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Names Released of 2 Dep. Marshals Wounded in W. Va.

Dep. U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The two deputy U.S. Marshals wounded last week in West Virginia while serving a warrant have been identified as Supervisory Deputy Marshal Alex Neville and deputy marshal Fred Frederick, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

A third deputy Marshal, Derek Hotsinpiller, was killed, as was the gunman Charles E. Smith, who was wanted on drug charges. Hotsinpiller was shot in the neck.

The paper reported that Neville underwent surgery Wednesday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and was expected to full recovery. Frederick was treated at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins and released.

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Blago Attorneys Move to Bar All FBI Recordings in 2nd Trial

Blagojevich as governor/state photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

We’re starting to enter the Rod Blagojevich Zone when the motions start flowing in, when the news heats up as the second trial approaches for the former Illinois government.

The latest: Blagojevich’s  attorneys  on Monday asked a federal judge in Chicago to bar all FBI wiretapped conversations in trial, saying they are unreliable and out of context, the Associated Press reported.

Lawyers argue that the recordings made days before his Dec. 9, 2008 arrest contain gaps that put things out of context.

The trial, which promises to be another circus, is set for April 20 in downtown Chicago. Blagojevich was convicted in  the first trial on only one of 24 counts — lying to an FBI agent. The case was an embarrassment to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago.

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Ex-Head of Denver FBI Named Director of Colorado’s Public Safety Dept.

James Davis/denver rotary

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Jim” Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI, who headed the FBI’s Denver office since 2008, has been named the new director of Colorado’s Department of Public Safety, the Associated Press reported.

Davis, who retired from the FBI last month, was named to the post by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who called him “one of the nation’s finest law enforcement officers,” the AP reported.

The public safety department includes the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado State Patrol.

Davis began his career with the FBI in 1985, according to the FBI. Just before heading up the Denver office, he served as Legal Attache in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

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Hundreds Gather in W. Virginia to Pay Respect to Slain Dep. U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller

Ex-Philly Interim U.S. Atty. Laurie Magid in Hot Water

Ex-U.S. Atty. Laurie Magid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-interim Philly U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid is facing some serious allegations.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has alleged that as a government employee Magid improperly held fundraisers for Sen. Arlen Specter in 2008 and one for U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan in 2009, and solicited funds from subordinates at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the fundraisers, according to the counsel’s Feb. 15 document posted on  Politico.

The special counsel has recommended disciplinary action for violating the Hatch Act law. which  limits political activity by federal employees.

Magid was the first assistant U.S. Attorney from summer 2005 until  July 2008 when she became acting U.S. Attorney. From February 2009 to May 2009 she was the interim U.S. Attorney and then was replaced.

The Office of Special Counsel document stated that in  2008, Magid’s husband was hosting a fundraiser at their home for Sen. Arlen Specter.

The document alleged that she helped her husband and invited eight assistant U.S. attorneys (AUSAs) for the Sen. Specter fundraiser.

“At least one one AUSA expressed concern that he felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser,” the document said.

In early 2009, the husband threw a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Patrick Meehan, the former U.S. Attorney, who eventually decided to run for Congress. Magid helped her husband with the invite list, which included 35 of her subordinate employees. Of those, about 18 got the invitations at their official U.S. Attorney address, the document said.

“When invitations were received, performance evaluations were in progress,” the document said. “Several of respondent’s subordinate employees  expressed concerns that they  felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser or make a financial contribution.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Magid did not respond to an e-mail for comment, and a person at her home said she was not available to respond.

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Program Features Civil Rights Slaying and the FBI Probe