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Woman Used Superglue to Repair Son’s Genitals After Trying to Pull them Off

Steve Neavling

The FBI arrested a civilian at a military base for nearly tearing off her son’s penis and testicles and then using superglue to try fix the injuries, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Jennifer Marie Vargas, 34, was charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The father, who is enlisted in the Army, came home and found the boy’s bloody underwear on his son, who was crying in an upstairs bedroom.

There was a 4-centimeter-long laceration in the boy’s scrotum and bruising on his penis, the Express News reported.

“Due to the child’s extreme physical pain, the medical staff had to administer medication,” the affidavit said. “The child was taken into surgery to repair the damage to his scrotum.”


Is FBI Racially Profiling? ACLU Loses Court Battle to Find Out

Steve Neavling

The FBI does not have to publicly release records on its use of ethnic and racial data, the Star-Ledger reports.

The ACLU sued for the records, worried that FBI guidelines foe 2008 were encouraging racial profiling.

The guidelines were revised to allow agents to engage in “limited” racial and ethnic profiling, the Star-Ledger reported.

The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the ACLU’s claims, saying that the FBI had “amply justified” the withholding of the records.

“We are deeply disappointed by this decision, which denies the public’s right to know which New Jersey communities the FBI is spying on through its secretive racial mapping intelligence program,” said Nusrat Choudhury, an ACLU National Security Project attorney who helped litigate the case.

Surviving Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect May Argue Brother Was Influence

Steve Neavling

Should Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be given the death penalty?

Legal experts said his lawyers may try to avoid the death penalty by arguing their client was under the influence of his brother, who recently was implicated in a past triple murder, Time reports.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys are trying to access records that suggest his now-dead brother committed a 2011 triple murder – a revelation made public Monday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attorneys said they have evidence that their client’s involvement has “mitigating information.”

The 20-year-old faces 30 federal charges in the twin bombings on April 15 that claimed the lives of three people, Time wrote.

Another Former Detroit Public Official Is Accused of Stealing Millions from Taxpayers

Steve Neavling

In the latest raid against public corruption in Detroit, the FBI descended on the home and business of a former Detroit Public Schools official, WXYZ reports.

The FBI said Carolyn Darden was the district’s director of grants when she helped herself to millions of tax dollars.

A federal affidavit accuses her and her husband of mishandling $6 million in grant money from “No Child Left Behind.”

Charges have not yet been filed.

FBI Director Comey Names Bureau’s New National Security Chief

Andrew McCabe/fbi photo

Steve Neavling

The FBI officially named Andrew McCabe to its top national security post.

The long-time terrorism investigator was promoted to assistant director of the National Security Branch, which oversees terrorism-related intelligence, the FBI announced.

McCabe, who began his career in 1996 with the bureau’s organized crime squad in New York, was the first director of the High-Value Interrogation Group, which was established by President Obama’s administration to crack down on terrorism.

Across the Country, the Federal Designer-Drug Crackdown Takes Prisoners, Cash, and a Legal Backlash

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE –– Dev Bahadur Hamal worked behind the counter of the Tobacco Stop in Bel Air, one of those ubiquitous shops that sell legal smokables and accessories for illegal ones, like bongs, hookahs, rolling papers, pot grinders, and glass pipes.

On Sept. 22, 2011, a customer stepped up to the counter and asked whether the Tobacco Stop sold “Hysteria.” Hamal nodded and sold him a 1-gram packet of the stuff, labeled “potpourri” that is “not for human consumption,” for $21.20. The customer held his hand to his mouth while pinching together his thumb and index finger, and asked if “you smoke this stuff.” Hamal said, “Yes.” Pointing out that his pipe wasn’t working properly, the customer asked for rolling papers, and Hamal said the stuff was “very strong,” urging caution if smoking it that way.

Hamal’s helpfulness has been memorialized in numerous federal court documents in the years since, causing no end of trouble.

The customer, it turned out, was an undercover officer working for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Hysteria, subsequent testing confirmed, was a kind of illegal designer drug popularly known as “K2” or “Spice,” said to mimic the effects of pot. Hamal had unwittingly spawned a cross-country probe into an alleged illegal Spice supply line to Maryland from California.

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Slain Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Implicated in Triple Murder

Steve Neavling

Before Tamerlan Tsarnaez was accused of planting bombs at the finishing line at the Boston Marathon, the slain suspect participated in a triple murder in a nearby town, his friend told investigators, Reuters reports.

The newly filed court records said Ibragim Todashev told investigators that Tsarnaez took part in a triple stabbing.

During that interview, Todashev was killed in a reported confrontation with authorities, who remain tight-lipped about the incident.

Todashev’s father has claimed foul play.

Government Must Get Warrant for GPS for Car, Appeals Court Rules

By Andrea Peterson
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Tuesday that the government must obtain a warrant to attach a GPS unit to a car.

The case involved alleged pharmacy burglaries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland: the authorities suspected a trio of brothers and slapped a magnetic GPS unit to one of their vehicles after consulting the U.S. Attorney’s office — but without obtaining a warrant. Using the evidence gathered from the device, the vehicle was tracked to a recently burglarized RiteAid. Police stopped the brothers shortly afterward, and a search allegedly revealed items from the RiteAid.

In the resulting case, U.S. v. Katzin, the brothers argued that the evidence obtained as a result of the GPS unit should be inadmissible because the police had not obtained a warrant.

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