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June 2021


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Rapper Terrance “Bump J” Boykin Indicted For Bank Robbery

Rapper "Bump J"


In the recording world, there’s more than one way to get attention. Bump J has found another way.

By Associated Press
CHICAGO – Chicago area rapper Bump J has been arrested in Southern Illinois on bank robbery charges.
The man, whose real name is Terrance Boykin, was arrested in Carbondale after a traffic stop this week.
Boykin is accused of robbing an Oak Park bank with another man last January, with the FBI saying they made off with $100,000.
Authorities around the nation were searching for Boykin after he was indicted by a grand jury in September.
If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
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Former FBI Agent Charged in Vegas With Hammer Slaying

A former FBI agent finds himself on the wrong side of the bars.

By Adrienne Packer
Las Vegas Review-Journal
LAS VEGAS — A former federal agent arrested in the death of a woman who was beaten with a hammer Thursday was once an agent with the organized crime division in the Las Vegas FBI office, a source said Friday.
Edward Preciado-Nuno, 61, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center early Thursday on suspicion of murder with a deadly weapon.
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Prosecutors File More Charges Against Arizona Rep. Renzi

The charges keep mounting against Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Az). His attorney is accusing the feds of “piling on unwarranted charges” to pressure the Congressman to plead guilty.

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Arthur H. Rotstein
The Associated Press
TUSCON — Federal prosecutors added new charges Thursday including racketeering, making a false statement on a tax return and other counts to an indictment against Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi.
The indictment made public on Thursday also added a fourth defendant in the case against Renzi, who did not seek re-election and will leave Congress when his term expires shortly.
Renzi, a Republican who has represented the 1st Congressional District in northern and eastern Arizona for three terms, was first named in a 35-count indictment issued by a federal grand jury in February with two business associates.
The new indictment named Renzi in all but one of 44 counts.
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Booze and Bogus Bomb Threat Spelled Trouble For Northwest Flight 552

By Allan Lengel
Denver’s U.S. Atty. Troy Eid summed it up best in a prepared statement Wednesday.
“I’ll keep saying it: Alcohol abuse and commercial aircraft don’t mix. This time the defendant claimed to have explosives — forcing every passenger to be re-screened — and must face the consequences.”
The defendant, Mark Randall Rayborn, 56, of Lafayette, Colo., was arraigned Wednesday and ordered detained pending a Nov. 17 dentention hearing, court records show.  Authorities charged that on Sept. 27 he told a passenger aboard Northwest Flight 552 that he had a C-4 explosive.
Passengers at the Denver International Airport (DIA) had to deplane. The plane was searched, but nothing was found. Rayborn was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 6 and arrested Oct. 16.
But he was so drunk on Oct. 16 , court records stated, that he was  taken to the Denver Health Medical Center for treatment of alcohol, where he has remained since.
James Davis, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Denver said: “The statement made by Mr. Rayborn on that Saturday night caused a massive disruption to DIA, Northwest Airlines and the passengers and crew of Flight 552. Thankfully this was a hoax, no one was injured.”
Rayborn faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
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Columinist: Anthrax Probe Not FBI’s Prouder Moment

The long, drawn out anthrax investigation is sure to be sliced and diced by critics for years to come. Gabriel Schoenfeld of Commentary Magazine takes a shot.

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By Gabriel Schoenfeld
Commentary Magazine

The FBI’s investigation of the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks was the most complex and important in the bureau’s history. Immense resources were invested in the search for the perpetrator, whose actions killed five people, sickened 17 others, sowed panic in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and caused taxpayers to spend extraordinary sums on a crash program to protect the nation against the danger of biological terrorism.

Yet for all that, the “Amerithrax” investigation, as the FBI dubbed the case, dragged on for seven years and, until quite recently, got nowhere. If Bruce E. Ivins, the Ft. Detrick, Md., microbiologist who died in an apparent suicide last week, was indeed the perpetrator, the prime suspect was directly under the FBI’s nose for years, practically sporting a scarlet “A” on his forehead. If he was not the perpetrator, as many of his fellow scientists at Ft. Detrick are insisting, we’re back at square one.

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Sen. Boxer’s Aide Charged With Kiddie Porn

Now that the election is over, it’s time for more scandal on Capitol Hill. Here’s the latest.

Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer
WASHINGTON –An aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has been charged in federal court in Virginia with receiving and distributing child pornography.
Jeff Rosato, 32, of Arlington, Va. was arrested Friday on a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia. Boxer’s office fired him the same day.
Rosato was released from custody pending a future court appearance and was told not to leave the Washington, D.C., area without permission. A judge ordered him not to contact any children or have access to computers and told him to undergo medical or psychiatric treatment.
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Air Marshals’ Crimes On the Rise — A little Scary

We depend on them to keep our flight from getting hijacked. But some of these guys should be in handcuffs, not on our planes with guns.
By Michael Grabell

Shawn Nguyen bragged that he could sneak anything past airport security using his top-secret clearance as a federal air marshal. And for months, he smuggled cocaine and drug money onto flights across the country, boasting to an FBI informant that he was “the man with the golden badge.”
Michael McGowan used his position as an air marshal to lure a young boy to his hotel room, where he showed him child porn, took pictures of him naked and sexually abused him.
And when Brian “Cooter” Phelps wanted his ex-wife to disappear, he called a fellow air marshal and tried to hire a hit man nicknamed “the Crucifixer.”
Since 9/11, more than three dozen federal air marshals have been charged with crimes, and hundreds more have been accused of misconduct, an investigation by ProPublica, a non-profit journalism organization, has found. Cases range from drunken driving and domestic violence to aiding a human-trafficking ring and trying to smuggle explosives from Afghanistan.
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NYT and LA Times Ask Fed Judge To Release Gov. Documents On Wrong Anthrax Suspect

Scientist Steven J. Hatfill, who was once the obsession of the FBI during the anthrax probe, quickly became a footnote in the case when the government cleared him and pointed the finger at scientist  Bruce Ivins. Ivins ended up committing suicide. But now the focus is back on Hatfill, at least for the moment.

Scientist Hatfill wrongfully accused

Scientist Hatfill wrongfully accused

The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Two newspapers asked a federal judge Wednesday to make public several documents relating to a former Army scientist who was named as a person of interest in the 2001 anthrax attacks and later exonerated.
The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times want the government’s search warrants and supporting documents involving Steven Hatfill, who was eventually cleared in the anthrax attacks and was awarded $5.8 million in a lawsuit accusing the Justice Department of violating his privacy.
Normally, search warrants would be sealed for a person who has not been charged or indicted, lawyers said. But the public has a right to know why investigators wanted to search Hatfill’s home and on what basis the courts agreed to allow those searches, the newspapers argued in U.S. District Court.
“The public has a right to know why he was targeted,” said Jeanette Melendez Bead, lawyer for the newspapers.
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