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White House Tape on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

FBI Arrests Chicago Cop For Lying to Agents

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Chicago cop Victor Brown found himself on the wrong side of the law Monday when he was arrested by the FBI and internal affairs.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Brown, 36, faces charges of lying to FBI agents about taking cash from another cop in exchange for a promise that he could influence the  Chicago Police Board in a discipline matter. The other cop was wired and was working for FBI.

The Tribune reported that Brown allegedly  took a total of $4,500 in payments in 2008 and 2009. Brown promised he could take care of things for $10,000.

At one point, during a meeting, the cop working with the FBI showed up with no money, the Trib reported. Brown wasn’t happy.

“I’m going to tell (the Police Board) you showed up and you said you ain’t got nothing today, and they gonna do whatever they do,” Brown was quoted as saying, according to the paper. “You made promises you don’t keep,” he added later.

During one conversation, the undercover officer asked Brown for a receipt for a payment, according to the complaint, the paper reported.

“Who in the (expletive) is gonna give you a (expletive) receipt for some (expletive) they doin’ they ain’t supposed to?” Brown allegedly said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason released  Brown on his own recognizance. However, he cannot carry his gun.

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FBI Re-Examining Notorious 1992 Rhode Island Hit of Mob Enforcer

Fed Court Seldom Gets Out of Hand: Monday Was an Exception in Detroit

detroit mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Things seldom get out of hand in federal court. Sometimes a defense attorney or prosecutor asks a witness an objectionable question that stirs a round of passionate arguments. Sometimes a judge loudly scolds. or even screams at an attorney.

But Monday,  the Detroit News  reported that jurors in the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club racketeering trial in downtown Detroit  “got a shock this morning when a woman in the audience stood up and accused a government witness of murdering her son.”

The woman pointed to the witnesses on the stand, Daniel Sanchez, a former vice-president of the Detroit Highwaymen Motorcycle Gang, and shouted “He murdered my son,” according to the News.

The woman was referring to an unsolved 1999 killing, the News reported.

U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds excused jurors and the woman explained that she had heard from a defendant in the case, who is not on trial, that the man she says murdered her son was to be testifying.

The jury was subsequently called back in the courtroom and told to ignore the outburst, the News reported. It was unclear what if anything was done to the woman.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Asked Homeland Security To Limit “No Fly List” Notification to Airlines About NY Bomber

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Could it be that not every airline was given  emergency notification that NY car bomber Faisal Shahzad had been put on the no fly list?

Newsweek’s DeClassified blog says YES.

It reports that the FBI asked Homeland Security officials to limit the notification to a select number of airlines out of concern that a blanket notification might lead to media leaks, which had already caused problems for the probe.

Shahzad was able to board an Emirates airline plane to Dubai at JFK Airport, but was pulled off before it could take off after a federal Customs and Border Protection agents noticed the name on the no fly list.

To read more click here.

Ex-Mexican Gov. Extradited to U.S. For Taking Bribes From Drug Cartel and Laundering $19 Mil Through Lehman Brothers Accounts

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ex-Governor from the Mexican state of Quintana Roo was extradited to the U.S. on charges of accepting million of dollars in bribes to help the violent Juarez Cartel dump tons of cocaine into the U.S. , and of laundering $19 million in drug proceeds through Lehman Brothers accounts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Authorities said Monday that Mexico turned over ex-Gov. Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid to DEA agents and U.S. Marshals deputies. He was flown DEA Air Wing jet to White Plains, N.Y. whee he arrived late Sunday.

Villanueva Madrid’s opportunity to get filthy rich came in 1994, when the notorious Juarez Cartel started operating out of the state of Quintana Roo, of which he was governor. The state includes Cancun, a popular international tourist spot.

Authorities say Juarez Cartel speed boats with armed crews would meet Colombian speedboats off the Atlantic coast of Central America. The Colombian boats normally carried one to three tons of cocaine that were then offloaded unto the Mexican boats, authorities said.

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FBI Report: More Law Enforcement Officers Died in Line of Fire in 2009

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By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

From three Pittsburgh cops gunned down in one day to a U.S. border patrol agent ambushed by Mexican teens, the year 2009 was an especially deadly one for local and federal law enforcement, according to the FBI.

In its preliminary report, the FBI found a 17 percent jump in the number of officers “feloniously killed” in the line of duty in 2009, comparing the toll of 48 with the previous year’s 41. Additionally, 47 officers were accidentally killed in 2009, or 21 fewer than the year before.

Of the officers feloniously or criminally killed last year, 15 died in ambush situations and nine died during an arrest, the report said. On top of that, eight died during traffic stops or pursuits, five died while responding to disturbance calls, four while investigating suspicious activities, one while dealing with a person with mental illness, two while transporting prisoners and four in other situations.

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Let the Games Begin: President Officially Nominates Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

kagan cnnBy Allan Lengel
ticklethe wire.com

Let the games begin.

With the smiling nominee flanked to his left, and his vice president to his right, President Obama on Monday morning announced the nomination of Solicitor General Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court.

Heaping superlatives upon superlatives, he called her a “superb” Solicitor General and said she embodies excellence and integrity.

She was the first woman to head up the Harvard Law School and the first female Solicitor General. It would be the first time in history three women were serving on the Supreme Court.

Some Republicans are anxious to grill her and scruitinize her liberal credentials.

So if you can’t afford to go on vacation in the earlier part of the summer, there should be plenty entertainment on C-Span as the hearings on her confirmation kick into high gear.

Kagan said she was honored to fill the seat of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who is retiring. She said she was sad her parents were not around to share her joy.

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