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Atty. General Eric Holder Condemns “Stand Your Ground” Laws


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By Manuel Roig-Franzia and Sari Horwitz
Washington Post Staff Writers

ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned “Stand Your Ground” laws here Tuesday in a speech to the NAACP that addressed the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The laws “sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder said, by “allowing – and perhaps encouraging – violent situations to escalate in public.”

More than 30 states, including Florida, have passed “Stand Your Ground” laws, which allow people to defend themselves with deadly force, rather than retreating, if they feel they are in danger or a serious felony is about to be committed.

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‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Alleged Victim Feared He’d Die for Crossing the Mobster

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Edward “Brian” Halloran had a feeling his life wouldn’t last long if he revealed information about a slaying involving accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, The Boston Globe reports.

During testimony Monday in the racketeering and murder case against Bulger, a retired FBI agent said Holloran indicated he was concerned about retaliation from Bulger or his partner Flemmi Stephen ‘‘The Rifleman.”

‘‘He said that if Bulger or (Bulger’s ) Flemmi had any indication that he was cooperating with the FBI that they would go to any extreme, even if it meant killing innocent bystanders, including his family,’’ the agent, Gerald Montanari, testified.

Halloran was cooperating in hopes that it would help him in his impending state murder charges in a separate case, The Globe reported.

Ex-Federal Prosecutor: Zimmerman Case Resembles CIA Interrogators Case

Andrew C. McCarthy
National Review

For those of us who are very proud of our service in the Justice Department – I was a federal prosecutor for nearly 20 years – there is nothing more appalling than seeing the attorney general of the United States heaping praise on, and joining in the machinations of, a race-mongering political demagogue such as Al Sharpton. As I’ve summarized before, Sharpton not only has a history of obstructing the administration of justice but was actively threatening, at the very time Eric Holder colluded with him, to “occupy” Sanford, Fla., if the state declined to file charges against George Zimmerman.

In my two decades at the U.S. attorney’s office in New York, most of my best friends and many of the best prosecutors I knew were liberal Democrats. This made for lively debates when we’d go out for beers on a Friday night. But it had nothing to do with our performance of the job. We all understood that our duty was to keep the politics out of the courtroom and out of law enforcement. And it wasn’t hard to do: It was what the judges expected of us, it was what we expected of the judges, and it was what ordinary citizens who serve on juries were told in every single trial — decide the case based on evidence, not passion, prejudice, fear or favor.

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FBI Prepares For New Office in Hudson Valley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents will be closer to an area that has been a hotbed for violent crime in the Hudson Valley in New York, the Associated Press reports.

The agency is opening up a new $4.5 million regional office near the city of Newburgh, which has been the focus of FBI crackdowns on violent drug gangs.

The office will be next to Stewart International Airport in the town of New Windsor, 55 miles north of New York City.

The FBI said the location is convenient because it’s near the Thruway and Interstate 84 and not far fro Newburgh.

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Laura Bucheit Takes Helm at FBI’s Las Vegas Division

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Laura A. Bucheit, who served as a special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, has been named special agent in charge of the agency’s Las Vegas Division, the Las-Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Bucheit’s career with the FBI began in 1996 at the Baltimore Division, where she investigated terrorism and other serious crimes. She then became the Baltimore Division’s first female SWAT team member.

Bucheit is no stranger to Las Vegas. In January 2005, she began to oversee FBI international and domestic terrorism probes.

Putin Urges NSA Leaker Snowden to Leave Russia As Soon As Possible

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hopes the diplomatic nightmare surrounding NSA leaker Edward Snowden is soon over.

The USA Today reports that Putin wants Snowden to leave the country at the “earliest opportunity.”

“As soon as there is an opportunity for him to move elsewhere, I hope he will do that. He is familiar with the conditions of granting political asylum, and judging by the latest statements, is shifting his position. The situation is not clear now,” Putin said.

Snowden has been in legal limbo in the transit area of Moscow’s main international airport.

Top Dog for the Killer Zetas Cartel is Captured

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The top dog of the killer Zetas drug cartel in Mexico was captured, Tracy Wilkinson of the LA Times reports.

The Times reports that Mexican naval special forces seized Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias Z-40, in Nuevo Laredo, a border city across from Laredo, Texas, in the state of Tamaulipas.

She writes that “this is the most significant blow to organized crime since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office more than seven months ago”

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