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Nevada Man Charged With Running Internet Group on How to Kill Stockton, Calif. Police

stockton-policeBy Rachel Leven
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors say George Jacobsen went far beyond the boundaries of freedom of speech with his MSN Internet group that focused on killing Stockton, Calif. Police officers.

A federal indictment charged the former Stockton resident with creating and managing the MSN group “Ways2KillAStocktonPolice Officer” and “StocktonCityWatch”, which included postings of threatening messages.

“Any time an officer is threatened is a serious matter. However, the defendant’s outrageous online threats to kill Stockton police officers and their children is beyond the pale and worthy of every day he is confined in federal prison,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown in a prepared statement.

Specifically, Jacobsen, 46, of Reno, Nev., faces four counts of transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce. He could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jacobsen ” created a photo album on ‘Ways2KillAStocktonPoliceOfficer’ entitled ‘hit list’, with photographs of police officers that included messages.” The indictment was announced late last week.

” He created numerous links on that web group which included: ” ’22 Ways to kill a Stockton Police Officer with your hands’, ‘Police Officers Home Address And family info’; ‘How to blow up a police car’, ‘The Joy of Killing Young Republicans’, ‘Revenge on Police officers Children at college’, ’10 Ways To Kill A Police Officer’,  ‘Kill a Cop’, and ‘Stockton Police Officers Damned to Hell’,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

Authorities say he focused his death threats specifically on at least four police officers.

The FBI investigated the case with the help of the Stockton Police.

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Man Who Threatened Pres. Obama Gets 10 Months of House Arrest

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 21-year-old Texas man man who pleaded guilty in May to sending emails threatening the life of President Obama  eight days before the inauguration, will get 10 months of probation under house arrest, the Associated Press reported.

A Denver judge on Friday gave Timothy Ryan Gutierrez the sentence that also included about a $1,500  payment to the security of the  Mall of America in Minnesota. His emails. which were sent from Colorado to the FBI in Washington, threatened Obama and said that he had planted bombs outside the mall, AP reported.

He could have gotten up to 18 months in prison.

Washington Post Columnists Suggests We’ve Gone Over the Top on Providing Security for Folks Like FBI Dir. Mueller

Have we gone overboard in providing protection for society’s notables? Washington Post columnist David Ignatius suggests we have.

Robert Mueller III

Robert Mueller III

By David Ignatius
Washington Post Columnist
WASHINGTON — It was an unsettling image: Arrayed in front of the neighborhood barbershop last week were four burly men with the characteristic earpieces and bulky suits that marked them as security officers.

Inside, gracing the barber’s chair, was the well-trimmed director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert Mueller.

Perhaps in today’s Washington, the FBI director truly needs a security detail to protect him when he gets a haircut.

But I wonder. From my vantage, the blatant obviousness of his bodyguards only called attention to him. At the grocery store across the street, he was the talk of the checkout line. “Who’s over at the barbershop?” “The FBI guy, what’s-his-name.” “No way!” People were coming out just to look.

Protecting our public servants is important, to be sure. But we have gotten so cranked up about security in the United States that senior officials travel in cocoons, as if they are under constant threat.

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Seattle Bank Teller Nabs Robber and Gets Fired

Sure it seems dangerous for a bank teller to track down a bank robber. But it also seems unfair to fire someone for doing that. If banks are so obsessed with sound policy, why did they get involved in so many reckless hoPistolme loans and sub-prime mortgages?

By Jennifer Sullivan
Seattle Times
SEATTLE — Jim Nicholson knew he should have just handed over the cash.

But when the thin man in a beanie cap, dark clothing and sunglasses pushed a black backpack across the bank counter and demanded money, Nicholson says his instincts took over.

After more than two years working as a teller at the Key Bank branch in Lower Queen Anne, Nicholson clearly understood the bank’s strict policy of quickly complying with robbers’ demands and avoiding confrontation.

Instead, Nicholson threw the bag to the floor, lunged toward the robber and demanded to see a weapon. Surprised, the would-be bank robber backed up and then bolted for the door, with Nicholson on his heels.

Nicholson, 30, chased the man for several blocks before knocking him to the ground with the help of a passer-by. Nicholson then held him until police arrived.

That was Tuesday.

On Thursday, Nicholson was fired.

In a state that consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally in bank robberies, what Nicholson did was not only ill-advised, according to police and the FBI, it was all but unheard of. Bank tellers are trained to get robbers out the door as quickly as possible and are advised against being a hero over money that’s federally insured.

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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Who Monitored Detroit Police Hires Ex-Fed Prosecutor as Her Lawyer

Vincent Cohen Jr./law firm photo

Vincent Cohen Jr./law firm photo

This case is not going away and Sheryl Robinson Wood has figured that out. Don’t be surprised to see the FBI push for an all out criminal probe.
By JOE SWICKARD
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — Ousted Detroit police monitor Sheryl Robinson Wood has hired a former prosecutor as questions swirl around her relationship with ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, her oversight of lagging police reforms and six-figure monthly fees.

Wood, who was removed a week ago when the FBI uncovered text messages indicating undisclosed meetings and communications with Kilpatrick, chose Vincent Cohen Jr., who said Wood looks forward to quickly clearing her name.

Authorities are weighing investigations of Wood’s tenure and the slow pace of reforms.

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Judge in Miss. Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice; Lied to FBI Agents

Bobby DeLaughter was a hero and did great things as a prosecutor. Will this erase his legacy?

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

By Jerry Mitchell
Jackson Clarion Ledger
ABERDEEN, Miss. – He wore the suit of an acclaimed prosecutor before donning the robe of a well-respected judge. Now Bobby DeLaughter expects to wear the uniform of a prison inmate.

Hours after resigning his $104,000-a-year job as Hinds County circuit judge, DeLaughter, 55, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Under his plea agreement, he would serve 18 months in prison and wouldn’t have to cooperate with federal authorities in their continuing investigation. No date has been set for sentencing.

Under the agreement, DeLaughter’s remaining four counts of mail fraud conspiracy and involvement in a bribery scheme would be dismissed.

But if U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson rejects the plea deal, DeLaughter can withdraw his guilty plea and go on trial. His trial had been set for Aug. 17.

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Are Feds Hyping Latest Terrorism Case in N.C. ?

It’s often hard to tell just how threatening some of the home grown groups are. And at what point do they clearly become a threat and a terrorist? Is there such a thing as waiting too long to find out?

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By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON — The feds have been hyping their domestic terrorism cases for several years now, and the arrest of seven North Carolina men this week appears to be no exception.

The headliners in the case, of course, are ordinary folks Daniel Patrick Boyd and his two sons, who prosecutors say led three lives: good family men, likeable neighbors and secret terrorists.

The father’s path to terrorism began in 1989, according to the indictment unsealed this week, when Daniel Boyd “travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he received military style training in terrorist training camps for the purpose of engaging in violent jihad.”

During 1989 and 1991, they say, “Boyd fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union.”

He would have been 19 at the time, all of which a former CIA station chief in Pakistan, Milt Bearden, finds odd.

“The Afghans didn’t need much help,” said Bearden. They accepted Arabs like Osama Bin Laden because they brought money, or miscreants that the Gulf States emptied from their jails, he said, but “their fondest hope was that they would step on a landmine.”

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Let the Deliberations Begin: Jurors in Jefferson Case Deliberate 4 Hours

America's Most Famous Freezer

America's Most Famous Freezer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The jury in the public corruption trial of ex-Rep. William Jefferson deliberated for about four hours Thursday and is set resume Friday morning, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

With 16-criminal counts to consider, a verdict isn’t likely to come before early next week. The jurors will have to consider evidence in the six-plus weeks of trial that included testimony from more than 40 witnesses, FBI tape recordings of Jefferson and reams of documents.

Jefferson, a Harvard educated lawyer and a 9-term Congressman, who was once considered unbeatable, lost his bid for re-election last year. His wife and five daughters sat in on the closing arguments in Alexandria, Va. on Wednesday.

The case became best known for the $90,000 in marked FBI bills that FBI agents found in Jefferson’s freezer during a raid on Aug. 3, 2005 (freezer pictured above).

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