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Fed Judge Skeptical of Justice Dept. Bid to Dismiss Lawsuit in Fast and Furious Case

By Allan Lengel
A fed judge in D.C. appeared skeptical of the Justice Department’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit centering on the poorly thought out ATF operation known as Fast and Furious, according to the Associated Press. 

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has filed a lawsuit seeking records related to the operation.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson “sharply challenged the department’s claim that federal courts have no jurisdiction in the dispute,” according to the Associated Press.

“I’m a check and balance,” countered Jackson.”The third branch exists.”


Boston Bombing Suspect Tells Investigators that He and Brother Acted Alone

Steve Neavling

The plan to set off bombs at the Boston Marathon wasn’t hatched until about a week before the event, the surviving suspect told investigators Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Writing from his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said he and his brother acted alone and were not trained by outsider terrorist groups, the L.A. Times reports.

The brothers were angry over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and hastily plotted the attack, learning how to build bombs using pressure cookers in an online magazine tied to Al Qaeda, Tsarnaev told investigators, who do not believe outside Islamic groups were involved.

Charges Dismissed Against Mississippi Man Accused of Sending Ricin-Tainted Letters to President, Others

Steve Neavling 

Charges have been dropped against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and other public officials, NBC News reports.

“I respect President Obama and love my country. I would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other U.S. official,” Paul Kevin Curtis said at a news conference Tuesday following the dismissal of charges. “This past week has been a nightmare for myself and my family. My mother has suffered, as well as my children. I would like to get back to normal, which for me means being the best father I can to my children.”

A search of Curtis’ home turned up no evidence of ricin , investigators said.

Just hours after Curtis was released, authorities searched another Mississippi home, NBC News reported.

Female Prison Guards Charged in Smuggling Case with Baltimore Jail Gang

Steve Neavling

Thirteen female guards are accused in a federal indictment of working with an inmate gang to smuggle drugs and other banned items into a Baltimore jail, the USA Today reports.

Four of those women were impregnated by the leader of the gang, the .

Inmates and the guards were charged with racketeering, drug trafficking, extortion, bribery and money laundering, the USA Today reported.

The Black Guerrilla Family was formed in San Quentin Prison in 1966, the USA Today wrote.

ATF Nominee B. Todd Jones Faces Inquiry Following Retaliation Claims


Todd Jones

Steve Neavling 

An independent watchdog group for the Justice Department is investigating claims that President Obama’s nominee to head the ATF retaliated against a whistleblower, the Roll Call reports.

B. Todd Jones is accused of suspending an employee in retaliation for lodging a complaint.

Carolyn N. Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, is heading the investigation.


Report: ATF Fails to Inspect Majority of Licensed Gun Dealers in Past 5 Years

atf file photo

Steve Neavling

The ATF has failed to inspect 58% of licensed gun dealers every five years because of understaffing and other obligations, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Justice Department’s inspector general examined data from 2007 to 2012.

The report also criticized the ATF’s failure to track its industry operations investigators.

Most of the blame falls on “insufficient investigator resources,” Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said, the Chronicle reported.

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