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May 2021


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11 NY FBI Employees Given Awards for Their Work

By Allan Lengel

Legendary ex-Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda and Gen. James T. Conway of the Marine Corps were among those who attended the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation awards  Friday in New York at the Waldorf Astoria hotel where 11 FBI employees from the New York division received awards for their work.

Robert Rosen of FLEF, SA Kevin Ponder, SA Dave Caskey and ADIC Joseph Demarest/FBI photo

Robert Rosen of FLEF, SA Kevin Ponder, SA Dave Caskey and ADIC Joseph Demarest/FBI photo

Investigator of the Year recipients, according to a press release included:

* Supervisory Special Agent Charles Gilgen was honored for his work in counterintelligence investigations, including numerous national security cases.

* Special Agent Danielle Messineo was recognized for her tireless efforts in a child pornography investigation.

* Special Agent Brian Kopp received his award for his efforts in the Special Operations Division, where he has worked on some of the FBI’s highest profile cases.

* Special Agent Edward A. Panetta was awarded for his work on several counterterrorism cases.

* Special Agents Kevin Ponder and Dave Caskey were recognized for their efforts working in the FBI New York criminal division, many with an overseas nexus.

* Supervisory Special Agent Robert Hennigan, Special Agent Brian Fitzpatrick, Special Agent David Cox, and Financial Analyst Vinesh Manglavil were recognized for their work against public corruption in the city of New York.

Robert Rosen FLEF, ADIC Joseph Demarest and SSA Charles Gilgen/FBI photo by Daniel Piszczatoski

Robert Rosen FLEF, ADIC Joseph Demarest and SSA Charles Gilgen/FBI photo by Daniel Piszczatoski

The Jim Fox Award recipient, according to the press release:

* Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Ralph H. Tucker was honored for his work in the Special Operations Division, Surveillance Branch. SSA Tucker has served in the FBI for 33 years and has worked on countless critical cases for the FBI.

Illinois Gov. and Senator Push for Rural State Prison to House Gitmo Inmates

Sen. Dick Durbin/official photo

Sen. Dick Durbin/official photo

By Allan Lengel

In a tough economy, with the potential to create thousands of jobs, it’s still not an easy sell to get a community to house the Gitmo prisoners.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) are on an aggressive campaign to counter opposition and create support for the feds to buy the 1,600 cell Thomson Correctional Center in rural northwestern Illinois and house Guantanamo Bay detainees and other inmates, the Associated Press reported.

Federal officials are scheduled to visit the facility in Thomson, Ill., which is more than a two-hour drive from Chicago. The prison has an average daily population of less than 200, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

“We have an opportunity to bring thousands of good-paying jobs to Illinois when we need them the most,” Durbin said at a news conference in Chicago, AP reported. 

“We have an opportunity to bring them to a part of our state that has been struggling and that’s an opportunity we are not going to miss.”


Rudy Guiliani Says 9/11 Trials in NYC Pose Big Security Risk

Farewell in Va. to DEA Agent Forrest Leamon Who Died in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

The Jefferson Political Dynasty Turned to Dust and Into a Crime Family

William Jefferson

William Jefferson

By Allan Lengel

Down in New Orleans, in Bayou country, the Jefferson family was a political force to be reckoned with.

The patriarch, former Rep. William Jefferson, headed a political machine called the Progressive Democrats. His power base included his sister Betty, a 4th District Assessor; his brother Mose, a political operative; brother-in-law Alan Green, a state judge; and daughter Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, a Harvard-educated lawyer and state representative, who was hoping one day to replace her father in Congress.

Fast-forward to today. The political dynasty is not only dead, but you need a scorecard to track who in the family is off to prison and who is awaiting trial.

Tulane University political science professor Brian J. Brox says that, simply put, the dynasty rose from humble beginnings and showed some of the best aspects of American politics, but ultimately the worst: “power for power’s sake, power for personal gain.”

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Ex-Mississippi Judge Bobby DeLaughter Gets 18 Months for Lying to FBI Agent

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Hinds County, Miss. Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter who made history as a prosecutor in the 1990s, is headed off to jail for lying to an FBI agent during a judicial corruption probe, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson in Aberdeen, Miss.  sentenced him to 18 months in prison, the news agency reported.

DeLaughter found fame in the 1990s as an assistant district attorney after he  helped convict Byron de la Beckwith in for
the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, which became the subject of a Hollywood movie.

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Rep. Jefferson Gets a Record 13-Year Sentence on Fri. the 13th for Public Corruption

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
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Former Rep. William Jefferson, the first African-American to win a Congressional seat in Louisiana since Reconstruction, took on the added distinction Friday of receiving the harshest sentence ever given to a member of Congress for a public corruption conviction.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Elllis III, hoping to send a message to deter others in Congress, handed down a sentence of 13 years in prison, far surpassing the previous record sentence of 8 years and 4 months given to former Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham of California, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors. Next week, the Judge will announce when the prison term begins.

“You’re obviously a person of gifts and those gifts have been squandered,” Judge Ellis told Jefferson, who stood silently in the courtroom next to his attorney Robert Trout.

“Public corruption is a cancer that must be removed,” he said, adding at one point, “There must be some sort of greed virus that attacks people in power.”

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