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FBI Probes Link Between Trenton City Hall, Towing Business

Steve Neavling

FBI agents investigating bribery, fraud, extortion and money laundering at Trenton City Hall are probing the owner of a scrap auto and towing business, the New Jersey Times reports.

Feds investigating Mayor Tony Mack’s administration are examining business dealings the city had with Nedal Abuhumoud, owner of Acres Auto in Hamilton and co-founder of a Trenton scrap yard and towing business, according to the New Jersey Times.

Abuhumoud told the Times he is not part of the investigation and has not been questioned by the FBI.

The news comes a week after agents searched Mack’s home and city hall.


Justice Department Defends Suit Against Apple, Publishers

Steve Neavling

The Department of Justice defended its suit against Apple and book publishers, saying they colluded to raise e-book prices, the New York Times reports.

The government sued Apple and five publishers and reached settlement with the Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins in an attempt to reduce e-book prices.

But Apple and the remaining publishers, Penguin and Macmillan, refused to settle and will face trial next summer.

The Justice Department defended its actions after 868 comments during a 60-day comment period and dismissed claims that the lawsuits would narrow the field of retailers.

The idea is to reduce prices, feds said.

FBI Sued for Documents Related to Muslim-American Groups and Agent Training

Steve Neavling

A government watchdog group is suing the FBI to force the release details of  its contacts with American-Muslim groups that urged the the bureau to stop using certain counter-terrorism materials for agents that they deemed offensive, the Washington Examiner reports.

At issue is a Feb. 8, 2012, meeting between Muslim organizations FBI Director Robert Mueller.

“Our concern is that we have these advocates for terrorists controlling how law enforcement approaches the problem of Islamic terrorism,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told the Examiner.

After complaints that some counter-terrorism training was considered offensive or inaccurate to Muslims, the FBI overhauled its program for field agents.

To address the concerns, the FBI meet with American Muslims.

Some Inmates Would Be Released Early Under Justice Department Plan

Steve Neavling

The Justice Department is endorsing a plan that would speed up the release dates for well-behaved prisoners in a plan aimed at saving on detention costs, NPR reports.

Strapped for cash, the Justice Department is looking for ways to handle the overcrowded federal prison system that handles 218,000 inmates.

Under the plan, inmates would be given two-months credit for every year they participate in a program that reduce recidivism, according to NPR.

A second plan would increase from 47 to 54 the number of days an inmate can receive for good behavior.

Holder to Announce Major Reforms for New Orleans Police Department

Steve Neavling

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will announce an array of reforms in the New Orleans Police Department on Tuesday as part of the most far-reaching consent decree of its kind, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

A monitor and federal judge will direct the mandated oversight spelled out in a 125-page agreement for at least four years.

The city will remain under a consent decree until the agency is free of violations for two years, the Times-Picayune wrote.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, virtually every aspect of the police force needs to be reformed.

ICE Investigates Human Smuggling After Deadly Crash

Steve Neavling

Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents are investigating human smuggling after a truck packed with illegal immigrants crashed in rural southern Texas, killing 17 and injuring nine, the Associated Press reports.

Of the those killed, 11 were male and three female. At least two were children. They came from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, according to the AP.

At least 23 people were wedged into the cab and bed of a white 2000 Ford-250 pickup when it veered off the highway about 150 miles northeast of the Mexican border, the AP reported.

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NCAA Message Falls Shorts in Penn State Case

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel

The NCAA wanted to send a message that protecting children is more important than Penn State football. But if the NCAA really meant it, it would have suspended play for at least a year.

A $60 million fine essentially amounts to one year of revenue generated from the program.

And no bowl games for four years?

Well, many of the bowl games are irrelevant. To boot, Jerry Sandusky shouldn’t have been the only person to get indicted for what happened.

Cover ups matter.

I’m a Big Ten alum. I attended Michigan State University.

Had it happened at the Michigan State, I would have expected no less than a year suspension of the program.

I couldn’t even imagine going to a game involving Penn State.

What the officials at that university did, including coach Joe Paterno, is nothing short of criminal.

So next time the NCAA says it wants to send a message that children are more important than football, maybe it should mean it.