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Preview of Monday Night’s National Geographic TV Special: The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination

Prison Needs More Time to Evaluate Man Charged with Killing Holocaust Museum Guard

James von Brunn/facebook photo

James von Brunn/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — James von Brunn, the man charged with fatally shooting the Holocaust Museum guard in Washington in June will remain in a North Carolina prison until early January so the facility can complete psychiatric tests.

The warden at the Federal Medical Center at Butner, N.C. asked for more time because of  von Brunn’s  “several chronic medical ailments, which have inhibited the Federal Bureau of Prisons from conducting several tests and procedures necessary to render a comprehensive neuropsychiatric diagnostic assessment,” said a court order accomodating the prison’s request, which was signed earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton.

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Son of Defendant Punches Maryland Fed Prosecutor After Sentencing

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Under things you don’t do in court, comes Raymond V. Jones.

The Washington Examiner reports that Jones on Nov. 16th punched Assistant U.S. Attorney James Crowell IV  in the head with a closed fist in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md.,  after watching his  mother Jennifer McCall get sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison. She had been involved in a $17 million mortgage fraud scheme.

Security officers subdued Jones, who was released into the custody of his grandmother after being charged with inflicting bodily harm, the paper and court records show.

His mother’s case gained particular notoriety when she spent $800,000 of the stolen money on her wedding. Must have been some wedding.

Read Deputy U.S. Marshals’ Affidavit

Mexico and U.S. Align Against Brutal Drug Cartels

The war on drugs in Mexico is more than just a war on the flow of cocaine and other drugs. It’s about stability in the Mexican government, law and order, mass murder, fear and the corruption of American law enforcement agents. When so much money is involved, it takes a lot to bring things under control. This  isn’t about people smoking pot to treat their glaucoma. It  really is a war and the U.S. needs to treat it like one.

mexico-border-signBy William Booth and Steve Fainaru
The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — To avenge the arrest of their leader, Mexican drug cartel commandos went on a rampage this summer across the lawless state of Michoacan, seizing 12 Mexican police officers and dumping their bound and stripped corpses in a pile beside a busy highway.

The slaughtered federal agents, it later emerged, had something in common: All had been vetted and trained by the U.S. government to work alongside its anti-narcotics agents.

Officials said the American connection made them high-value targets for the cartels, which are lashing back ruthlessly against a military crackdown involving unprecedented cooperation between the two countries.

After decades of mistrust and sometimes betrayal, Mexican and U.S. authorities are increasingly setting aside their differences to unite against a common enemy.

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Senate Confirms 3 U.S. Attorneys: 2 in Iowa and 1 in Ala.

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The two U.S. Attorneys from Iowa who were recommended by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) were confirmed by the full Senate on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

The Senate also confirmed Kenyen Brown for the Southern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney post.

For Iowa, the Senate confirmed Stephanie Rose for U.S. Attorney for Northern Iowa and Nick Klinefeldt for U.S. Attorney for Southern Iowa.

Some 11th hours critics raised issues about Rose’s appointment, questioning her aggressiveness in prosecuting immigrant cases as an assistant U.S. Attorney. The New York Times reported on the matter.

And Klinefeldt got some interesting press when it was revealed that he father is  serving a 10-year prison term for drug trafficking. Main Justice reported on that matter.

Weekend Crime Series: The D.C. Snipers

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Will Gotti Prosecutors Face Legal Dilemma: Try Try Try Try Try Again???

John Gotti Jr./youtube

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com (A New AOL News Site)

Legally, there’s no limit. But all the same, prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York working the case of mobster John Gotti Jr. must be wondering: When a defendant gets off thanks to repeated mistrials, how many times can you retry him before it’s time to concede defeat?

Gotti’s ongoing trial, which began Sept. 21, is his fourth in five years; the previous three ended with their juries deadlocked. And on Thursday, prosecutors got some unsettling news. The jury, which has been deliberating for seven days, wrote U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel to inform him that “we are unable to reach a unanimous verdict,” according to the New York Daily News.

As is typical, the judge directed the jury to keep deliberating on the three counts facing Gotti, which include allegations of racketeering and murder. The jury was off Friday and plans to resume deliberations Monday.

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SATURDAY UPDATE

Teen Pleads to Killing Border Patrol Agent in California

Border PatrolBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Friday in San Diego to fatally shooting  a Border Patrol Agent during a robbery attempt on July 23 at the U.S.-Mexico border, the San Diego Tribune reported.

Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez admitted  in U.S. District Court that he  crossed the  Mexican border into the U.S. and tried to rob Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas near the town of Campo, Calif., court documents show.

To Read more details click here.

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