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“Rifleman” Says Mafia Feared Him and Bulger

"Whitey" Bulger/fbi photoThe Soprano-like murder trial of an ex-FBI agent continued to deliver colorful testmony. Gangster Stephen “The Rifelman” Flemmi spent his third day on the witness stand and talked about buddy “Whitey” Bulger (photo).

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff
MIAMI — Notorious gangster and longtime FBI informant Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi boasted to a Florida jury today that he and his sidekick James “Whitey” Bulger were so powerful in the 1980s that even the Mafia didn’t want to tangle with them.
“The Mafia didn’t want to get involved with us,” the 74-year-old gray-haired gangster said. “I’ll tell you we were a formidable group.They didn’t put us out of business that’s for sure.”
Flemmi is testifying for the third day in the state trial of his former handler, retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., who is accused of murder and first degree murder in the 1982 slaying of Boston business consultant John B. Callahan.

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FBI Agents Search Judges’ Chambers in Cleveland

A county corruption probe prompted FBI agents Tuesday night to search the chambers of two local judges including Judge Steven Terry. The probe first surfaced publicly in July and is heating up.

Judge Steven Terry's Chambers Searched/court photo

Judge Steven Terry

By James F. McCarty and Rachel Dissell
Cleveland Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County corruption scandal reached into the Justice Center Tuesday night when FBI agents searched two judges’ chambers.
Agents appeared at the courtrooms of Common Pleas judges Bridget McCafferty and Steven Terry between 7 and 8 p.m.
FBI Special Agent Scott Wilson confirmed the searches were linked to the county corruption probe made public in July after FBI and IRS agents raided the homes and offices of county officials Jimmy Dimora, Frank Russo and Kevin Kelley, but he would not say what agents were searching for.
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Physicist Arrested for Illegal Export Of Space Launch Data To China

NORFOLK, Va. — A physicist was arrested Wednesday on charges of offering bribes and illegally exporting space launch technical data and services to the People’s Republic of China, the Justice Department said.

Shu Quan-Sheng, 68, a native of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen was arrested by FBI agents in Newport News, Va., authorities said. Quan-Sheng is the head of AMAC International, a high-tech company in Newport News, which has an office in Beijing.

Rep. Jefferson Argues To Throw Out Charges in Case

Rep. Jefferson/official photo

Rep. Jefferson/official photo

It’s been more than three years since FBI agents raided Rep. William J. Jefferson’s homes in New Orleans and Washington and found the famous $90,000 in the freezer. The case has still not gone to trial and Wednesday his lawyers argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals that most of the charges should be thrown out.

By Bruce Alpert
New Orleans Times-Picayune
RICHMOND, Va. – Testimony before a federal grand jury about Rep. William Jefferson’s role in passing an African trade bill and the influence it gave him with African leaders violated a separation of powers clause in the Constitution and requires that 14 of 16 criminal charges against the congressman be thrown out, his attorney argued Tuesday.
Attorney Robert Trout told a three-judge appeals panel that the Speech or Debate clause of the Constitution is “absolute,” and intended to ensure that the legislative branch is “independent” and a “co-equal” branch with the executive.
But some of the judges, through their questioning, seemed skeptical about Trout’s remedy – dismissal of all the bribery-related charges in the 16-count indictment.
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Anthrax Suspect Had His Lab Access Revoked

Anthrax suspect Bruce Ivins

Anthrax suspect Bruce Ivins

More information is surfacing about the behavior of anthrax suspect Bruce E. Ivins, who committed suicide before the government could move forward with its case. The FBI has released new documents in the case.

By David Dishneau
Associated Press
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Anthrax mailing suspect Bruce E. Ivins’ access to Army biodefense laboratories was revoked in March after he spilled anthrax on his pants and went home to wash them instead of immediately reporting the accident, according to an Army report.
The accident occurred March 17 at Fort Detrick while the microbiologist, who died of an apparent suicide July 29, was working with the relatively mild strain of anthrax used for vaccinating livestock.
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Other Related Stories:

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Ivins Bragged He Knew Anthrax Killer (AP)

See Latest FBI Documents On Case

Politico Wants A Probe of Anthrax Probe

Rep. Holt/official photo
Rep. Holt/official photo

The FBI is convinced that scientist Bruce E. Ivins was the man behind the deadly anthrax attacks in 2001. But some Congressional types aren’t convinced and want to probe the probe.
By SCOTT SHANE
New York Times
WASHINGTON – Congressional critics of the F.B.I.’s anthrax investigation are seeking an independent review of the seven-year inquiry to assess the bureau’s performance and its conclusion that an Army scientist, Bruce E. Ivins, carried out the 2001 attacks alone.                                                                                               
One proposal, in a bill drafted by Representative Rush D. Holt, Democrat of New Jersey, would create a national commission on the anthrax attacks, a scaled-down version of the commission that studied the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Two Republican senators, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, said they would not rule out a commission but thought a Congressional investigation or a series of hearings might work.
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FBI Looking Into Nation’s Financial Meltdown

Behind every good meltdown is a potential scandal. With the financial market melting quickly, the FBI is stepping in to see if there’s any criminal wrongdoing.

By Lara Jakes Jordan
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating four major U.S. financial institutions whose collapse helped trigger a $700 billion bailout plan by the Bush administration, The Associated Press has learned.
Two law enforcement officials said Tuesday the FBI is looking at potential fraud by mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and insurer American International Group Inc. Additionally, a senior law enforcement official said Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. also is under investigation.
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Pakistan Tells FBI No Thanks

Pakistan said thanks but no thanks to an offer from the FBI to help investigate the suicide bombing in Islamabad. Is it a another sign of the tension between the two nations or is it just national pride?

By Paul Wiseman and Zafar M. Sheikh
USA TODAY
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan on Sunday rejected a U.S. offer to help investigate the weekend suicide bombing that killed at least 53 people and destroyed the Islamabad Marriott, this capital city’s best-known hotel.
“We do not need help. We are competent. We reject it,” Interior Ministry adviser Rehman Malik told reporters Sunday after the U.S. offered FBI help in pursuing the terrorists behind the attack.

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