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6 More New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Shootings

new orleans police badgeBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The Justice Department Tuesday plucked more skeletons from the closet of the New Orleans Police Department, indicting six additional officers in the fatal shooting of two unarmed citizens and the wounding of four others in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The indictment is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing effort to expose police officers who either were involved in the Sept. 4, 2005, Danziger Bridge shootings or took part in covering them up. To date, five New Orleans officers have pleaded guilty to covering up the incident.

“Today’s indictment should serve as compelling evidence of our unswerving and unconditional commitment to … achieve true justice for any victims of the charged killings, shootings and abuse on the Danziger Bridge, and the alleged corrupt cover-up that followed,” U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of New Orleans said in a statement.

The indictment further aims “to restore the trust in the men and women of law enforcement who do serve the people and honor the badge; and to make certain that no one should ever have to fear those whose job it is to protect them,” he said.

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Column: Did Russian Spies Fool FBI?

Jeff Stein
Jeff Stein

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk

WASHINGTON — Two longtime veterans of the intelligence wars between Russia and the West say it’s inconceivable that the spies deported to Moscow Friday didn’t detect FBI surveillance years ago.

And that, they say, could explain why the FBI never produced evidence in court that the “illegals” had obtained any classified information: They stopped spying as soon as they discovered they were being watched — but stayed just busy enough to distract the FBI, potentially, from more important operations.

“If you’re under surveillance, you don’t do anything — you’re burnt,” said Victor Ostrovsky, a prominent former Mossad operative who said the lsraelis taught trainees about surveillance by studying real Russian spies at work. “You might as well pack yourself up slowly and go home.”

An American counterintelligence veteran said: “It does boggle the mind that they never allegedly picked up on any of the watchers nor learned of any of the technical ops run against them. It really is amazing.”

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Blago Defense Complains Prosecutors Finishing Case Too Soon: “A Fair Trial is Destroyed”

Blagojevich family/facebook

Blagojevich family/facebook

By Allan Lengel

Sometimes judges complain to federal prosecutors that their case is dragging on too long. But in Chicago, in U.S. District Court, there’s a bit of different twist.

The defense for ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich is complaining that prosecutors are moving far too quickly in trial and will finish presenting their case this week, far ahead of schedule.

The defense is now scrambling, trying to get a hold of witnesses they thought they wouldn’t need until August, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“A fair trial is destroyed,” Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam Sr. told reporters outside the courtroom Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “We told our witnesses we’d be in touch late August. All of a sudden, the government cuts their case short . . . They misled us. They misled the court.”

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“Die Hard” Director John McTiernan Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

die-hard-posterBy Allan Lengel

Rogue Los Angeles private detective Anthony Pellicano, who wiretapped the rich and famous, and is now in prison, is still touching the lives of some in a bad way.

The latest sign of that came Monday when “Die Hard” director John McTiernan pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about paying Pellicano $50,000 in 2000 to wiretap the telephone of a Hollywood producer Charles Roven, Bloomberg news reported.

Bloomberg reported that prosecutors filed a plea agreement in Los Angeles U.S. District Court. The agreement indicated that prosecutors won’t ask for more than a year in prison.

McTiernan, 59, originally pleaded guilty to the charges in 2006, but was later allowed to withdraw because he hadn’t gotten a hearing to try and suppress evidence, Bloomberg reported.

Pellicano, 66, got 15 years in prison for illegally spying on people. Pellicano is currently being housed in a low-security prison in southeastern Arizona. His release date is Feb. 28, 2019, according to the The Bureau of Prisons.

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Canadian Man Pays for Fleecing Edlerly Americans in Lottery Scam

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

A Canadian man promised the elderly a little piece of heaven. Instead, some lost their homes and life savings.

Today that man, Henry Anekwu, 43, of British Columbia, was sentenced in Los Angeles federal court to nine years in prison for fleecing dozens of elderly Americans of at least $600,000 in a lottery scam, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was also ordered to pay $510,840 in restitution.

During sentencing, Judge John F. Walter said Anekwu showed no remorse for his victims, who suffered “devastating consequences” of his scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities identified 79 victims.

The scam appeared to be a simple variation of the many overseas scams that promise millions of dollars in free money with the caveat that a tax or fee be paid up front.

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NY FBI Sending Agents to Uganda to Help Probe Bombing

ugandaBy Allan Lengel

The FBI in New York plans to send agents to Uganda to help investigate the deadly bombing that reportedly was carried out by a group aligned with al Qaeda, news sources reported.

“The New York Joint Terrorism Task Force is in the process of deploying a team of agents and forensic experts to assist Ugandan authorities in their investigation,” FBI spokesman James Margolin told Bloomberg.

The bomb killed at least 74 people.

AOL News reported that the radical Islamist movement al-Shabab claimed responsibility, saying the attacks were revenge for Ugandan soldiers being in the Somali capital. It reported that the group is aligned al Qaeda.


Blagojevich Hated His Job (Washington Post)
NM Gunman Shoots Girlfriend and Kills 2 at Plant (AP)
Mich. Woman Gets Prison For Having Sex With Teen Son (AP)
Fire Ruins Martha’s Vineyard Coast Guard Station (AP)
Prosecutors Say Ark. Doctor Masterminded Bomb Attack (AP)
2 Chicago Area Men Sentenced in Ohio Soldier Plot (AP)
Opposition to Airport Body Scanners Growing (USA Today)

Ex-Washington Post Reporter and Editor Bill Miller Becomes Spokesman for D.C. U.S. Attorney

Bill Miller/linkedin photo

Bill Miller/linkedin photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Bill Miller, a former reporter and editor at the Washington Post,  who specialized in law enforcement coverage, is crossing over to the other side.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. announced Monday that Miller will take over as the public information officer for the busy office.

A veteran reporter, Miller worked for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Philadelphia Inquirer before coming to the Washington Post.

Miller, who had a reputation as an affable person, and top notch and meticulous  reporter and editor, worked for 10 years as a reporter for The Post, mostly covering the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the local and federal courts.

From 2002 to 2009, he worked as an editor on the city desk, and supervised criminal justice coverage. In 2009, he took a buyout from the Washington Post.

Miller replaces Ben Friedman, an assistant U.S. Attorney who had taken over the public affairs duties from Channing Phillips. Phillips had been named interim U.S. Attorney and subsequently went to work at the Justice Department.

He has a masters degree in Justice  from American University.

Miller has two children and is married to Doreen Gentzler, a news anchor for the Washington,D.C., NBC affiliate WRC-TV.

Swiss Won’t Extradite Roman Polanski to U.S. To Face Sentencing

swiss mapBy Allan Lengel

The long protracted legal battle for famous film director Roman Polanski appears to be  over– at least as far as the Swiss are concerned.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Swiss authorities said Polanski, 76, will not be extradited to the United States to face sentencing in a 30-year-old incident involving sex with a 13-year-old girl. And he has been set free from house arrest.

The paper reported that the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police said a flaw in the extradition request could not be ruled out.

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