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Christmas Incident May Have Had Brief Impact on Airport Gun Seizures

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By Allan Lengel
For Aol News

WASHINGTON — It looked as if the Christmas Day bombing attempt in Detroit just may have — at least for a fleeting moment — raised the consciousness of air travelers in the U.S. about bringing guns to the airport.

After finding 37 firearms at airport checkpoints the week of Dec. 21-27, the Transportation Security Administration discovered only 12 the week after. Things were looking hopeful.

Then it jumped back to 20 the week of Jan. 4-10. Not so hopeful.

And then came Jan. 11-17. The TSA said it found only eight guns, the lowest number since it began posting the figures on its Web site May.

But sure enough, the next week TSA reported finding 21 guns. And last week, from Jan. 25-31, it found 17.

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Ex-Mo. State Rep. Faces One Last Indignity After Fed Bribery Sentencing

Talibdin El-Amin/state photo

Talibdin El-Amin/state photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What’s one last indignity after already ruining your political career?

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that former Missouri State Rep. T.D. El-Amin, who pleaded guilty to bribery charges last year, has bounced a $100 check that was supposed to cover court costs.

A Jan. 20 letter from the U.S. District Courthouse noted that there were “insufficient funds” to cover the cost and that “it is imperative that this check is covered immediately,” according to the paper.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution to cover the bribes he took.

U.S. Sends a Message and Cracks Down on Foreign Business Bribes

Unfortunately, in so many foreign nations, bribes are an accepted, and often necessary part of doing business. But the Justice Department isn’t accepting the business as usual. The Washington Post Carrie Johnson takes a snapshot of the latest effort to crackdown on the practice.

Pocketing Some Cash

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities want companies to know that the cost of paying bribes to win overseas contracts is growing steeper by the day.

Long a priority of the FBI and the Justice Department, efforts to police corrupt business payments have intensified in recent weeks, with multimillion-dollar corporate settlements and coordinated arrests of individual executives accused of attempting to grease the skids.

On Friday, BAE Systems, the world’s second-largest defense contractor, agreed to pay $400 million to resolve decade-old allegations that it misled the Defense and State departments about its efforts to comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The law bars companies from bribing government officials to win lucrative contracts and other favorable treatment.

The BAE deal came weeks after the FBI unveiled its first FCPA sting operation, which culminated in the arrests of nearly two dozen businessmen employed in the defense and law enforcement equipment industry.

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FBI Investigated Threatening Letters to Detroit Piston Coach Chuck Daly in 1989-90 During “Bad Boy” Years

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Chuck Daly/ detroit pistons

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

So much for it just being a game.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI in 1989-90 investigated a number of threatening letters sent to Chuck Daly, the coach of the Detroit Pistons, a team that was known then as the “Bad Boys” because of its rough play.

“The 67 pages, obtained by The Associated Press as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, detail how federal agents in Detroit ordered fingerprint, handwriting and even psycholinguistic analyses as part of an effort to determine who sent the correspondences,” the AP reported.

Daly died this past May at age 78.

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Good News: Snow Pummels Washington; Political Bickering Grinds to a Halt

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Weekend Series on History: Nixon Talks to Atty. Gen. John Mitchell About Supreme Court Prospect Mildred Lillie

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Cleveland DEA Agent Acquitted on All 18 Counts Including Perjury and Obstruction of Justice

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Cleveland DEA Agent Lee Lucas, accused of perjury, obstruction of justice and violating civil rights in a case that involved framing people in a sting,  was acquitted by a federal jury Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The paper reported that DEA agent Lee Lucas broke into tears Friday after the jury cleared him of  all 18 counts stemming from a 2005 investigation.

“The truth finally came out after all those years,” said Lucas, 41, as he walked from the courtroom, the Plain Dealer reported.

The charges against Lucas stemmed from a 2005 drug investigation that resulted in about two dozen indictments, the paper reported.

Nearly all the charges were dropped after a key informant  admitted framing people “by staging phone calls and purposely identifying the wrong people as drug sellers,” the paper reported.

“Prosecutors accused Lucas of lying in written reports and in court to corroborate” the informant’s testimony, the paper reported.

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