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Trial Starts Today For Ex-FBI Agent

A disgraced FBI agent from Boston allegedly provided information the feds say helped set up a murder in Florida. Jury selection begins today. 

By Kurt Anderson
Associated Press
MIAMI — John J. Connolly was hundreds of miles away in 1982 when gambling executive John Callahan’s bullet-riddled body was discovered in the trunk of his Cadillac at Miami’s airport.
The admitted shooter says he never met Connolly, the disgraced ex-FBI man at the heart of the agency’s sordid dealings with Boston’s Winter Hill Gang.
Yet Connolly will stand trial on murder and conspiracy charges this month as if he had pulled the trigger himself, because prosecutors say he secretly gave information that was crucial in setting up the hit. Jury selection is to begin Monday.
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Skeptics Remain In Anthrax Probe

Bruce E. Ivins

Bruce E. Ivins

  After focusing on scientist Steven Hatfill for years, the FBI finally did an about face and said the real anthrax culprit was scientist Bruce Ivins. But not everyone is buying that including some key members of Congress. 

By Scott Shane and Eric Lichtblau
The New York Times
WASHINGTON — A month after the F.B.I. declared that an Army scientist was the anthrax killer, leading members of Congress are demanding more information about the seven-year investigation, saying they do not think the bureau has proved its case.
In a letter sent Friday to Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Democratic leaders of the House Judiciary Committee said that “important and lingering questions remain that are crucial for you to address, especially since there will never be a trial to examine the facts of the case.
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FBI Probing Maryland State Politico

 Democratic state Sen. Nathanial Exum is the target of an FBI probe into an auto repair shop and state car inspections

By Rosalind S. Helderman and John Wagner
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — The FBI has launched an inquiry into Maryland Sen. Nathaniel Exum (D-Prince George’s), questioning a now-retired state police captain and a fellow senator about Exum in recent months.
Robert F. Bambary, who retired after 35 years with the state police July 1, said he was interviewed by an FBI agent in June about Exum’s advocacy on behalf of a Prince George’s automobile repair shop that sought to resume Maryland state automobile inspections four years after its license to do so was revoked because of fraudulent practices.
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Federal Authorities Crack Down At LAX Airport

   Immigrant smuggling has prompted federal authorities to take a second look at security at LAX airport in Los Angeles.

By Dan Weikel
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Airport officials and federal authorities said Thursday that they have tightened security at Los Angeles International Airport because of the recent arrest of an elevator mechanic suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States.
Officials for LAX and U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the measures included security adjustments at the federal inspection area inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
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Arrests Made In Connection With Slain DEA Agent

Agent Byrne/DEA photo

Agent Byrne/DEA photo

A Houston DEA agent in New Orleans was robbed and murdered while attending a conference on organized crime drug enforcement. Two people are now behind bars in connection with his death last Saturday.

By Peggy O’Hare
Houston Chronicle
Authorities have arrested two people linked to credit cards stolen from a Woodlands federal agent who died after he was severely beaten during an apparent robbery in New Orleans last week.
Thomas Joseph Byrne, 40, of The Woodlands (Tex.), who worked as a supervisory special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Houston office, died Saturday in a New Orleans hospital from injuries he suffered in an assault and robbery Aug. 28, officials said.
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Detroit Mayor’s Woes May Not Be Over

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has stepped down as mayor and will go off to jail for four months. But reports suggest the FBI still may have some interest in his activities and his legal problems may not be over.

By Paul Egan
Detroit News
DETROIT – The plea deal announced Thursday to settle perjury and other felony charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick does not automatically resolve all of the mayor’s legal woes.
A federal investigation of alleged Detroit City Hall corruption in which Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard N. Kilpatrick, and certain close associates of the mayor are under scrutiny remains a wild card and a likely worry for the mayor, despite the plea deal with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy that includes Kilpatrick’s resignation.
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Related  stories: 
Kilpatrick Pleads Guilty and Resigns (Detroit Free Press)
How The Plea Deal Was Worked Out

Lobbyist Bad Boy Gets Four Years in Prison

WASHINGTONJack Abramoff, the onetime flamboyant lobbyist who amassed a fortune by showering gifts on Congressional and executive branch officials while bilking Indian tribes of millions of dollars, was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.
Judge Ellen S. Huvelle of Federal District Court here ordered that Mr. Abramoff serve the time for corruption and tax offenses uncovered by an influence-peddling investigation that touched Republican leaders in Congress and midlevel officials in the Bush administration, among others. Judge Huvelle said Mr. Abramoff had engaged in “a consistent course of corrupt conduct.”
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Feds Shed Light on Bizzare Bank Heist

Brian Wells/FBI photo

Brian Wells/FBI photo

A pizza delivery guy who said he was forced into robbing a bank wasn’t delivering the truth, feds say.

By Sean D. Hamill
New York Times
ERIE, Pa. – In one of the most bizarre crimes in recent memory, a pizza deliveryman walked into a bank near here five years ago and gave a teller a note saying a bomb strapped to his neck and torso would detonate if he was not given money.
The man, Brian D. Wells, walked out with $8,702, got in his car and was stopped almost immediately by state police troopers. Minutes later, the bomb exploded, killing Mr. Wells.
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