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Senior ICE Attorney Convicted of Taking Bribes: Caught in FBI Sting

iceBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A senior attorney with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was convicted Tuesday in Los Angeles  federal court of  taking a series of bribes from immigrants seeking documentation to remain in the U.S., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

ICE Assistant Chief Counsel Constantine Peter Kallas, 39, of Alta Loma, Calif. was convicted following a three week trial, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“Mr. Kallas was a corrupt government official who abused his position of trust to line his own pockets,” U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. said in a statement.

Authorities said Kallen has been in federal prison since August 2008, about two months after he was busted in an FBI  sting and videotaped at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, Calif. “where he and his wife accepted a bribe from an immigrant”, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

He accepted a series of bribes, some as high as $20,000, authorities said.

Authorities said court documents show that besides Kallas’ salary,  the couple had deposited $950,000 in their bank accounts since 2000.

A search of their home turned up more than $177,0000 in cash, authorities said.

Actor Michael Douglas’ Son Cameron Gets 5 Year Sentence in DEA Bust

Kirk Douglas letter to judge/ticklethewire.com photo

Kirk Douglas letter to judge/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Actor Michael Douglas’ son Cameron, who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, got a five year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine in New York federal court on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Richard told the 31-year-old Douglas that this was his “last chance to make it.” Douglas apologized for his crime during the sentencing which was attended by his father, AP reported.

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NY Feds Crackdown on Gambino Crime Family: Indict 14

NY FBI Agents Involved in the Mob Arrests/photo by Richard Kolko
NY FBI Agents Involved in the Mob Arrests/photo by Richard Kolko

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The New York feds came crashing down on the Gambino crime family Tuesday, indicting 14 members and associates — including one of the top bosses — on charges ranging from murder, extortion and narcotics trafficking to tampering with the 1992 jury of then-boss John Gotti.

The 23-count indictment alleges certain defendants killed four people, two of whom were cooperating with the feds; extorted money from the building, home-heating oil and financial services industries; defrauded high-end New York restaurants; and used baseball bats to beat shakedown victims.

All but one of the 14 defendants — Steve Maiurro — are in custody. Among them is a woman, Suzanne Porcelli, who was charged with running a prostitution ring and the sex trafficking of a minor.

“As today’s case demonstrates, the Mafia is not dead — it is alive and kicking,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in statement. “Modern mobsters may be less colorful, less flamboyant and less glamorous than some of their predecessors, but they are still terrorizing businesses, using baseball bats and putting people in the hospital.

“Today the Gambino family has lost one of its leaders,” he added, “and many of its rising stars have now fallen.”

Central to the indictment is Daniel Marino, who authorities described as one of three bosses who run the Gambino crime family, which has more than 200 “made” members and hundreds of associates.

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FBI File on Holocaust Museum Shooter Reveals 1963 Incident

James von Brunn/facebook photo

James von Brunn/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– It’s not particularly shocking. Nonetheless, it’s interesting that the FBI had a file on a 1963 incident involving James von Brunn, the man who killed a Holocaust museum guard in Washington  last June 10, according to the Associated Press.

Von Brunn, 88, died in January before he could go to trial.

The AP reports that it obtained FBI files under the Freedom of Information Act for von Brunn,who came to the FBI’s attention over a death threat in 1963 over a business dispute.

AP reported that a Greensboro, N.C. company official  told the FBI that von Brunn called  and threatened to kill him over not getting paid. The wire service reported that von Brunn admitted making the call, but denied threatening the person’s life. He was never prosecuted.

Chicago Prosecutors Fear Ex-Gov. Blago’s Lawyers Will Try for “Jury Nullification”

jury boxBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Chicago fed prosecutors in the upcoming political corruption trial of ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich are worried defense attorneys might go for “jury nullification” and ask jurors to ignore the facts of the case and acquit.

“The government respectfully moves this Court to preclude the defendants from arguing, or otherwise presenting evidence or pursuing lines of inquiry to illicit, jury nullification,” the government wrote in a motion filed Monday.

The motion anticipates a number of arguments the defense may present to jurors to get  jury nullification including “politics as usual”.

“The defendant may well suggest that the law is unfair or burdensome because their conduct is simply consistent with the way the political system is set up,” the motion states. “Likewise, the defendant may argue that their conduct is simply what all politicians do and, to the extent their conduct violates the law, the the law is unrealistic or unfair.”

“Such argument, which concedes the conduct but simply suggests to the jury that even if such conduct is technically illegal it is proper, necessary, or simply the way of life in politics, seeks jury nullification and should be barred.”

Read Govt. Motion on Jury Nullification

Blago Blasts Prosecutors and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald

Fugitive Thinks Ex-FBI Agent Who Vanished in Iran is Dead

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Is former FBI agent Robert Levinson who vanished in Iran three years ago, dead?

An American-born Muslim convert Hassan Abdulraham, who is wanted for the 1980 murder of a former Iranian diplomat in Maryland, says most likely Yes, Fox News reports.

Abdulraham, who was editor of Iran’s state run Press TV at the time of the dispearance, and lives in an Islamic nation overseas, may have been the last to meet with Levinson at the time, Fox reported.

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Obama Administration Ready to Name James Cole as New Dep. Atty. General

James Cole/law firm

James Cole/law firm

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration, which still has more vacant positions to fill than a department store chain before Christmas, is apparently getting ready to name a new deputy attorney general.

The investigative news website ProPublica reports that the administration is ready to nominate white collar defense attorney James A. Cole, 57 a partner at Bryan Cave, a D.C. law firm. He would replace David Ogden who stepped down last February. He didn’t appear to be a good fit.

Cole previously served as deputy chief of the Justice Department’s public integrity section, ProPublica reported. He was special counsel to the House ethics committee in 1997.

Column: NYPD “Cowboy Behavior” Screws FBI in Terrorism Case

Len Levitt wrote the police column “One Police Plaza” for Newsday for 10 years and has worked for several other publications including Time magazine. His website is nypdconfidential.com

len levittBy Len Levitt
nypdconfidential.com

There is more cause for concern about the NYPD’s Lone Cowboy behavior the more we learn about the department’s dealings with the Queens imam who jeopardized the investigation into the most serious threat to national security since 9/11.

It now appears that the NYPD spoke with Imam Ahmad Wais Afzali not once, as has been reported, but at least three times, urging him to spy on suspects in a plot to blow up New York City subways.

And the police apparently did this without informing their own partners in the terrorism investigation — the FBI.

The result: Instead of helping the investigation, the NYPD’s meddling led the imam to warn ringleader Najibullah Zazi that authorities were on to him, short-circuiting the crucial evidence-gathering surveillance and forcing the FBI to make arrests prematurely.

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