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Eric Holder OK’d Search Warrant for Fox News Reporter’s Private Emails, Official Says

Eric Holder Jr./ticklethewire.com file photo

By Michael Isikoff
NBC News

WASHINGTON –– Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.

The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.

“I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable,” Obama said. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.”

Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seize his private emails.

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Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Walks Into Court Handcuffed, Leaves With New Attorney

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Ex-Detroit Mayor  Kwame Kilpatrick, clad in a tan, khaki prison outfit, entered the federal courtroom in handcuffs and with a smile Thursday morning. He left about 40 minutes later, escorted in handcuffs and with a new court appointed attorney.

Kilpatrick, who was uncuffed during the proceedings, appeared before U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds to ask to fire attorney James Thomas.

Edmunds agreed and appointed veteran attorney Harold Gurewitz, a former federal prosecutor who had assisted part time in Killpatrick’s defense during trial. Kilpatrick complained that Thomas hadn’t assisted him in motions and hadn’t represented him well during trial.

“I like Harold,” Kilpatrick said, standing at the podium, Gurewitz and Thomas by his side.

It was Kilpatrick’s first court appearance since being convicted March 11 of 24 public corruption and tax counts in one of the sadder Detroit tales in recent years involving a high-profile figure. He’s been in prison in Milan ever since, awaiting sentencing, just like his co-defendant Bobby Ferguson.

His father Bernard Kilpatrick, who was convicted of tax counts in the trial, sat in the gallery. He is the only one of three defendants free pending sentencing.

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Fed Prosecutors Want Ex-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway Behind Bars

Ex-Judge Diane Hathaway

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Prosecutors want disgraced ex-Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway to serve time behind bars for bank fraud.

In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday in federal court, the U.S. Attorney’s office recommended that Hathaway serve 12 to 18 months under the sentencing guidelines. Sentencing is set for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor.

“Such a sentence would serve to adequately punish the defendant for her methodical, thoughtful, and sophisticated criminal conduct that spanned over two years and caused approximately $100,000 in losses to a financial institution,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel L. Lemisch and Patrick Hurford wrote. “In addition, this sentence would deter the defendant and others from future criminal conduct and, in particular, economic crime.”

Hathaway, 58, pleaded guilty in January to a real estate scheme in which she transferred properties out of her name to make it look as if she had less assets, all so she could get a short sale on her Grosse Pointe Park home and get out of $600,000 she owed the bank, ING Direct. The original mortgage was $1.4 million and the home was sold for $800,000 in the short sale.

Under the short sale, the loss to the bank was approximately $100,000, according to the government. The government noted that she did bring $10,000 to the closing for the short sale as a closing fee, bringing the actual loss to $90,000.

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Chechen Immigrant Fatally Shot by FBI in Orlando Had Ties to Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Chechen immigrant fatally shot by an FBI agent in Florida had connections to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the Associated Press reports.

Ibragim Todashev has a lot in common with bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during a shootout with police. He has Chechen roots, experience with mixed martial arts and lived in Massachusetts.

The AP wrote that Todashev may have been involved with a triple murder in which Tsaraev is emerging as a suspect.

What remains unclear is why Todashev was shot.

Guatemalan Man Pleads Guilty To Stabbing Border Patrol Dog, Crossing into U.S. Illegally

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old man Guatemalan pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally crossing the U.S. border and stabbing a Border Patrol dog in the neck, the Associated Press reports.

Luis Gilberto Cruz-Solis could be sentenced up to a year in prison next month.

He pleaded guilty to willfully and maliciously harming a police animal and to entering the U.S. illegally.

The Border Patrol dog, Dinie, was hiding in some brush while investigating people crossing the border illegally, the AP wrote.

The dog survived.

FBI Arrests Suspect Accused of Sending Ricin Letters from Washington State

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man believed to be behind a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin was arrested by FBI agents Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities identified the suspect as Matthew Ryan Buquet, 37.

“Our coordinated team acted swiftly to resolve a potentially dangerous situation, and continues working tirelessly around the clock to investigate the origin of the letters and to address any remaining, potential risks,” Laura Laughlin, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle office, said in a statement.

Buquet pleaded not guilty Wednesday to mailing a threatening communication.

FBI Agent Talks About Witnessing Amanda Berry’s Homecoming

 

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Agent Vicki Anderson explains what it was like to witness Amanda Berry’s homecoming after years of captivity. 

“It was unbelievable,” Anderson told News Channel 5. “The emotions that everybody felt … sometimes people sit back and say, ‘Wait, law enforcement have emotions about these things.'”

Berry, 27, was rescued May 6 from a Cleveland home where she, her 6-year-old daughter and two other women were held captive and sexually assaulted.

“I think there were tears of joy,” Anderson said of the homecoming. I think everybody’s eyes were misty … she was hugging everybody and she was a little quiet. She was just overwhelmed.”

Border Patrol Agent Found Dead in Waterfall During Family Vacation in Hawaii

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol Agent Kris Gungon was found dead in a waterfall while at a family vacation in Hawaii with his family, the U-T San Diego reports.

The 31-year-old agent was vacationing with his wife and their infant daughter, U-T San Diego wrote.

The four-year Border Patrol veteran, who was assigned to the El Centro station, was found unconscious Sunday afternoon

Gungon was found 25-feet under water in a pond, U-T San Diego reported.

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