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June 2021


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Washington Post Editorial: U.S. Guns Going to Mexico is “Scandalous”

drug war-gunBy The Washington Post
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WASHINGTON — SECRETARY OF STATE Hillary Rodham Clinton caused a stir last week by suggesting that Mexico’s drug-trafficking gangs were beginning to resemble an insurgency, like that which has plagued Colombia.

She’s right in the sense that the cartels have come to effectively control parts of the country, where they “attempt to replace the state,” as Mexican President Felipe Calderón put it last month. Like most insurgencies, the Mexican drug armies also have an external source of funding and weapons. Shamefully, that is the United States.

A new report details the abundance of U.S. weapons delivered to the cartels — and the inadequacy of U.S. efforts to stop the illegal trafficking.

According to authors Colby Goodman and Michel Marizco, at least 62,800 of the more than 80,000 firearms confiscated by Mexican authorities from December 2006 to February 2010 came from the United States. Guns are being smuggled across the border at a rate of up to 5,000 per year. The top two varieties are assault rifles: Romanian-made AK47s and clones of the Bushmaster AR-15.

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9 Ex-DEA Officials Ask Justice Dept. to Challenge Legalization of Marijuana in Calif.

marijuana-umledu2By Allan Lengel

Nine former DEA administrators have fired off a letter to Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. asking that he step in if Californians in November vote to legalize marijuana, the Associated Press reports.

AP reports that the administrators wrote an Aug. 24 letter to Holder asking that he file a lawsuit challenging the legalization if voters approve Proposition 19.

The letter says that legalization of marijuana would challenge federal authority, AP reported. The administrators said the lawsuit would be similar to one the administration filed in Arizona involving immigrants.

“We would expect the Department of Justice to act just as swiftly and for the same reason,” the letter said, according to AP.


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Former ICE Official Charged with Scamming Govt out of $582,000 in Salary Scheme With Wife

iceBy Allan Lengel

A former assistant special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in California was arrested Friday on charges that he scammed the government by approving $582,000 in salary and benefits for his wife, who virtually did no work, the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Authorities said that Frank Eugene Johnston, 51, surrendered to special agents with ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). He had retired in August 2009 after 31 years in federal law enforcement.

The indictment alleges that he approved the bogus salary for his wife Taryn Johnston while they were at ICE and its predecessor agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She was also taken into custody on charges that she lied to ICE OPR investigators by saying she worked for the pay.

Taryn Johnston, 53, had worked as an immigration enforcement agent and then as an intelligence research specialist for the law enforcement agencies .

The indictment alleges that Frank Johnston became his wife’s supervisor and in 2002 and assigned her to “an isolated INS sub-office, approximately six blocks away from the INS main office in Los Angeles.”

Soon after that, she stopped going to work and Frank Johnston approved her time sheets, which “frequently also claimed premium pay for overtime and holiday hours,” authorities charged.

Terri Tollefson, special agent in charge for the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility in Los Angeles, said in a statement: “As this indictment makes clear, ICE takes charges of employee misconduct seriously and we will aggressively investigate any allegations that arise. We hold our employees to the highest standards of professional and personal integrity. Guarding against illegal or unethical behavior is not an option; it is an obligation we have to the people we serve.”

D.C. Mayoral Challenger Vincent Gray Turns to FBI Before Primary

Mayor Fenty/campaign photo

Mayor Fenty/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel

Allegations of political misdeeds in the nation’s capital more often than not center around some politicos on Capitol Hill.

But not to be outdone, D.C. City Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray is stirring some controversy on the local political scene.

Gray and his advisers said they have asked the FBI to investigate allegations that incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty offered offered young adults jobs in exchange for votes, a possible violation of fed election laws, the Washington Post reports.

“We are deeply concerned,” Gray said at a news conference in front of his campaign headquarters in Chinatown, according to the Post. “There are very few things that are more sacrosanct, sacred, than the voting process, and we want to make sure it’s fully preserved in the city.”

The Post reported that the FBI referred questions to the Justice Department, which declined comment. The Democratic primary is set for Sept. 14.

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Defense Lawyers Accuse Govt. of Misconduct in Detroit Motorcycle Gang Convictions

detroit mapBy Allan Lengel

DETROIT — Defense attorneys were in federal court in downtown Detroit earlier this week alleging that the government engaged in misconduct and committed a number of errors to get convictions for all six Highwaymen Motorcycle Club members earlier this year, the Detroit Free press reported.

The Free Press reported that defense lawyers on Tuesday told U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds that the prosecution withheld evidence that could have helped their case, manufactured a bogus conspiracy theory “and paid one witness $25,000 for his testimony with the expectation that he would get additional bonuses if he helped secure a conviction.”

“We don’t think that the government should be paying witnesses bonuses,” one attorney Jim Thomas said, according to the Free Press.

Prosecutors denied any wrongdoing and said the convictions were legitimate, the Free Press reported.

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Appeals Court Says Rep. John Conyer’s Wife Must Head to Prison

Monica Conyers/facebook

Monica Conyers/facebook

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers — wife of Rep. John Conyers — won’t be able to delay the inevitable.

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that she can’t stay out of prison pending her appeal, which centers on U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn’s decision not to allow her to withdraw her guilty plea on public corruption charges on the day of sentencing, the Detroit News reported.

Conyers, who was a divisive figure on the city council, is supposed to turn her self in by Friday to start serving her 37-month sentence, the News reported. The Detroit Free Press reported that she is scheduled to turn herself in by 2 p.m. to begin serving her sentence in a federal prison in West Virginia.

She pleaded guilty in June 2009 to taking at least $6,000 in bribes involving a sludge hauling contract that was before the city council.

The Court of Appeals ruled that Conyer’s legal challenge did not raise a substantial question of law, the News reported.