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Hillary Clinton’s Finance Chairman Hassan Nemazee Gets 12 Years

Morning in ManhattanBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A big time Democratic donor and finance chairman of the Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Manhattan to 12 years in prison, the Justice Department announced.

Hassan Nemazee, 60, was sentenced for stealing nearly $300 million from three banks in what authorities described as a Ponzi scheme.

The New York Daily News reported that U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein went below the minimum recommended sentence of 15 ½ years because Nemazee had “good attributes”.

“You’ve done a lot of good in your life,” Stein said, according to the Daily News. “You’ve been extremely charitable, even before this fraud.”

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Obama Nominates U.S. Marshals for N.M., Ky., Del. and Utah

marshalsBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – President Obama on Wednesday nominated four people to fill U.S. Marshal posts in New Mexico, Kentucky, Delaware and Utah.

The nominees included Conrad Ernest Candelaria for New Mexico; James Edward Clark for the Western District of Kentucky; Joseph Anthony Papili for Delaware and James Alfred Thompson for Utah.

“These individuals have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service throughout their careers,” President Obama said in a statement. “I am proud to nominate them to serve and protect the American people as U.S. Marshals.”

The bios are as follows, according to the White House Press release:

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Fla. Man Opens Fire on Fake FBI Agents Trying to Break in Home

cooper city flaBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Note to Fake FBI Agents: Beware of gunslingers.

Earlier this week, a homeowner opened fire on two men posing as FBI agents who were trying to break into his Cooper City, Fla., home, stations WPLG reported. A third man posing as an FBI agent acted as a look out. The men fled and no one appeared to have been hit.

The station reported that three men were clad in baseball hats and T-shirts with the letters FBI on the back.

The men pulled up to the house in a sport utility vehicle around 4 a.m. Monday and two got out, the station reported.

A video shows the men trying to pry open the front door, then the front window when gunfire erupts. They immediately run to the car and take off.

The station reported that homeowner Malcolm Pena, 35, opened fire with his .40-caliber pistol after seeing what was happening.

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Obama Nominates U.S. Attys for Indiana and Oklahoma

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Former Indiana Secretary of State Joseph H. Hogsett, who is now in private practice, was nominated Wednesday to fill the U.S. Attorney spot in Southern Indiana.

“Joe Hogsett has a distinguished record of public service on behalf of the people of Indiana,” Sen. Evan Bayh said in statement posted on his his website,. “His legal experience, insight, background and temperament make him an excellent choice for U.S. Attorney. He has the respect and support of Indiana law enforcement, judges, elected officials and community leaders.”

On Wednesday, President Obama also nominated Mark F. Green, a sole practitioner and former federal prosecutor, for the U.S. Attorney spot for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

Mark Green has also served as an Alternate Judge to the City of Muskogee since 2006.

Hogsett is a senior partner at Bingham McHale LLP.

Feds Say NY Jeweler Murdered For Disprespecting Genovese Family Mobster

mafia33By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Respect comes in different forms. In the mob world, it often comes in the form of $$$.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors on Wednesday said mobbed up Staten Island jeweler Louis Antonelli was murdered because he disrespected Genovese capo Anthony Antico, 74, by failing to pay him cash kickbacks for selling gems at Antico’s social club, the N.Y. Daily News reported.

The paper reported that Antonelli, 43, was fatally shot April 29, 2008, in West Brighton in Staten Island.

Defense lawyer Gerald McMahon called one of the government’s witnesses “a chain saw murderer” and another “a mass murderer.”

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In other mob news, the Daily News reports that “ruthless, toothless former Colombo crime boss Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli” has been accused in federal court of killing off-duty NYPD cop Ralphy Dols in Brooklyn in 1997.

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3 Philly Cops Indicted in Scheme to Rip Off Drug Supplier

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By Allan Lengel
tickletehwire.com

Three Philadelphia cops were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiring with drug dealers to steal 300 grams of heroin from a supplier, the Justice Department announced.

Officers Robert Snyder, Mark Williams and James Venziale face drug trafficking charges along with three suspected drug dealers and the wife of one officer who allegedly passed on information between the cops and the dealers, authorities said.

Authorities charged that on May 14, 2010, the officers pretended to arrest one of the drug dealers after he got the heroin from a courier, who stood nearby and witnessed the arrest. The supplier was not paid because of what appeared to be a bust.

The cops then drove off and let the dealer go. The heroin was given to someone the conspirators thought was a drug dealer, but was actually undercover DEA agent, authorities said.

Authorities said the drug dealer who was part of the fake bust paid two cops $6,000, and the third received an “additional amount of currency.”

John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, the department’s largest union, told the Philadelphia Inquirer called the episode “a disgrace.”

“We have a bunch of good officers out there on the streets every day, risking their lives,” McNesby said. “This casts a dark cloud over all of them.”

Disgraced Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Pleads Poverty: Gets Fed Court Appointed Attorney

Appointed Atty. James Thomas/law firm photo

Appointed Atty. James Thomas/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Disgraced ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who lived the good life on the outside, is getting a federally court-appointed attorney after pleading poverty Tuesday during his arraignment on federal corruption charges in Detroit, the Detroit News reported.

The News reported that Kilpatrick, clad in a jail suit, said “that is correct” when U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer asked if he couldn’t afford to hire an attorney.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Federal Defenders Office made one of  Kilpatrick’s attorneys  James Thomas, the court-appointed attorneys. Thomas is a well-known defense lawyer who has appeared in many high profile cases in U.S. District Court in Detroit over the years.

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

Thomas, who was in court, told the judge Kilpatrick has no funds, the News reported.

Kilpatrick is currently serving a state prison term for violating probation and hiding assets that should have went to help pay $1 million in restitution to the city. He had served a jail term for lying on the stand during a whistleblower lawsuit in state court.

The latest charges in federal court include allegations that he spent money donated to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund on travel, yoga lessons and other personal expenses.