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The Latest News in Chandry Levy Case: FBI Forensic Analyst Screwed Up Evidence

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The missteps in the investigation into the death of intern Chandra Levy have been painful.

In 2001, search dogs and police failed to come up with the body during a mass search in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington. The body was found a year later in the park, and not in a spot that would be considered  remote.

Additionally, investigators failed to use a bi-lingual polygrapher in 2001 when they first interviewed the current suspect Ingmar Guandique, who was charged with murder earlier this year. Instead they used a polygrapher and an interpreter, a method considered far less reliable.

And last Friday, word surfaced in court that an FBI forensic analyst “mistakenly got some of her own DNA on evidence recovered from the site where Chandra Levy’s body was found, attorneys said Friday during a hearing in D.C. Superior Court”, the Washington Post reported. The analyst has since been fired.

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Head of Rocky Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section Takes New Post

The unsettled Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section continues to go through some unsettling times. Here’s the latest, but not likely, the last of the unsettling news. Welch is moving. He and five other members of his unit are still under criminal and internal investigation. In other words, it’s kind of a mess.

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By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — William M. Welch II, head of the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, will step aside and return to Massachusetts, where he spent the bulk of his career exposing corruption in state government, according to two sources familiar with the move.

Welch reached the decision after consulting with authorities about his family responsibilities and professional opportunities in his home state, the sources added. Welch notified subordinates in the public integrity unit late Monday. He will remain an employee of the department’s criminal division.

The unit, which leads some of the Justice Department’s most explosive investigations of political figures, came under fire earlier this year when Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. abandoned the conviction against former senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), citing multiple lapses by the prosecution team in evidence-sharing.

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E-mails to WH Contained Assassination Threats, Racial Slurs

obama-official-photoBy Caitlin Osborne
ticklethewire.com

President Obama continues to be the target of racially motivated hate.

The lastest reminder comes, compliments of Huntsville, Ala. resident Charles Thurman II, 54, who was sentenced last week to four months in jail for reporting false threats to the president.

Turns out, according to his plea agreement, Thurman sent threatening e-mails about the president under the fictitious names  “Wayne Noke” and “Tim Walker” to the White House and FBI earlier this year.

One email said that a process server named  “Jerry Partridge vowed to kill n—- president Barack Obama sometime in 2009. Jerry has numerous guns and will kill the President.”

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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Gets Break on Running Call-Girl Ring; Still Faces Fed Charges of Murder, Racketeering

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The swaggering ex-federal prosecutor Paul Bergrin who authorities say became the go-to defense attorney for Newark street gangs, dodged one bullet Tuesday but awaits still a bigger one that could put him down for good.

On Tuesday, he was sentenced to time served for running an escort service founded by one of his clients, the Associated Press reported. He pleaded guilty in May in New York State Supreme Court to a misdemeanor.

But he remains behind bars awaiting prosecution on federal charges of murder, conspiracy and racketeering relating to allegations that he used threats, bribes and even murder to discourage witnesses from testifying in trial, the AP reported.

Authorities have alleged that he passed on the name of an informant, who was shot to death in Newark in 2004.

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U.S. Atty. Jenny Durkan Has Biggest Net Worth So Far With $5.9 Mil

Well, this certainly shows some diversity when it comes to finances. So far, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan of Washington state leads the pack with $5.9 million in net worth.

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Jenny Durkan/doj photo

By Christopher M. Matthews
Main Justice
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees are turning out to be a diverse bunch in terms of race, gender – and net worth.

Of the 29 U.S. Attorney candidates who have been confirmed or nominated so far, reported net worth ranges from nearly $6 million to less than $10,000, according to an analysis of financial disclosure data filed with the Senate Judiciary Committtee.

The wealthiest include recently confirmed U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan of the Western District of Washington ($5.9 million) and Paul Fishman of New Jersey ($5.1 million).

Four nominees reported net worth of less than $200,000. They are Stephanie Rose, nominated to lead Iowa’s Northern District; Richard Callahan, nominated for Missouri’s Eastern District; Carter Stewart of Ohio’s Southern District; and Nick Klinefeldt, of Iowa’s Northern District

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Fed Judge Jails Ex-NYPD Chief Bernie Kerik For Leaking Sealed Information

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Bernie Kerik/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When you think of ex-NYPD Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, you can’t help but think how far he has fallen from the good graces of this nation. After all, at one point he almost became chief of the Department of Homeland Security.

On Tuesday, a federal judge revoked his $500,000 bail and sent him off to jail for leaking sealed information from his pending trial to generate public sympathy, the New York Times reported.

The information was leaked to a lawyer, who has helped raise money for Kerik, the Times reported. The lawyer emailed it to the Washington Times.

The New York Times reported that U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Robinson in White Plains described Kerik, 54, as a ”toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance.” Kerik, who became a national hero after 9/11 as the N.Y. police chief, faces three trials, the first of which begins on Monday.

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Pres. Obama Gives a Pat on Back to NY Terrorism Squad That Busted Up Latest Terror Threat

President Obama visited the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force on Tuesday and said: “Together, your success in thwarting terrorist attacks, the strong intelligence you gathered and the hard-nosed investigations you pursued, has proved to be a model for law enforcement officials across the country.”  The President also commended FBI Director Robert Mueller, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly and the head of the FBI New York office Joseph Demarest for putting together a “team that is more integrated, more collaborative, and more effective than ever before." /FBI Photo

President Obama visited the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force on Tuesday, which busted up the latest terrorist threat involving suspect Najibullah Zazi, and said: “Together, your success in thwarting terrorist attacks, the strong intelligence you gathered and the hard-nosed investigations you pursued, has proved to be a model for law enforcement officials across the country.” The President also commended FBI Director Robert Mueller, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly and the head of the FBI New York office Joseph Demarest for putting together a “team that is more integrated, more collaborative, and more effective than ever before." /FBI Photo

Bernie Madoff Hanging Out With Mobster and Spy Jonathan Pollard in Prison

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No question Bernie Madoff crossed paths with some interesting folks with some interesting stories while schmoozing and gallivanting about in Palm Beach and Manhattan and places afar.

Still, they may not be as interesting as the folks he’s keeping company with these days in federal prison in North Carolina.

The Associated Press reports that the 71-year-old Ponzi schemer is socializing with folks like spy Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted of selling government secrets to Israel, and mobster Carmine Persico, the reputed family boss of the Colombo family.

He also lives on the bottom bunk, shares a cell with a convicted drug offender and eats pizza cooked by a child molester, the Associated Press reported, citing a legal complaint filed Tuesday by Calif. attorney Joseph Cotchett, who represents about a dozen clients who were ripped off by Madoff.

AP reports that Cotchett interviewed Madoff in July at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.

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