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FBI Agents Return to Tsarnaev Family Home Sunday As Funeral Planned for Older Brother

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents armed with search warrants returned to the Tsarnaev family’s home in Cambridge Sunday, the Boston Herald reports.

The brothers’ uncle also visited a Worcester funeral home to prepare for the older sibling’s burial.

The FBI was tight-lipped about the search.

“We are conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity as part of our ongoing investigation into the Marathon Bombings,” FBI Boston spokeswoman Katherine Gulotta told the Herlad. “Because the matter is pending, we aren’t able to discuss specific aspects of the case.”

The Globe wrote that Tamerlans body will be prepared for Muslim burial rites.

Obama: FBI Did Not Mishandle Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama is dismissing criticism that the FBI mishandled the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the Associated Press reports.

The comments come as Republicans prepare for an oversight hearing on the investigation. 

“There are going to be times where individuals decide they want to cause harm to people for crazy reasons, for no good reason, for ideological reasons,” Obama said.

The AP wrote that Obama said it’s difficult to track would-be attackers who are “self-radicalized” with no ties to terrorism groups.

Virginia Gov. McDonnell Struggles to Preserve ‘Squeaky Clean’ Image During FBI Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigation into Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is raising questions about whether the rising star in the Republican Party is all he was stacked up to be, the Washington Examiner reports.

Once considered a candidate for president in 2016, McDonnell has come under fire after FBI agents began investigating McDonnell’s relationship with a wealthy campaign contributor.

“The man was squeaky clean,” Jeremy Mayer, a political science professor at George Mason University, told the Examiner. “He was a personable, honest, good guy. He’s now going to fall victim to the politics of personal destruction.”

The investigation centers around Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, who is accused of giving McDonnell’s family lavish gifts, including paying for a $15,000 catering bill for the governor’s daughter.

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FBI Adds First Woman to List of Most Wanted Terrorists

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI placed the first woman on its list of most wanted terrorists Thursday, NBC News reports.

Joanne Chesimard was a 1970s black radical who is accused of shooting a New Jersey trooper and fleeing prison in a daring daylight escape.

The FBI said Chesimard, who was part of the Black Liberation Army, fled to Cuba.

 

Virginia Gov. McDonnell Faces Uncertain Future As FBI Investigates Gifts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The political future of Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell is at a stake as the FBI investigates gifts he received from a maker of dietary supplements, Bloomberg reports.

The company, Star Scientific, spent $2,268 on a getaway vacation for the governor, $15,000 for catering at his daughter’s wedding and $100,000 on campaign contribution to the Republican, Bloomberg wrote.

The inquiry raises the chances of spoiling McDonnell’s potential 2016 presidential bid

“This still-unfolding scandal is a real departure from the governor’s generally squeaky-clean image,” said Stephen Farnsworth, the director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. “This controversy has really put a dent into the governor’s political future.”

Justice Department Plans Early Release for Sick, Aging Inmates to Save Money, Prison Space

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department has devised a plan to address overcrowded jails by granting early release to some sick and aging inmates, the Washington Times reports.

The new so-called “compassionate release rules” would save the Justice Department about $3.2 million.

But the Justice Department cautioned “that releasing inmates … could result in some increase in the number of inmates who are rearrested after release, particularly if the numbers and types of inmates released under compassionate release authority are expanded.”

 

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Judge Rules Whitey Bulger Can’t Use Immunity Defense

Whitey Bulger

John R. Ellement
Boston Globe Staff
BOSTON — US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper dealt a major setback to James “Whitey” Bulger’s defense strategy, ruling that the South Boston mobster cannot claim during his trial that federal law enforcement officials immunized him from prosecution.

“The government’s motion to preclude Bulger from arguing his claim of immunity to the jury as a defense at trial…is allowed,’’ Casper wrote in a 31-page ruling released this morning. “The Court has determined that the issue of immunity is not an issue for the jury.’’

Through his attorneys, Bulger has argued that a now-deceased federal prosecutor, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, allowed him to commit crimes in return for working with federal law enforcement. Bulger’s lawyers have claimed that Bulger was not an FBI informant, an assertion that federal prosecutors have ridiculed as false.

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Virginia Gov. McDonnell Under Investigation Over Company Paying $15,000 for Daughter’s Wedding

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell after a campaign donor paid for catering and flowers at his daughter’s wedding, The Atlantic reports.

The probes centers around whether McDonnell violated campaign finance laws when Star Scientific picked up the $15,000 tab for food and flowers at the wedding in 2011. 

The governor said he never reported the donation because it was for his daughter, not him, The Atlantic wrote.

Virginia law only requires donation disclosure for contributions made to an office holder.

McDonnell lobbied vigorously for the company in the past, The Atlantic reported.