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Lawyer Accuses Feds of Misconduct in Gambino Crime Family Case

mafia33By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A defense lawyer is accusing the feds of misconduct,  alleging in federal court in New York that authorities helped promote teen prostitution, a crime the Gambino Crime family is accused of, the New York Times reports.

The paper reports federal authorities have charged the crime family with sex trafficking with girls as young as 15. The prosecutors at one point called it ”a new low for the Gambino family.”

But defense attorney Gerald J. McMahon, who represents one of 14 defendants in the case, said in newly filed court papers that one person operating the sex ring, who was a convicted sex abuser “had a cooperation agreement as a federal witness,” the New York Times reports.

”A reasonable person might wonder,” Mr. McMahon wrote, according to the Times, ”whether the government — in its zeal to make a racketeering case against the Gambino family — allowed a 15-year-old girl to be shamefully and criminally exploited.” He’s asked that the case be dismissed for “outrageous government misconduct.”

Federal prosecutors, declined comment and had yet to respond to the filing, the Timews reported.

FBI spokesman James Margolin, an F.B.I. spokesman in New York, told the Times: ”This office would not — and did not — approve of any criminal activity involving a minor, much less the sexual exploitation of a minor.”

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Column: Reporter Bashes NY Times For Bashing FBI

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. Kessler has authored several books including “The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI”.

Ronald Kessler

Ronald Kessler

By Ronald Kessler
Newsmax.com

When it comes to the FBI, The New York Times has the same story line: The bureau is either incompetent, over-reactive, or spying on innocent Americans.

In most cases, the paper manages to convey those points by omitting key facts or downplaying them. For example, in revealing President Bush’s NSA intercept program, the paper used such trigger words as “eavesdropping” and “domestic spying” to suggest a massive program with sinister motives. Not until the 22nd paragraph did the story say that the intercept program targeted only calls with an overseas nexus.

But the Times reached a new low with a story this week by Shaila Dewan. Headlined “Despite FBI Fanfare, Time Runs Out on Cold Civil Rights Cases,” the story suggested that the FBI is not aggressively pursuing unsolved civil rights cases from years ago.

The story cited Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ declaration in February 2007 that the FBI had started the Cold Case Initiative to bring to justice the perpetrators of civil rights crimes. Since then, there have been no federal indictments, the paper said.

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FBI Info Tech Manager Gets 46 Months in Prison for Child Porn

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A 65-year-old Information Technology Program manager for the FBI was sentenced Friday  in Alexandria, Va., to 3 years and 10 months in prison for possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Samuel I. Kaplan, 65, of Gainesville, Va., pled guilty to possessing child porn on June 3. Court records show Kaplan, who worked for the FBI in Chantilly, Va., used the FBI’s computer network to “facilitate sexually explicit communications.”

Authorities said Kaplan had on his home computer between 10 to 20 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

State Dept. Contractor Indicted for Leaking Intelligence to Fox News

confidential-photoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– A contract worker for the State Department has been indicted here on charges of unlawfully disclosing national defense information to a national news outlet, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, 43, was charged with leaking the information and lying to the FBI. The indictment was unsealed Friday.

The Associated Press reported that the leak was made to Fox News and it involved information about North Korea.

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ATF Agents Concerned About Justice Dept. Memo About Explosive Cases With FBI

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Some ATF agents are concerned about a recent memo from the Justice Department that tries to correct the  beefing going on between the FBI and ATF over turf, the Washington Post reported.

Acting Deputy Attorney Gen. Gary G. Grindler issued a memo earlier this month saying it was “critically important” for the two agencies to share information so key intelligence isn’t lost, the Post reported. He also said that the FBI should be the lead agency on terrorism related explosive cases and ATF should do the rest.

“It’s very disheartening,” one ATF agent, who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal matters, told the Post. “They won’t hesitate to throw that memo in our face.”

The Post reported that other agents fear there will be “further delays as the FBI decides whether bombings are terrorism-related – and then hands over some cases weeks later to ATF agents who must retrace the FBI’s steps. The agencies use different techniques to investigate bombings.

“Everyone will have to wait for the FBI to make a decision,” ATF agent told the Post. “This gives one agency – the FBI – the ability to control everything.”

The Post reported that FBI associate deputy director T.J. Harrington praised Grindler’s “leadership” and said “both the FBI and ATF are committed to providing their very best in service to the American public. The Deputy Attorney General recognized the unique strengths of our two organizations, and he has reaffirmed our common commitment and goal of ‘One-Team One-Fight’ – keeping the country safe.”

Judge Orders Dallas FBI Agent Detained Pending Trial on Charges of Threatening to Kill Estranged Wife and Head of Dallas FBI

dallas-map1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Dallas FBI agent accused of threatening to kill his estranged wife and the head of the Dallas FBI, Robert E. Casey Jr., will remain behind bars pending trial, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez in Dallas came Thursday after hearing disturbing evidence about Carlos Ortiz, 48, who has been fired by the FBI, the Dallas Morning News reported. The judge found Ortiz was a danger to the community. Ortiz’s wife is an FBI analyst.

“Its a very sad day for law enforcement,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez said, according to the Dallas paper reported.

The paper reported that an FBI assessment concluded that Ortiz was “erratic and dangerous for years.”

The paper reported that the assessment or Ortiz was included in a dismissal letter Ortiz got on Wednesday from the FBI, the same day he was arrested.

“The letter chronicles allegations of spousal abuse and describes a 1992 encounter in which Dallas SWAT officers had to be called when Ortiz barricaded himself in his home over ‘job stress and personal issues’,” the paper reported.

The FBI declined comment, the paper reported. Ortiz had been on unpaid leave for months pending a probe into whether he assaulted his estranged wife., the paper reported.

Ortiz’s father and girlfriend said Ortiz is not a violent person and blamed the matter on the estranged wife, the paper reported.

Brotherly Love? Ex-Gov. Blago Doesn’t Call Brother Hours After Charges Dropped

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice
Ex-Gov on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Perhaps one of the more interesting asterisks surrounding the decision Thursday by prosecutors to drop charges against Robert Blagojevich was that his brother Rod, the very chatty, seldom-at-a-loss for words ex-governor, had not called to congratulate him hours after the announcement, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“When it comes to my brother, I’ve grown accustomed to being an afterthought. So, it’s not a big deal for me,” Robert Blagojevich told the Sun-Times.

The case was dropped against Robert Blagojevich, who had been indicted on four corruption counts. The jury in the first trial deadlocked on all counts. Prosecutors still plan to retry brother Rod, who was convicted on only 1 of 24 counts.

The paper reported that reporters caught Rod Blagojevich on Thursday as he was leaving to go jogging and asked his reaction to the charges being dropped against his brother.

It “was long overdue,” Rod Blagojevich said, according to the Sun-Times.

“What happened to my brother should have never happened, and I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am for my brother and for his family that this nightmare for them is finally over,” he said.

The paper reported that after talking to reporters, Rod Blagojevich called his brother and left a message.

“I still love my brother,” Robert Blagojevich said, according to the Sun-Times. “I know he still loves me. I wish him well and want nothing but the best for him and his family.”

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FBI Agent Arrested on Charges of Threatening to Kill Wife and Head of Dallas FBI

FBI's Robert E. Casey Jr./fbi photo

FBI's Robert E. Casey Jr./fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Suffice to say, FBI agent Carlos Ortiz is in big trouble.

The 48-year-old Dallas agent was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening to kill his estranged wife — also an FBI employee  — and Robert E. Casey Jr., the head of the Dallas FBI, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The paper reported that Casey had placed Ortiz on leave pending an investigation into domestic violence and then fired him.

Ortiz, of Red Oak, Tex., a 21-year veteran  was being held at the Dallas County jail, the paper reported. He is scheduled to make a court appearance in federal court on Thursday on charges of threatening to assault or kill a federal law enforcement officer, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The paper reported that Ortiz allegedly told a friend of his plans to kill his wife and Casey. Ortiz filed for divorce and bankruptcy last year, the paper reported.

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