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Man’s Car Hops Curb; Gets Unexpected Greeting From Secret Service Protecting Pres. Bush

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A motorist tooling around an upscale Dallas neighborhood Wednesday night got an unexpected greeting from U.S. Secret Service agents when his muscle car accidentally hopped the curb and ended up on the lawn of a certain prominent person.

Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, said the man was driving sometime around 7:30 p.m. to visit a friend in the Preston Hollow neighborhood in Dallas when he apparently lost control of the car, which jumped onto the lawn of former President George W. Bush.  Donovan said it appeared the gas pedal was stuck.

Secret Service agents, who are on the scene 24/7, quickly responded, as did the Dallas police, Donovan said. The man was interviewed and was allowed to go. Donovan said there was no indication the man intended to harm the President and his wife Laura, who were home at the time. There was no damage to the home.

Media reports indicated the car was a Mercury Cougar.

Senate Confirms New U.S.Marshal Stacia Hylton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved Stacia A.  Hylton as the new U.S. Marshal by unanimous consent.

Authorities said Hylton returns to the U.S. Marshals Service after operating her own consulting company, Hylton Kirk & Associates.

She served in federal law enforcement for 29 years, including as the Federal Detention Trustee from 2004-2010 and in a number of leadership positions in the Marshals Service from 1980-2004, including Acting Deputy Director, Assistant Director of Prisoner Operations, Chief Deputy in the District of South Carolina and Chief of Judicial Security Programs.

“I am pleased that Stacia Hylton will return to the U.S. Marshals Service to build upon 29 years of distinguished service at the department,” said Atty. General Eric Holder Jr.

Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the Marshals Service told ticklethewire.com that the current Marshal John Clark will step down Jan. 3 to enter private industry.  Later in the morning, Clark issued a statement saying has accepted a position  at Lockheed Martin as director of security operations for information systems and global solutions.

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U.S. Marshals Investigator in Trouble Over Expenses

By Allan Lengel,
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An investigator for the the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington finds himself in trouble and on administrative leave just days before Christmas.

Maria Glod of the Washington Post reports that investigator Peter F. Rouse has been charged with making more than $1,000 in unauthorized charges between August and December of 2009.

The Post reports that Rouse has been with the Marshals Service for about 11 years and recently worked in Washington and previously in Arizona. He’s been on administrative leave since Tuesday.

A court affidavit said authorities became suspicious of Rouse’s charges, which appeared to stand out among other employees, the Post wrote.

An examination of his expenses showed he made charges on weekends and holidays when he wasn’t working “and quantities of gas pumped that exceeded the capacity of the Crown Victoria assigned to Rouse,” the Post wrote.

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Michele Leonhart Finally Gets the Final Nod to Head DEA; Senate Vote Was Unanimous

Michele Leonhart

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — After serving as acting head of the DEA since November 2007, Michele Leonhart finally got confirmed as the permanent leader of the agency.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday night unanimously voted to confirm Leonhart, making her the 10th administrator in the DEA’s history, the agency said.

Leonhart is the first female DEA Special Agent to rise through the ranks of the agency to become its Administrator and the second woman to lead the DEA, the agency said. She joined the agency in 1980.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to have the opportunity to continue to lead the world’s premier drug law enforcement organization,” Leonhart said in a statement after the Senate vote.

“I am dedicated to meeting the challenges that DEA faces, from disrupting and dismantling extremely violent Mexican based drug cartels; to defeating narco-terrorists operating in Afghanistan and around the world; and doing all we can to reduce prescription drug abuse, our nation’s fastest growing drug threat.”

“I applaud the unanimous confirmation of Michele Leonhart, and agree with the strong bipartisan consensus validating her proven qualifications and effectiveness to lead the Drug Enforcement Administration,” said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Leonhart’s long-term status as “acting” head of the agency became a point of irritation to some current and former agents. They felt the White House didn’t care enough about the DEA to address the issue.

Whatever the case, a number of people offered laudatory words.

Margaret Moore, president of Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) remarked: “We are confident that the newly confirmed Administrator will uphold the finest traditions of DEA and provide the constant guidance and leadership for this outstanding law enforcement agency.”

Ex-Atty. Gen. Mukasey Asks White House to Release Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Atty. Michael Mukasey, who came to the Justice Department at the tail end of the Bush administration, is asking the White House to commute the sentence of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard to time served, the Jerusalem Post reported.

In a letter to President Obama, Mukasey, a former federal judge,  wrote that Pollard, who was found guilty of spying for Israel”has not been alleged by anyone to have had any motive to harm the United States. In these circumstances, a life sentence can only be considered utterly disproportionate to the crime.”

“I had occasion myself to consider life sentences, and indeed to impose them. In more than 18 years on the bench, I imposed such sentences on four defendants,” Mukasey wrote.

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Pollard’s wife Esther Pollard  told Israel Radio that Pollard has been in poor health as of late.

Pollard, a former civilian intelligence analyst, was  handed a life sentence in 1987 for spying.

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Ex-FBI Agent Convicted in Las Vegas of Voluntary Manslaughter

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Las Vegas jury on Tuesday convicted retired San Diego FBI special agent Edward Preciado-Nuno of voluntary manslaughter with use of a deadly weapon in the death of his son’s girlfriend, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The Clark County District Court jury, which deliberated for about five hours, found Edward Preciado-Nuno, 63, guilty in the November 2008 death Kimberly Long. She was found dead in his son’s garage with several blunt force trauma wounds,the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The jury was told a claw hammer was used in the assault and that Long was defending herself. The defense claimed that Preciado-Nuno was attacked first and had been trying to diffuse a toxic relationship between Long and his son.

Preciado-Nuno was taken into custody. Sentencing is set for Feb. 23.

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