two other defendants, Joseph Wayne McCool and Cameron Campbell.

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South Florida Business Journal

A former head securities trader pleaded guilty on Tuesday (April 28)  in Miami to charges he participated in a scheme to manipulate trading of stocks owned by the Lancer Group hedge funds.

Investors are estimated to have lost $200 million.

Eric Hauser, 65, was founder and primary manager of the Lancer Group.

It was alleged that, between 1999 and 2003, Lauer and others manipulated the closing market price of thinly traded shell company securities to falsely inflate the value of the Lancer Group hedge funds.

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The Debate Continues: Ex-CIA Agent Robert Baer Says Torture Doesn’t Work

A former CIA analyst recently attacked FBI Director Robert Mueller For saying torture doesn’t work.  Well, ex-CIA agent Robert Baer apparently agrees with Mueller. We know we wouldn’t have to torture Dick Cheney to get his opinion on this.


More Stories of Interest

First Female Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan Talks About Her New Job (National Journal)

Two Georgia Jail Officers Charged With Lying to FBI in Inmate Death

atlanta-map1This scandal continues to unravel and cast a cloud over the Fulton County jail.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA –– Federal agents have arrested two more Fulton County jail officers for allegedly lying to federal agents in an investigation of inmate abuse.

The officers are the fourth and fifth to be charged in a case that began as an investigation into the death of inmate Richard Glasco in March 2008.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, detention officers Derontay Anton Langford, 34, of Fairburn, and Mitnee Markette Jones, 46, of Atlanta, were charged with filing a false report, making a false statement to federal agents and obstruction of justice.

They were scheduled to make their first appearance in court before federal Magistrate Chris Hagey on Monday.

Little more than a week ago, two lieutenants in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office were arrested and pleaded innocent to federal charges they beat up a prisoner and then tried to cover it up.

And on March 20, the first deputy arrested in the federal investigation, Curtis Jerome Brown Jr., 41 of Lithonia, was charged with beating a mentally ill inmate, who later died.

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A Dead Fish, a Sinking Career and Legal Action at Homeland Security

PerchMaureen McCarthy still thinks something fishy went on and as a result, her career was derailed. Can she reel in her sinking career again?

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON — Saying she still has no idea who sent her a box of dead fish, former top homeland security bioweapons official Maureen McCarthy says she has resigned from the department and begun legal action to clear her name.

Occasionally breaking into tears during a 45-minute telephone interview, McCarthy called her resignation “involuntary” and said she had suffered severe financial distress since being suspended without pay in February over the incident.

“I resigned against my will,” she said. “I had no income, and I couldn’t use my accrued annual leave” for cash. “By resigning I got that back,” she said, and could begin to take steps to rebuild her shattered career, starting with retrieving her security clearance, yanked by DHS in March.

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Sen. Kennedy Recommends Candidates for New Boston U.S. Attorney

Michael Keating/law firm photo

Michael Keating/law firm photo

The administration has a lot of work ahead when it comes to appointing new U.S. Attorneys around the country. Lately, influential politicians have been  putting in their recommendations. Here’s the latest from one of the heavy hitters in the Senate.

By Jonathan Saltzman
Boston Globe
BOSTON — A federal prosecutor and two prominent partners at a Boston law firm have been recommended to Senator Edward M. Kennedy as potential successors to former US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, according to several current and former prosecutors.

Assistant US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Michael B. Keating and Martin F. Murphy, partners at Foley Hoag, were recommended this week as finalists by a screening committee picked by Kennedy, said the current and former prosecutors, who requested anonymity but said the recommendations are common knowledge at the US Attorney’s Office.

Foley Hoag also employs Nick Littlefield, another partner, who served from 1989 through 1997 as Kennedy’s chief of staff and chief counsel for Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. He declined to comment on their selection as finalists.

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Homeland Sec. Chief Janet Napolitano Dodges Questions About Serving on Supreme Court

Here we go. The latest craze in Washington: Trying to guess who will replace David Souter on the Supreme Court. Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano’s name has surfaced around here. But she’s not talking. Giving her the nod would make her such a short timer at Homeland Security. Is that such a good idea?

By Jitendra Joshi
Agence France-Presse

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

WASHINGTON- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was studiously evasive Sunday about whether she coveted an appointment to the Supreme Court, as Republicans and Democrats sparred over the next justice.

“I’ve got my hands full with the (swine) flu right now, and I’m going to stick with that (answer),” the former governor and attorney-general of Arizona said on Fox News Sunday.

Napolitano has been floated as a possible name for President Barack Obama to name to the highest US court, after the liberal-leaning Justice David Souter announced Friday that he plans to retire in June.

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Feds Investigating John Edward’s Campaign Fund Expeditures

John Edwards

John Edwards

Maybe the insignificant $400 haircuts from a Beverly Hills stylist  during the campaign, which caused a little uproar, was a red flag that said there’s more to this man then we ever thought.  Since then there’s been the scandalous news of his marriage and the lies. Could criminal charges be next? In any event, better save the haircut money for a lawyer.

Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. — His once-prominent political career is buried and the turmoil of his marriage is playing out in public. Now, John Edwards is facing a federal inquiry.

The two-time Democratic presidential candidate acknowledged Sunday that investigators are assessing how he spent his campaign funds – a subject that could carry his extramarital affair from the tabloids to the courtroom. Edwards’ political action committee paid more than $100,000 for video production to the firm of the woman with whom Edwards had an affair.

The former North Carolina senator said in a carefully worded statement that he is cooperating.

“I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly,” Edwards said in the statement. “However, I know that it is the role of government to ensure that this is true. We have made available to the United States both the people and the information necessary to help them get the issue resolved efficiently and in a timely matter.”

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