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Missouri State Lawmaker Chucks Career for $2,100 Bribe

Talibdin El-Amin/state photo

Talibdin El-Amin/state photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

St. Louis’ top FBI agent Roland J. Corvington put it most succinctly after Wednesday’s federal sentencing of Missouri state lawmaker Talibdin El-Amin.

“Mr. El-Amin threw away his political career for $2100.”

The state House representative from the 57th Missouri District was sentenced in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to 18 months in prison for taking $2,100 in bribes.

According to court documents, and statements made in court, authorities said El-Amin, 38, solicited a cash bribe from a local businessman in exchange for promises to intervene with St. Louis city officials about the businessman’s gas station.

“We hope this serves as a clear message that public servants are elected to serve the people, not themselves,” the FBI’s Corvington said in a prepared statement. .”

Courtney Evans — FBI Liaison to Hoover and the Kennedys — Dies at Age 95

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A historic link to the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover and JFK and Robert Kennedy is gone.

Courtney A. Evans, 95, a high ranking FBI official who was a liaison between Hoover and the Kennedy’s, died last month of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Naples, Fla., the Washington Post reported.

The Post reported that the veteran FBI agent became friendly with the Kennedys in the 1950s and  became the bureau’s assistant director in the early 1960s.

“His job landed him in the middle of a power struggle between the autocratic Hoover and a new administration determined to rein in Hoover’s authority, said Athan G. Theoharis, a retired professor at Marquette University, who is a historian of the FBI’s Hoover years,” the Post reported.

“Evans found himself in this very difficult position,” Theoharis said, according to the Post.”He briefed the attorney general, but it wasn’t always clear that he fully informed the attorney general of FBI practices — and there was some indication that Kennedy was party to a ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ [attitude]. Even so, Evans became persona non grata in the bureau.”

He resigned from the FBI in 1964 and eventually was a founding partner in a D.C. law firm, the Post reported.

To read the full obituary click here.

FBI Probe into Illegal Steroids Broke New Ground

Arizona Border Patrol Agent Shoots and Kills Illegal Immigrant

arizona-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border patrol agent in southern Arizona on Monday shot and killed an illegal immigrant who allegedly threw rocks at the agent, the Associated Press reported.

Attributing information to Border Patrol spokesman Omar Candelaria, AP reported that the incident happened when the agent and his dog encountered the illegal immigrant outside of Douglas, Az. and the man started throwing rocks.

The agent fired his gun and killed the man, the AP reported. The incident is under investigation by the Border Patrol, Cochise County Sheriff’s Department and FBI.

AFTERNOON UPDATE

Head of Newark FBI Weysan Dun to Take Charge of Omaha Division

Dun Weysan/fbi photo

Weysan Dun/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Weysan Dun, who has headed the FBI’s Newark office, is leaving the east coast for the Midwest where he’ll take charge of  the Omaha Division, the FBI announced Monday.

Dun started out with the FBI in 1982 and worked in the San Francisco, Omaha, and Chicago Divisions, where he specialized in national security, high technology theft, extremist, and violent crime investigations, the FBI said.

In 1988, he came to the mothership in D.C. as a supervisory special agent of the National Security Division.

In 1991, he became a supervisory senior resident agent in the Hartford, Conn. office.

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Ex-Army Ranger Pleads to Hiring Undercover FBI Agent to Kill Seattle Fed Prosecutor Who Sent Him to Prison

seattleBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fair to say that former Army Ranger Luke Sommer has some issues.

Sommer,  who is serving a 24 year sentence for masterminding a 2006 bank robbery in Washington state, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle  to trying to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill a Seattle assistant U.S. Attorney who helped send him to prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He also pleaded guilty to attacking his co-defendant in prison with a knife.

The U.S. Attorney Office said, according to a press release, that” on two occasions in March 2009, SOMMER offered an undercover FBI task force officer as much as $20,000 for murdering an Assistant United States Attorney. Law enforcement was alerted to SOMMER’s interest in hiring a hit man in January 2009, barely a month after SOMMER was sentenced. SOMMER moved forward with the plot in March 2009, when he tried to hire the undercover officer telling him he wanted news reports of the hit to reflect that it was ‘murder not an accident.'”

Under a plea agreement, the 22-year-old will get an additional 20 years — certainly enough time to work on some of his issues.

“Any attempt to harm those working in law enforcement, is an attack on the justice system — a pillar of our democracy,” Seattle  U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement. “We take all threats and violence against law enforcement and court staff very seriously, and will fully prosecute those responsible. As we have in this case, we will seek significant punishment.”

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Two Get Prison Time for Breaking Into Calif. FBI Agent’s Garage

yorba linda mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Burglary isn’t the wisest career path. But burglarizing an FBI agent’s home — well, that’s just downright dumb.

Jeffrey Michael Drach, 20, and Justin Wesley Case, 21, were each sentenced Monday to two years in prison for the November burglary of the agent’s Yorba Linda, Calif. garage, the Orange County Register reported.

The agent, only identified by the District Attorney’s Office as  “James M.”,  caught the men inside the Orange County garage around 2 a.m., identified himself as law enforcement and ordered them to stop, the paper reported.

As they fled in a pickup, the agent fired shots, but no one was injured, the paper said. Authorities found the pickup two miles away. Two other suspects tied to the case are under investigation.

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D.C. Gun Sting Had its Tense Moments; FBI and ATF Assisted

handgun-photoD.C. police are partially crediting this sting with the record low  homicide rate. The D.C. police worked with the FBI, which wired the store and ATF, which traced the guns.

By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — The three young men dressed in black walked into the Northeast auto body shop, talking fast, eager to make a deal: They had guns to sell.

Sgt. Dale Sutherland and Detective Franklyn Then sensed danger as one young man pulled out a silver handgun, unloaded the clip and laid it on the desk. Another kept his hand behind his back, and the third nervously stretched his arms above his head.

Ten officers and federal agents were on alert nearby in case of trouble. But Sutherland and Then were momentarily vulnerable. A phony storefront sting designed by D.C. police to build felony drug and weapons cases seemed on the verge of a robbery attempt. “They just kind of popped up on us,” said Then, who posed as a criminal middleman trying to ship guns to Mexico. “It didn’t feel good.”

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