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Weekend Series on Crime History: J. Edgar Hoover Addresses American Legion in 1940

FBI Files Show Steinbrenner Dodged Agents Probing His Illegal Donations to Nixon


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The often outspoken and never shy late Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner was not so talkative when it came to an FBI probe into his illegal campaign contributions to President Nixon’s re-election campaign, the New York Daily News reported.

Based on FBI documents released Thursday, the Daily News reported that Steinbrenner dodged FBI agents investigating the matter, and they were  told he was traveling.

The Daily News reported that FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley wanted his agents to give the probe the highest priority.

“This investigation is to be afforded highest priority and security,” Kelley wrote in one teletype. “Cleveland to assign most capable personnel to achieve prompt positive results.”

In a handwritten notation on another memo, Kelley wrote, “hit this real hard with the best talent … Positive results are expected,” the Daily News reported.

Steinbrenner pleaded guilty in 1974 to giving illegal campaign contributions and was fined $15,000. He made the campaign contributions through bonuses to his employees at the American Shipbuilding Co., who then donated the money.

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Senate Confirms Only 1 of 5 U.S. Attorney Nominees Before Heading Home

Christopher Thyer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Just before heading home for the holidays, the U.S. Senate confirmed only one of five pending nominees for U.S. Attorney, the news website Main Justice reported.

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed by unanimous consent Christopher Thyer for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The others were sent back to President Obama the remaining names which must now be renominated for the new Congress, Main Justice reported. The site said 76 U.S. Attorneys have been confirmed so far, two years into the Obama administration.

The people who did not get confirmed included S. Amanda Marshall of Oregon, M. Scott Bowen of the West District of Michigan, John B. Stevens Jr of the Eastern District of Texas and Thomas Gray Walker of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Meet the New Sheriff: Robin Ashton to Head Justice Dept. Office of Prof. Responsiblity

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Meet the new sheriff.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. announced Thursday that federal prosecutor Robin C. Ashton will head up the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) at the Department of Justice.

“As a veteran career prosecutor, Robin is uniquely qualified to serve as Counsel for Professional Responsibility, and I am confident she will lead the office with the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and dedication,” Holder said.

OPR is responsible for investigating allegations of professional misconduct involving department attorneys.

Ashton has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia since 1991. Her most recent job was as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for Management.

The Justice Department said her job involved managing and directing oversight of significant civil and criminal cases and special operations.

Man’s Car Hops Curb; Gets Unexpected Greeting From Secret Service Protecting Pres. Bush

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A motorist tooling around an upscale Dallas neighborhood Wednesday night got an unexpected greeting from U.S. Secret Service agents when his muscle car accidentally hopped the curb and ended up on the lawn of a certain prominent person.

Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, said the man was driving sometime around 7:30 p.m. to visit a friend in the Preston Hollow neighborhood in Dallas when he apparently lost control of the car, which jumped onto the lawn of former President George W. Bush.  Donovan said it appeared the gas pedal was stuck.

Secret Service agents, who are on the scene 24/7, quickly responded, as did the Dallas police, Donovan said. The man was interviewed and was allowed to go. Donovan said there was no indication the man intended to harm the President and his wife Laura, who were home at the time. There was no damage to the home.

Media reports indicated the car was a Mercury Cougar.

Senate Confirms New U.S.Marshal Stacia Hylton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved Stacia A.  Hylton as the new U.S. Marshal by unanimous consent.

Authorities said Hylton returns to the U.S. Marshals Service after operating her own consulting company, Hylton Kirk & Associates.

She served in federal law enforcement for 29 years, including as the Federal Detention Trustee from 2004-2010 and in a number of leadership positions in the Marshals Service from 1980-2004, including Acting Deputy Director, Assistant Director of Prisoner Operations, Chief Deputy in the District of South Carolina and Chief of Judicial Security Programs.

“I am pleased that Stacia Hylton will return to the U.S. Marshals Service to build upon 29 years of distinguished service at the department,” said Atty. General Eric Holder Jr.

Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the Marshals Service told ticklethewire.com that the current Marshal John Clark will step down Jan. 3 to enter private industry.  Later in the morning, Clark issued a statement saying has accepted a position  at Lockheed Martin as director of security operations for information systems and global solutions.

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