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Senate Judiciary Gives the Nod to Mass. and Ga. U.S. Attys

Edward Tarver/campaign photo
Edward Tarver/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary committee on Thursday gave the nod for U.S. Attorneys in Massachusetts and Georgia.

The U.S. Senate will now vote on the nominations.

The committee’s nod went to Carmen Milagros Ortiz of  Massachusetts and Ed Tarver of the southern  District of Georgia.

Controversial Pitts. U.S. Atty. Mary Pat Buchanan to Step Down Nov. 16

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan
Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Mary Pat Buchanan, who  bumped up against her share of controversy during her eight-year reign, and gained notoriety for prosecuting comedian Tommy Chong’s drug paraphernalia shop, is stepping down Nov. 16, the Associated Press reported.

The news agency said Buchanan, a Bush appointee who was going to be replaced anyways by the Obama administration, was looking forward to the next chapter in life, whatever that may be.

Last year, Buchanan  had expressed a desire to stay on as U.S. Attorney, but that never seemed like a possibility. The Justice Department recently launched an investigation into complaints of  improper behavior after she stated publicly that a local medical examiner was guilty of various charges even after her office dropped the charges.

Ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh Joins Bank Board

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Ex-FBI Director Louis J. Freeh is getting his name out in the public lately.

Last week, he made news when he received an Italian citizenship during a ceremony at the Italian embassy in Washington.

On Wednesday, the Business Wire announced that the ex-Gman has been elected to the board of directors of Wilmington Trust Corp of Wilmington, Del., which bills itself as providing banking and investment services.

Freeh, 59, is founder and senior managing partner of Freeh Group International, LLC, a global risk management consulting firm based in Wilmington and its affiliated D.C. law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, the business press release says.

Freeh also serves on the board of Bristol-Myers Squibb. All in all, it looks like he’s making a few more bucks than he did as FBI director.

Atty. Gen. Holder Appoints 9 U.S. Attorneys to His Advisory Board

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder/doj photo

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Atty. General Eric Holder has appointed nine new U.S. Attorneys to serve two-year terms on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys.

The committee, created in 1973, will report to Holder through the deputy Attorney General. The panel speaks on behalf of the U.S. Attorneys and provides input on policy and operational issues that impact U.S. Attorneys around the country, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The new attorneys, according to a press release issued Monday include: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona Dennis Burke; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington Jenny Durkan; U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul J. Fishman; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick J. Fitzgerald; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil H. MacBride; U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Peter F. Neronha; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Joyce White Vance; and Acting U.S. Attorney, ex officio, for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips.

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DEA Internal Memo Identifies 3 Agents Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

Michael E. Weston/dea photo

Michael E. Weston/dea photo

Chad L. Michael/dea photo

Chad L. Michael/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — A DEA internal memo has identified the names of three agents who were killed in Afghanistan Monday in a helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of seven U.S. Service members.

The helicopter had just taken off from a drug raid and battle with the Taliban. But there was no sign of an enemy attack in that incident or another crash that day involving two helicopters that crashed and claimed the lives of four U.S. troops, according to media reports. The cause of the crashes are under investigation.

Forest N. Leamon/dea photo

Forest N. Leamon/dea photo

The names and bios of the three dead agents are as follows, according to the a Drug Enforcement Administration memo:

Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon. SA Leamon became a Special Agent in 2002. He served at the Washington Field Division and in the El Paso Field Division until 2007, when he joined the FAST team (Foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Teams) in Afghanistan. He lived in Woodbridge, Va and was 37 years old. He is survived by his wife and their unborn child.”

Special Agent Chad L. Michael. SA Michael graduated from basic training in March 2004. He began his career with DEA in the Miami Field Division, and left there to join the FAST team in Afghanistan in August of this year. He lived in Quantico, Va. and was 30 years old.”

Special Agent Michael E. Weston. SA Weston has been a Special Agent with DEA since 2003. He was assigned to the Richmond, Virginia District Office until joining the Kabul Country Office in August of this year. He lived in Washington, D.C. and was 37 years old. He is survived by his wife.”

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Ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh Gets Italian Citizenship

Louis J. Freeh at embassy ceremony/embassy photo

Louis J. Freeh at embassy ceremony/embassy photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Ex-FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, the tough American G-Man ,  is going Italian —  all the way.

In a ceremony at the Italian Embassy in Washington, Freeh was given Italian citizenship, according to the embassy website.

Freeh, who headed the FBI for eight years, “acquired his Italian citizenship in an official ceremony in which he swore allegiance to the Constitution before Italy’s Ambassador to the USA Giulio Terzi”, the website said.

Terzi cited Freeh’s fight against organized crime and “open cooperation with Italy’s major law enforcement agencies.”  Italy allows dual citizenship.

The site said Freeh’s “Italian ancestry traces back to his maternal grandfather who came to the United States in 1870 from the province of Avellino.”

Secret Service Agent Maurice Martineau Who Testified on Kennedy Assassination Dies in Ill. at Age 95

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Maurice G. “Marty” Martineau, a U.S. Secret Service agent from 1941 to 1972, who coordinated security at the 1968 Democratic Convention and testified before Congress on the Kennedy Assassination, has died at age 95, the Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday.

During his 31-year career, Martineau protected every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson, the paper reported.

He died Oct. 8, 2009 in Winfield, Ill.

The Michigan State University grad became a Secret Service agent in 1941, the paper reported. He worked in a number of field offices including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Kansas City.

The Tribune reported that he was the assistant special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Office from 1963 to 1969 and coordinated security at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

He also testified before the House Select Committee on Assassinations as part of the Warren Commission probing into the JFK assassination, the Tribune said.

He retired in 1972.

Bosnia Prosecutor Likely to Get U.S. Atty. Post in Utah

utahBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — David Schwendiman, a war crimes prosecutor in Bosnia, is expected to get the nomination from President Obama for the U.S. Attorney post in Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune is reporting.

Citing political and legal insiders, the paper said Schwendiman will likely replace his former boss U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman who announced on Wednesday that he would step down Dec. 31.

He  briefly worked for Tolman before assuming the prosecutor post in Bosnia, the paper reported.

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