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3 Relatives Accused of Lying to Help Man Accused of Killing DEA Informant

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Family loyalty may be good in most instances, but apparently not in this one.

Federal authorities last week charged three relatives with lying for Weldon Gordon, 33, a suburban D.C. man accused of killing an undercover DEA informant Andre Hayes in 2008, the D.C. Examiner reported.

The relatives, who were arrested last week include Gordon’s sister, Keyla Clements, 35, her husband, Antoine Clements, 38, both of District Heights, Md., and their mother, Vicki Gordon, of Upper Marlboro, Md., the Examiner reported.

Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales Cashing in on His Name; Named Board of Director

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzales is cashing in on his name.

The Texas company Drexel Metals Inc., a provider of standing seam metal roofing systems, announced Monday that Gonzales has joined its board of  directors.

“I have enjoyed working with Al while he served as a valuable consultant that helped Drexel Metals establish itself in Texas and better service the Hispanic community,” said CEO Rob Waite in a statement.

“With his significant contribution to Drexel Metals, it made sense to invite Al to join our board and we are very pleased he accepted our offer.”

Gonzales, the former Attorney General under President Bush, is a visiting professor at Texas Tech University and is president of Alberto R. Gonzales, P.C., a provider of consulting, arbitration, and mediation services.

Ex-U.S. Atty. Todd Graves to Probe Sex Allegations at Kansas City Diocese

Ex-U.S. Atty Todd Graves/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Todd Graves, who served as U.S. Attorney for western Missouri under President Bush, has been given the nod to investigate how the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese handles sex crime allegations, the Kansas City Star reported.

Bishop Robert W. Finn made the announcement late last week.

The paper reported that the appontment of Graves was part of a comprehensive five-point plan to address recent allegations of a priest who possessed child pornography.

The paper noted that Graves, who is not Catholic, said: “They want to make this a model diocese for the rest of the country.”

Graves served as U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2006. He was initially on a list of 12 U.S. Attorneys slated to be fired in what became a highly politicized situation in the Bush years. He resigned March 24, 2006.

Minn. FBI Issues Apology; Says 2 Homicide Victims Weren’t Gang Members

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ooops.

The Minneapolis FBI on Friday apologized for saying that two homicide victims were members of gangs.

“Donald E. Oswald, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis FBI office, today regrets to announce that the FBI made an error in a press release that was released yesterday regarding the arrest of fugitive Carlos Maurico Lizama, 29, of Baltimore, Maryland,” the FBI said in a press release.

“The press release stated that the two homicide victims were members of the 18th Street Gang. In fact, the two victims were not affiliated to any gang. The FBI apologizes for this mistake.”

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FBI Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds

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By Charlie Savage
The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.

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The F.B.I. soon plans to issue a new edition of its manual, called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, according to an official who has worked on the draft document and several others who have been briefed on its contents. The new rules add to several measures taken over the past decade to give agents more latitude as they search for signs of criminal or terrorist activity.

The F.B.I. recently briefed several privacy advocates about the coming changes. Among them, Michael German, a former F.B.I. agent who is now a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that it was unwise to further ease restrictions on agents’ power to use potentially intrusive techniques, especially if they lacked a firm reason to suspect someone of wrongdoing.

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It’s Blago Time: Chicago Fed Jury Begins Deliberating Friday


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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s the moment of truth.

Jury deliberations in Blago II — the retrial of ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich —  begins Friday.

Don’t expect a quick verdict.

The jury will have to plow through 20 counts, which should take some time.

No Surprise: Raleigh U.S. Attorney George Holding Announces Resignation

U.S. Atty. George Holding

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a move that comes as no surprise, Raleigh U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding announced his resignation Friday, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

The announcement by the Bush appointee comes in wake of the indictment of twice-presidential hopeful John Edwards. The resignation is effective July 8, the paper reported.

North Carolina’s two senators had agreed to leave Holding in the post until the conclusion of the case to avoid accusations of politics and any attempt to slow the probe.

President Obama has nominated Thomas Walker of Charlotte to be the new U.S. Attorney. He has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

Holding was appointed to the post by President Bush in 2006.