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Ex-Rep. William Jefferson of Money-in-the-Freezer Fame Wants Supreme Court To Hear His Case

exRep. Jefferson at sentencing in 2009 /Sketch by Art Lien/NBC News

By Bruce Alpert
New Orleans Times-Picayune

WASHINGTON — in what is likely the last chance to overturn his 13-year prison sentence for public corruption, former Rep. William Jefferson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to schedule arguments on whether the trial judge gave an overly expansive definition of a congressman’s duties.

The question is central, attorneys for Jefferson said in a filing Wednesday, because the congressman was convicted almost entirely on bribery and bribery-related charges that require the government to show the defendant performed an “official act” in return for something of value.

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Judge Rejects Release of FBI Records in 1975 Slayings of Two Agents

 

Leonard Peltier/photo from his website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge blocked a request for FBI records related to the slayings of two agents in South Dakota in 1975, Buffalo News reports.

Seeking the records is Leonard Peltier, who was arrested in connection with the killing of FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler.

Peltier wants to know why Frank DeLuca, the man he was with during the slayings, was never charged and remains free.

“We’re still going to press and push for the release of all documents related to the shadowy figure who used the name Frank Blackhorse,” Peltier’s attorney Michael Kuzma said this week, according to the Buffalo News.

FBI’s Knoxville Headquarters Sold for $31.7 Million

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Florida investment firm purchased FBI regional field office in Knoxville, Tenn., for $31.7 million, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

The four-story building was appealing because the FBI is a responsible landlord and it has environmentally friendly and energy efficient features, broker John Adams said.

The building was originally scheduled to be completed in March 2009 but hit roadblocks, including liens and construction delays.

FBI Probes Link Between Trenton City Hall, Towing Business

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents investigating bribery, fraud, extortion and money laundering at Trenton City Hall are probing the owner of a scrap auto and towing business, the New Jersey Times reports.

Feds investigating Mayor Tony Mack’s administration are examining business dealings the city had with Nedal Abuhumoud, owner of Acres Auto in Hamilton and co-founder of a Trenton scrap yard and towing business, according to the New Jersey Times.

Abuhumoud told the Times he is not part of the investigation and has not been questioned by the FBI.

The news comes a week after agents searched Mack’s home and city hall.

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FBI Sued for Documents Related to Muslim-American Groups and Agent Training

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A government watchdog group is suing the FBI to force the release details of  its contacts with American-Muslim groups that urged the the bureau to stop using certain counter-terrorism materials for agents that they deemed offensive, the Washington Examiner reports.

At issue is a Feb. 8, 2012, meeting between Muslim organizations FBI Director Robert Mueller.

“Our concern is that we have these advocates for terrorists controlling how law enforcement approaches the problem of Islamic terrorism,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told the Examiner.

After complaints that some counter-terrorism training was considered offensive or inaccurate to Muslims, the FBI overhauled its program for field agents.

To address the concerns, the FBI meet with American Muslims.

FBI Probes Link Between Shooter and Adult Dating Website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a potential link between an adult dating website and the man accused in the Aurora, Colo. massacre, the Washington Post reports.

Authorities said they found an account on Adult Friend Finder, called Classicjimbo, that resembles the shooter, James Holmes.

On the account on the site, which is for people to meet potential sex partners, the questioned is posed on Classicjimbo’s account: “Will you visit me in prison?,” according to the Washington Post.

While the account hasn’t been verified,  the idea that Holmes was anticipating a life in prison may be another indication that he was planning an attack.

The account spooked one woman.

“Please do not take it personally if I am hesitant to talk to anyone,” she wrote, according to the Washington Post . “I just found out that someone I friended on this site shot 71 people.”

Appeals Court Revives Discrimination Suit by FBI Supervisor Bassem Youssef

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian-born FBI supervisor, will have another chance to prove he was discriminated against after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Associated Press reports.

A federal appeals court, in a 3-0 vote, revived the workplace discrimination case after a judge in 2008 ruled the case was insufficient because Youssef didn’t suffer materially adverse action at work.

The appeals court will decide whether Youssef was discriminated because of false rumors that his Muslim faith prevented him from following orders in Saudi Arabia and that he had worn traditional head gear, according to the AP.

Youssef says neither is true.

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FBI: Miami Police Sergeant Planted Drugs, Stole Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Miami police sergeant was indicted Thursday on charges that he planted cocaine on a suspect and stole drugs and money from dealers, The Miami Herald reports.

The FBI said Raul Iglesias schemed with a former detective, Roberto Asanza, to steal cocaine and use it to pay off a confidential informant. Asanza received one year of probation in an agreement to testify against Iglesias.

Iglesias, 40, an 18-year veteran of the department, is expected to appear before a federal judge today on nine counts that include conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, violating suspects’ civil rights and making false statements, the Miami Herald reported.