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Accused Serial Bank Robber Thanks FBI In Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An accused serial bank robber who led authorities on a two-hour manhunt took time out of his court appearance Wednesday to thank the FBI, the News-Democrat reports.

“The FBI has been very nice to me,” Carl Frederick Kieffer told U.S. Magistrate Stephen Williams during an initial appearance on federal bank robbery charges.

Kieffer, 49, of Spokane, confessed to six bank robberies in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wyoming.

When authorities found him hiding in an Illinois cornfield, Kieffer was on the run after recently holding up a bank, the News-Democrat reported.

Charleston NAACP Asks Justice Department to Probe Excessive Force Against Black Men

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Charleston civil rights supporters are calling for an investigation into a “troubling and outrageous trend” lethal police force against black men, the Post and Courier reports.

Don Scott, president of the city’s NAACP, said Saturday’s shooting of a black man is one of four police-involved shootings since March 2012.

Scott said officers have declared “open hunting season on black men.”

Justice Department officials would not comment on the request for an investigation.

DEA Agent Involved in Fatal Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent fatally shot a man at an Indianapolis apartment complex early Thursday morning, WISHTV.com reports.

DEA agents were trying to serve a search warrant on the west-side apartment when the shooting happened.

More details weren’t available this morning.

 

 

Justice Department Gives Agent Permission to Publish Book Critical of Agency

ATF file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has switched its position and said an ATF agent may publish a book about the agency’s bungled gun smuggling sting operation “Fast and Furious,”  the Associated Press reports.

The department said it was notifying the ACLU, which is representing ATF agent John Dodson, that the book could be published.

The department previously tried to stop the publication, saying federal employees are generally banned from making profits off of their work.

But for law enforcement reasons, the AP wrote, some parts of the book, “The Unarmed Truth,” will be redacted.

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Man Impersonates DEA Agent For Special Access to Clubs

Benjamin William Mejias wanted special access to Orlando-area strip clubs and nightclubs.

To do so, the 41-year-old convicted felon posed as a DEA agent, even wearing a shirt with the bureau’s initials and carrying fake badges, ABC News reports.

Meijas is in the Orange County Jail on federal charges of impersonating a federal agent and possessing a firearm.

Meijas has a criminal record of burglaries.

Meijas was arrested by Orlando police and the FBI Orlando Safe Streets Task Force.

Justice Department Memo Suggests Leakers Face Firing Squad?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Leak information and you face a firing squad from the Justice Department.

So suggests a page of the ATF’s online manual, some employees complained, reports the Washington Times.

With the recent mass shootings and leaks, some ATF employees were offended, saying the agency already fosters a hostile environment for whistleblowers.

ATF authorities said the photo was a light-hearted joke.

Former U.S. Intelligence Officials Honor NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

Defense: FBI’s Tests On Ricin Were Unreliable, Shouldn’t be Allowed in Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Ohio man charged with creating the deadly toxin ricin is arguing that the FBI’s tests on the white powder found in his home were faulty, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The defense team for Jeff Boyd Levenderis, 65, argued during an evidentiary hearing Tuesday that the FBI’s findings were unreliable and should not be admissible in court.

At the ending of the hearing, which continues today, the judge is expected to decide whether the tests can be admitted in court, the Plain Dealer wrote.

The Tallmadge man has been in federal custody since January 2011.

 

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