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Retirees Returning to Fed Agencies Would Not Lose Income Under Legislation

cash2First off, the mandatory retirement age of 57 for agencies like the FBI is silly. A 57 year old today is surely capable of carrying on duties and contributing to an agency. Joe Davidson of the Washington Post reports that the Senate may vote on legislation that would allow agencies to rehire retirees without having them lose retirement income, a bill that would benefit the agencies like the FBI and DEA.

By Joe Davidson
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Before James J. Cameron Jr. retired after 34 years with the federal government, he served as a law enforcement officer with Customs, the Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now he’d like to serve his country again. But he doesn’t want to lose money doing it.

Like other retired federal employees, Cameron, 67, faces a quandary when thinking about hitching up for another ride with Uncle Sam. If they go back to government work, their salaries would be cut by the amount of their pension.

“I would not consider taking part-time work if I had to have a reduced annuity,” said Cameron, who now lives in New Portland, Maine, after postings in eight cities around the country.

If he found work outside the federal sector, with a local police department for example, his federal annuity would not shrink.

The Senate may vote this week on legislation that includes a provision allowing Uncle Sam to rehire retirees like Cameron without making them lose some of their retirement income.

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Feds Convict ex-Philly Cop After 3 Tries

philadelphia-policeOne thing for sure, federal prosecutors were relentless. After jurors hung in two trials before, they got a conviction.

By George Anastasia
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA — Former Philadelphia Police Officer Malik Snell was convicted last night of using his badge and his gun to rob drug dealers.

A U.S. District Court jury deliberated for about four hours before announcing that it had reached a decision on all four counts the 12-year police veteran faced.

Snell, who was fired last year, was found guilty of conspiracy, attempted robbery, and a weapons offense in connection with a botched home invasion in Pottstown.

He was also found guilty of taking $40,000 in cash from a South Philadelphia drug kingpin during a bogus police car stop.

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Texas Airport Cop Going to Prison for Selling Cocaine to FBI Informant While in Uniform

laredo-mapBy Allan Lengel
Obviously Gerardo Sepulveda didn’t get the memo that you’re not allowed to sell cocaine in your  Laredo International Airport police officer’s uniform — particularly at the airport.

Sepulveda, 41, of Loredo, did just that and was sentenced last week to 20 months in federal prison. He was arrested by the FBI on Sept. 11, 2008  at the airport after he sold 24 grams of cocaine to an FBI cooperating source for $700, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He pleaded guilty last November and admitted selling cocaine to the FBI informant on four previous occasions as well, authorities said, for a grand total of  32 grams of cocaine.

Authorities said he had been free on bond and will remain free until the court orders him to prison.

FTC Closes Down Crooked Calif. Web Hosting Firm That Helped Distribute Child Porn and Other Harmful Content

internet-photoAlthough it’s a shame that 3FN will likely set up shop again outside of the country, it’s good to know that these purveyors of illegal goods and child porn will no longer have a home in the U.S.

By Brian Krebs

In an unprecedented move, the Federal Trade Commission has taken legal steps to shut down a Web hosting provider in Northern California that the agency says was directly involved in managing massive global spam operations.

Sometime on Tuesday, more than 15,000 Web sites connected to San Jose, Calif., based Triple Fiber Network ( went dark. 3FN’s sites were disconnected after a Northern California district court judge approved an FTC request to have the company’s upstream Internet providers stop routing traffic for the provider.

In its civil complaint, the FTC names 3FN and its various monikers, including Pricewert LLC — the business entity named on the Web site registration records. The FTC alleges that Pricewert/3FN operates as a “‘rogue’ or ‘black hat’ Internet service provider that recruits, knowingly hosts, and actively participates in the distribution of illegal, malicious, and harmful content,” including botnet control servers, child pornography and rogue antivirus products. 3FN also operates by the names APS Telecom and APX Telecom.

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Judge OKs Feds’ mandatory DNA Collection Policy

This may not make civil liberties groups happy, but it’s a big victory for law enforcement.  Of course, this isn’t likely to be the end of the issue.DNA code analysis

By Mosheh Oinounou

A California federal judge ruled Thursday that mandatory DNA collection for all individuals facing federal felony charges is constitutional, dealing a setback to civil liberties advocates.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory G. Hollows upheld the DNA Fingerprint Act, a 2006 law which allows federal law enforcement officials to collect DNA from individuals “arrested, facing charges, or convicted” of federal offenses.

Previously, states throughout the country had a variety of different laws on the books regarding DNA collection—with most mandating testing only after a suspect had been convicted of a crime.

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Immigration Judge says ICE Went Too Far With Conn. Raids

Enforcement of immigration lawsconnect-map has too often been inconsistent. There seems to be some confusion and then there’s times where things simply go too far, like in this instance.

By Dave Collins
Associated Press

Federal agents violated the constitutional rights of four illegal immigrants in raids that critics say were retaliation for a New Haven program that provided ID cards to foreigners in the country illegally, a federal judge has ruled.

The sweeps on June 6, 2007, came two days after New Haven approved issuing identification cards to illegal immigrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials deny the early morning raids were retaliatory.

Immigration Judge Michael Straus, in a decision last week, said the ICE agents went into the men’s apartments without warrants, probable cause or their consent, and he put a stop to deportation proceedings against the four Latino defendants.

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After Many Many Delays, Trial to Begin for Ex-Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson

Early on in this whole thing, Congressman William Jefferson had an opportunity to plead guilty and get about six years. Before things got too far along, he decided to pass and fight this. Well, here’s his opportunity.The ex-Congressman’s public persona has always been that of a  gentleman. But when the jury hears some of the FBI tapes, they may have different thoughts — or at least the prosecution hopes so.

By Bruce Alpert
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Ex-Rep. William Jefferson while still in office

Ex-Rep. William Jefferson while still in office

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Nearly four years after FBI agents found $90,000 in marked bills stuffed inside the freezer in his Washington D.C. home, former Democratic Rep. William Jefferson will go on trial Tuesday, facing 16 federal bribery and public corruption charges.

While the “cold cash” came to symbolize the case on the Internet and late-night television, the investigation into complex international business deals also made legal history with the first-ever raid on a sitting congressional member’s office and a constitutional battle over the separation of powers and how bribery statutes are applied to members of Congress.

The indictment, which accuses Jefferson of seeking and sometimes receiving payments in return for helping businesses get contracts in western Africa, has already changed politics in both Louisiana and Nigeria.

Jefferson, a long-established New Orleans power broker, lost his bid for a 10th term in December to a relatively unknown Republican, Anh “Joseph” Cao. And Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar lost a run for his nation’s presidency, partly as a result of being listed as the intended recipient of bribes allegedly to be funneled from Jefferson.

Jefferson, 62, has maintained his innocence. If convicted, he would likely face up to 20 years in prison.

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The Cuban Spies Among Us

cubaIt’s always mind boggling when someone gets aways with spying for decades. It makes you wonder: Were they really that good or did some people simply miss some hints that something might have been amiss?

By Mary Beth Sheridan and Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — He was a courtly State Department intelligence analyst from a prominent family who loved to sail and peruse the London Review of Books. Occasionally, he would voice frustration with U.S. policies, but to his liberal neighbors in Northwest D.C. it was nothing out of the ordinary. “We were all appalled by the Bush years,” one said.

What Walter Kendall Myers kept hidden, according to documents unsealed in court Friday, was a deep and long-standing anger toward his country, an anger that allegedly made him willing to spy for Cuba for three decades.

“I have become so bitter these past few months. Watching the evening news is a radicalizing experience,” he wrote in his diary in 1978, referring to what he described as greedy U.S. oil companies, inadequate health care and “the utter complacency of the oppressed” in America. On a trip to Cuba, federal law enforcement officials said in legal filings, Myers found a new inspiration: the communist revolution.

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