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Border Patrol Agent Accused of Kidnapping, Assaulting 3 Immigrants Before Shooting Self

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the death of a border patrol agent who is accused of kidnapping and assaulting three women who were  in the country illegally in South Texas , the Associated Press reports.

The probe began when authorities encountered one of the injured women, which prompted a “search and recovery” effort by Border Patrol agents.

After finding a second woman, Border Patrol and FBI agents went to the Mission home of the accused agent, Esteban Manzanares, and found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot. That is where they discovered the third woman.

Manzanares had been with the agency since 2008 and was on patrol when he discovered the women, according to investigators.

“We believe he is the person responsible for the kidnappings and the assault of all three of them,” said Michelle Lee, an FBI spokeswoman in San Antonio. She did not elaborate on the investigation.

Justice Department Declines to Identify 100s of Federal Prosecutors Accused of Serious Misconduct

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is refusing to identify hundreds of federal prosecutors who are accused of committing serious misconduct over the past decade, the Washington Times reports.

Most of the actions were described as “reckless” or “intentional misconduct,” according to a scathing report released Thursday.

“The lack of transparency insulates the Justice Department from meaningful public scrutiny,” Danielle Brian, the Project on Government Oversight’s executive director, said in a statement. “Our findings raise serious concerns that the attorney general’s office isn’t aggressively overseeing or disciplining its bad apples.”

A bi-partisan group of Senators is calling for an independent investigation.

FBI Refuses to Conduct Pot Background Checks in Washington State Despite Actions in Colorado

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI won’t conduct nationwide background checks on people applying to operate a legal marijuana business in Washington state in stark contrast to the handling of applicants in Colorado, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI’s refusal to conduct the checks surprised officials in Washington because the federal agency does similar background checks in Colorado, where marijuana also is legal for recreational use.

The inconsistent practices of the FBI worries some.

Others in Washington state are worried that people with egregious criminal histories will end up with pot licenses.

Justice Department Blocks FBI from Conducting Full Investigation of 2 U.S. Senators

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents investigating corruption have uncovered allegations of wrongdoing against two key U.S. senators – Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Sen. Mike Lee – but there’s a big problem.

The Justice Department has prevented the FBI from launching a full investigation, the Washington Times reports.

The investigation, rather, is being led by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah.

Typically, corruption cases involving elected officials involve the Justice Department’s public integrity section.

But the Justice Department is declining the FBI’s request to use a federal grand jury and subpoenas to determine the accuracy of the allegations.

“There are allegations, but they are very serious allegations and they need to be looked at by somebody,” Sim Gill, a Democrat who is the elected chief prosecutor in Salt Lake County, told The Times. “If true, or even if asserted, they truly should be investigated and put to rest, or be confirmed.”

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Attorney General Holder to Announce Reductions in Drug Sentences Today

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Saying too many Americans are spending an excessive amount of time behind bars for drugs, the Justice Department is expected to announce a proposal today that would reduce some sentences and relieve overcrowded prisons, Reuters reports.

Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to deliver the speech at 9 a.m.

The change would impact about 70% of future drug trafficking defendants.

“Certain types of cases result in too many Americans going to prison for far too long, and at times for no truly good public safety reason,” Holder will tell the commission, according to an excerpt of his speech released ahead of time by the Justice Department.

According to a Justice Department estimate, the average sentence for federal drug offenders would decline from 62 months to 51 months.

Immigrant Steals Border Patrol Agent’s Gun, Pulls Trigger But Weapon Jams

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It’s one of the greatest fears of law enforcement: A suspect wrestles away your guy,  points it at you and squeezes the triggers.

It happened Wednesday to a Border Patrol agent who was attacked by an immigrant near Encino, Texas, the Monitor reports.

Officials said the immigrant wrestled away the agent’s pistol and pointed it at him, but when the suspect pulled the trigger, the gun jammed.

After the attack, Border Patrol managed to detain eight people, including the attacker.

FBI Agent Mikulski Dies at Age 50 After Fight with Long-term Illness, Wife Says

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Mark J. Mikulski, a supervisory agent at the FBI for nearly 20 years, died at the age of 50 following a fight with multiple myeloma.

The Washington Post reports that Mikulski died Feb. 25 at Reston Hospital Center in Virginia.

Mikulski led technology programs that detected terrorist threats.

A native of Buffalo, Mikulski graduated from the University of Bufallo in 1985 and joined the FBI a decade later.

Mikulski also was a Boy Scouts troop leader and a representative to the FBI Agents Association.

 

Pennsylvania Man Charged with Threatening to Kill 2 FBI Agents in Philadelphia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Most people are wise enough to know not to threaten an FBI agent with violence.

Not a Pennsylvania man, who is accused of threatening to kill two Philadelphia FBI agents and their families through more than 850 e-mails sent over just four months in 2012, Philly.com reports.

Justin Michael Credico has been charged with two counts each of threatening federal law enforcement officers and threatening their families.

Some of the messages are riddled with obscene language and death threats.

 

 

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