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Archive for September 3rd, 2021

Weekend Series on Crime History: ‘Sammy The Bull’ Talks About Killing, Fixing Cases And His Boss John Gotti

Ex-FBI Lawyer Clinesmith Gets One-Year Law License Suspension

Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith.

By Steve Neavling

Kevin Clinestmith, a former FBI lawyer who was convicted of altering an email in connection with the surveillance of former Trump aide Carter Page, will lose his law license for one year. 

The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday approved the suspension, which was approved and recommended by a legal disciplinary committee as part of a negotiated settlement last month.

In the order, the Court of Appeals judge said they “agree the proposed sanction is not unduly lenient or inconsistent with dispositions imposed for comparable professional misconduct,” Reuters reports.

Clinesmith was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 400 hours of community service on Jan. 29 for altering an email used to seek the continued surveillance of Page. The email suggested that Page was not a source for the CIA, even though he had a relationship with the agency. 

In June, Clinestmith agreed to the one-year suspension of his law license. The suspension is retroactive to start in August 2020.

Clinesmith faces a two-year suspension as part of a separate disciplinary deal in Michigan. 

Last month, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility noted that Clinesmith showed remorse and had no prior disciplinary history. 

“All of the evidence regarding respondent’s intent supports the contention that he did not act with fraudulent intent,” the committee said.

CBP Officers Save Life of Woman Who Overdosed on Drugs, Border Agency Says

By Steve Neavling

Customs and Border Protection officers are credited with saving the life of a young woman who appeared to be overdosing on an opioid. 

Two men carried the semi-conscious woman to the pedestrian lanes at the Douglas Port of Entry in Arizona on Sunday evening. While a supervisory CBP officer notified the Douglas Fire Department, a CBP-trained medic administered two doses of Narcan. 

Within one minute, the woman gained consciousness. She said she suspected someone had slipped her an unknown narcotic in Mexico. 

Firefighters transported her to a local medical facility. 

“This incident highlights the compassion of our officers, and the effort they put forth to keep the residents of our bi-national communities safe,” said Douglas Area Port Director Jeffrey A. Wilson. “Travelers should be mindful with whom and with what they interact while they are outside the United States.

It’s just the latest example of CBP officers coming to the rescue. 

On July 31, an off-duty Border Patrol agent saved a man from a burning car in metro Detroit.

Also in July, an off-duty agent from the El Centro Sector helped thwart a carjacking in what the agency called a “heroic act.”

In the same month, an off-duty Border Patrol agent in San Diego detained a man who was slashing a knife through the air while approaching bystanders.