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Blogger Suggests FBI Has More Info on Decades-old Cop-Killer Case

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Blogger Micah Morrison seeks justice in a decades old cop-killer case, and wants the FBI to reveal any hidden cards.

Last weekend marked 40 years since Police Officer Phillip Cardillo was shot and killed in Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam Mosque No. 7 in Harlem, reports Micah Morrison for the NY Daily News. Morrison, who is working on a book about the incident, is calling on the feds to reopen the recently re-examined, and re-closed, case.

Morrison suggests that the only suspect in Cardillo’s murder, Lewis 17X Dupree,  may have been an FBI informant, and that the whole case, including the fact that it was closed without a conviction, reeks of “betrayal and coverup.”

He reports that in 1976 then-FBI Director Clarence Kelly wrote a letter to Nation of Islam General Counsel Saad El-Amin, declaring “neither the FBI nor any FBI source or informant was in any way connected with the confrontation or events leading up to the confrontation.”

However, FBI docs regarding the case have 6 prominent black-outs under the heading “Sources,” suggesting to Morrison that the FBI has more info that could illuminate the unresolved case.

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3 Convictions for Violation of Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Fourteen years after its namesake’s murders, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is being used to hold three men accountable for hate-fueled violence in Houston.

Three defendants flush with white-supremacist tattoos were convicted Monday in Texas of hate crimes for the violent beating of an African-American man. The assault, which involved kicking and punching in the face, head and body, occurred while the victim waited for a bus in Houston in 2011, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Under Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, enacted in 2009, the assailants face up to 10 years in prison.

“We hope today’s convictions send a powerful public message,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris. “The Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is a tool the FBI will use to aggressively investigate and prosecute hate crimes as felony offenses.”

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Justice Dept. Knew of Flawed Forensic Work; Innocent People May Have Been Convicted

By Spencer S. Hsu
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials have known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people nationwide, but prosecutors failed to notify defendants or their attorneys even in many cases they knew were troubled.

Officials started reviewing the cases in the 1990s after reports that sloppy work by examiners at the FBI lab was producing unreliable forensic evidence in court trials. Instead of releasing those findings, they made them available only to the prosecutors in the affected cases, according to documents and interviews with dozens of officials.

In addition, the Justice Department reviewed only a limited number of cases and focused on the work of one scientist at the FBI lab, despite warnings that problems were far more widespread and could affect potentially thousands of cases in federal, state and local courts.

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FBI Health Instructor Talks About His Job

TSA Officer Pleads to Taking Bribes to Let Drugs Pass Through

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A TSA officer based at Palm Beach, Fla. International Airport pleaded guilty Monday to taking bribes to let drugs pass through airport security.

Christopher Allen, 46, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.,  pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Have, Conn.   to taking payments from a drug trafficker to let large amounts of the prescription drug oxycodone pass through airport security. The drugs were destined for Connecticut for illegal sale.

“This defendant received cash payments to violate his oath of public office and look the other way as large quantities of oxycodone pills passed unlawfully through airport security,” said U.S. Attorney David B. Fein  in a statement. “For obvious reasons, we cannot tolerate corruption within the ranks of those who are entrusted with the responsibility for screening air travelers and their baggage. I commend the DEA Task Force for shutting down a pipeline of highly addictive prescription pills from Florida to Connecticut, and for bringing to justice this federal employee and others who participated in this illegal scheme.”

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FBI Hunts for Killer in Coast Guard Slaying in Alaska

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A murder mystery in Alaska has set the FBI off on a hunt.

Reuters reports that FBI agents are trying to determine who fatally shot two U.S. Coast Guard employees last week at a communications station on Alaska’s Kodiak Island.

“No arrests have been made in connection with the shootings,” FBI agent Eric Gonzalez said, according to Reuters. “We are obviously trying to determine the person responsible for the murders.”

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Second Trial Against Baseball Star Roger Clemens Begins on Monday

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fed prosecutors in D.C. will get a second chance on Monday to try and convict baseball great Roger Clemens of lying to Congress about using performance enhancing drugs after the screwing up big time the first time around.

Jury selection begins Monday in D.C. federal court,  just blocks from the Capitol.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton last July declared a mistrial after the prosecution introduced a video which contained evidence Walton had barred.

Some had thought the judge would not grant a new trial.

The government came under criticism by some, saying it was wasting its resources by going after someone like Clemens. But others argued that people who lie before Congress should be punished.

 

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Weekend Series on Crime: Author Tim Weiner Talks About Hoover and the FBI

http://youtu.be/mRL7hVLdItE