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Nixon’s Atty. Gen. William Saxbe Dies at Age 94

Atty. Gen. William Saxbe/photo umkc-law

Atty. Gen. William Saxbe/photo umkc-law

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Nixon’s fourth Attorney General William Saxbe, a Republican maverick who was at the helm during the Watergate probe, died Tuesday at age 94, the Associated Press reported.

The AP reported that he died at his home in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, outside of Columbus.

Saxbe became attorney general at a tumultuous time in history. Nixon’s first two attorneys general were accused of Watergate-related crimes and the third, Elliot Richardson, resigned to protest Nixon’s meddling in the probe, AP reported.

Nixon turned to Saxbe, a lame-duck one-term U.S. senator, who according to the AP, once labeled the Nixon administration “one of the most inept” in history. He served as U.S. Attorney from Jan. 4, 1974 to Feb. 2, 1975.

Saxbe was a politician who “just did everything right,” Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett, according to AP.

“He was probably the only one who could have got confirmed as attorney general of the United States after the ‘Saturday night massacre,”‘ Bennett said.

Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales Will Return for 2nd Year as Visiting Prof at Texas Tech

Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — After getting a bumpy reception in Washington as President Bush’s Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales has found some love in Texas.

Texas Tech announced Tuesday that Gonzales will return as a visiting professor for a second year, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Chronicle reported that political science department chairman Dennis Patteron said Gonzales has been a tremendous asset to the department.

Gonzales,55, is a native of San Antonio.

Book Review: Ex-FBI Agent’s 7th Book “Intricate” and “Fast Moving”

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“The Bricklayer” by Noah Boyd is published by Harper Collins.

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.

By Greg Stejskal
ticklethwire.com

In the interest of full disclosure, I have known Noah Boyd for over 30 years. I first met him in his former incarnation, Paul Lindsay, an FBI agent in Detroit. I was fresh out of the FBI Academy and had been assigned to the fugitive squad in Detroit .

Although I didn’t know it at the time, it was to my very good fortune to have Lindsay/Boyd as my training agent. (I will use Lindsay’s pen name Noah Boyd for simplicity.)

Boyd had earned a reputation as one of the best fugitive agents in the Bureau, that is, he was very good at finding bad guys who didn’t want to be found. Later in his career, Boyd would apply his considerable talents to cold cases and serial killers.

Boyd also had a talent for creative writing. In fact, he penned his first book in 1992 while he was still an agent in Detroit (under his true name). Since then he’s chalked up a total of seven novels – the latest being “The Bricklayer”. His writing has a gritty realism to it.

In “The Bricklayer,” he introduces a protagonist, Steve Vail, who is the quintessential American- Lone Ranger kind of hero. The first scenes in the book involve a bank robbery in which Vail physically subdues the bandits while the security cameras roll. Then before anyone can figure out who he is, he slips away.

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Attys for New Orleans Cops to Meet With Justice to Discuss Death Penalty Issue

new-orleans-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for four current and ex-cops charged in the civilian Post-Katrina shootings on the Danziger Bridge will try and dissuade the Justice Department from seeking the death penalty, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

The paper reports that attorneys are scheduled to meet with Justice Department officials Tuesday to discuss the matter.

It’s highly unusual for the feds to seek the death penalty against cops. The paper reports the only former cop on death row right now is a New Orleans officer Len Davis, “who ran a drug-protection racket in the mid-1990s and ordered the murder of a woman who filed a complaint to his superiors.”

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Blago II Could Start Up in January

Sam Adam Jr. may not return for act 2/ law firm photo

Sam Adam Jr. may not return for act 2/ law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The sequel to Rod Blagojevich’s first public corruption trial could be coming to a federal court room in downtown Chicago as early as January, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Trib reported that in a private meeting last week between U.S. District Judge James Zagel and lawyers, the judge said he was considering a January date.

Whether Blagojevich has the same attorneys is in question. His legal team of seven lawyers was paid from his $2.7 million campaign fund, which is now totally depleted.

The judge indicated he would appoint Blago two attorneys, which are likely to be paid by taxpayers.

The father and son team of Sam Adam Sr. and Sam Adam Jr. have hinted they may not return for a second act, the Tribune reported.  Blagojevich was convicted last week on one of 24 public corruption counts. The jury deadlocked on the other 23 counts and the judge declared a mistrial on those charges.

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LA Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Inside Stock Info on Walt Disney Co. to Undercover FBI Agents

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Yonni Sebbag won’t be going to Disney World any time soon. In fact, he’s probably going to a place far scarier.

On Monday, in New York, Yonni Sebbag, 30, of Los Angeles,  pleaded guilty to conspiring with his girlfriend to sell insider information about Walt Disney Co. stock, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said.

Authorities say that Sebbag’s girlfriend Bonnie Hoxie, an assistant to Disney’s corporate communications chief, obtained confidential information about the company and gave it to Sebbag to sell.

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DEA Seeking Experts in Ebonics for Narcotics Cases

dea_color_logoBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

If you speak Ebonics, the federal government may have a job for you.

The Drug Enforcement Administration wants to hire people fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, transcribe and translate secretly recorded conversations in narcotics investigations, according to the website The Smoking Gun and DEA documents.

The Smoking Gun reports that up to nine Ebonics experts will work with the DEA Atlanta Division after obtaining “DEA Sensitive” security clearance.

Ebonics, or “Black English,” generally is defined as a nonstandard form of English spoken by African-Americans.

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FBI Hunts For Suspected Wisconsin Bomber 40 Years Later

leo burtBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Forty years ago Tuesday, a van loaded with explosives rocked the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, killing one person and wounding three others — all part of a protest against the war in Vietnam. It was also the biggest domestic terrorism attack until the Oklahoma City bombing 25 years later.

Three of four of the anti-war culprits were captured and served time in prison. But 40 years later, the hunt for the fourth suspect — Leo Burt, a student and aspiring journalist at the time — continues.

“We’re still pursuing leads like he’s still alive,” Bruce Carroll, a campus police detective assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, told AOL News. “I’ve expressed my doubts in the past that he’s still alive. It would be very hard to live totally undercover for 40 years. That being said, stranger things have happened.

“But we’ve had a bunch of leads and we still have leads that are active,” he said.

On Monday, the FBI upped the profile of the case, prominently displaying a story on its website that began: “Where is Leo Burt? You can earn up to $150,000 by helping us find him.”

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