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Disney Secretary Sentenced for Leaking Insider Financial Info

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Disneyland is normally associated with fun and happiness.

Well, ex-Disney secretary Bonnie Hoxie is anything but happy.

A tearful Hoxie was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to four months of home confinement — she could have gotten 4 to 10 months in prison — for leaking inside financial information about Disney to her boyfriend, the New York Daily News reported.

The paper reported that she told the judge she was “blindsided by love” and fell for a phony Prince Charming who ended up getting busted after trying to peddle the insider info to an undercover FBI agent posing as a hedge-fund executive.

“It was completely irresponsible; it was completely bad judgment,” Hoxie, according to the Daily News.

ACLU and Muslims Sue FBI For Spying at Calif. Mosque

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU and a Muslim group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court against the FBI and seven of its agents, alleging that a paid bureau informant violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of Muslims when he infiltrated a California mosque and indiscriminately conducted surveillance, the Washington Post reported.

The lawsuit focuses on informant Craig Monteilh. The suit alleged that he was ordered by his FBI handlers to spy on the group, the Post reported.

The suit seeks class action status and unspecified damages, the Post reported.

“The FBI should be spending its time and resources investigating actual threats, not spying on every American who happens to worship at a mosque,” Peter Bibring, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Southern California said, according to the Post.

FBI officials declined comment, according to the Post.

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Legal Wrangling in ex-Cong. Jefferson’s Conviction Continues; Oral Arguments Set for May

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Nearly six years after the FBI launched a sting and 1 1/2 years after he was convicted on public corruption charges, the legal wrangling goes on and ex-New Orleans Congressman William Jefferson remains a free man.

The latest: Oral arguments for Jefferson’s appeal in the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., have been set for the week of May 10, according to Bruce Alpert of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The paper reports that, according to experts, a three-judge panel could issue a ruling by the summer, but that’s not likely to resolve the matter considering the losing side will appeal that ruling.

Jefferson was convicted in August 2009 of 11 of 16 corruption-related counts and was subsequently hit with a 13 year sentence. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of Alexandria, Va., has allowed Jefferson to remain free pending his appeal.

The paper also reported that the 4th Circuit granted a Justice Department request to allow its attorneys 21,000 words in the appellate brief instead of the normal 14,000 word limit.

Blago Attorneys Move to Bar All FBI Recordings in 2nd Trial

Blagojevich as governor/state photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

We’re starting to enter the Rod Blagojevich Zone when the motions start flowing in, when the news heats up as the second trial approaches for the former Illinois government.

The latest: Blagojevich’s  attorneys  on Monday asked a federal judge in Chicago to bar all FBI wiretapped conversations in trial, saying they are unreliable and out of context, the Associated Press reported.

Lawyers argue that the recordings made days before his Dec. 9, 2008 arrest contain gaps that put things out of context.

The trial, which promises to be another circus, is set for April 20 in downtown Chicago. Blagojevich was convicted in  the first trial on only one of 24 counts — lying to an FBI agent. The case was an embarrassment to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago.

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Ex-Head of Denver FBI Named Director of Colorado’s Public Safety Dept.

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Jim” Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI, who headed the FBI’s Denver office since 2008, has been named the new director of Colorado’s Department of Public Safety, the Associated Press reported.

Davis, who retired from the FBI last month, was named to the post by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who called him “one of the nation’s finest law enforcement officers,” the AP reported.

The public safety department includes the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado State Patrol.

Davis began his career with the FBI in 1985, according to the FBI. Just before heading up the Denver office, he served as Legal Attache in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Weekend Series on Crime History: Ted Bundy

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Program Features Civil Rights Slaying and the FBI Probe

Washington Post Editorial Calls For Congressional Commission to Review Anthrax Investigation

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — RESOLUTION OF THE 2001 anthrax attacks continues to prove elusive.

The Justice Department and the FBI identified Maryland scientist Bruce E. Ivins as having single-handedly carried out the attacks that killed five people and seriously sickened 17 others. The department was on the verge of seeking an indictment in 2008 when Mr. Ivins took his own life.

Doubts lingered about Mr. Ivins’s guilt, in part because the FBI had had its sights on a different Maryland scientist for several years before admitting he was not the culprit. Now, a report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) raises new questions about whether Mr. Ivins was wrongly accused.

The lengthy report cites several instances in which the Justice Department appears to have overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against Mr. Ivins.

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