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Prosecutors Allow Defendants to Walk Because of Botched Drug, Gun Case in Milwaukee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF’s botched sting in Milwaukee last year continues to unravel as the depth of the feds’ mistakes become better known.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported prosecutors have dropped charges against another three defendants charged in an undercover ATF sting.

Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Karen Loebel said the three cases were dismissed to protect informants who set up the drug and gun deals.

The litany of mistakes continues to grow: Agents used a brain-damaged man to set up the deals. Government-owned guns were stolen from the undercover store front, and a total of $40,000 in merchandise has gone missing, the Journal Sentinel reported.

 

U.S. Angry Over Release of Mexican Drug Lord Convicted of Torture, Murder of DEA Agent

 

Enrique Camarena

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican drug lord convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering a DEA agent in 1985 has been released from jail, a move that has incensed U.S. law enforcement, Slate reports.

The U.S. expressed deep frustration with a three-judge court that decided to overturn Caro Quintero’s sentence on the argument that he should have been prosecuted in state not federal court.

Slate reported that the U.S. is working with Mexican authorities to nab others responsible for the murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.”

The Justice Department is among the U.S. agencies expressing concern with Mexico.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas-R, called the decision to overturn Quintero’s sentence “insulting” and warned of a “negative impact” between U.S. and Mexico relations.

Column: Time for ATF to Reorganize, Focus on Curtailing Gun Violence

 

Todd Jones

By Daily Journal

The gun lobby and its supporters, who have continuously demanded more enforcement against illegal firearms trafficking rather than new restrictions, have given an inch toward backing up their demands by permitting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to have a permanent director for the first time in seven years.

The Senate approved B. Todd Jones to lead the agency. It is now up to the ATF to pull itself together under the long-denied central command and come up with an overall policy for cutting down criminal gun violence.

That won’t be easy, considering roadblocks such as the lack of universal background checks for firearms purchasers of all stripes and in every venue and Congress’ failure to limit the sale of high-powered military weapons or the number of bullets in a clip. But it is a start.

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DEA Mad About the Release of Drug Trafficker Linked to Murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena

Enrique Camarena

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s something that will surely increase the tension between D.C. and Mexico.

The Mexicans have released Rafael Caro-Quintero, an infamous drug trafficker, who was serving 40 years in connection with the torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.

CBS News reported he was released after serving 28 years. The court threw out his 40 year sentence, concluding he was improperly tried in a federal court for a crime that should have been treated as a state offense.

The DEA found the release disturbing, prompting the agency to release a statement:

The Drug Enforcement Administration is deeply troubled to learn of the decision by a Mexican court to release infamous drug trafficker Rafael Caro-Quintero from a Mexican prison. Caro-Quintero had been serving a 40 year prison sentence in connection with the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in February 1985. Caro-Quintero was the mastermind and organizer of this atrocious act.

We are reminded every day of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Special Agent Camarena and DEA will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure Caro-Quintero faces charges in the United States for the crimes he committed.

Weekend Series on Crime: The Mexican Drug War

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Justice Department Seeks to Overhaul Prison Sentences for Nonviolent Offenders

 

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Nonviolent criminal offenders may serve less time in jail under a Justice Department proposal aimed at overhauling strict anti-drug laws and mandatory minimum prison sentences, CNN reports.

The goal is to give judges more discretion and to offer alternatives to prison, such as drug court.

Even tough-on-crime conservatives are climbing aboard, saying the prison-industrial complex is inflexible and expensive, CNN reported.

Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to address the issue Monday at a speech in San Francisco.

 

Top Prosecutor Says He’s Investigating FBI Shooting of Chechen immigrant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Orlando’s top prosecutor pledged to review the fatal shooing of a Chechen immigrant in his condo during an FBI interrogation, The Associated Press reports.

The news comes the same week Ibragim Todashev’s father arrived in Florida with the intention of suing the bureau for his son’s death.

State Attorney Jeff Ashton said he’s received a preliminary report of the shooting from the Justice Department, which investigated the death in May.

Todashev was killed while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

‘Whitey’ Bulger Trial Enters Fourth Day After Judge Urges Jurors to Reach Verdict on All Counts

 

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jurors in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger entered the fourth day of deliberations today after a judge urged them Thursday to try to reach a verdict on each of the racketeering counts, the Boston Globe reports.

“You have a duty to attempt to reach agreement on each of the racketeering acts . . . if you can do so conscientiously,” Judge Casper told jurors.

That’s a tall task for jurors considering a 32-count indictment that includes murder, the Globe reported.

One of Bulger’s attorneys, J.W. Carney, Jr., said he’s happy to see thoughtful deliberations.

“All Americans can be proud of this jury,” he said. “They have taken their constitutional role with great seriousness and are clearly looking closely at the evidence, evaluating the credibility of witnesses, and applying the instructions given to them by Judge Casper.”