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Pricey Dinner With Congressman William Jefferson and FBI Informant Turns Mushy to Favorite Childrens Book Velveteen Rabbit

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Business woman Lori Mody wore an FBI wire during the  dinner to help the FBI snare a congressman. But during the pricey meal, the conversation got a little mushy. The two started talking about a favorite childrens book Velveteen Rabbit. Will the conversation make jury more sympathetic to the ex-Congressman?

By Jonathan Tilove
Washington bureau
WASHINGTON — The purpose of the four-hour dinner that William Jefferson shared with Lori Mody on May 12, 2005, at Galileo, one of Washington’s finest restaurants, was ostensibly to talk money, as befits a meal that ended up costing the FBI $1,023.15.

The amount of Jefferson’s equity share in Mody’s Nigerian venture was the main item on the official agenda.

But, according to excerpts of tapes, which were secretly recorded by Mody for the government and released Thursday by Jefferson’s defense team, it was about much more.

It was about trust and loyalty and human frailty. It was about fathers and daughters, about Jefferson’s pride in his five grown girls — “the best thing I did right” — and Mody’s advising Jefferson that perhaps in him, she had found a man with a rare combination of intellect and “street smarts,” a man she could trust like no one since her father.

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Utah Sheriff Says FBI Characterization of Artifact Raids “100% Wrong”

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This is likely to put a strain on the local/fed law enforcement relations. Plus, U.S. Senators have gotten involved and are bothered by the tactics used during the raid. Don’t expect to see this vanish any time soon.

By Nate Carlisle
The Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY — The San Juan County sheriff says federal agents pointed guns at nearly everyone they arrested there during last month’s artifacts raids and made “smart ass” remarks.

Sheriff Mike Lacy said an FBI characterization of the raid is “100 percent wrong.” The FBI agent in charge for Utah has said his agents pointed a gun at one person to gain compliance.

But Lacy on Thursday said up to 14 of the 18 San Juan County residents arrested or served during the raid had a gun pointed at them.

Much of the gun pointing was done by U.S. Bureau of Land Management agents, said Lacy, whose brother was among those arrested. Perhaps 150 BLM agents participated in the raids, Lacy said, and they spurred most of the citizen complaints.

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Fed Judge Orders Boston Prosecutors to Explain Release of Pictures Involving 2 Politicians

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

Will this case change the way prosecutors expose defendants to the media and the public? It will be interesting to see if this thing goes any where. The issue: Transparency vs. the Right to a Fair Trial or: The use of  the media to hype a case.

By Glen Johnson
Associated Press
BOSTON –– A federal judge yesterday ordered prosecutors to produce affidavits explaining why photographs were released and publicity generated following the arrests of two Boston politicians on corruption charges last year.

The lead prosecutor in the case said he would have to determine whether he could comply.

Judge Douglas Woodlock told a pretrial hearing audience he wants to evaluate whether prosecutors tried to “gin things up” among the public after the arrests of former state senator Dianne Wilkerson and City Councilor Chuck Turner.

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U.S. Marshal Sharpshooter Was About to Shoot Tax Evader

It’s a good thing that this standoff did not end in death. Besides the obvious, it would have made the tax evaders martyrs.

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By The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. – A federal sharpshooter had tax evader Ed Brown’s head in his crosshairs and was ready to pull the trigger during a failed attempt to arrest Brown at his rural New Hampshire home two years ago, the agent told a federal jury yesterday.

Deputy US Marshal Edward Recor said that moments after Ed and Elaine Brown were tipped off about the June 7, 2007, raid, he watched through his telescopic sight as Brown appeared in a turret at his fortified home, raised a .50-caliber rifle, and pointed it down the driveway.

Recor said he and other agents backed off after Brown lowered his weapon.

Recor’s testimony was given on the third day of trial on federal charges that Ed Brown, 66, and Elaine Brown, 68, barricaded themselves in their Plainfield home for nine months with a stockpile of weapons after being convicted of evading federal taxes in 2007.

Recor said he trained his sight on Brown’s left temple and waited for Brown to lift the rifle to his face. US Attorney Arnold Huftalen asked Recor what he would have done if Brown had made that move.

“I would have had to fire,” said Recor.

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Fed Judge Dismisses MySpace Conviction of Missouri Mom in Teen Suicide Case

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The judge decided the conviction could not stand. Yes, what she did was profoundly stupid and inexcusable, but criminal?  The Justice Department thought so. But apparently the judge did not.  The law for the Internet remains unclear after all this time.

By Alexendra Zavis
Los Angles Times
LOS ANGELES — A federal judge tentatively decided today to dismiss the case against a Missouri woman who had been convicted of computer fraud stemming from an Internet hoax that prompted a teenage girl to commit suicide.

Lori Drew of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., was convicted in November of three misdemeanor counts of illegally accessing a protected computer.

The decision by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu will not become final until his written ruling is filed, probably next week. Wu said he was concerned that if Drew was found guilty of violating the terms of service in using MySpace, anyone who violated the terms could be convicted of a crime.

Drew 50, was to be sentenced in May but Wu had delayed the sentencing until today, saying he wanted to consider the defense motion to dismiss the entire case.

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Fla. DEA Agent Paul Teresi Dies in Car Crash on I-95

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Paul Teresi/photo palm beach sheriff's dept.

DEA agent Paul A. Teresi’s father was once the special agent in charge of the DEA’s Ft. Lauderdale office.

By Juan Ortega
South Florida Sun Sentinel
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — He followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

At home, he recently became a father himself, to a daughter now 7 months old.

During a viewing service in Boca Raton on Wednesday, dozens mourned DEA Special Agent Paul Andrew Teresi, 44, who lived near Boca Raton in unincorporated Palm Beach County. He died Sunday in an Interstate 95 crash in Deerfield Beach.

A Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Church, 370 SW Third St., Boca Raton.

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Families in Civil Trial Say Boston FBI Protected Mobsters/Informants Who Murdered

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This is a languishing headache that simply won’t go away for the Justice Department and the Boston FBI. In June, a federal judge ordered the Justice Department to pay $6.25 million to the widow and children of a night club owner whose slaying was linked to FBI informants/mobsters Whitey Bulger and Stephen Flemmi. Now more people want the government cash and say they were victims of these FBI informants and FBI should have done something to prevent these guys from murdering people.

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff
BOSTON — A Justice Department lawyer argued yesterday that the common-law wife of Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi lived on “blood money” from the gangster for years and cannot blame the FBI for the murder of her daughter by longtime informants Flemmi and James “Whitey” Bulger.

“She protected, nurtured” Flemmi, Justice Department attorney Lawrence Eiser said during opening statements on the first day of trial in a federal wrongful death suit brought by Flemmi’s longtime companion, Marion Hussey, and the families of two other victims.

“She washed his clothes after he cut the teeth out of these people,” said Eiser, referring to Flemmi’s admitted practice of pulling his victims’ teeth so they could not be identified. “And she’s going to blame the FBI on this theory. . . . You can’t hold the government liable for failing to arrest people.”

But lawyers for Hussey and the families of the other victims, Debra Davis and Louis Litif, said the FBI is liable because it knew Bulger and Flemmi had committed prior murders and should have prosecuted them, but protected them because they were informants against the Mafia. The agency also thwarted efforts by other law enforcement agencies that targeted Bulger and Flemmi, attorneys said.

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FBI Files Show Saddam Hussein Boasted About Duping World About Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Saddam Hussein was the master of illusion. With all the intelligence the world had, he still was able to give everyone, including the U.S., the impression he had weapons of mass destruction.  While captive, he let down his guard while talking to FBI agent George Pero, who even gave Hussein some of his mother’s baked goods. I heard Pero speak one day and he said his mother wasn’t so happy when she heard Hussein was the recipient of those goodies.

By James Gordon Meek
New York Daily News
WASHINGTON – Saddam Hussein feared Iran’s arsenal more than a U.S. attack, and even considered asking ex-President George W. Bush “to protect” Iraq from its neighbor, once secret FBI files show.

The FBI interrogations of the toppled tyrant – codename “Desert Spider” – were declassified after a Freedom of Information Act request.

The records show Saddam happily boasted of duping the world about stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. And he consistently denied cooperating with Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda.

Of all his enemies, Iraq’s ex-president – who insisted he still held office during captivity – hated Iran most.

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Read 2004 FBI File