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ICE Agent Won’t be Charged in Wrongful Shooting

Steve Neavling

Unable to discern who is telling the truth, Orange County prosecutors won’t seek criminal charges against an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who shot the wrong drug suspect, The Orange County Register reports.

Prosecutors said they could not confirm Daniel Noriega’s story that claims an ICE agent shot at him without provocation. Noriega said he was in a parking lot when an officer in an unmarked police car shot at him.

ICE authorities countered that Noriega tried to run down their car, a claim that Noriega says is fabricated.

FBI to Release Interviews in George Zimmerman Case

Steve Neavling

Prosecutors plan to release FBI interviews Thursday in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The interviews are expected to shed more light on the man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin while he was walking home from a store in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26.

The FBI, which became involved following complaints that Sanford Police conducted a racially biased investigation, interviewed Martin’s ex-girlfriend, police officers, gun shop and neighbors, among others.

Zimmerman claims self-defense when he shot Martin on a sidewalk in Zimmerman’s neighborhood.

ATF Supervisor Resigns Amid Investigation Over Informant

Steve Neavling

An ATF supervisor in the Seattle office has stepped down after a paid informant sexually abused and imprisoned a woman while working for the agency, The Seattle Times reports.

Special Agent Jim Contreras came under fire after The Seattle Times revealed that he hired informant Joshua Allan Jackson, who had a lengthy history of violence towards women.

ATF continues to investigate, according to an unnamed source who spoke to The Seattle Times.

Contreras contends he retired and was not forced to resign.

FBI, Justice Department Reviewing Potentially Flawed Forensic Evidence

Steve Neavling

The FBI and Justice Department are launching an unprecedented review of forensic evidence in thousands of criminal cases to ensure no one was wrongly convicted since at least 1985, the Washington Post reports.

The sweeping review includes rape, murder and robbery cases conducted by all FBI Laboratory hair and fiber examiners, people familiar with the process told the Washington Post.

The investigation comes after the newspaper in April reported that Justice Department officials knew of potentially flawed convictions based on bad forensic work.

“The Department and the FBI are in the process of identifying historical cases for review where a microscopic hair examination conducted by the FBI was among the evidence in a case that resulted in a conviction,” spokeswoman Nanda Chitre said in a statement to the Washington Post. “We have dedicated considerable time and resources to addressing these issues, with the goal of reaching final determinations in the coming months.”

Justice Department to Protect Against Leaks of Economic Data

 Steve Neavling

Worried about the impact on leaked, sensitive economic date, the FBI helped convince the U.S. Labor Department to tighten control of the information, Reuters reports.

A Labor Department study suggests some financial institutions had access to the agency’s press room before the economic reports were made public.

The information is important because it triggers swings in the stock and bond markets. Early access gives investors an edge, Reuters reported.

The Justie Department expressed concern about media agencies leaking the information to others before the information was to be released.

Report by Ex-FBI Chief Freeh to Shed Light on Molestation Scandal at Penn State

Steve Neavling

Did Penn State University officials conceal that former defensive coordinator was Jerry Sandusky a child molester? How did the school and coach Joe Paterno respond to previous molestation accusations against Sandusky more than a decade ago?

A report by former FBI chief Louis J. Freeh is expected to answer those questions and many more when it is released online Thursday, the Associated Press reports.


According to a statement by his family, Paterno “did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth.”

Attorneys for the university’s deposed president, Graham Spanier, said he did not participate in a cover-up to protect Sandusky and the university’s image, according to the AP.

Physics Grad Pleads Guilty in Model Plane Plot

Steve Neavling

A Massachusetts man accused of staging a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol Building and the Pentagon with explosive-laden model airplanes pleaded guilty Tuesday to two federal charges, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Under a plea deal, Rezwan Ferdaus is to serve 17 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release, if the federal judge in Boston signs off, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Ferdaus is a physics graduate who was arrested in September after undercover FBI agents posed as Al Qaeda operatives and delivered to him explosives and assault rifles.

Ferdaus told authorities he wanted to terrorize the country in the name of jihad, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

AG Holder Pledges to Fight Texas Voter ID Law at NAACP Event

Steve Neavling

 Attorney General Eric Holder pledged Tuesday to aggressively challenge new voter restriction efforts during a speech at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Houston, the New York Times reports.

“In our efforts to protect voting rights and to prevent voting fraud, we will be vigilant and strong,” Mr. Holder said. “But let me be clear: we will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right.”

Holder’s speech comes as the Justice Department is in federal court over Texas’ photo ID voting requirement, which Holder says violates the Voting Rights Act and disproportionately impacts minorities, young people and the elderly, according to the New York Times.

Holder pledged to vigorously enforce civil rights violations.

“The arc of American history has always moved toward expanding the electorate,” he said. “It is what has made this nation exceptional. We will simply not allow this era to be the beginning of the reversal of that historic progress.”