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September 2009


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Archive for September, 2009

Va. Woman in Prison: Disturbing Story About Computer Hacking Co.


A woman who hacked into her married boyfriend’s emails is now serving 15 months in prison. But the service she used was still up and running — that is until this was published. Still, this is a disturbing story.

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer

When Elaine Cioni found out that her married boyfriend had other girlfriends, she became obsessed, federal prosecutors say. So she turned to

And for only $100, provided Cioni, then living in Northern Virginia, with the password to her boyfriend’s AOL e-mail account, court records show.

For another $100, she got her boyfriend’s wife’s e-mail password. And then the passwords of at least one other girlfriend and the boyfriend’s two children. None had any clue what Cioni was doing, they would later testify.

Cioni, however, went further and began making harassing phone calls to her boyfriend and his family, using a “spoofing” service to disguise her voice as a man’s.

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A Preview of the HBO Documentary on D.C.’s Marion Barry; the FBI Sting, His Ups and Downs


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Appeals Court Says Ashcroft Can Be Sued By Man Claiming He Was Illegally Detained and Questioned by FBI

The question is what kind of legal precedent does this set?

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John Ashcroft/doj photo

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is not immune from being sued by a man who says he was illegally detained under Justice Department policies implemented after the September 11 terror attacks, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

A spokesman for former Attorney General John Ashcroft says his team is reviewing the decision.

The man, a native-born U.S. citizen who was once a college football star, was held and interrogated by the FBI for 16 days in 2003 and his travel was limited for another year, court documents said.

A spokesman for Ashcroft, asked for his reaction, said, “We’re reviewing the decision and have no further comment.”

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Ex-ICE Agent Charged With Cocaine Trafficking and Aiding Mexican Cartels

This case is just another example of the danger the Mexican drug cartels pose to the U.S. Not only have the cartels penetrated the government of Mexico, but they’ve managed to infiltrate U.S. law enforcement. Money corrupts. And there’s plenty to go around.


By Robert Anglen and Daniel González
The Arizona Republic

The former agent in charge of the Nogales office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been arrested on charges of cocaine trafficking and public corruption for aiding Mexican drug cartels.

Ricard Cramer, who was stationed in Mexico before retiring in 2007, was arrested Friday at his home in Green Valley. He appeared before a federal judge, who denied bail.

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Weekend Series on History: 1971 Interview With Mobster Meyer Lansky in Israel


Fired N.M Prosecutor David Iglesias Suggests 6-year U.S. Atty Terms

This may be a good idea to have U.S. Attorneys serve six year terms, but this still wouldn’t have stopped the Bush administration from firing nine U.S. Attorneys. Iglesias also suggests that U.S. Attorneys be removed only for misconduct. That would make it tough to remove those who are actually incompetent. Perhaps the solution would be for an impartial panel to decide on firings.

David Iglesias

David Iglesias

By The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- David Iglesias says U.S. attorneys should be appointed for 6-year terms that overlap administrations to minimize the influence of politics on what should be an independent federal office.

The former U.S. attorney for New Mexico was 1 of 9 federal prosecutors fired in a series of politically tinged dismissals in 2006. Iglesias spoke Friday at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s annual conference in Albuquerque.

Iglesias said in an interview that U.S. attorneys should only be removed for misconduct to ensure that politics stay out of federal prosecutions.

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NY Appeals Court Allows Evidence in Questionable Wiretap

Did the Appeals Court in N.Y. rule properly by allowing evidence from a questionable wiretap? It’s certainly questionable.  The lower court said investigators did not do enough to prove a wiretap was warranted.

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By David Kravets

Despite refusing to “endorse” the government’s tactics in securing a warrant for a wiretap, a federal appeals court is ruling that authorities could use the fruits of their questionable eavesdropping in prosecuting an alleged drug dealer.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower-court judge who last year suppressed the 50 grams of crack cocaine that was evidence in the case against a man originally suspected of plotting terrorism against the United States.

The lower court said a magistrate judge erroneously issued the warrant, breaching the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, which was designed to strike a balance between law enforcement and “the privacy rights of the individual.”

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