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Suspended NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Dodges Bullet: Avoids Jail But Will Serve 30 Days in Halfway House on Gun Charge

nba-logo_1By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Suspended NBA Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas dodged the bullet Friday during sentencing. He won’t be going to jail, but he will have to spend 30 days in a halfway house and two years on probation, the Associated Press reported.

The D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office had recommended a 3 month jail sentence, saying Arenas was not remorseful and was less than candid about bringing four guns to the locker room at the Verizon Center and getting into a confrontation with a teammate Javaris Crittenon.

After getting in a gambling dispute with Crittenton, he brought the guns to the Verizon Center and put them in front of Crittenton’s locker with a note that said to pick one.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Morin also ordered Arenas to perform 400 hours of community service and contribute $5,000 to a victims of violence fund, CNN reported.

Your Facebook Friend Could Be an Undercover Fed

facebook-logoBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department document asks the simple question: Why Go Undercover on Facebook, MySpace, etc.?

Then it goes on to explain: “Communicate with suspects/targets” … “gain access to non-public info” … “map social relationships/networks.”

The document, part of a Justice Department PowerPoint presentation, demonstrates how some federal and local law enforcement agents are quietly creating fictitious accounts on social networks like Facebook and MySpace to get dirt on suspected criminals. The presentation recently surfaced in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in a San Francisco federal court.

Some federal and local law enforcement agents are quietly creating fictitious accounts on social networks like Facebook and MySpace to get dirt on suspected criminals

“This is just the way people meet these days — electronically,” James Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Nashville office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told AOL News. “It wouldn’t be any different than calling someone on the phone, say, in an undercover capacity. If we can meet them on Facebook by creating a fictitious account, that’s great. ”

Even so, the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco filed the lawsuit in December against about a half a dozen federal agencies to create a public dialogue on the matter and make sure agencies have guidelines for agents, according to Marcia Hofmann, a senior staff attorney for the foundation. The Justice Department, Homeland Security, Treasury, the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are included in the suit.

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Ex-FBI Dir. Monitoring Automaker Daimler’s Bribery Case

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh has been tasked with monitoring the cleanup of  automaker Daimler AG which has been accused of paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to at least 22  foreign governments from 1998 to 2008, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the Justice Department has agreed to let Freeh be “an independent corporate compliance monitor who will assess Daimler’s performance for the next three years.”

Daimler AG will reportedly pay a $185 million settlement and avoid indictment. Two of its subsidiaries are slated to plead guilty in the case on April 1,  AP reported.

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Does the Chicago-Mumbai, India Case Point Out Flaws in U.S. Intelligence Gathering?

india map2By Allan Lengel

Has the case of David Headley, the 49-year-old Chicago man accused of helping plot the 2008 Mumbai, India attacks, pointed out the holes in the United State’s intelligence gathering?

The New York Times reports that Headley “moved effortlessly between the United States, Pakistan and India for nearly seven years, training at a militant camp in Pakistan on five occasions, according to a plea agreement released by the Justice Department last week.”

Headley admitted to scouting targets and pleaded guilty.

“These and other new details of Mr. Headley’s activities, contained in the plea agreement, raise troubling questions about how an American citizen could travel for so long undetected from his home base in Chicago to well-established terrorist training camps in Pakistan,” the Times wrote.

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Calif. FBI Agent Thomas Padden Who Arrested Patty Hearst Dies at Age 84


By Allan Lengel

Thomas J. Padden, the FBI agent who arrested fugitive Patricia Hearst in 1975, has died at age 84 in San Rafael, Calif. after a prolonged illness, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Padden specialized in bank robbery and fraud and was known as the agent, along with San Francisco cop Tim Casey, who arrested the fugitive heiress Hearst and Wendy Yoshimura  of the Symbionese Liberation Army in a hideout in San Francisco’s mission district, the Chronicle reported.

“Tom was a larger-than-life lawman who was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word,” San Francisco Police Inspector David Ambrose told the Chronicle.

“He was a legend. … He met every perception of what an FBI agent should be,” Rick Smith, who worked with Mr. Padden at the FBI for many years told the Chronicle.

A World War II veteran, he joined the FBI in 1950 and reluctantly retired in 1980 after reaching mandatory retirement age, which is 57, the Chronicle reported.

Not ready to just sit around, he became an investigator for a bank and then went to work for the district attorney’s office for 20 years before retiring at age 80, the paper reported.

President Obama Nominates U.S. Attys for Calif., Ill. and Tenn.

Melinda Haag/law firm photo

Melinda Haag/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — More than a year into his presidency, President Obama continues to slowly inch toward finishing his U.S. Attorney appointments.

On Thursday, President Obama nominated Melinda L. Haag, a former federal prosecutor,  for U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Calif.; Jerry E. Martin, a private attorney, for the Middle District of Tennessee and assistant U.S. Attorney James Lewis for the Central District of Illinois.

Haag has been a partner at Orrick, Herrington &Sutcliffe since 2003. Martin has been a partner at Barrett Johnston &Parsley since 2007 and Lewis has worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Illinois since 1983.


Republican Congressman Eric Cantor Says Shots Fired Into Office