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President Obama Nominates Four More U.S. Attorneys

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Four U.S. Attorneys were nominated Friday by President Obama  including Daniel G. Bogden, the  Nevada U.S. Attorney who was fired by the Bush Administration in 2006.

Bogden had served five years as U.S. Attorney before he was fired in December of 2006. He was one of nine U.S. Attorneys fired in what has become a scandal and the focus of a criminal probe.  NBC reported that Sen. Harry Reid had pushed for his nomination to correct a wrong.

Those nominated Friday included:

• Daniel G. Bogden, District of Nevada
• Deborah K. Gilg, District of Nebraska
• Timothy J. Heaphy, Western District of Virginia
• Peter F. Neronha, District of Rhode Island

“These fine men and women have demonstrated the extensive knowledge of the law and deep commitment to public service Americans deserve from their United States Attorneys,” the President said in a prepared statement.

“It is with the utmost confidence in their ability and integrity that I nominate them for the weighty task of pursuing justice on behalf of the American people.”

Read White House Press Release to Find Out More About Each Nominee

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Judge in Miss. Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice; Lied to FBI Agents

Bobby DeLaughter was a hero and did great things as a prosecutor. Will this erase his legacy?

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

By Jerry Mitchell
Jackson Clarion Ledger
ABERDEEN, Miss. – He wore the suit of an acclaimed prosecutor before donning the robe of a well-respected judge. Now Bobby DeLaughter expects to wear the uniform of a prison inmate.

Hours after resigning his $104,000-a-year job as Hinds County circuit judge, DeLaughter, 55, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Under his plea agreement, he would serve 18 months in prison and wouldn’t have to cooperate with federal authorities in their continuing investigation. No date has been set for sentencing.

Under the agreement, DeLaughter’s remaining four counts of mail fraud conspiracy and involvement in a bribery scheme would be dismissed.

But if U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson rejects the plea deal, DeLaughter can withdraw his guilty plea and go on trial. His trial had been set for Aug. 17.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Concerned About Homegrown Terrorism; Was Racially Profiled in College

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Are Feds Hyping Latest Terrorism Case in N.C. ?

It’s often hard to tell just how threatening some of the home grown groups are. And at what point do they clearly become a threat and a terrorist? Is there such a thing as waiting too long to find out?

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fbi map

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON — The feds have been hyping their domestic terrorism cases for several years now, and the arrest of seven North Carolina men this week appears to be no exception.

The headliners in the case, of course, are ordinary folks Daniel Patrick Boyd and his two sons, who prosecutors say led three lives: good family men, likeable neighbors and secret terrorists.

The father’s path to terrorism began in 1989, according to the indictment unsealed this week, when Daniel Boyd “travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he received military style training in terrorist training camps for the purpose of engaging in violent jihad.”

During 1989 and 1991, they say, “Boyd fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union.”

He would have been 19 at the time, all of which a former CIA station chief in Pakistan, Milt Bearden, finds odd.

“The Afghans didn’t need much help,” said Bearden. They accepted Arabs like Osama Bin Laden because they brought money, or miscreants that the Gulf States emptied from their jails, he said, but “their fondest hope was that they would step on a landmine.”

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Let the Deliberations Begin: Jurors in Jefferson Case Deliberate 4 Hours

America's Most Famous Freezer

America's Most Famous Freezer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The jury in the public corruption trial of ex-Rep. William Jefferson deliberated for about four hours Thursday and is set resume Friday morning, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

With 16-criminal counts to consider, a verdict isn’t likely to come before early next week. The jurors will have to consider evidence in the six-plus weeks of trial that included testimony from more than 40 witnesses, FBI tape recordings of Jefferson and reams of documents.

Jefferson, a Harvard educated lawyer and a 9-term Congressman, who was once considered unbeatable, lost his bid for re-election last year. His wife and five daughters sat in on the closing arguments in Alexandria, Va. on Wednesday.

The case became best known for the $90,000 in marked FBI bills that FBI agents found in Jefferson’s freezer during a raid on Aug. 3, 2005 (freezer pictured above).

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Ex-Judge at ABA Criticizes U.S. Atty. Fitzgerald in Blagojevich Case

Should a U.S. Attorney come out with verbal guns blazing after making an arrest? Is it unfair to the defendant? Is it unfair to  the public to keep quiet? Where’s the boundaries?

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BY ABDON M. PALLASCH
Chicago Sun-Times Political Reporter
CHICAGO — Speaking to 200 lawyers from around the country Thursday, retired appellate Judge Abner Mikva criticized U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald for showing a bit too much enthusiasm at a news conferences announcing charges against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

“I certainly don’t like the prosecutor coming out and trying his case [in the media] and possibly tainting the jury pool with a big press conference announcing he has indicted so-and-so, or, in Blagojevich’s case, has arrested so-and-so — he hadn’t even reached an indictment yet,” Mikva saids at the American Bar Association convention.

“The argument is made by some prosecutors that this is a part of a public information factor of a prosecutor’s job, and they have to do it. That’s nonsense.”

Fitzgerald gained a reputation during his first seven years as U.S. attorney for avoiding colorful language at news conferences and refusing to entertain questions that fell outside “the four corners of the indictment.”

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Detroit Police Monitoring Scandal Involving Ex-Fed Prosecutor Could Turn into Criminal Probe

The city of Detroit certainly has no surplus in its budget, no surplus of jobs. What it does have is a surplus of scandals.

Sheryl Robinson Wood/law firm photo
Ex-fed prosecutor Sheryl Robinson Wood/law firm photo

BY JOE SWICKARD and BEN SCHMITT
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — Former Detroit police monitor Sheryl Robinson Wood was ousted under a cloud. Some experts say a review of her ties to then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may eventually turn into a criminal investigation.

“With the possibility of federal charges, there are no minor concerns,” said Detroit attorney Bill Goodman, who represented the City Council in its efforts to oust Kilpatrick.

Wood has been in talks this week with attorney Richard Craig Smith, an expert in white-collar crime and government investigations with the Washington, D.C., firm Fulbright & Jaworski. The firm was once home to Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski.

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Karl Rove Had Bigger Role in U.S. Atty Firings Than Previously Understood

Frankly, it would have been a heck of lot more surprising if Karl Rove had minimal involvement in the U.S. Attorney firings during the Bush administration.
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

WASHINGTON — Political adviser Karl Rove and other high-ranking figures in the Bush White House played a greater role than previously understood in the firing of federal prosecutors almost three years ago, according to e-mails obtained by The Washington Post, in a scandal that led to mass Justice Department resignations and an ongoing criminal probe.

The e-mails and new interviews with key participants reflect contacts among Rove, aides in the Bush political affairs office and White House lawyers about the dismissal of three of the nine U.S. attorneys fired in 2006: New Mexico’s David C. Iglesias, the focus of ire from GOP lawmakers; Missouri’s Todd Graves, who had clashed with one of Rove’s former clients; and Arkansas’s Bud Cummins, who was pushed out to make way for a Rove protege.

The documents and interviews provide new information about efforts by political aides in the Bush White House, for example, to push a former colleague as a favored candidate for one of the U.S. attorney posts. They also reflect the intensity of efforts by lawmakers and party officials in New Mexico to unseat the top prosecutor there.

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