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Head of Boston FBI Warren Bamford to Retire

Warren Bamford

Warren Bamford

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Warren Bamford, a well-respected figure in the FBI who heads the Boston office, will retire next month after 24 years with the agency to take a job with a private utility, the Boston Globe reported.

Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the Boston FBI, told the Globe Bamford’s last day will be June 18. He will take a job with the National Grid.

His departure leaves open two big FBI offices. Director Robert Mueller III is looking to fill the head job in New York.

Bamford, 51, was named “Fed of the Year” by ticklethewire.com in 2009. The award went to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald the year before.

Atty. Gen. Holder to Meet With Police Chiefs About Az Immigration Law

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – About a dozen police chiefs from cities like Phoenix, Tuscon, Houston and Los Angeles plan to meet Wednesday with Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. to express concerns about Arizona’s new immigration law, CNN is reporting.

CNN said the chiefs will voice concerns that the new law will “drive a wedge” between the community and harm the trust officers have built up.

The Arizona law, which allows police to check residency status of people suspected of a crime.

The meeting comes in the wake of the announcement by the President Obama that he plans to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border and increase spending for the Justice Department and Homeland Security to battle drug smuggling along that corridor.

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FBI Releases Some Files on Rep. John Murtha Who was Under Investigtion When He Died

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) was on the radar screen of the FBI for many decades and died in February while under investigation for possible kickbacks from defense contractors, according to FBI documents released.

“This release contains public source information found in a Pittsburgh Division investigation into allegations of kickbacks involving government defense contractors,” the FBI said on its website. “Redactions were made to protect personal privacy. As this investigative file is still in “pending status,” the bulk of the file’s FBI documents are not releasable until the conclusion of the investigation.”

The released  files included information on the FBI undercover operation known as ABSCAM that resulted in indictments of several politicians.

The FBI documents stated that “during the course of the operations, Abscam has developed prosecutive federal cases against” 15 people, including Murtha, the Associated Press reported.

Murtha was never charged, but he was named as an unindicted co-conspirator.

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Senate Gives Nod to R. Booth Goodwin II for W. Va U.S. Attorney

west virginiaBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate gave the final nod Tuesday to assistant U.S. Attorney R. Booth Goodwin II to become the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston.

He will replace Charles T. Miller.

Goodwin is the son of Joseph R. Goodwin, the district’s chief federal judge.

High Ranking U.S. Marshal Official Charged With Assaulting Wife

Sylvester Jones/u.s. marshal photo

Sylvester Jones/u.s. marshal photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A high-ranking U.S. Marshal Service official is in trouble.

The Washington Examiner reports that Sylvester E. Jones, assistant director of the Marshal service’s Witness Security Division, has been placed on leave following charges that he beat his wife in suburban Washington.

The paper reports that Jones was arrested May 3 on charges of assualting his wife Alicia Jones at their Accokee home in Prince George’s County.

Court documents allege that he hit his wife with his car door and threw her against a parked car, the Examiner reported. She was knocked out after her head hit the pavement, the paper reported.

Jones told The Washington Examiner his wife’s allegations have “no credibility.”

“I was set up by the woman I was married to, who happens to be with another guy, and I hope to have it settled in court,” he told the paper.

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Retired FBI Intelligence Section Chief Cornelius Sullivan Dies at Age 84

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Retired FBI agent Cornelius “Neil” Sullivan, who was the section chief of the intelligence division and was credited with fostering improved relations with the CIA, died earlier this month in Silver Spring, Md. at age 84, the Washington Post reported.

Sullivan joined the FBI in 1951 and served in fields offices in Cleveland, Minneapolis and New York, the Post reported.

He later went to headquarters and retired in 1979 as section chief of intelligence, the Post reported.

Sullivan was born in Fall River, Mass. and joined the Navy at age 17 and served in the Pacific during World War II, the Post wrote. He graduated from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

He had been married for 44 years to Lucille Friedrich, who died in 1993.

Grand Jury Probe Into Baseball Star Roger Clemens Still Alive

steroid-needleBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Signs of life in the perjury investigation into seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens surfaced Tuesday when a key witness in the case testified before a federal grand jury in Washington, the AP reported.

Clemen’s former personal trainer Brian McNamee spent more than 2 1/2 hours inside the U.S. District Courthouse where the grand jury conducts business, AP reported.

Authorities are investigating whether the baseball star lied to Congress in 2008 when he said he hadn’t taken steroids or human growth hormones.

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What’s For Dinner For Times Square Car Bomb Suspect?

faisal shahzadBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The crime isn’t kosher, but the prison meals certainly are for Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad. One night the menu calls for vegetarian stuffed cabbage; the next, kosher beef meatloaf or turkey cutlet.

New York U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis last week granted a request by Shahzad, charged with five felony counts including trying to explode a weapon of mass destruction, to eat “halal” food at the federal-run Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Halal food is defined as meeting the dietary laws of Islam.

In federal prison, that means kosher food, which meets the same standards as halal food, James Davis, executive assistant at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, told AOL News.

“No pork, no shellfish,” he said. The animals are also slaughtered in similar ways for both kosher and halal meat.

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