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Ex-Head of Denver FBI Named Director of Colorado’s Public Safety Dept.

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Jim” Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI, who headed the FBI’s Denver office since 2008, has been named the new director of Colorado’s Department of Public Safety, the Associated Press reported.

Davis, who retired from the FBI last month, was named to the post by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who called him “one of the nation’s finest law enforcement officers,” the AP reported.

The public safety department includes the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado State Patrol.

Davis began his career with the FBI in 1985, according to the FBI. Just before heading up the Denver office, he served as Legal Attache in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

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Hundreds Gather in W. Virginia to Pay Respect to Slain Dep. U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller

Ex-Philly Interim U.S. Atty. Laurie Magid in Hot Water

Ex-U.S. Atty. Laurie Magid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-interim Philly U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid is facing some serious allegations.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has alleged that as a government employee Magid improperly held fundraisers for Sen. Arlen Specter in 2008 and one for U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan in 2009, and solicited funds from subordinates at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the fundraisers, according to the counsel’s Feb. 15 document posted on  Politico.

The special counsel has recommended disciplinary action for violating the Hatch Act law. which  limits political activity by federal employees.

Magid was the first assistant U.S. Attorney from summer 2005 until  July 2008 when she became acting U.S. Attorney. From February 2009 to May 2009 she was the interim U.S. Attorney and then was replaced.

The Office of Special Counsel document stated that in  2008, Magid’s husband was hosting a fundraiser at their home for Sen. Arlen Specter.

The document alleged that she helped her husband and invited eight assistant U.S. attorneys (AUSAs) for the Sen. Specter fundraiser.

“At least one one AUSA expressed concern that he felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser,” the document said.

In early 2009, the husband threw a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Patrick Meehan, the former U.S. Attorney, who eventually decided to run for Congress. Magid helped her husband with the invite list, which included 35 of her subordinate employees. Of those, about 18 got the invitations at their official U.S. Attorney address, the document said.

“When invitations were received, performance evaluations were in progress,” the document said. “Several of respondent’s subordinate employees  expressed concerns that they  felt pressure to attend this political fundraiser or make a financial contribution.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Magid did not respond to an e-mail for comment, and a person at her home said she was not available to respond.

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Fed Judge Tosses Torture Lawsuit by “Dirty Bomber”

Jose Padilla

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge in South Carolina on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit against the government by the man known as the “dirty bomber.” Jose Padilla had claimed he was tortured and denied an opportunity to practice his religion.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled that Padilla, who was arrested at Chicago O’Hare Airport in 2002 as an enemy combatant, could not sue for constitutional violations and that the government had “qualified immunity” in the case. After his arrest he was transferred to the Naval Brig in Charleston, S.C.

“Therefore, to the extent that a viable cause of action were found to exist under the Constitution, the Court finds that all defendants are entitled to qualified immunity on all issues relating to Padilla’s designation and detention as an enemy combatant,” the judge wrote.

“The Court finds that under the circumstances then existing during Padilla’s detention and interrogation, Defendants are entitled to qualified immunity for Padilla’s RFRA claims. There was then no “clearly established” federal law on these issues, and the courts were only then beginning to sort out the legal rights of those designated as enemy combatants.”

The lawsuit had named defendants including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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Padilla was held as an enemy combatant for 3 1/2 years before he was transferred to Miami to face allegations in civilian court that he planned to build and detonate a “dirty bomb” in the U.S.

He was convicted in August 2007 and subsequently sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke in Miami to 17 years and four months in prison.

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Washington Post Editorial Calls For Congressional Commission to Review Anthrax Investigation

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — RESOLUTION OF THE 2001 anthrax attacks continues to prove elusive.

The Justice Department and the FBI identified Maryland scientist Bruce E. Ivins as having single-handedly carried out the attacks that killed five people and seriously sickened 17 others. The department was on the verge of seeking an indictment in 2008 when Mr. Ivins took his own life.

Doubts lingered about Mr. Ivins’s guilt, in part because the FBI had had its sights on a different Maryland scientist for several years before admitting he was not the culprit. Now, a report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) raises new questions about whether Mr. Ivins was wrongly accused.

The lengthy report cites several instances in which the Justice Department appears to have overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against Mr. Ivins.

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