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Former Trainer Wants FBI Records in Civil Suit Against Roger Clemens

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former Yankees trainer suing former pitching superstar Roger Clemens for slander wants to use FBI records in the civil defamation case, the New York Post reports.

The trainer, Brian McNamee, claims in Brooklyn federal court that Clemens “intended to deceive the public and Congress into falsely believing that McNamee is a liar,” according to the Post.

McNamee is requesting FBI notes of an interview with Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte.

McNamee intends to take sworn depositions from Clemens, Pettitte and their wives, the Post reported.

FBI’s Global Crackdown on Music, Movie Sharing Hits a Snag

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New Zealand court delivered a blow to the FBI’s global crackdown on copyright theft, ruling Thursday that a search warrant used to raid the mansion of the suspected kingpin of an Internet piracy ring was illegal, Reuters reports.

The FBI accuses Megaupload.com operator Kim Dotcom, of Germany, of netting $175 million since 2005 by copying and distributing movies, music and other copyrighted content.

Dotom’s lawyer said the website was only for online storage, not swapping unauthorized music or movies.

High Court Judge Justice Helen Winklemann said the warrants used to seize property from Dotcom’s house were illegal because they did not adequately describe the offenses.

FBI Probes Cause of Huge Colorado Fire

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining local authorities in trying to determine what caused the Colorado wildfires that swept through Waldo Canyon, the Denver Post reports.

The fire started near a popular hiking area west of Colorado Springs.

Authorities aren’t sure what caused the fire or whether it was intentionally set, the Post reported.

Federal Judge Delivers Victory to Florida Gov. Scott in Voting Purge Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Florida’s controversial plan to purge ineligible voters from the rolls does not violate federal law, a judge said Wednesday in denying a U.S. Department of Justice request for an emergency restraining order, the New York Times reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jinkle said federal laws do not prevent states from removing ineligible voters from its rolls.

The judge also criticized the state and federal governments for failing to come together in search of a solution.

Federal officials claim Florida’s purging plan is likely to remove eligible voters from the rolls.

Florida started the effort after identifying about 182,000 names of potential noncitizens.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Credit Card Sting Nets Arrest of 24

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two dozen people were arrested in 13 countries following a two-year FBI sting designed to catch credit card thieves, the New York Times reports.

The FBI created a website that appeared to contain credit card numbers and software to spy on computers so authorities could capture hackers, according to the Times.

“These guys represent the complete ecosystem of Internet fraud,” said one senior law enforcement official who requested anonymity because of the confidentiality of the investigation. “We drew them out of the shadows with the Web site as bait.”

The idea was to crack down on the increasing number of hackers who are obtaining credit card numbers and often selling them overseas.

FBI Investigating Whether NYPD Cop is Part of Burglary Crew

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Obviously, this NYPD cop was on the wrong side of the line.

The New York Daily News reports that the FBI is investigating whether Detective Rafael (Ray) Astacio is part of a burglary crew.

He was caught last month breaking into a Long Island home.

To read more click here.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Congressman Says He Knows of No Immunity for Mobster Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By O’Ryan Johnson
Boston Herald

BOSTON — The Indiana congressman who led the 2003 federal probe of corrupt ties between James “Whitey” Bulger and the FBI said he has seen no evidence of any immunity deal with the South Boston mobster — and doubts any exists.

“I can’t remember anything that would say Whitey Bulger had carte blanche as far as immunity is concerned,” said Republican Dan Burton, past chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “I would know if that happened, and I never saw anything like that.”

Bulger’s lawyer, J.W. Carney, claimed on Monday that a deal had been struck long ago granting Bulger immunity for all charges in the indictment, including his alleged role in 19 murders. Carney said in court papers the agreement, as well as the identity of the person who made it, would be revealed in the future.

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Robert Foley Tapped to Head Up Detroit FBI

Robert Foley/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

Robert D. Foley, a native of Massachusetts with a law degree, who has investigated everything from counterterrorism to gangs to drugs and police corruption, will become the new head of the Detroit FBI, Deadline Detroit has learned.

Foley is currently the special agent in charge of the Administrative Division for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. He joined the FBI in 1996.

Foley replaces Andrew Arena, who retired at the end of May to become head of the Detroit Crime Commission. Todd Mayberry, the agent who served as interim head of the Detroit division after Arena left, died earlier this month due to complications from liver cancer at age 41.

A formal public announcement on the appointment of Foley has yet to be made.

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