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FBI Tried to Help Muslims Get Another Flight In Washington After Getting Booted

Cases To Watch For In ’09

  • By Allan Lengel/ticklethewire.com
  • Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich(Chicago) Now this guy knows how to put on a show. He toured the New York talk show scene while the Illinois Senate was preparing to behead him. Now he’s an ex-gov, but don’t expect him to tone down his act. And don’t expect U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to back down. Of for that matter, Pres. Obama  to replace the Republican-appointed Fitzgerald with a Dem-appointment in midst of this mess. More drama to come. No trial date yet
  • Bernie Madoff

    Bernie Madoff

  • Bernie Madoff(New York) If someone in New York ever decides to sell Bernie Madoff piñatas, they’ll make a fortune. And speaking of fortunes: Where’d Bernie hide all the cash? This story has more drama than a Meryl Streep movie. Expect lots more tears, lots more whining and revelations about lots of rich people – or make that former rich people – some who have been left with as much savings as a 7-11 clerk working his way through college. A Jan. 12 preliminary exam set.
  • Barry Lamar Bonds(San Francisco) – We love him. We hate him. We loved to watch him hit home runs even to the backdrop of fans booing. But will he strike out in court? Trial for perjury and obstruction of justice charges in the steroid scandal is set for March 2.
  • Bernie Kerik

    Bernie Kerik

    Bernie Kerik -(New York) No one has gone from hero to heel quicker than Bernie Kerik – unless maybe you count ex- Sen. John Edwards. Kerik was a centimeter away from becoming Secretary of Homeland Security with the help of a ringing endorsement from pal Rudy Giuliani. Now of days, in the law enforcement field, he’d be lucky to get a security guard job at Popeyes fried chicken on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. He faces charges of tax fraud and making false statements regarding the background checks for his appointment as head of Homeland Security.

  • Rep. William Jefferson

    Rep. William Jefferson

    Ex-Rep. William J. Jefferson(Alexandria, Va.) This public corruption case has had more delays than O’HARE International Airport during a snowstorm. The FBI first raided his home in New Orleans and Washington on Aug. 3, 2005. Then agents raided his office in May 2006 and opened a can of worms that tied them up with a bundle of legal challenges in court. Early on in the case, the Congressman explored a possible plea agreement. It never went very far. Now he’s trying to appeal the government to death. No trial date yet in this bribery-public corruption case. But odds are the trial will finally happen sooner than later. Question is: Is the case as sexy now that Jefferson is an ex-Congressman?

  • Five Blackwater Security Guards (Washington) – The feds say these guys loaded and shot Iraqi citizens like they were in a pinball arcade. The guards say they have a defense. Look for a major knock out, dragged out battle here. These guys obviously know how to fight. We’ll see how their attorneys do. The judge just set jury selection for Jan. 29,  2010. Until then, expect lots of motions and battles in court.
  • Mayor Larry Langford

    Mayor Larry Langford

    Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford – (Birmingham, Ala.) When you see this indictment you might think someone got a little “count” happy. Langford and two co-defendants face a 101-count indictment. It might be easier to count 101 Dalmations. Hard to imagine how long it will take a jury to plow through those counts. Then again, with so many, at least one has got to stick. The mayor faces bribery,fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns at trial, which is set for May 4.

  • John Gotti Jr.

    John Gotti Jr.

    John Gotti Jr.(New York) This wiseguy knows his way around a courtroom, just like dad, who died in prison in 2002. On August 5, he was arrested on conspiracy charges in Florida in connection with a major cocaine ring and the slayings of three New Yorkers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A few months later, the case was transferred to New York, his home turf. A “Sammy the Bull” like-government snitch – just like dad had – could prove troublesome for the cocky Gotti. No trial date set.

  • Rep. Rick Renzi

    Rep. Rick Renzi

    Ex-Rep. Rick Renzi (Tucson) This guy is stealing the playbook from Rep Jefferson, invoking an oddly named law: Speech or Debate Clause. He’s charged in a land swap deal that involves charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, extortion and insurance fraud. His attorneys are filing multiple motions saying that feds violated the Speech or Debate Clause (like Jefferson), which protects speech and documents related to legislative activity. Trial is set for March 24

  • State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

    State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

  • Ex-Mass. State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson – (Boston) It’s never good when the feds have a photo of you slipping some bribe money under your sweater and into your bra. It’s a tough image to shake loose from a juror’s mind during trial. Apparently Wilkerson was the target of an FBI sting in which she allegedly took $23,500 in bribes. She resigned in November. No trial date. A status conference is set for Jan. 22.

Nine Muslims Pulled Off Flight at Reagan National Airport

The endless battle of balancing constitutional rights and security continues. Here’s the latest from Reagan National Airport, a popular hub for Congress.

By Amy Gardner
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Officials ordered nine Muslim passengers, including three young children, off an AirTran flight headed to Orlando from Reagan National Airport yesterday afternoon after two other passengers overheard what they thought was a suspicious remark.
Members of the party, all but one of them U.S.-born citizens who were headed to a religious retreat in Florida, were subsequently cleared for travel by FBI agents who characterized the incident as a misunderstanding, an airport official said. But the passengers said AirTran refused to rebook them, and they had to pay for seats on another carrier secured with help from the FBI.
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Top ticklethewire.com Video of 2008:FBI Agent Infiltrates Mob

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBxsJwLyL10

Immigration Officials Curbing Controversial Drugging of Deportees

The treatment of illegal immigrants remains a controversial issue in the U.S. Here’s the latest issue.

By DIANNE SOLÍS
The Dallas Morning News
DALLAS — Federal immigration officials, over the past year, have dramatically curtailed the controversial practice of sedating deportees with powerful anti-psychotic medication.
The move followed court challenges and a public outcry over the practice, which often involved the use of Haldol, a drug used to treat schizophrenia.
Data collected through Freedom of Information Act requests by The Dallas Morning News show that Immigration and Customs Enforcement sedated only 10 people in the past fiscal year. Haldol was used in only three cases.
Over the past six years, through October, federal immigration personnel sedated 384 deportees, an average of 64 a year, the government disclosed. Of those cases, 356 involved the use of Haldol.
U.S. officials defended the sedation policy but declined to discuss it in detail, including the frequency with which sedation has been used, which led The News to request the information through the Freedom of Information Act.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Probing Fla. Rep. Tim Mahoney (ABC News)

Mobsters, Corrupt Politicians and Terrorists Helped Round Out the Year for the FBI

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – There was the Miami trial of the dirty bomber Joseph Padilla. The New York indictment of 62 mobsters with suspected ties to the Gambino, Genovese or Bonanno crime families. The Washington indictment and conviction of “Uncle Ted” Stevens, the longest serving Repulican senator. The discovery that scientist Bruce Ivins – who later killed himself — was the likely culprit in the anthrax attacks. And of course, there was the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Ahhh, 2008.
It may have been a turbulent and difficult year. But it was anything but boring. To commemorate a year of crime,  the FBI compiled 52 press releases representing its top news stories for each week of the year.
To read them click here.

Former Maryland Restaurant Cook Charged With Spying For Saddam Hussein

Documents unearthed in Iraq are giving investigators insights into who spied for Saddam Hussein. Indictments like this have been popping up around the country.

By CAROLYN THOMPSON
Associated Press Writer

An Iraq-born Canadian citizen who was picked up at the U.S. border last week was charged Monday with conspiring to spy for Saddam Hussein and Iraq.
A criminal complaint filed by the Justice Department alleges that Mouyad Mahmoud Darwish, 47, was paid to provide information to Iraqi government officials and intelligence officers in 2000 and later, including that Iraqi volunteers were being trained by the U.S. military in Virginia.
The complaint was filed in Maryland, where Darwish worked as a restaurant cook before moving back to Canada. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted of the charge of conspiracy to act as an agent for a foreign government.
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Read FBI Affidavit

Number of Officers Fatally Shot in Line of Duty Expected to Hit 50 Year Low

FBI Agent Sam Hicks was fatally shot Nov. 19

FBI Agent Sam Hicks was fatally shot Nov. 19

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed by gunfire this year is expected to hit a 50 year low, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial fund.
The Washington-based organization said Monday an analysis of preliminary data showed that 41 officers were fatally shot this year, a 40 percent dip from 68 in 2007. This year’s figure was the lowest since 1956 when 35 deaths were recorded. In contrast, 156 law enforcement officers were killed in 1973.
Overall, in the line of duty deaths dropped from 181 in 2007 to 140 this year, the law enforcement organization said. Just over half of the overall deaths in 2008  were traffic related.
“2007 was a wake-up call for law enforcement in our country, and law enforcement executives, officers, associations and trainers clearly heeded the call, with a renewed emphasis on officer safety training, equipment and procedures,” said NLEOMF Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd in a statement. “The reduction in firearms-related deaths is especially stunning, given the tremendous firepower possessed by so many criminals today. The fact that law enforcement has been able to drive down the crime rate, and do so with increased efficiency and safety, is a testament to the hard work and professionalism of our officers.”
Specifically, the organization said Texas recorded the most law enforcement officer fatalities with 14 followed by California with 12 and Florida and Pennsylvania, both with eight. Half of Pennsylvania’s deaths were in the Philiadelphia Police Department.
Eight federal law enforcement officers were killed this year including Samuel Hicks, an FBI agent in the Pittsburgh office who was fatally shot on Nov. 19 while serving a drug-related search warrant. Last year, 17 federal officers were killed.