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Ex-Chicago Fed Prosecutor Joseph Lamendella Who Went After Mobsters Dies at Age 73

ChicagoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Lamendella, a Chicago native and former assistant U.S. Attorney who became an expert in prosecuting mobsters, died at age 73, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The paper reported that Lamendella died in Evanston Hospital from complications resulting from a broken hip.

Lamendella earned a law degree from John Marshall Law School, then worked for the IRS before becoming an assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago in the 1960s, the Sun-Times reported.

During those years, he became one of the experts in the office in prosecuting mobster cases, which included that of famous Chicago mobster Sam Battaglia, Lamendella’s son told the Sun-Times.

“Battaglia was known as the Al Capone of his day,” son Michael Lamendella told the Sun-Times.

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Ex-Gov. Blagojevich and Brother on Trial in Chicago Aren’t So Buddy Buddy

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In Chicago, the big circus of the hour is the public corruption trial of ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his co-defendant and brother Robert Blagojevich.

And an interesting side show to the circus is the fact the two brothers don’t seem so  buddy buddy these days, Associated Press reports.

The two are seldom seen talking and they eat separately in the cafeteria, AP reports.

“Their relationship – it’s strained,” Robert’s attorney, Michael Ettinger said, according to AP. “But he still loves his brother.”

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Imam in NY Subway Bomb Plot is Deported

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s adios for a New York imam who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in connection with an alleged terror plot to blow up the N.Y. subways.

As part of his guilty plea, Imam Ahmad Afzali and his wife left Monday at a 2 p.m. on a flight to live in Saudi Arabia, CNN reported.

He had been cooperating with authorities in the probe into the bombing plot of the New York subway and lied to the FBI about tipping off one of the targets of the plot that the FBI was watching him.

Until his departure, he had been required to wear an ankle monitor.

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National Law Enforcement Museum To Display J. Edgar Hoover Items Including His Desk and Phone

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The public’s fascination with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, a legend, an enigma, a symbol of law enforcement, a subject of much speculation, continues 38 years after his death.

Capitalizing on that, the National Law Enforcement Museum, which opens in March 2013 in Washington, has “sealed a deal” and gotten the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation to deed over some pretty cool things including Hoover’s office desk, telephone and chair, according to a newsletter by Laurie A. Baty, senior director of the museum.

On top of that, the deeded Hoover collection will include photographs, awards, recordings, correspondence, Hoover’s speeches, and other items “that relate to his life, specifically his tenure as director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972,”  Baty wrote in the museum newsletter.

The newsletter also states:

“Also included in the donation are the papers of Morris Childs, a former high ranking member of the Communist Party in the United States.

“This collection of personal papers includes correspondence,reports, notes, speeches, writings, and interview transcripts relating to FBI surveillance of the Communist Party (known as Operation SOLO) and the relationship between the Communist Party of the United States and the Soviet Communist Party and government.”

“The J. Edgar Hoover Collection is certain to be a crown jewel among the strong collections of the National Law Enforcement Museum,” Baty wrote.

The Museum’s will also include items from Jimmy Stewart’s 1959 film The FBI Story and identity cards used by Joe Pistone during his organized crime undercover work as Donny Brasco, the newsletter said.

DEA and Ecuador Capture Drug Trafficking Submarine

ecuador mapBy Allan Lengel
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Planes and boats aren’t the only way to transport drugs across water.

The DEA said Saturday it helped Ecuadorian officials seize a submarine that could have transported tons of cocaine, the Associated Press reported. It was seized near a tributary close to the Ecuador-Colombia border before it could make its maiden voyage.

AP reported that the sub had a diesel electric-powered engine, air conditioning, periscope and was constructed in a remote jungle area.

Authorities Arrest Mexican Gang Leader in Connection with March Murder of Consulate Employee and Husband

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
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Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of  a Mexican gang leader just south of the Texas border in connection with the March murder of a U.S. consulate employee and her husband in the border area of Juarez, the El Paso Times reported.

Authorities said they arrested Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo , head of the Azteca gang, who led hit squads.

Castillo told Mexican authorities that he ordered the hit on the Consulate employee Lesley Enrique Redelfs and her husband Arthur Redelfs because she was providing visas to a rival gang, the paper reported. A third person was also killed that day in the attacks.

But the FBI was skeptical.

“We maintain the initial information,” FBI Special Agent Andrea Simmons told the paper. “We have no indication that anyone who was killed was targeted because of their jobs.”

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