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Columnist: End of War on Drugs Couldn’t Be Sooner

Leonard Pitts Jr. 
Miami Herald

It’s been a war on justice, an assault on equal protection under the law.

And a war on families, removing millions of fathers from millions of homes.

And a war on money, spilling it like water.

And a war on people of color, targeting them with drone strike efficiency.

We never call it any of those things, though all of them fit. No, we call it the War on Drugs. It is a 42-year, trillion-dollar disaster that has done nothing — underscore that: absolutely nothing — to stem the inexhaustible supply of, and insatiable demand for, illegal narcotics. In the process, it has rendered this “land of the free” the biggest jailer on Earth.

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Authorities Search for Missing ICE Agent in Los Angeles Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Feds and local police launched a search Wednesday night for a missing ICE agent who didn’t turn up for work in southern California, The Los Angeles Times reports.

But authorities expressed some optimism late Wednesday that no foul play was involved. ICE released a statement shortly before 11 p.m., saying they believed the unidentified officer “was picked up by a fellow … employee after experiencing vehicle problems overnight on a local freeway.”

However, police “will continue to treat the this as a ‘missing persons’ case until the officer is actually contacted.”

The updates were posted on a LA Times report about the suspected disappearance.

Earlier in the day, ICE wrote in a press release, “A search is underway … for an officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and Removal Operations division who may be missing.”

Autopsy: Kidnapper, Accused Murderer was Shot At least 5 Times by FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James DiMaggio, the man accused of killing the mother and brother of his kidnapping victim in Southern California, was struck by at least five bullets in the head and chest, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing an Idaho coroner.

Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess said DiMaggio, who was armed and may have fired his weapon at the agents, died at the scene.

An FBI tactical team tracked down DiMaggio at a campsite about 75 miles north of Boise, Idaho, where he was holding 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.

The teen did not know her brother and mother were killed, The Times reported.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets 30 Months in Prison

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr./campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who had a promising political career, and a famous father, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing more than $750,000 in campaign money, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I misled the American people, I misled the House of Representatives,” Jackson, 48, said in court. “I was wrong and I do not fault anyone.”

His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, was hit with a  12 month sentence, the paper reported.  The judge noted that she spent campaign funds that included $5,000 in furs and parkas “in one day.”

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Judge Delays Child Sex Cases Amid Allegations of Questionable Tactics of FBI Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ten cases related to a child sex sting have been delayed because of the questionable tactics of the head of the FBI’s Northwest Georgia Crime Against Children Task Force, The Times Free Press reports.

Judge Grant Brantley, of Walker County, Ga., put court hearings on hold for at least six months as the FBI conducts an internal investigation into Special Agent Ken Hillman.
Hillman, who headed up a task force aimed at targeting online child molesters, is accused of numerous FBI violations and allowing the estranged wife of millionaire Emerson Russell to be a part of the sting, The Times Free Press reported.
“We have agreed to put things aside for six months and see if it has been concluded,” public defender David Dunn said of the FBI’s investigation.

Massachusetts Prosecutors Mull State Charges Against Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger, His Former Associates

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It might not be over yet for notorious mobster and convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger and his former associates.

Prosecutors in Massachusetts are exploring whether they can charge Bulger and others with murder and other crimes now that the federal trial is over, the Boston Globe Press reports.

One associate that faces potential criminal charges is Patrik Nee, who was named as an accomplice in several murders but never charged.

Bulger was convicted Monday on murder and racketeering counts in federal court.

“We’re always looking for evidence that can help us investigate and prosecute Suffolk County homicides,” Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, told the Globe in a statement.

Father Launches Independent Investigation of Ibragim Todashev’s Death During FBI Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Abdulbaki Todashev raised a photo of his dead son during a news conference Tuesday and pledged to uncover the truth behind Ibragim Todashev’s death during an FBI interrogation, The Guardian reports.

Todashev hired two prominent civil rights attorneys in Florida to determine what prompted the death of his 27-year-old son, who was being questioned in May about his relationship with one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The Muslim advocacy group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said it hired experts to investigate the case.

“This case is about police accountability and justice,” Hassan Shibly, the group’s executive director, said. “I don’t think we want to live in a country where people get shot by federal agents in their own homes.”

The FBI continues to declined to comment on Ibragim Todashev’s death, saying it’s still the subject of an investigation.

$600,000 Homes Built for CBP Personnel in Small Arizona Town

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A cluster of yellow, blue and salmon-colored homes was built for CBP employees in a small former mining community in Ajo, Ariz. at a cost of roughly $600,000 apiece, The Arizona Republic reports.

The price tag includes the cost to plan and build each of 21 two- and three-bedroom houses that are intended to attract CBP employees to the town.

Similar-sized homes in Ajo are selling for less than $100,000, the Republic reported.

The rental homes are about 11 miles from a Border Patrol station in Why, Ariz.

It’s unclear how much the federal government is charging for rent, but officials said rent is at market rates, the Republic wrote.