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Closing Arguments to Begin Today in Texas Voter ID Law Trial

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Judges who will determine the fate of Texas’ controversial voter ID law are to hear closing arguments in the case today after both sides wrapped up testimony Thursday.

During the hearing, some experts testified that the law, which would require voters to show a valid ID, would disproportionately affect minorities. Lawyers for Texas countered that there is no evidence to make such a claim.

The Justice Department claims the new law violates the Voting Rights Act, which was designed to protect minority voting rights.

The judges expect to make a decision before November’s election.

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Legal Experts Say Louie Freeh’s Penn State Report is Lacking

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some legal experts criticize former FBI director Louis Freeh for not delving deeper into the past of accused molester Jerry Sandusky while investigating the Penn State University sex-abuse scandal, The New York Daily News reports.

Freeh’s report, which was released Thursday, didn’t explore Sandusky’s relationship with children prior to 1998, when the mother of one of Sandusky’s victims told police that the then-defensive coordinator fondled her boy in the shower.

But some legal experts say Freeh should have investigated Sandusky’s time at The Second Mile, his charity for disadvantaged kids that dates back to 1977.

“We know Sandusky used Second Mile to draw together children from precarious situations, and those are the kids who predators target,” Marci Hamilton, professor at New York’s Cardozo School of Law, told the Daily News. “Given the science of sexual abuse, we know Sandusky didn’t start in 1998, when he was in his mid-50s.”

FBI: No Evidence That George Zimmerman Is a Racist

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI found no evidence that accused murderer George Zimmerman was racist when he shot an unarmed black teen in Florida, according to new documents released Thursday, Reuters reports.

FBI agents investigating whether race was a factor in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin interviewed police and Zimmerman’s boss, friends, neighbors and others.

In an interview with the FBI, Sanford Police Detective Christopher Serino said he did not believe the shooting was motivated by racial prejudice.

It was Travyon’s attire – a hoodie – that appears to have prompted Zimmerman to confront an unarmed Martin.

Zimmerman “took it upon himself to view Martin as acting suspicious,” Serino said, adding that members of local gangs often wear hooded sweatshirts.

Dozens of Outlaws Motorcycle Club Members Arrested in Indiana

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents swept across Indiana on Wednesday in search of 43 members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club to face charges that remain sealed, The Indianapolis Star reports.

Calling it the largest federal bust of alleged gang activity in Indiana, a task force of hundreds of agents helped arrest dozens of bikers.

Earlier in the week, U.S. marshals served arrest warrants to gang members and associates accused of racketeering and mail fraud.

The bike club has a recent history of arrests for assault, racketeering and conspiracy to commit violence.

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Louie Freeh Report: Penn State’s Top Leaders Covered Up for Sandusky for 14 Years

 
By Allan Lengel and Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In a damning report that confirms what many suspected, an independent investigation, led by ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh found that top leaders at Pennsylvania State University, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, tried covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children for 14 years.

The findings of the panel’s 162-page report was released Thursday.

“The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,” Freeh commented on Thursday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Freeh concluded that PSU leaders “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”

In fact, Paterno and top PSU officials offered Sandusky a job indefinitely in 1999, a year after they were informed of him groping an 11-year-old boy in the shower, according to DeadSpin.com.

Freeh also faults Penn State’s sports culture, saying witnesses and victims feared the power of the football program and its coaches, the LA Times reported.

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FBI to Release Interviews in George Zimmerman Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Prosecutors plan to release FBI interviews Thursday in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The interviews are expected to shed more light on the man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin while he was walking home from a store in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26.

The FBI, which became involved following complaints that Sanford Police conducted a racially biased investigation, interviewed Martin’s ex-girlfriend, police officers, gun shop and neighbors, among others.

Zimmerman claims self-defense when he shot Martin on a sidewalk in Zimmerman’s neighborhood.

FBI, Justice Department Reviewing Potentially Flawed Forensic Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Justice Department are launching an unprecedented review of forensic evidence in thousands of criminal cases to ensure no one was wrongly convicted since at least 1985, the Washington Post reports.

The sweeping review includes rape, murder and robbery cases conducted by all FBI Laboratory hair and fiber examiners, people familiar with the process told the Washington Post.

The investigation comes after the newspaper in April reported that Justice Department officials knew of potentially flawed convictions based on bad forensic work.

“The Department and the FBI are in the process of identifying historical cases for review where a microscopic hair examination conducted by the FBI was among the evidence in a case that resulted in a conviction,” spokeswoman Nanda Chitre said in a statement to the Washington Post. “We have dedicated considerable time and resources to addressing these issues, with the goal of reaching final determinations in the coming months.”

Justice Department to Protect Against Leaks of Economic Data

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Worried about the impact on leaked, sensitive economic date, the FBI helped convince the U.S. Labor Department to tighten control of the information, Reuters reports.

A Labor Department study suggests some financial institutions had access to the agency’s press room before the economic reports were made public.

The information is important because it triggers swings in the stock and bond markets. Early access gives investors an edge, Reuters reported.

The Justie Department expressed concern about media agencies leaking the information to others before the information was to be released.