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Archive for August 25th, 2015

Judge Orders Pennsylvania Attorney Gen. Kathleen Kane to Stand Trial

Kathleen G. Kane/Twitter

Kathleen G. Kane/Twitter

By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff

A Montgomery County judge on Monday ordered Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to stand trial on criminal charges after a hearing in which one of Kane’s most trusted aides testified against her, and the judge repeatedly rejected her legal arguments.

Prosecutors say Kane, a Democrat who is the state’s top law enforcement officer, broke the law by orchestrating a leak to a newspaper reporter in a bid to embarrass a foe, and then lied about it under oath. Using Kane’s testimony before the grand jury that investigated the leak, prosecutors attempted to show that she repeatedly lied in an effort to cover up her actions.

They called David Peifer, a special agent in the Attorney General’s Office, who was a member of Kane’s inner circle. Peifer, the first witness to take the stand, described meeting with Kane in March 2014 and giving her information she is charged with leaking to the press.

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FBI Investigates 4 Cases of Alleged Inmate Abuse at Hands of Guards

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating allegations that guards physically abused inmates at a Jackson County jail.

The Kansas City Star reports that the probe is focused on four recent cases involving male inmates who received injuries ranging from stitches and bruises to a broken neck.

Four guards accused of playing a role in the injuries no longer work at the jail.

Race didn’t appear to play a role, the newspaper reported, because two of the victims were white and two were black.

Jackson County also is investigating.

FBI Believed Science Fiction Writer Ray Bradbury Was a Pinko Boogeyman

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was convinced during the Cold War that some science fiction writers were bent on crippling America and creating communist sympathizers by frightening readers with futuristic stories.

MuckRock received FBI files that show the bureau was obsessed with science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who was accused of being a member of the Communist Party.

“The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria,” the FBI wrote.

Bradbury was pursued by informants during readings and other gatherings.

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Federal Prosecutors Fire Back at Sen. Menendez in Misconduct Case

Robert Menendez

Robert Menendez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors are fighting back against claims by Sen. Robert Menendez that the allegations against him are based on lies by the FBI and misconduct by the government.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the New Jersey Democrat is accusing prosecutors of relying on misstatements by girlfriends, lawmakers and members of the Obama administration.

Prosecutors fired back in a pair of federal court filings in New Jersey.

Menendez, 61, has denied charges that he accepted nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a Florida eye doctor. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors shifted the blame on the senator’s lawyers, saying the engaged in “naked rhetoric that conflicts with the facts and the law.”

Assault Charge Dropped Against Border Patrol Agent Accused of Hitting Mexican Boy

Aldo Artega

Aldo Artega

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent accused of assaulting a Mexican teenager at a Nogales station in January 2014 won’t be charged, the Tucson News reports. 

A misdemeanor charge was dismissed against Aldo Arteaga on Monday.

The case stems from surveillance video that showed the agent hitting a boy and taking his cell phone.

Since the teen was returned to Mexico just hours after the incident, prosecutors said they had no choice but to dismiss the case because the teen would not be able to attend any court hearings.

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