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No Fed Crime Here: Just a Little Spitting Involving Philly Mob Underboss and a Cop

Uusually the feds have their eyes focused on Mob underboss Marty Angelina. But this alleged incident is no federal crime. Nonetheless, the mob is reportedly not happy with his antics.

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By George Anastasia
Inquirer Staff Writer

Reputed mob underboss Marty Angelina, known for his quick temper and corner-boy arrogance, has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly spitting on a police officer in Margate, N.J., during a confrontation last week.

Angelina, 47, was released on $2,500 bail after the incident Sept. 1 at the Margate police station, according to police Lt. Ken Bergeron.

The case attracted no media attention when it occurred. It is now in the hands of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, which could decide to seek a grand jury indictment.

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W. Va. U.S. Attorney Sharon Potter Stepping Down

U.S. Atty. Sharon Potter/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Sharon Potter/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

West Virginia U.S. Attorney Sharon Potter is stepping down after three years on the job, following many other Bush-appointed U.S. Attorneys who have quit in this transitional year, the Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register reports.

“When the opportunity to serve arose in 2006, I was honored to take on that role and hope that my tenure has been marked by a sense of fair, but firm, prosecutions,” she said, according to the paper. “We have focused on aggressively prosecuting cases involving illegal drugs, firearms, child pornography and tax fraud, and the caseload for this district has steadily increased over the past several years.”

Potter will be honored at a farewell event on Sept. 25 at the Federal Building in Wheeling, W. Va., the paper said.

White Half-Naked Missouri Woman Charged With Lying to FBI About Being Abducted By Black Men and Raped

U.S. Marshal Worker’s Job is to Sell Homes like Bernie Madoff’s

She doesn’t hunt fugitives. But she does hunt for buyers. She’s not typical of the people who work for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Madoff's Palm Beach home/pool photo

Madoff's Palm Beach home/pool photo

By Justin Blum
Bloomberg
PALM BEACH, Fla. — Sally Schowalter pauses at the dark wood door to Bernard Madoff’s former home in Palm Beach, Florida, her eyes fixed on a U.S. Marshals Service sticker on the window warning against trespassing.

“It’s intimidating,” she tells her colleagues. “Can we take it off?”

Schowalter works for the Marshals Service, though she doesn’t carry a badge or a gun. Her job entails getting the best price for confiscated real estate such as the Florida house, appraised this year for $7.67 million by Palm Beach County. With the Madoff house, the hazards for those who work with Schowalter can be unusual — including flying dog poop hurled by a disgruntled passerby.

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Baltimore Fed Judge Allows Fingerprints, Reversing Ruling that Let Suspected Murderer Go Free

The ruling by the county judge was controversial to say the least. Was it based on sound reason? A federal judge apparently didn’t think so.

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By Tricia Bishop
Baltimore Sun reporter
BALTIMORE — Fingerprint evidence from a 2006 murder case will be admissible in federal court, a U.S. district judge in Baltimore ruled Tuesday, rejecting a decision by a Baltimore County judge that shocked prosecutors and set the defendant free.

Brian Keith Rose, 25, is accused of killing Warren Fleming, a Cingular store owner at Security Square Mall, while trying to steal his car.

He was linked to the crime by partial prints left on the Mercedes and a stolen Dodge Intrepid that police say was used by Rose and his accomplices in the January 2006 incident.

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FBI And Other Agencies Battle Backlog of DNA Samples

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It’s great that we have DNA samples to help convict criminals and free the wrongly accused. But it doesn’t help when the DNA samples go untested.

By Emily Witt and Ben Protess
ProPublica

At least 350,000 DNA samples from murder and rape cases remain untested, according to the federal government’s best estimates.

The story behind the DNA sample backlog – and the uptick in sample collection that is partially responsible – is one that we’ve been exploring for months, with investigations published in partnership with Politico, the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.

There’s no one cause for the surge in untested samples. But in May we detailed how much of it can be traced to new federal and state laws requiring DNA samples from people convicted of – or simply arrested for – nonviolent crimes, including shoplifting.

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Legal Secretary Used Law Firm Amex Credit Card For Male Exotic Dancer Business

Jarriette Richie’s little company could have benefited from a lot of publicity. Unfortunately, not this kind. Where she’s headed next, there’s probably plenty women who would be interested in her services. Unfortunately, there won’t be any male exotic dancers in site, just burly dudes that answer to the name “guard”.

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By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A legal secretary is accused of using a law firm’s corporate credit card to help finance an excursion to Puerto Rico for a side business that specialized in entertaining women with male exotic dancers.

Jarriette Richie, 41 of Clinton was charged last week in the District’s federal court with fraud. She was released on personal recognizance. In court papers, an investigator with the District’s U.S. attorney’s office wrote that Richie worked as a legal secretary for Saul Ewing in Northwest Washington.

She also ran a side business, Show N Tell Entertainment, out of her home, providing “male performers exclusively for female audiences,” investigator Diane Eickman wrote in court papers.

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Ex-Gov. Blago’s Fundraiser Christopher Kelly Pleads Guilty

This case has tentacles. By the time former Gov. Blagojevich goes to trial, the government will have a host of witnesses who have pleaded guilty and are working off some time from their sentence. Not good for the ex-Gov.

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BY NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO –– On the same day Rod Blagojevich launched a media blitz to promote his new book, one of the biggest players in his ongoing criminal saga pleaded guilty in federal court and agreed to turn himself into jail by next week.

Christopher Kelly, a longtime friend, adviser and fund-raiser to the ex-governor, pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme involving contracts at O’Hare Airport and Kelly’s roofing company, BCI Commercial Roofing, Inc. By doing so, he evades a trial that was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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