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James Lemelle Named Interim U.S. Atty. in Baton Rouge

baton rouge mapBy Allan Lengel

James Stanley “Stan” Lemelle announced Monday that Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. has named him interim U.S. Attorney in Baton Rouge. He replaces David Dugas, a Bush appointee,who stepped down last week.

“I have been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District for 31 years,” Lemelle said in a statement. “For the past 16 years, I’ve served as Criminal Chief and supervised the office’s Criminal Division.”

Dugas was appointed U.S. Attorney on Oct. 17, 2001, five weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Dept. Justice to Add 15 Fed Prosecutor Positions and 20 FBI Agents to Battle Intellectual Crimes

ip-crimesBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — As part of its ongoing battle against intellectual property crimes domestically and internationally, the Justice Department on Monday announced the appointment of 15 new assistant U.S. Attorneys and 20 FBI agents to address the problem that includes theft of trademarks, copyrights and industrial secrets.

The Justice Department said the new federal prosecutor positions will be part of the department’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property program.

“Intellectual property law enforcement is central to protecting our nation’s ability to remain at the forefront of technological advancement, business development and job creation,” Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler said in a statement. “The department, along with its federal partners throughout the Administration, will remain ever vigilant in this pursuit as American entrepreneurs and businesses continue to develop, innovate and create.”

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Mexico Extradites a Founder of Violent Juarez Cartel to U.S.

texasBy Allan Lengel

One of the founders of the violent Juárez drug cartel in Mexico, who had been wanted in the U.S. since 1985, was extradited to San Antonio on Friday, the El Paso Times reported.

Juan Jose Quintero Payán aka Don Juan-Jo, was extradited after a long drawn out ordeal that stretched over many years. Mexico claimed Quintero Payan, now 68, was responsible for major drug trafficking in the U.S. from 1978 to 2002, the Texas paper reported.

Mexican authorities arrested him in 1992, but let him go for lack of evidence, the El Paso Times reported. Seven years later, he was caught again and convicted.

Mexico initially rejected any extradition to the U.S., but later changed its mind. Quintero Payan had been jailed in a maximum-security prison in Mexico.

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New High Tech Devices Like Smartphones Pose Challenges to FBI and Other Agencies

Smart Phone 2By Allan Lengel

Traditionally computers and emails have provided an endless treasure of info for agencies like the FBI, but new devices like smartphones and game consoles are posing challenges for the agencies.

That’s what people attending the 2010 Computer Forensics Show last week in New York were told, according to the website Network World.

“Forensic tools for cell phones are in their infancy,” Stephen Riley, a forensic examiner with the FBI’s Computer Analysis and Response Team said, according to Network World. “There’s lots of different carriers, different phones, different cables – just try to keep up.”

The website reported that “Smartphones can communicate via SMS, MMS, mobile e-mail, mobile internet access, VoIP and traditional cellular voice networks, Riley says, making each machine a potential treasure trove of information but also a nightmare maze of possible proprietary technologies to unlock it.”

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Texas Fed Prosecutors Want Convicted El Paso FBI Agent to Forfeit Weapons, Silencer and Cash


By Allan Lengel

Federal prosecutors in El Paso want FBI agent John Thomas Shipley, who was convicted this month of dealing weapons without a license and lying to ATF agents about the sales, to forfeit 17 weapons, a silencer, ammunition and $7,340 in cash found in his home.

Authorities filed a motion last week in U.S. District Court in El Paso asking for the forfeiture and listing the weapons, which includes Remington rifles and Glocks. The silencer was described  as “IAWC Systems Technology Silencer, Model Thundertrap .30.”

A federal jury in El Paso deliberated for less than three hours earlier this month before convicting Shipley.

ATF agents arrested Shipley, 40, last year after tracing back to him a .50 caliber rifle that was used in a drug cartel shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Authorities charged that he sold 51 weapons between 2005 and 2008 for more than $118,000. Sentencing is set for July 8.

N.C. Authorities Arrest Armed Man Who Wanted to See Pres. Obama; Authorities Find Him Harmless and a “Cop Wannabe”

asheville regional airport
By Allan Lengel

The 23-year-old armed man who was arrested Sunday at a North Carolina airport after President Obama took off appears to be harmless and was nothing more than a “cop wannabe’, a law enforcement source told

Airport police at the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina on Sunday arrested Joseph Sean McVey, 23, of Coshocton, Ohio, who was armed and showed up at the airport parking lot just after President Obama had departed, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities say the man had come to see the president and had police gear in his car including a siren and flashing lights, AP reported. He also had an invalid driver’s license.

But a law enforcement source said the man uttered no threats and was just into being a cop. He supposedly had more than two dozen antennas on his car.

AP reported that he was charged with a going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor.

Infamous John Hinckley Has More Freedom But Secret Service Still Has Interest

John Hinckley, who shot President Reagan in 1981,  is a still a household name after all these years. He’s got more freedom these days. But when he leaves St. Elizabeths Hospital in D.C., he carries a GPS-enabled cellphone so hospital officials and the Secret Service can keep tabs on his whereabouts, the Washington Post reports.

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Annys Shin
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — John W. Hinckley Jr. is a man of routine. On warm days, he likes to sit on a bench outside the John Howard Pavilion on the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital and work his way through a stack of newspapers and magazines. He’s often seen walking alone on the hospital grounds or ducking into Martin’s, a nearby carryout, to pick up four-packs of 9 Lives to feed to stray cats.

At 54, the onetime presidential assailant lives like a kid on perpetual spring break. The closest thing he has to a 9-to-5 job is a volunteer gig at the hospital library. He fills his free time strumming on his guitar, crafting pop songs about ideal love, or going on supervised jaunts to the beach or a bowling alley.

After 28 years at the hospital in Southeast Washington, however, the realities of middle age have begun to set in.

His father, Jack Hinckley, died in 2008, inspiring the son to pen a tribute song titled “Hero.” His mother, Jo Ann, is 84. His siblings, Scott and Diane, live in Dallas. Over the government’s steadfast objections, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman, who oversees his case, and Hinckley’s doctors are slowly preparing him for what they see as inevitable: his release from St. Elizabeths — life on his own.

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New Head of Newark FBI Michael Ward Knows Corruption Will be a Priority

Michael Ward/fbi photo

Michael Ward/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

Michael Ward, the new head of the FBI’s Newarks office, is getting his feet wet, getting to know his agents, quickly learning what clearly will be a big priority, the Newark Star-Legder reports.

“After my first couple of briefings, I think I can safely say that corruption is an issue in New Jersey,” Ward told the Star-Ledger.

The straightforward agent, who came from FBI headquarters, has made multiple stops in his 22 year career with the FBI. The Star-Ledger features Ward in a Sunday story. To read the story click here.