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Justice Dept. Breaks Off Talks With Controversial Sheriff Joe

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

America’s most controversial sheriff — Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio — is causing more heartburn for the Justice Department.

CNN reports that the Justice Department broke off talks with the sheriff, whose department has been accused of discrminating against Hispanics.

The Justice Department is preparing to sue the sheriff over the discrimination. The Justice Department wanted to install an independent monitor to oversee changes in the department.

Sheriff Joe said no way.

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FBI’s Detroit Chief Andrew Arena Retiring to Go to Newly Formed Crime Commission

FBI's Andy Arena/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Andrew Arena, a familiar fixture in Detroit law enforcement community, who oversaw some of the biggest public corruption probes in Detroit in recent times and other high profile cases including the “Underwear Bomber”, is retiring as head of the Detroit FBI.

The Detroit News reports that Arena will leave the bureau to become executive director of the newly formed Detroit Crime Commission.

The commission will help coordinate prosecutions through research, investigations, information and coordination of activities between business, government and law enforcement, the News reported.

“We are very pleased and excited Mr. Arena has decided to lead our organization. I think it speaks to his unwavering public service commitment to the Metropolitan area,” said Ron Reddy, the commission’s deputy director, in a prepared statement.

Arena, a Detroit native, has headed up the office since 2007.

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Ex-Secret Service Agent Wins Republican Primary for U.S. Senate Seat

Daniel Bongino

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-U.S. Secret Service agent Daniel Bongino was triumphant Tuesday, winning the Republican Maryland primary for  U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported.

He will now square off in November against incumbent Democrat Benjamin Cardin in what’s expected to be an uphill battle.

Bongino has been campaigning on the need to reduce tax rates and simplify the tax code, AP reported.

Bongino, who worked as a New York cop for four years before joining the Secret Service in 1999, resigned last year from the Baltimore field office.

Bongino told ticklethewire.com in an interview last June that he would focus on the education and the economy in his campaign.

“You can’t have a solid economy without a solid educational system,” he said.

He said his years as a Secret Service agent, which included presidential protective details and wide-scale fraud investigations, has helped groom him for his latest venture.

He said the Secret Service has given him great leadership skills.

“Having someone’s life in your hands with that kind of profile, there is really no greater responsibility in law enforcement,” he said.

FBI Denies Russian Spy Was Getting Closer to Obama’s Inner Circle

Anna Chapman meeting with undercover FBI agent /fbi surveillance

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A controversy is brewing over the Russian spy ring the feds busted up in 2010.

USA Today reports that the FBI is denying a report that the feds shut down the probe into the spy ring because one of the spies, the glamorous Anna Chapman, was “edging closer to President Obama’s inner circle.”

The FBI denied that allegation in a report that a top counter intelligence official during a BBC interview made that suggestion.

USA TODAY reported that the FBI issued a statement on the matter: “Mr. Figliuzzi’s comments to BBC were consistent with and confined to the information outlined in the criminal complaint that was filed nearly two years ago. There is no allegation or suggestion in the complaint that Anna Chapman or anyone else associated with this investigation attempted to seduce a U.S. Cabinet official.”

Undercover FBI Agent Meeting With Chapman

FBI Posts Gotti Surveillance Film on 20 Year Anniverary of His Conviction

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Twenty years ago to this month, the feds finally nailed Godfather John Gotti, convicting him after several failed attempts.

As the FBI points out on its website, he was known as the “Dapper Don” for his nice threads and the “Teflon Don” for his ability to avoid convictions.

To commemorate the victory, the FBI has posted surveillance video of Gotti in the 1980s and 1990s.

Gotti died prison in 2002.

In the end, his son John (Junior) Gotti proved to be the Teflon Don. The feds failed to convict him on multiple charges after four times and finally gave up.

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Diego Rodriguez Heading South to Take Charge of FBI’s Dallas Office

Diego Rodriguez/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Dallas FBI will have a new boss soon.

The FBI announced that Diego Rodriguez, special agent in charge of the Criminal Division in New York, will take over as the SAC in Dallas.

He’ll replace Robert Casey who will be retiring on April 30.

“I have the highest regard for Mr. Rodriguez,” Casey said of Rodriguez in a statement. ” I am confident that he has the experience and leadership qualities to ensure an effective role here in the Dallas office.”

The two served together in Miami and at headquarters.

Rodriguez will start in Dallas in the summer.

In his present post, Rodriguez is responsible for investigations including white-collar crimes, violent crimes and civil rights.

He started his career in 1990 in the New York division where he was SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

 

Ex-Fed Prosecutor Sues Iowa U.S. Atty for Age Discrimination

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Iowa U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose, who is under consideration for a federal judgeship, is coming under attack by a former employee.

The Des Moines Register reports that former Assistant U.S. Attorney Martha Fagg, 53, has filed a lawsuit accusing Rose, 39, of age discrimination, harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

The suit, filed last week, alleges that Rose removed or demoted staff and attorneys who were over 40 years old. It also alleged that Rose, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, retaliated when she complained about possible discrimination.

Rose has called the suit baseless.

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FBI Looking for Bank Robber Who Shot Cop With AK-47