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D.C. Bar Tries to Disbar Ex-Fed Prosecutor


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A former federal prosecutor is fighting a battle to keep his law license.

USA Today reports that the District’s Bar Counsel on Tuesday asked the D.C. Court of Appeals during a hearing to disbar former D.C. assistant U.S. Attorney G. Paul Howes for “illegal and unethical conduct” in some murder cases in the mid-1990s.

Howe allegedly used vouchers meant to reimburse witnesses’ cost for testifying in court to pay relatives and girlfriends of informants, USA Today reported.

Elizabeth Herman, the district’s deputy bar counsel, said the conduct was a “tremendous harm to the criminal justice system,” USA Today reported.

Howes’ attorney Paul Knight argued that the conduct was proper, USA Today reported.

“This is the way the United States attorney’s office puts together cases. … It’s a common practice. Homicides are solved all the time that way,” he said, according to USA Today.

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FBI Agent Says NY Terror Suspect Considered Himself Prisoner of War

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of plotting to bomb the N.Y. subway considered himself a prisoner of war after he was arrested in New York last year, an FBI agent testified in court, according to Newsday.

FBI agent Farbad Azad testified in federal court that he interviewed bombing suspect Adis Medunjanin at a Queens hospital, and the suspect asked to be part of a prisoner of war exchange with the Taliban for an American Service man, Newsday reported. The suspected was hospitalized after crashing on the Whitestone Expressway.

“The defendant viewed himself as a prisoner of war caught on the battlefield,” FBI agent Farbad Azad said, according to Newsday. “He asked if he could be exchanged for a U.S. serviceman, a prisoner captured by the Taliban.”

Medunjanin is charged with plotting to attack New York City subways with Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay. The two others have already pleaded guilty.

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Chicago Drunk Driver Gets Probation: FBI Agent He Hit Has Undergone 5 Surgeries

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Under the category of very sad stories, a 21-year-old Chicago man was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months of probation after pleading guilty to being under the influence of alcohol when he hit an off-duty FBI agent’s car  head-on last last September in the Chicago suburb of River Grove, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The paper reported that FBI agent Elizabeth Petruc was driving to run in a Labor Day marathon.

She told the judge during an impact statement that she has had five surgeries and she probably won’t be able to return to work for at least a year, the Tribune reported.

“I’ve sacrificed a great deal to become an FBI agent and I love my job,” Petruc said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I’m just a shadow of myself physically and mentally.”

The paper reported that the drunk driver, Jose Rodriguez, who was not of age to drink at the time, apologized. His alcohol blood level was triple the legal limit.

“He realizes his apology is of little use to the victim. But he is truly sorry and the matter haunts him,” said defense attorney Roy Amatore, according to the Tribune.

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Wounded Deputy U.S. Marshal Dies in St. Louis


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A deputy marshal who was critically injured Tuesday morning while trying to arrest a man in St. Louis, died from his wounds Tuesday night around 7 p.m., the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

The paper identified the slain deputy U.S. Marshal as John Perry, 48, who had been with the agency for almost 10 years.

A second deputy marshal, Theodore Abegg, 31, was shot in the ankle and was in fair condition, the Post-Dispatch reported. And a St. Louis cop suffered injuries when he was grazed by a bullet after the shot deflected from his vest. He was treated at a hospital and released.

The law enforcement team had gone to arrest Carlos Boles, who opened fire on them. He was wanted for assault on a police officer and drug charges.

He was killed by returning fire, the Post Dispatch reported.

2 Deputy U.S. Marshals and Cop Shot and Wounded in St. Louis

UPDATE: Tuesday, 5:36 p.m. — Authorities have identified the dead suspect as Carlos Boles, 36, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The fugitive search team was trying to arrest him on a warrant for allegedly assaulting a city police officer and drug possession stemming from an October incident. Boles opened fire Tuesday morning and was shot by some in  law enforcement.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two deputy U.S. marshal along with a police officer were shot and wounded Tuesday morning around 7 a.m. while trying to make an arrest in St. Louis, according to Fox2 Now. The man suspected of shooting the law enforcement people was killed.

The Marshals Service issued an apology, saying it incorrectly stated that one of the deputy marshals was killed, the TV station reported. He is in critical condition.

It was the second time in weeks that deputy Marshals had been shot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reported that the deputy marshal was listed in critical condition in the St. Louis shooting and the other was in fair condition. The paper reported that the St. Louis officer suffered a graze wound “after his bullet-resistent vest apparently turned a bullet aside.” The officer suffered additional injuries when he fell after being shot.

The paper reported that the suspect was also shot, and there appeared to be a standoff or hostage situation at the home. Fox2 Now reported around 10:30 a.m. that the suspect was dead.

On Feb. 16, one deputy Marshal was shot and killed and two others were wounded while try to serve a warrant in West Virginia.

U.S. Falling Far Short in Effort to Battle Guns in Mexico, LA Times Reports

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — America seems to be falling short when it comes to committing resources to battle the burgeoning problem of guns being smuggled into Mexico.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“U.S. authorities in Mexico charged with stemming the flow of U.S. weapons to drug cartels have been hampered by shortfalls in staffing, agents with limited Spanish skills and the difficulty of recruiting new agents to the dangerous posting because they can’t officially carry weapons, current and former staff members say.”

Rene Jaquez, a former ATF attache in Mexico City and deputy attache in Ciudad Juarez, told the paper that agents didn’t have the resources to effectively go after gun smugglers.

“I can tell you from my perspective as the former country attache in Mexico … that ATF has not taken seriously its role in the international affairs program as far as Mexico is concerned,” Jaquez told the Times.

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NY Terrorist Suspect Said Something Mel Gibson-like

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He may not be Mel Gibson, but terrorist suspect Adis Medunjanin might have done something sort of Mel Gibson-like after he was arrested last year in connection with an alleged al-Qaeda-sanctioned plot to blow up New York’s subway system.

The New York Daily News reports that FBI agent Aaron Spivack testified Monday at a pretrial hearing in Brooklyn federal court that Medunjanin, after his arrest, wanted to know if the agent was Jewish. He also called Judiasm “the wrong religion.”

“He began to talk religious talk . . . about how Judaism was the wrong religion . . . it was like a lecture or a speech,” Spivack said, according to the Daily News.

The suspect’s attorneys wanted the judge to toss the incriminating statements and said their client was denied access to a lawyer, AP reported.

Authorities allege that Medunjanin and co-conspirators Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay plotted to blow up the subway and were, in part, motivated by their hate for Israel, the Daily News reported.

As you might recall, after Mel Giblson was arrested in Malibu, Calif. on July 28, 2006, he said to the arresting officer James Mee, who is Jewish: “F— Jews…the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

Sounds like the Medunjanin, the suspected terrorist, might have been a little more polite.

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