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May 2021


How to Become a Bounty Hunter

U.S. Marshals Capture High-Profile Criminal Quietly in Central Calif.

Paul Clouston/america's most wanted photo

Paul Clouston/america's most wanted photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

For the past four years, 73-year-old fugitive Paul Clouston toiled away in relative anonymity in Merced, Calif., despite being featured several times on a nationally televised crime show.

The convicted cop killer and child molester was captured just as quietly. He was reading a newspaper at the men’s group home where he worked as a maintenance man in this community of some 80,000 in the central part of the state.

Clouston served time for both crimes, but he became a fugitive after being charged with failing to register as a sex offender and violating parole. In 2006, authorities raised his public profile by placing him on the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List.

He was featured three times on the show “America’s Most Wanted” from 2006 to 2009. The program also continued to post his photo on its website for all to see.

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Mexican Man Dies After U.S. Border Patrol Uses Stun Gun on Him

US Mexican borderBy Allan Lengel

Mexican authorities are condemning the death of a 32-year-old Mexican man who died days after a U.S. Border Patrol agent shocked him with a stun gun at a California border crossing, the Associated Press is reporting.

AP reported that Anastasio Hernandez died Monday at a hospital in Chula Vista, south of San Diego, days after he was shocked at San Isidro, Calif.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Jacqueline Dizdul have alleged that a Border Patrol agent used a stun gun on Hernandez after he refused to stop fighting with agents who were trying on Friday to hand him over to Mexican officials in Tijuana because he had entered the U.S. illegally.

An investigation is underway.

Deportation Hearing Set for Pakistani Man Arrested in Connection With Times Square Car Bomb Case

times square artBy Allan Lengel

The fallout from the Times Square car bomb case on May 1 could lead to deportations.

A federal immigration judge in Boston has scheduled an Aug. 10 deportation hearing for Pakistani Pir Khan, 43, of Watertown, Mass., one of three men arrested after FBI agents acted on information provided by the confessed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, the Associated Press reported.

At the time of the arrest, authorities said Khan and others may have provided money to Shahzad, but may not have known about any bomb plot.  None have been charged in connection with the case.

U.S. Immigration Judge Matthew on Tuesday  found Khan was eligible for deportation because he illegally entered the U.S. via Mexico in 1991, AP reported. His attorney has said he has no ties to Shahzad, AP reported.

New Orleans Times-Picayune Editorial: Justice Dept. Probe Into BP Spill “Necessary Step”

BPBy New Orleans Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS — The Justice Department’s investigation into possible criminal and civil violations related to BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an important and necessary step.

The more Americans learn about the decisions and missteps that may have contributed to the disaster, the more it seems that a wide range of infractions took place.

Visiting New Orleans Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the criminal probe into the matter has been under way for several weeks. He said FBI agents and personnel from civil branches of the Justice Department have been in Louisiana since shortly after the well’s explosion, collecting documents and other evidence.

Mr. Holder promised a “meticulous, comprehensive and aggressive” inquiry. “We won’t rest until we’re done,” he said.

Residents of the Gulf Coast are owed that much.

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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. Announces Criminal and Civil Probes in Gulf Spill

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder

By Allan Lengel

As expected, the Justice Department is going after those involved in the ugliest oil spill in U.S. history.

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. announced Tuesday in New Orleans that the Justice Department was launching a criminal and civil probe into the Gulf spill that continues to kill wildlife and livelihoods and is likely to cost the Obama administration some serious political capital.

“As we move forward, we will be guided by simple principles: We will ensure that every cent of taxpayer money will be repaid and damages to the environment and wildlife will be reimbursed,” Holder said a in prepared statement posted on the Justice Dept. website.

“We will make certain that those responsible clean up the mess they have made and restore or replace the natural resources lost or injured in this tragedy. And we will prosecute to the full extent any violations of the law.”

In the Rose Garden at the White House, President Obama remarked:

“We owe all those who’ve been harmed, as well as future generations, a full and vigorous accounting of the events that led to what has now become the worst oil spill in U.S. history.”

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Liberian President’s Son Worked With DEA to Bust Cocaine Traffickers

liberiaBy Glynnesha Taylor

The son of Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf worked undercover with the DEA to bust up a group of drug smugglers who tried using Liberia as a staging area to distribute more than $100 million in South American cocaine to Europe, Africa and the U.S., the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said.

Authorities said the son, the director of the Republic of Liberia National Security Agency, along with his deputy director, worked undercover with the DEA and met with traffickers, who offered bribes of cash and cocaine in exchange for safe passage of their drug shipments, authorities said.

Liberian authorities arrested five defendants in the case on May 28 and 29 and turned them over to the U.S., where they face indictment in New York.  U.S. authorities noted that it was the first time in more than 30 years that Liberia had transferred narcotics defendants to the U.S.

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Supreme Court Rules Silence is Not Golden With Miranda Rights

Justice Kennedy wrote majority opinion

Justice Kennedy wrote majority opinion

By Glynnesha Taylor

WASHINGTON — Sometimes silence is not so golden — at least according to the Supreme Court.

In a narrow 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that suspects must speak up and say they want to remain silent to get protections under the Miranda Warning during interrogations.

In other words, simply shutting up for a while just won’t do it.

The ruling stems from a Michigan case in which a murder suspect Van Chester Thompkins remained silent for three hours during a police interrogation before implicating himself in a murder.

A police officer asked him if he prayed for forgiveness for “shooting that boy down,” and Thompkins answered yes. He appealed his conviction, saying that he invoked his Miranda rights to remain silent by remaining silent.

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“Grandad Bandit” Outpacing “Geezer Bandit” With Possibly 21 Bank Heists

"Grandad Bandit"/fbi photo

"Grandad Bandit"/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

“Geezer Bandit” of California, move over. You’ve got some serious competition from the “Grandad Bandit” when it comes to aging stickup men.

The FBI said today the “Grandad Bandit,” a bald man in his 50s or 60s who has a little paunch, could be responsible for at least 21 bank robberies in at least 11 states since last year. One FBI press release described him as being 6 feet tall and 210 to 230 pounds; another pegged him at about 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 2 inches and about 230 pounds.

The FBI, for some reason, is spelling “granddad” with only two Ds instead of three.

Regardless of how his moniker is spelled, his number of bank heists far surpasses the Geezer Bandit, who is suspected of pulling off nine robberies in the San Diego area since Aug. 28, 2009. The Geezer Bandit is described as being 60 to 70, though he appears in FBI photos to be at least in his 70s.

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