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Justice Department’s Head of Criminal Division Lanny Breuer to Resign Soon

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department’s expert on public corruption and financial fraud is leaving the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, head of the criminal division,  is calling it quits,  the Post reports.

Breuer has been praised for aggressively pursuing white-collar crime and beefing up the division’s involvement in money-laundering case.

The Post wrote that Breuer’s “days in office are winding down.”

Breuer used to be a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office, becoming versed in white-collar crimes.

It’s unclear why he’s stepping down.

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Attorney Charged with Orchestrating Murder of FBI Informant on Trial – Again

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Prominent New Jersey attorney Paul Bergrin, who is accused of using his law firm to commit crimes, including drug trafficking, prostitution and the murder of an FBI informant, is on trial in Newark federal court, Reuters reports. 

The trial began Tuesday and is the prosecution’s second attempt at landing a conviction against Bergrin.

The 57-year-old is charged with 24 counts of charges, including orchestrating the 2004 murder of Kemo DeShawn McCray, an FBI informant who was a witness against one of his clients.

The first trial ended in a hung jury in November 2011.

Ohio Woman Sues FBI, Claiming She Was Mishandled Because of Her Ethnicity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

DETROIT — A 36-year-old Ohio woman is suing the FBI and other federal agencies, saying she was removed from a flight in Detroit on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, manhandled, strip-searched and thrown into a dirty cell for more than four hours, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Shoshana Hebshi, who the Free Press describe as half-Jewish and half-Arab, says she and two Indian-American men were yanked from a Frontier Airlines flight after it landed in Detroit.

Federal agents handcuffed the trio, escorted them off the plan and pushed them into vehicles.

The ACLU filed the suit Tuesday in Detroit.

“I was frightened and humiliated,” said Hebshi, a freelance journalist and mother of 7-year-old twins. “As an American citizen and a mom, I’m really concerned about my children growing up in a country where your skin color and your name can put your freedom and liberty at risk at any time.”

Prince William County, hoping to be home to FBI’s New Headquarters, to Get New Firing Range

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It’s not the good news Prince William County has been waiting for, but it’s a good step.

The county, which is a candidate for a new FBI headquarters, will be home to a new firing range for law enforcement, including federal agents, the Washington Business Journal reports.

The FBI gave the county $150,000 to get the effort moving, the Journal wrote.

Under an agreement between the FBI and county, the bureau wants permission to use the facility, but not until the existing range, which is old and cramped, is replaced.

The Journal wrote that the funding will pay for two 50-point handgun ranges and a rifle range.

Border Patrol Urges Locals to Help Track Down Elusive Drug Smugglers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Not even 39-foot-high speed boats with 1,200 horsepower is enough for Border Patrol to hunt down all smugglers along the U.S. coast 36 miles north of Tijuana, Mexico, Fox News reports.

Agents are now asking for local residents to help in the hunt.

“We are actively pursuing this and we are asking for the public’s help because we can’t be everywhere,” agent Edward Cleary said during a Del Mar City Council meeting on Jan. 14, according to The Coast News.

The feds need more eyes looking out for boats that drop off drugs along the coast to getaway trucks, Fox News wrote.

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ACLU Lashes Out at FBI for Refusing to Release Details of Warrantless GPS Spying

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU is incensed that the FBI won’t hand over details of how agents have used warrantless GPS trackers on cars to monitor suspects, Salon.com reports.

Responding to a request for public information, the FBI redacted virtually every word from the records, saying the information is privileged, Salon.com reports.

The ACLU wants to see other tracking methods used by federal agents following a Supreme Court ruling that determined GPS trackers require a search warrant. The group also wants to know how the FBI plans to retrieve GPS trackers already on cars.

“The Justice Department’s unfortunate decision leaves Americans with no clear understanding of when we will be subjected to tracking—possibly for months at a time—or whether the government will first get a warrant,” wrote Catherine Crump, an ACLU staff attorney.

Editorial: Immigration Reform Heads in More Sensible Direction

Deseret News
Editorial

Utah is deporting fewer people, and that’s a good thing.

In 2012, requests for deportation were down by 25 percent from 2011, and current trends predict a similar downturn this year. Scarce resources in the judicial system account for some of this, but there are other factors at work that suggest a more pragmatic approach to immigration going forward.

It’s worth noting that one of the reasons fewer people are being deported is that there are fewer illegal immigrants to deport. The vast majority of people who enter the country illegally are doing so to improve their personal circumstances, and the wobbly recovery has dried up the economic incentives that enticed border crossers in years past. Our immigration system ought to include avenues to accommodate those who want to cross our borders simply to seek a better life. Harsh remedies like deportation ought to be reserved for those who enter the country illegally with more nefarious purposes in mind.

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Just Paranoid or For Real? Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Says the FBI Tried Killing Him

Marion Barry/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Marion Barry, the former D.C. mayor who know sits on the city council, is unquestionably an interesting character.

Now add this:

U.S. News reports that Barry said he believes the FBI tried killing him on Jan. 18, 1990, when he was arrested for crack cocaine possession in a sting operation in which Barry was caught smoking crack in a hotel room with his ex-girlfriend Rasheeda Moore.

“The FBI had a mind to entrap me, also the FBI tried to kill me by having some substance that wasn’t proven to be crack,” Barry told U.S. News in a phone interview.

“They had an EMT on the spot, which is not only unusual but rare in history of the FBI,” Barry noted as he offered evidence to support his claim that the FBI attempted to kill him. “Why would they have an EMT on the scene if they weren’t trying?”

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