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Archive for November 11th, 2010

Atty. Gen. Holder Says “Close to Decision” on 9/11 Trial

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Here’s a controversial issue that won’t go away: Where to hold the 9/11 trial.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr., who has often been treated like a pinata by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary when confronted about the issue, says the government is “close to a decision” on how to try Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his fellow co-defendants, the New York Daily News reported.

“We have been working on it, and I think we’re close to a decision,” Holder told reporters.

The Daily News reported that Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said: “I urge Attorney General Holder not to hold any 9/11 trials in New York or anywhere in the U.S,”

“The trial should not and will not be in New York,” added Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the News reported.

ATF Still Not Sure Whether Agents Will Return to Virgin Islands

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Nearly two weeks after a U.S. Virgin Islands judge tossed out the controversial murder charges against ATF agent Will Clark, the agency said it has still not decided whether to send agents to work there again.

“It’s being evaluated and no decision has been made,” Donna Sellers, an ATF spokesperson told ticklethewire.com.

As a protest, ATF had withdrawn its agents from the Virgin Islands shortly after Clark had been charged with murder in 2008. He fatally shot his neighbor during a confrontation.

After the trial had already gotten underway, Judge Edgar Ross tossed the case on a technicality, ruling in favor of a defense motion that proper procedure was not followed in identifying the body of shooting victim Marcus Sukow to the medical examiner.

Prosecutors had accused ATF agent Clark of using excessive force during a confrontation with Sukow, who was involved in a in a domestic dispute that day. Clark claimed it was self defense and his agency, after conducting an internal review, found Clark responded properly.

Some of Swindler Bernie Madoff’s Possessions Go Up for Auction Saturday

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The spoils of swindler Bernie Madoff and his wife go up for auction Saturday in New York.

His black velveteen slippers, an emerald cut 10.5-carat diamond ring, other jewelry and furniture are up for grabs, the New York Daily News reports.

Auctioneers at Gaston & Sheehan will handle the sale, which will be online and at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan starting at 10 a.m.

Jennifer Crane of the U.S. Marshals Service asset forfeiture unit, who was inside Madoff’s upper East Side penthouse after his December 2008 arrest, told the Daily News:

“He was extremely meticulous. Everything was folded beautifully, every drawer you opened up was perfectly organized. It wasn’t what I expected.”

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