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Ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay Gets 3 Years in Prison; Remains Free On $10,000 Bond

Ex-Rep. Tom DeLay

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The once powerful U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who had been under FBI investigation in  connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal,  but was never charged,  was sentenced  in state court Monday in Austin, Tex., to three years in prison for a scheme in which he illegally helped funnel corporate contributions to Republican Texas legislative candidates, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that DeLay remained defiant to the end, denying wrongdoing. He was jailed for three hours before he posted a $10,000 bond. He will remain free pending an appeal that could potentially take years.

“Everything I did was covered by accountants and lawyers telling me what I had to do to stay within the law,” the ex-House majority leader said in court. “I can’t be remorseful for something I don’t think I did.”

AP reported that Senior Judge Pat Priest disagreed with DeLay, saying those who write laws should be bound by them.

DeLay had been convicted in November of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money launder for using a political action committee to illegally send corporate donations to Texas House candidates in 2002, AP reported.

The FBI and Justice Department had investigated DeLay in connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal. DeLay was never charged, but two of his political aides pleaded guilty in the case.

Column: Guns and Responsibility

Eugene Robinson

By Eugene Robinson
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — We may not be sure that the bloodbath in Tucson had anything to do with politics, but we know it had everything to do with our nation’s insane refusal to impose reasonable controls on guns.

Specifically, the rampage had everything to do with a 9mm semiautomatic Glock pistol – a sleek, efficient killing machine that our lax gun laws allowed an unstable young man to purchase, carry anywhere and ultimately use to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head. The weapon also was used to shoot 19 bystanders, killing six of them, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.

The accused gunman, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, appears to be deranged. But this fact does not automatically absolve the politicians, partisan activists and professional loudmouths who spew apocalyptic anti-government rhetoric full of violent imagery.

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Men in FBI Gear Ransack Buffalo Home; Shoot Man and Pistol Whip Wifeles

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Buffalo police are investigating a Monday morning home robbery that reportedly involved at least four men who were wearing FBI badges and jackets, radio station WBEN reported. A man was shot in the hand and his wife was pistol-whipped.

The station reported that  the  man claimed he was stopped by four or five men in FBI gear who forced their way into his van and forced him to drive to his home around 8:45 a.m.

The station reported that the men ransacked the home, tied up the wife and pistol-whipped her and shot the husband in the hand.

The suspects fled in a newer model Dodge Ram pick-up truck with black stripes on the hood and tinted windows, WBEN reported.

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Indicted Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick May Not Face Fed Jury Until Summer of 2012

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Motor City is in for some entertainment and potentially a long long stretch of bad publicity.

Why? Because ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and four others charged in a federal public corruption indictment may not go before a jury — if they choose that route — until the summer of 2012, the Detroit News reported. That means the case will provide plenty fodder for the media for some time to come in a city that is struggling in every way.

The Detroit News reported that no trial date will be set until after a April 13 pretrial conference. Veteran Detroit attorney Gerald Evelyn, who represents co-defendant Bobby Ferguson,  said the government proposed a trial date of January 2012.

“The government took seven years investigating and they want us to prepare in a few minutes,” Evelyn told reporters, according to the News.

On Monday, Kilpatrick stood mute during his arraignment, the News reported.

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Column: Az Sheriff’s Politicization of Shootings a Sad Day for Politics, Law Enforcement and Justice

Chris Battle

By Chris Battle
Security DeBrief

WASHINGTON — As a former reporter and, later, as a spokesperson for federal law agencies, I grew used to responses from criminal investigators anytime a reporter asked about who the culprit might be or what kind of motive the suspected culprit might have. The universal answer was: “We cannot comment at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation.” As more facts and evidence accumulated, some of it was shared with the public when appropriate.

What then accounts for the sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, and his outrageous and wholly unprofessional charge that the shootings that took place during an event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was the result of conservative ideology and Teaparty rhetoric?

What kind of law enforcement professional would blithely discuss possible motives about a heinous and shocking crime to the media, to national television, while the investigation was ongoing? What kind of law enforcement professional would do such things without a shred of evidence?

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Rep. Mike Rogers — Ex-FBI Agent — Criticizes Dir. Robert Mueller For Going to Az

Rep. Mike Rogers/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mi.), a former FBI agent, criticized the decision by President Obama to dispatch FBI director Robert S. Mueller to Arizona after the mass shooting on Saturday, according to the radio station WHMI in Livingston County, Mi., outside Detroit.

“He didn’t need to be in Arizona to be updated frequently and this is a very serious matter and I just hope…We don’t to overreact to the full implementation for successful investigation,” Rogers told WHMI.

“They are fully capable of doing it without the Director himself being on the ground in Arizona,” said Rogers who was an FBI agent in Chicago from 1988-1994 where he investigated public corruption.

Rogers also told the station it makes his “blood boil” when pundits try to implicate Sarah Palin in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az) because of her website which included bulls eye on lawmakers who supported the Obama healthcare.

Read ticklethewire.com Column Praising Mueller’s Trip to Az

Frank Montoya Jr. to Head FBI Honolulu Division


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Frank Montoya, Jr., the section chief for the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, who worked on the Oklahoma bombing and Robert Hanssen spy case, has been named head of the bureau’s Honolulu Division.

Montoya joined the FBI in 1991 and was first stationed in the San Antonio Field Office, where he worked violent crime and fugitive investigations. He also worked temporarily in the Oklahoma office to help in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation.

In June 1996, he transferred to the San Juan Field Office and worked in the special operations group and was a surveillance team leader on drug, violent crime, and national security cases, the FBI said.

He then went off to the Washington Field Office’s national security squad, and in April 2000, he went to headquarters where he oversaw national security investigations and operations. During that time, he assisted with the Robert Hanssen investigation.

In November 2002, he went to the Milwaukee Field Office where he was a supervisor and oversaw the counterintelligence squad and several national security investigations.

In 2005, it was back to headquarters where he was promoted to unit chief in the Counterintelligence Division.

In July 2007, he became a special agent in charge of the counterintelligence branch in the San Francisco office.

NY Cop Who Cracked Copycat Zodiac Killer Case Assigned to Homeland Security Committe in Washington


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Star New York cop Joseph Herbert, who cracked the Zodiac copycat killer case in 1996, has been assigned to work as an expert on the Homeland Security Committee, the New York Daily News reported.

The Daily News reported that Herbert becomes the first New York cop to be assigned to a Congressional Committee.

“Inspector Herbert is just an incredible addition to the committee,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) , chair of the committee, told the Daily News. “He brings the expertise of the No. 1 counterterrorism police unit in the country. It gives us a tremendous source of knowledge.”

Inspector Herbert, 53, who heads the NYPD’s Intelligence Operations and Analysis Section, cracked the copycat Zodiac killer case as a detective in 1996. The killer Heriberto (Eddie) Seda, shot to death three people and wounded four others between 1990-1993.