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Ex-Rep. Jefferson Sentencing Delayed until Nov. 13; Documents Show He Took the 5th at One Point

No matter the date, Jefferson is likely to get whacked at sentencing. Though the conviction was overwhelming — guilty on 11 of 16 counts — he’s not likely to show much remorse at sentencing because of his plan to appeal the conviction. He may either tell the judge he did some foolish things, but he’s not guilty of the charges he was convicted of. Or, he’ll just pass on making any statement in court. Either way, it’s not likely to impress the judge.

William J. Jefferson

William J. Jefferson

By Bruce Alpert
New Orleans Times-Picayune
WASHINGTON — Sentencing for former Rep. William Jefferson will be pushed back to Nov. 13, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled Wednesday.

Jefferson originally was scheduled for sentencing Oct. 30 after being found guilty by a Virginia jury on 11 of 16 corruption charges.

Also Wednesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released a March 2007 ruling that allowed the Justice Department to use material taken from Jefferson’s congressional office.

The ruling had been sealed at Jefferson’s request because its release would have disclosed that he had invoked his 5th Amendment protection against self incrimination in trying to keep the documents out of the hands of investigators.

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Six Members of Bonanno Crime Family Plead Guilty in the Sunshine State

The sun may shine bright in Florida, but these mobsters aren’t going to be around to enjoy it.

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By CURT ANDERSON
AP Legal Affairs Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — One by one, members of a South Florida crew of the New York-based Bonanno crime family stood before a federal judge Wednesday to plead guilty to racketeering charges, including one enforcer who said it was impossible to escape the Mafia life.

Six of the 11 purported crew members indicted in May pleaded guilty to charges that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. All 11 are charged under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO law, which the FBI has used frequently to break up major criminal enterprises.

The enforcer, 43-year-old Pasquale Rubbo, told U.S. District Judge William Zloch that he’d already done prison time for his underworld ties and that he had some debts to pay after his release a few years ago

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Utah U.S. Atty. Brett Tolman to Step Down Dec. 31

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Hemp Protesters Come to DEA Headquarters in Va.

hemp-dea-photoA new twist on the war on drugs? Protesters say they should be able to cultivate hemp in this country. The DEA says no.

By David Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — You want to dig a garden, you need a shovel. You want to dig a guerrilla garden of illegal hemp on the front lawn of Drug Enforcement Administration headquarters and get arrested for the cameras, you need a symbol.

Shortly before they all were happily handcuffed Tuesday, the farmers took one look at what the activists had brought to dig with, and just shook their heads.

The symbolic shovels were shiny, chrome-plated affairs, the kind for turning the earth in a Washington photo op, stamped with slogans: “Reefer Madness Will Be Buried.” When the shovel blades were experimentally pressed into the mulch outside the group’s hotel, they bent like toys.

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FBI DNA Lab Helps Crack 19-Year-Old Texas Brutal Rape of Girl Age 8

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NY Post Reports that Madoff Got in Prison Yard Scuffle and Won

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If you can believe this, Bernie Madoff, the Palm Beach/Manhattan socialite who became one of America’s Most Hated Men, got into a minor scuffle in the federal prison yard in North Carolina with a fellow senior citizen and wound up victorious, at least according to a report in the New York Post.

The Post, attributing the information to “eyewitnesses” at the prison in Butner, N.C., reported that Madoff “was heard last week getting into a heated debate over the state of the market with another senior-citizen jailbird.”

“The shouting match got so heated that the inmate pushed Madoff, who shoved back harder with both hands, causing his attacker to stumble,” reporter Rich Calder wrote. “As the attacker tried to stand up straight, Madoff hovered over him red-faced and glaring, eyewitnesses said.”

“The stunned attacker went chicken and took off — allowing Madoff to collect some “cred” among his fellow prisoners,” the reporter wrote.

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Chihuahua-Slaying Texas FBI Agent Still Faces Internal Probe 4 Months After His Sentence

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FBI Agent Shot A Chihuahua Just Like This One/istock photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Last time we checked, Texas FBI agent Lovett Leslie Ledger, who fatally shot his neighbor’s 3 pound Chihuahua named Sassy with a pellet gun, was still an FBI agent facing an internal investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibilty.

That was four months ago.

Well, on Tuesday the FBI said nothing has changed. The pellet gun-totting, Chihuahua slaying Ledger remains an FBI agent in the San Antonio Division — at least until the internal investigation is completed.

After that, who knows? Penalties for such action can range from a letter of reprimand to a firing. In the meantime, there’s a good likelihood he’s in the dog house at the FBI.

Back in early July, Waco, Tex., State District Judge Matt Johnson gave Ledger, 40, two years deferred probation and 300 hours of community service for the 2008 shooting.  He pleaded no contest to animal cruelty charges.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that a neighbor saw Ledger shoot the dog with a pellet rifle in February 2008.