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2 More Philly Cops Stripped of Police Powers in Ongoing FBI Probe

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Two more Philadelphia cops have been stripped of their police powers as part of an ongoing FBI/local probe into perjury and misconduct in the department, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

The department’s Internal Affairs Bureau took the action against the officers,  bringing to five the number of cops who have been stripped of their police powers since February, the Daily News reported.

The paper reported earlier this year that one of the officers allegedly told an informant to lie about drug buys so he could obtain search warrants for homes of suspected dealers.

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Column: 9/11 Trials in NY Really About the “Word War”

Morning in ManhattanBy Eugene Robinson
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Critics of Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to bring the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four other accused terrorists to New York for trial can’t seriously believe the city will have trouble handling the expected “trial of the century” hoopla.

The critics can’t really think a judge is going to give Khalid Sheik Mohammed an open microphone to spew his jihadist views, or fear that a jury — sitting just blocks from Ground Zero — will look for reasons to let an accused mass murderer off on some technicality.

Everyone knows that the bloodthirsty blowhard — whom officials often refer to by his initials, KSM — is never going to see the light of day. The uproar is really about the word “war.” Outrage is being voiced by those who worry that Holder and President Obama are abandoning the Bush-era doctrine of a “war on terrorism” that must at all times be conducted by military means.

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FBI Names Jeffrey Johnson Assist. Dir. for Office of Inform. Tech. Systems

Jeffrey Johnson/fbi photo

Jeffrey Johnson/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Jeffrey C. Johnson has been named the FBI’s assistant director for the Office of Information Technology Systems Development. He will also assume the role of the agency’s chief technology officer, the FBI announced Thursday.

Before joining the bureau in August, he worked in the private sector where “he managed a variety of information technology development projects. He provided enterprise instant messaging platforms and managed world-class solutions for server build, patching, server management, server imaging, and host intrusion prevention,” the FBI said in a press release.

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Can You Spell M-I-S-T-R-I-A-L? Jury in Gotti Case Claims to Be Deadlocked

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Can you spell M-I-S-T-R-I-A-L?

Well, it may be too early to assume one will be declared in the racketeering trial of mobster John Gotti Jr., but  it can’t be ruled out at this point.

A federal judge in New York ordered jurors on Thursday to keep deliberating even after they declared themselves deadlocked, according to the New York Daily News.

The jury foreman sent a note to U.S. District Judge  Kevin Castel which said unable to reach a unanimous verdict” on the three counts, the Daily News reported.

Jurors are off Friday and are expected to resume deliberations on Monday.

The fact the jury is deadlocked doesn’t automatically mean there will be a mistrial. Juries have been known to arrive at a verdict even after telling the judge they’re deadlocked.

Ex-Atty. Gen. Ed Meese Latest Big Name to Criticize White House on 9/11 Civilian Trial

Ed Meese/yale.edu photo

Ed Meese/yale.edu photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, who served under President Ronald Reagan, is the latest big name to publicly criticize the White House decision to prosecute the 9/11 terror suspects in a civilian court in New York.

The Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, released the following statement:

“It is clear that foreign terrorists and terrorist groups have committed acts of war against the United States, and that our national security requires that we respond accordingly. This means that President Bush’s prudent actions and the military response which he led should continue as our answer to these attacks.”

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FBI Seeks Help in Locating Relatives of Civil Rights Era Murder Victims

FBI photo/ courtesy of Keith Beauchamp

FBI photo/ courtesy of Keith Beauchamp

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Many decades later, the FBI still won’t let go of the dozens of unsolved racially motivated Civil Rights Era murders.

On Wednesday, at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., the FBI’s Civil Unit Chief Cynthia Deitle announced that the agency was looking for help locating next of kin in 33 cold case murders to let families know what happened to their loved ones and to possibly get more investigative leads.

Deitle’s latest effort was part of the FBI’s initiative publicly launched in 2007 to try and solve more than 100  Civil Rights era murders in the 1950s and 1960s. She spoke at an airing on campus of a documentary film by  Keith Beauchamp on a botched prosecution of a 1964 murder.

Agent Cynthia Deitle/fbi photo

Agent Cynthia Deitle/fbi photo

Later that day,  the FBI released a statement by her in which she said:

“Our agents have worked tirelessly, reaching out to victims’ families and interviewing witnesses, along with police officers, prosecutors and judges.”

“We’ve also received tips and other help from the public, the media, academia, and our partners at organizations like the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Urban League,” she said.

The FBI said of the  108 cold cases it is looking at, three have been referred for state prosecution. Others have gone unsolved  for the following reasons:

  • The suspects are deceased (47 percent of the cases)
  • Individuals who were tried in the state court  can’t be prosecuted again in federal court because of double jeapordy,
  • Witnesses died and evidence was destroyed.

Read a list of cold cases

Ex-Rep William Jefferson Gets Big Break: Judge Allows Him to Remain Free Pending Appeal

Jefferson stands next to attorney Robert Trout during sentencing /Sketch by Art Lien/NBC News

Jefferson stands next to attorney Robert Trout during sentencing /Sketch by Art Lien/NBC News

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ever since FBI agents raided his homes in Washington and New Orleans in 2005, little has gone his way. But Wednesday was different for ex-Rep. William Jefferson, who faces a 13 year prison sentence.

In an unexpected move, and against the advice of the prosecution, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Va. ruled that Jefferson, 62, could stay out of prison pending the outcome of an appeal, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was convicted in August of 11 public corruption counts.

The ruling means Jefferson, who lost a bid for a 10th term in Congress last year, could remain free for at least another year. In court papers filed last week, his attorney had acknowledged the possibility that Jefferson might soon have to report to prison shortly after sentencing, and asked that the judge at least let him spend Christmas with the family.

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Atty. Herbert Miller Who Helped Convict Hoffa and Brokered Nixon Pardon Dies at Age 85

Miller Helped Convict James Hoffa
Miller Helped Convict James Hoffa

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Herbert J. “Jack” Miller Jr. lead the Justice Department’s  war on organized crime in the 1960s under Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy,  and helped convict legendary Teamster James Hoffa ,  according to the Washington Post.

On the flip side, as a top notch D.C. defense attorney, he brokered President Richard Nixon’s pardon and represented politico types on both sides of the isle. The Post reports that Miller died in Rockville, Md., on Nov. 14 at age 85 of renal failure after being treated for influenza.

Reporter Matt Schudel put together a nice obituary on a man who accomplished so much. To read click here.