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Advocates Ask For More Flexibility in Fed Sentencing Guidelines

The system needs flexibility when it comes to sentencing. In some instances, the guidelines just don’t make sense. All we can ask for is that the sentence befits the crime.jail

By Kari Lydersen
Washington Post Staff Writer
CHICAGO — Advocates for added flexibility in criminal sentencing took their appeal to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which heard testimony here Wednesday and Thursday as part of the agency’s first nationwide series of public hearings since federal sentencing guidelines took effect 22 years ago.

Criminal justice reform proponents have long pushed the federal government to back alternatives to incarceration and more flexible sentencing for drug, child pornography and other convictions.

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Sen. Judiciary Committee Oks 4 U.S. Attorneys

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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Daniel Bogden/utlaw-edu

WASHINGTON — Four U.S. Attorney nominees moved one giant step closer Thursday to final confirmation by the Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted the nominees out of committee by a voice vote.

The U.S. Attorney nominees included: Peter F. Neronha of Rhode Island; Daniel G. Bogden of Nevada, who had been fired while serving under the Bush administration; Dennis K. Burke of Arizona and Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia.

The committee is expected to vote  Sept. 17 on nominees Paul Fishman of New Jersey and Jenny Durkan of  Washington state.

Richard McFeely to Head FBI Baltimore Division

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Richard McFeely/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Richard A. McFeely, who has a law degree and was the FBI’s deputy assistant director of the Finance Division, has been named special agent in charge of the bureau’s Baltimore Division.

McFeely replaces Amy Jo Lyons, who was recently named assistant director of the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

McFeely joined the FBI in 1990 and was first assigned to the Buffalo office, where he worked violent crimes and street gangs, the agency said.

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Did the Russian Mob Kill NY Cop Ralph Dols?

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Was the Russian mob responsible for the 1997 murder of a cop in Brooklyn? Here’s a report by long-time mob reporter Jerry Capeci, which suggests that’s a good possibility.

By Jerry Capeci
Gang Land News

Who killed Police Officer Ralph Dols?

The feds say the 1997 murder in front of his Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn home was a mob hit, one that was ordered and orchestrated by a jealous high-level mobster who was outraged that the young, muscular housing cop had married the wiseguy’s ex-wife.

But could Russian organized crime figures have done it?

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9/11: “We Have Come a Long Way But We Have a Ways to Go”

On the eve of the 8th anniversary of one of the most dreadful days in American history, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano puts it best: “We have come a long way, but we have a ways to go.”

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By Lois Romano
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — On the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, here’s what keeps the secretary of homeland security up at night: Complacency,” Janet Napolitano says without missing a beat.

“The fact that it has been eight years since 9/11, and people just assume the government is going to take care of that. . . . Safety, security is a shared responsibility. It doesn’t take much for everybody just to take a deep breath and say, ‘Okay, what would I need to do to be prepared?’ ”

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No Fed Crime Here: Just a Little Spitting Involving Philly Mob Underboss and a Cop

Uusually the feds have their eyes focused on Mob underboss Marty Angelina. But this alleged incident is no federal crime. Nonetheless, the mob is reportedly not happy with his antics.

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By George Anastasia
Inquirer Staff Writer

Reputed mob underboss Marty Angelina, known for his quick temper and corner-boy arrogance, has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly spitting on a police officer in Margate, N.J., during a confrontation last week.

Angelina, 47, was released on $2,500 bail after the incident Sept. 1 at the Margate police station, according to police Lt. Ken Bergeron.

The case attracted no media attention when it occurred. It is now in the hands of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, which could decide to seek a grand jury indictment.

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W. Va. U.S. Attorney Sharon Potter Stepping Down

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U.S. Atty. Sharon Potter/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

West Virginia U.S. Attorney Sharon Potter is stepping down after three years on the job, following many other Bush-appointed U.S. Attorneys who have quit in this transitional year, the Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register reports.

“When the opportunity to serve arose in 2006, I was honored to take on that role and hope that my tenure has been marked by a sense of fair, but firm, prosecutions,” she said, according to the paper. “We have focused on aggressively prosecuting cases involving illegal drugs, firearms, child pornography and tax fraud, and the caseload for this district has steadily increased over the past several years.”

Potter will be honored at a farewell event on Sept. 25 at the Federal Building in Wheeling, W. Va., the paper said.

White Half-Naked Missouri Woman Charged With Lying to FBI About Being Abducted By Black Men and Raped