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FBI Hunts For Suspected Wisconsin Bomber 40 Years Later

leo burtBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Forty years ago Tuesday, a van loaded with explosives rocked the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, killing one person and wounding three others — all part of a protest against the war in Vietnam. It was also the biggest domestic terrorism attack until the Oklahoma City bombing 25 years later.

Three of four of the anti-war culprits were captured and served time in prison. But 40 years later, the hunt for the fourth suspect — Leo Burt, a student and aspiring journalist at the time — continues.

“We’re still pursuing leads like he’s still alive,” Bruce Carroll, a campus police detective assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, told AOL News. “I’ve expressed my doubts in the past that he’s still alive. It would be very hard to live totally undercover for 40 years. That being said, stranger things have happened.

“But we’ve had a bunch of leads and we still have leads that are active,” he said.

On Monday, the FBI upped the profile of the case, prominently displaying a story on its website that began: “Where is Leo Burt? You can earn up to $150,000 by helping us find him.”

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Detroit U.S. Atty. Indicts Ex-NBA Player in Fraud Case

nba-logo_1By Allan Lengel

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit has indicted ex-NBA player Jay Vincent who played with Magic Johnson at Michigan State University in an alleged $2 million Internet employment scam, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities alleged that Vincent, 51, and Athony Portee, 53, both of Lansing, Mi., bilked jobseekers out of 20,000 job seekers out of $2 million.

The indictment alleges that between 2006 and 2009 the two men concocted defrauded people seeking jobs inspecting foreclosed homes through their company Foreclosure Bank Inspection Co., AP reported

The company charged each applicant $149 for liability insurance and $89 for a background check, but they hired no one to perform inspections and pocketed the money.

Vincent played on the NCAA championship at Michigan State with Magic Johnson in 1979 and later went on to play in the NBA on a number of teams including Dallas, Washington, Denver, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Lakers. He ended his career in Philadelphia in 1990, AP reported.

His attorney Charles Ford told AP Vincent is “a legitimate businessman” and is cooperating with the probe.

Chris Wallace Asks Blago: “Is There Anything You Won’t Do For a Buck These Days?” & Blago Predicts Political Comeback

All Star Clemens Adds Ex-Fed Prosecutor to Defense Team

Michael Attanasio/law firm photo

Michael Attanasio/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Seven- time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, who was indicted last week on charges of lying to Congress about steroid use, is adding a former federal prosecutor to his team, reports.

Michael Attanasio, a federal prosecutor in Washington from 1991 to 1999, who is now a partner in the firm Cooley LLP of San Diego, is hopping aboard the defense team. The firm has a D.C. office.

The all-star defense team once included prominent Washington attorney Lanny Breuer, who was with Clemens when he testified in 2008 before Congress, reported. Breuer now heads up the Justice Department’s criminal division.

Lanny Breuer

Lanny Breuer

“Everybody wants to say we should have a Washington lawyer, and they may be right,” one of Clemens’ defense attorneys, Rusty Hardin of Houston, who noted that  Attanasio is based in San Diego, told ESPN. “But Mike was with the DOJ [Department of Justice] for eight years out of Washington and he knows his way around there.”


FBI Tracked Civil Rights Lawsuits Against Legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant

Bear Bryant

Bear Bryant

By Allan Lengel

The FBI kept tabs on civil rights lawsuits filed by blacks 40 years ago against legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant of the University of Alabama’s  Crimson Tide, the Associated Press reported.

The AP, which obtained FBI documents under the Freedom of Information Act,  reported that for nearly two years agent tracked suits by blacks who were trying to force Bryant to recruit African Americans.

The AP reported that it was unclear why the FBI followed the case, but suggested the agency under Hoover was interested in civil rights infractions.

Bryant died in 1983 at age 69.

Weekend Series on Crime: J. Edgar Hoover and the Mob

Thai Court Grants U.S. Extradition Request for Russian Arms Dealer Dubbed “Merchant of Death”

atf file photo

atf file photo

By Allan Lengel

A notorious Russian arms dubbed the “merchant of death” will be extradited to the U.S. from Thailand, the Washington Post reported.

A Court of Appeals court in Thailand overturned a lower court’s ruling rejecting the U.S. extradition request for Viktor Bout, the Post reported.

The Associated Press reported that Bout cried when hearing the verdict and hugged his wife and daughter.

“This is the most unfair decision possible,” his wife told reporters, the Post reported.”It is known the world over that this is a political case.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the extradition ruling an “unlawful, political decision” made “under very strong external pressure,” Reuters news agency reported.

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Column: Ex-Atty. Gen. Gonzales Says Changing 14th Amendment Won’t Change Immigration Crisis

Alberto Gonzales

Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales

By Alberto Gonzales
Washington Post Op-ed

Like most Americans, I am a descendant of immigrants and a grateful beneficiary of the opportunities available to our nation’s citizens.

My grandparents emigrated from Mexico in the early 20th century seeking a better life, and they found it working in the fields and dairy farms of Texas. Diversity is one of the great strengths of the United States — diversity fueled by the migration of ethnicities, cultures and ideas.

Today, however, there is virtually universal agreement that our immigration process is broken. While security on our southern border has improved in the past decade, it remains inadequate in a post-9/11 world.

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