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Detroit U.S. Attorney’s Office Takes Time Out to Celebrate Its 200th Anniversary

l-r from the top: Ross Parker; Judge Gerald Rosen; The crowd; U.S. Attorney McQuade

l-r From the top: Ross Parker; Judge Gerald Rosen; The crowd; U.S. Attorney McQuade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT —  Federal court, more often than not, is a pretty serious place.

But on Wednesday, judges, prosecutors, attorneys, courthouse staff and members of the media gathered on the first floor of the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Detroit to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The crowd included some former U.S. Attorneys: Saul Green and Jeff Collins and Judges Terrence Berg and Stephen Murphy. Some of the federal judges included chief Judge Gerald Rosen, Judge Paul Borman and Judge Bernard Friedman.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade delivered some remarks, calling the U.S. Attorney’s Office the best law firm in the state. Ross Parker, a former chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and a columnist for ticklethewire.com, gave a talk about the history of the office.

Parker is the author of the book “Carving Out the Rule of Law: The History of the United States Attorney’s Office e in Eastern Michigan 1815–2008.″

Former Border Patrol Agent Found Guilty of Shooting Estranged Wife’s Boyfriend

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent accused of shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend in El Paso was found guilty Tuesday of attempted capital murder and one count of continuos family violence, the Associated Press reports.

Alberto Montelongo, 41, is expected to be sentenced today and faces up to 99 years in prison.

Police said Montelongo shot his wife’s boyfriend in the head after getting into an altercation with the couple.

The man survived, and Montelongo took him and his wife hostage, prompting a standoff with El Paso police.

Marine Who Shot at Border Patrol Agents Turned Gun on Himself

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 38-year-old U.S. Marine who shot at Border Patrol agents in northern Michigan died turning the gun on himself, MLlive.com reports. 

Aaron Andrew Furness, 38, shot at Border Patrol agents on Drummond Island on Sept. 24 before agents returned fire.

About eight hours later, authorities found him dead in a remote cabin on the island.

Agents were investigating the area after finding a pickup in a ditch.

As they approached a cabin, they were fired upon.

“That’s the big question that we may never know the answer: What prompted him to do that?” state Police Lt. David Hopper said.

President Obama Praises Embattled Secret Service After Long Week

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was as long, exhausting week for the Secret Service.

The embattled agency was responsible for helping protect Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to the U.S.

President Obama praised the agency for “flawlessly” doing its job, the Washington Post reports. 

“When something goes wrong, when there’s a fence jumper, everybody reports on it,” Obama said. “The Secret Service had to manage the Pope’s visit, President Xi’s visit, and a hundred something world leaders in an unprecedented fashion during the course of the last several days. And they did so flawlessly.”

ATF Agent Arrested After Allegedly Brutal Assaulting Father at Football Game, Waving gun at Crowd

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent has been arrested after authorities said he brutally beat a father at a high school football game and then waved his gun at the crowd when they tried to intervene, KHOU.com reports. 

ATF Special Agent Marc Delpit now faces charges of aggravated assault after the incident at St. Thomas High School in Houston.

The father of one of the football players, Delpit allegedly approached another football player’s father and began to fight.

Marc Delpit

Marc Delpit

“ATF takes these allegations very seriously,” said Senior Special Agent Nicole Strong with the Houston Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Explosives.

“Pending the outcome of the investigation, the agent in question has been placed on administrative leave with pay and has been relieved of his firearms, badge and credentials,” Special Agent Strong said.

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Border Patrol Slapped with Sanction After Destroying Evidence in Lawsuit

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol was slapped with sanctions for destroying evidence that was part of an ongoing civil lawsuit.

American AlJazeera reports that Judge David C. Bury issued the sanctions Monday in a case involving three immigrants who allege Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector routinely held immigrants in inhumane conditions.

“The Court concludes the destruction of the video-tape recordings made prior to this Court’s August 14, 2015, Order was, at best, negligent and was certainly willful. Defendants provide no explanation why, in response to Plaintiffs’ notifications regarding litigation, the Defendants did not undertake the efforts initiated in response to the Court’s August 14 Order,” Bury wrote.

The sanctions require Border Patrol to produce all existing video from the Tucson Sector since June 10.

The plaintiffs believe the video shows the inhumane conditions.

Homeland Security Ranked Worst Federal Agency to Work – Again

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nothing even came close.

Homeland Security was ranked as the worst federal agency to work for in 2015, according to the annual survey of federal employees, The Washington Times reports. 

The satisfaction rate continued its downward slide, from 62% in 2010 to 47% in 2015.

“To be sure, I am disappointed,” said Department Secretary Jeh Johnson. “We will not give up. We know that improving employee satisfaction across a 22-component, 240,000-person department takes time.”

The most satisfied workforce belonged to NASA, where more than three-quarters of its employees expressed satisfaction.

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Painting Looted by Nazis Returned to Poland, FBI Announces

Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A painting believed to have been looted by the Nazis during World War II has been returned to the government of Poland, the FBI announced.

A U.S. serviceman brought the “Portrait of a Young Man” by Krzysztof Lubieniecki to America. The Baroque painting was later sold to art collectors in Ohio, the Associated Press report. 

A relative of the servicemen recognized the painting and its likely origin, the FBI said.

The FBI turned over the painting to the Polish Ministry of Cultural and National Heritage.

It’s believed that the painting was created around 1728.