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Defense Lawyers Claim ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was Never a Rat, Despite Mounting Evidence

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger continued to make the case that their client wasn’t an FBI informant, the Associated Press reports.

Bulger’s attorneys opened their case Tuesday in the murder and racketeering trial of the 83-year-old man accused of participating in 19 murders.

The Associated Press reports that Bulger’s attorneys grilled former FBI supervisor Robert Fitzpatrick, who indicated the reputed mobster denied being an informant.

Still, the FBI kept a file that showed Bulger often shared information on the mob and other criminals. Bulger’s associates also testified that he was an informant and regularly bribed FBI agents for information on investigations.

Student Who Spent Four Days in DEA Holding Cell with No Food, Water to Receive $4.2M Settlement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When DEA agents raided a house in San Diego and found ecstasy pills in April 2012, they placed Daniel Chong in a DEA holding cell.

What happened next cost the Justice Department $4.2 million in a lawsuit settlement that is expected to be announced today, the Associated Press reports.

The 23-year-old, who was not accused of any wrongdoing, spent four days in a DEA holding cell without food or water. He drank his own urine and was covered in feces when agents found him.

Chong was an engineering student at the University of California when he was at a friend’s house who was raided, according to the AP.

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FBI Nabs More than 150 Men for Forcing 105 Teenage Girls into Prostitution

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested more than 150 men over the past few days as part of a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution, the New York Times reports

The men are accused of forcing more than 100 teenage girls – some as young as 13 – into prostitution.

The arrests are part of a Justice Department program called the “Innocence Lost National Initiative,” which aims to end prostitution rings, The Times reported.

Most arrests occurred in Detroit, where 18 pimps were arrested and 10 girls rescued.

The arrests spanned across more than 70 cities.

Ex-Figure in Boston’s Underworld to Testify in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Murder Trial

 
 

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patrick Nee literally wrote the book on mob life.

And despite serious allegations that he was involved in drugs, guns and even helping bury a body, Nee remains free of jail.

The Boston Globe reports that Nee is expected soon to testify in the murder and racketeering trial of reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

The one-time well-known figure in Boston’s underworld has indicated he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

But Bulger’s attorneys said they have no plans to ask self-incriminating questions, the Globe reported.

 

Homeland Security Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security supervisor who has been suspended pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, The Buffalo News reports.

Steven Metz, 41, faces up to 10 years in prison after he was busted with more than 600 images and videos of child porn on his computer. Metz also is accused of sharing them images.

“Some of the files contained sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence, and some of the children shown in the images and videos were prepubescent and under the age of 12,” U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said.

Metz’s attorney said his client is extremely remorseful.

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Senate Overwhelmingly Approves James Comey as Next FBI Director

James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No surprise here.

The Senate, by a vote of 93 to 1 gave the nod Monday to make James Comey the next FBI director. He’ll replace Robert S. Mueller III, who headed the agency for a dozen years, according to the Washington Post.

Comey, 52, was a senior Justice Department official under the Bush administration.

The FBI Agents Association issued a statement in response:

 “FBIAA, representing more than 12,000 active duty and retired Agents, congratulates James Comey on his confirmation by the Senate to be the next FBI Director. There are a number of significant issues facing the Bureau that may affect public safety and national security, including challenges resulting from sequestration and other budget cuts. We look forward to working with Mr. Comey to address these and other challenges.”

 

NYPD Commissioner Kelly Quiet on Whether He’s Interested in Top Homeland Security Post


NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is interested in the top post at Homeland Security, he’s not saying anything about it, CBS New York reports.

Kelly is believed to be on President Obama’s short list to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“I think Ray Kelly is one of the best there is, so he’s been an outstanding leader in New York,” Obama said in an interview last week.

Kelly declined to comment on Obama’s remarks or the prospect of replacing Napolitano.

“I’m flattered by what the president said, but I’m not going to comment further on it,” he said.

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Man Fooled by Fake FBI Warning, Hands Over Computer with Child Porn

Steve Nevling
ticklethewire.com

A 21-year-old man fell for an Internet virus that claimed he owed a fine for looking at child porn. 

When Jay Matthew Riley went to a local police department to pay his fine, he was arrested on multiple charges of child porn, accruing to the Prince William County Police Department, ABC 7 WJLA reports.

Riley told he police he was inquiring about any outstanding warrants related to child pornography after he received an “FBI Warning” on his computer that said he would be investigated if he didn’t pay a fine.

So Riley voluntarily handed over his computer, which authorities said contained inappropriate messages and photos of children.

“We’ve never had a case like this, I’m safe to say that,” says Prince William County Police spokesman Officer Jonathan Perok. “But the nature of what we have here is quite significant and severe.”