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Wounded Army Veteran Justin Slaby Awarded $75,000 in Damages for Lawsuit Against FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Army veteran who sued the FBI after saying the bureau removed him from a training academy because of his prosthetic left hand was awarded $75,000 in damages Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

The federal jury in Alexandria determined Justin Slaby, whose hand was blown off by a grenade during a military training accident in 2004, was capable of performing his duties in spite of his disability.

Slaby’s attorney said his client plans to still become a special agent.

“It’s a historical case,” said John Griffin, one of the lawyers who represented Slaby. “A jury has now spoken and said people should be evaluated on their abilities and not on their appearances and not on what happened to them during a war.”

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No Verdict in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case During Second Day of Deliberations

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury will resume deliberations today in the racketeering and murder trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger after submitting five questions for the judge, CNN reports.

The eight men and four women wanted to know whether they needed to vote unanimously on 33 “predicate” acts in one of the federal racketeering charges.

To be sure, there are a lot of charges to peruse. Bulger, 83, is charged with racketeering, murder, money laundering and 13 counts of extortion.

Father to Speak Out about Chechen Son Killed During FBI Interrogation in Orlando

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The father of the Chechen man who was fatally shot during an FBI interview in Orlando plans to speak out  Tuesday at a press conference, The Orland Sentinel reports

Abdulbaki Todashev recently traveled from Russia to the U.S. in search of answers about his son, Ibragim Todashev, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombers.

The FBI has refused to release any details about the fatal shooting during an interrogation at Todashev’s home in May.

During the press conference, Todashev plans to update the public on what he has learned and the status of a separate investigation by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Sentinel reported.

 

FBI Arrests Two South Florida Mayors on Extortion Bribery, Kickback Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI arrested not one – but two – mayors in South Florida on bribery-related charges, the Associated Press reports.

On Tuesday, feds took into custody Sweetwater Mayor Manuel “Manny” Marono and Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi.

Both are accused of separate kickback and bribery schemes using federal grants.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered suspensions for both mayors.

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Murder, Racketeering Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Begins Second Day of Deliberations

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jurors in the murder and racketeering trial of suspected mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will deliberate for the second day after both sides delivered their closing remarks Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murders and wreaking havoc in Boston as the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang. He faces dozens of charges.

Deliberations ended for the day Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and are expected to pick back up this morning.

Families of the victims didn’t stray far from the courtroom so they don’t miss the verdict being read.

“I feel relaxed, at ease with it, that it’s at the end and we’re here,” Steve Davis, whose 26-year-old sister Debra Davis was allegedly strangled by Bulger in 1981, told the Globe. “But it’s going to be nail-biting, jaw-crunching stress waiting for them to come back and wondering what they’re going to come back with.”

FBI Is Spying on Terrorism and Child Porn Suspects by Hacking Computers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is in the business of hacking computers.

Kind of. NBC reports that the FBI is installing malware and spyware on computers belonging to suspected terrorists or pedophiles, which allows agents to send a virus or other malware to spy on the suspects.

The hacking is so sophisticated that the FBI can switch on the webcam without the user ever knowing it, privacy activists said.

“In the last few years the FBI has created a team that has solely focused on delivering what we call malware — viruses and worms — to people’s computers to get control of them,” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, told NBC News.

The FBI declined to comment for the story.

Deliberations Reach Second Day in Discrimination Suit Involving Missing Arm

Justin Slaby

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jurors may decide as early as today whether Army Ranger Justin Slaby, who had his arm blown off, was unfairly denied a job with the FBI because of his prosthetic arm, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Deliberations of the eight-person jury began Tuesday.

Slaby, 30, says he was fired after the FBI discovered he had a prosthetic arm.

In the trial, the FBI’s attorneys contended Slaby’s prosthetic arm was a hindrance.

Slaby said he performed well on the tests and was unfairly discriminated against.

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Chechen Father Arrives in U.S. to Sue FBI Over Death of His Son in Orlando

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of the Chechen man killed during an FBI interview at his home in Florida is suing the bureau for the wrongful death of his 27-year-old son, Time reports.

Abdulbaki Todashev, who lives in Chechnya, arrived in Tampa Monday to begin filing the suit with the help of the ACLU.

Todashev’s son, Ibragim, was killed while being interrogated by the FBI on May 22.

The son was being interrogated about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect when he was killed.

The FBI has refused to say what happened.

“He was shot seven times,” his father told Time. “In the heart and in the head. What is that if not murder?”