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The Feds Case Against Woman Who Trafficked 14-Year-Old Girl For Sex in St. Louis

Houston Prostitute Runs Car into FBI Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A prostitute trying to escape arrest ran her car into a Houston FBI agent, striking the agent in the left thigh, causing bruises and back pain, according to an FBI affidavit filed in U.S. District Court this week.

The incident took place on Nov. 7 in southwest Houston. The agent was part of the Houston Innocence Lost Task Force that was participating in a nationwide crackdown on pimps and teen prostitutes, according to an affidavit by FBI agent Sherri Rice.

At about 1:10 a.m., task force officer David Nieto met up with a prostitute Shaquita M. Taylor-Felder and followed her to the Budget Garden Suites.  After a “prostitution case” was made in the parking lot, the officer signaled FBI agents to move in for the arrest, the affidavit said.

One agent, Patrick Fransen parked his car behind the prostitute’s car, the affidavit said.  Then agent Chad Nunez and officer Nieto approached the car on foot. Agent Sherri Rice approached the area but stayed in the car.

Agent Fransen, who was wearing a jacket with the words “Police” on the front walked up to the driver’s side of the prostitute’s car and knocked on the window. The prostitute rolled the window down about three inches and Fransen identified himself and said she was under arrest, the affidavit said.

The woman then rolled up the window, put her car in reverse and rammed into Fransen’s car. She then went forward and backward, and repeatedly rammed the car, the affidavit said.

Fansen and officer Nieto tried unsuccessfully to break the window on the driver’s side. At some point, the prostitute’s car struck Fransen in the left thigh, causing injuries.

The prostitute, Taylor-Felder was eventually able to drive off at a high rate of speed. Agent Rice followed her. The prostitute was able to lose the agent.

About 4 hours later, the Taylor-Felder’s car was located and towed.

The following day, task force members went to the place Taylor-Felder bought the car. She happened to be on the phone with the salesman. She told the salesman that she parked the car at her house and it was now missing, the affidavit said.  She said she had filled out a police report.

Authorities then gathered enough info to get an arrest warrant on charges of assaulting and resisting a law enforcement agent. Court records show no court date has been set.

Read FBI affidavit

Ex-LA U.S. Atty. Writes Check After Getting Busted for Ripping Off Taxpayers: He’s 1 of 5 U.S. Attys Cited in IG Report

Thomas O'Brien/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Former Los Angeles U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O’Brien says he wrote a check this week reimbursing the government in instances where he stayed in hotel rooms that cost more than the government-approved rate, the Los Angeles Times reported.

O’Brien was one of five U.S. Attorneys cited in a Justice Department Inspector General report released Monday who went beyond the government approved rate on different occasions. The report, which covered the years 2007 to 2009, did not identify the U.S. Attorney’s by name.

But two others names identified in media reports included former New Jersey U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, who is now governor of New Jersey,  and former Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan.

Mary Beth Buchanan

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which identified Buchanan, reported that the violators weren’t required to reimburse taxpayers because rules at the time allowed U.S. Attorney’s to approve their own travel.

The report found that some of O’Brien’s claims for reimbursement were “inappropriate and egregious violations” of the travel policies, the Times reported. It said the total overage amounted to $903.

The Times reported that O’Brien, now in private practice, denied any misconduct, but takes “full responsibility” for any oversights.

The Times reported that O’Brien said all his travel was approved by Washington and that he was not asked to repay for the overages,, he did so on Tuesday, one day after the report was released.

The Pittsburg Post-Gazette wrote that Buchanan had overages of $4,221.

The Post-Gazette reported that in June Buchanan said she had always followed department rules if she had gone over the government rate.

Gov. Chris Christie/state photo

Chris Christie

“I can assure you the process was followed each and every time,” she said, according to the paper.

As for Christie, the report, which identified him only as “U.S. Attorney C”, said :  “These 14 vouchers exceeded the government rate by $19 to $242 per night, for a total of $2,176 (excluding taxes for domestic travel). U.S. Attorney C’s lodging costs exceeded the government rate by more than $100 per night on 9 of the 14 vouchers.”

He has publicly declined to comment on the report.

The report said Christie — considered a rising star in the Republican party – stayed at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston for $449 per night and the $475-per-night Four Seasons Hotel in Washington at a cost of more than double the government rate for those cities.

The website Main Justice was the first to identify Christie as a violator.

Read report.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Says “Close to Decision” on 9/11 Trial

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Here’s a controversial issue that won’t go away: Where to hold the 9/11 trial.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr., who has often been treated like a pinata by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary when confronted about the issue, says the government is “close to a decision” on how to try Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his fellow co-defendants, the New York Daily News reported.

“We have been working on it, and I think we’re close to a decision,” Holder told reporters.

The Daily News reported that Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said: “I urge Attorney General Holder not to hold any 9/11 trials in New York or anywhere in the U.S,”

“The trial should not and will not be in New York,” added Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the News reported.

ATF Still Not Sure Whether Agents Will Return to Virgin Islands

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Nearly two weeks after a U.S. Virgin Islands judge tossed out the controversial murder charges against ATF agent Will Clark, the agency said it has still not decided whether to send agents to work there again.

“It’s being evaluated and no decision has been made,” Donna Sellers, an ATF spokesperson told ticklethewire.com.

As a protest, ATF had withdrawn its agents from the Virgin Islands shortly after Clark had been charged with murder in 2008. He fatally shot his neighbor during a confrontation.

After the trial had already gotten underway, Judge Edgar Ross tossed the case on a technicality, ruling in favor of a defense motion that proper procedure was not followed in identifying the body of shooting victim Marcus Sukow to the medical examiner.

Prosecutors had accused ATF agent Clark of using excessive force during a confrontation with Sukow, who was involved in a in a domestic dispute that day. Clark claimed it was self defense and his agency, after conducting an internal review, found Clark responded properly.

Some of Swindler Bernie Madoff’s Possessions Go Up for Auction Saturday

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The spoils of swindler Bernie Madoff and his wife go up for auction Saturday in New York.

His black velveteen slippers, an emerald cut 10.5-carat diamond ring, other jewelry and furniture are up for grabs, the New York Daily News reports.

Auctioneers at Gaston & Sheehan will handle the sale, which will be online and at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan starting at 10 a.m.

Jennifer Crane of the U.S. Marshals Service asset forfeiture unit, who was inside Madoff’s upper East Side penthouse after his December 2008 arrest, told the Daily News:

“He was extremely meticulous. Everything was folded beautifully, every drawer you opened up was perfectly organized. It wasn’t what I expected.”

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FBI’s Mark Giuliano Named Assistant Dir. for Counterterrorism at HQ

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– Mark F. Giuliano becomes the new assistant director for the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, replacing James W. McJunkin who will take over as head of the bureau’s Washington Field Office.

“Mark’s experience and leadership have prepared him well to lead the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division during these important times,” Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement.

Giuliano, who is the deputy assistant director for Operations Branch II, Counterterrorism Division, at headquarters, oversaw all domestic terrorism operations in the U.S., as well as the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Lone Offender Task Force, the Yemen fusion cell, the Pakistan threat group, human intelligence and strategic terrorism operations, communications exploitation and terrorist financing for FBI counterterrorism operations worldwide, the FBI said.

Prior to that, he served as section chief of the Domestic Terrorism and Strategic Operation Section.

Before joining the Counterterrorism Division, he served as assistant special agent in charge of national security for the Atlanta Division.

He also served as the FBI’s on-scene commander in Afghanistan.

He started his career at the Washington Field Office’s Safe Streets and Gang Task Force.

DEA Nominee Michele Leonhart Finally Gets Hearing Before Sen. Judiciary

Michele Leonhart/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Many may say it’s long long overdue.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing next week for Michele Leonhart, who was nominated to head the DEA on Feb. 2, according to the website Main Justice. Leonhart has been heading the agency on an interim basis since 2007.

The Nov. 17 hearing will also be for Stacia Hylton, who has been nominated to head the U.S. Marshals Service, Main Justice reported.

Many DEA agents have suggested the White House doesn’t care about the DEA and has been lax about  pushing for a confirmation hearing.