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Detroit Fed Judge Fines Ex-Prosecutor $2,000 For Allegedly Trying to Intimidate Mother of Victim in Child Porn Case

Judge Friedman imposed sanction

Judge Friedman imposed sanction

By Allan Lengel

A Detroit federal judge has fined a former assistant U.S. Attorney  $2,000 for making an “unwarranted and baseless request” in a child pornography case, the Detroit News reported.  The judge alleged that the ex-prosecutor, turned defense attorney, tried to intimidate the mother of the victim.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman last week imposed the sanction against ex-prosecutor John Freeman, ruling that he had no business asking that the prosecution file a formal motion seeking  permission for the victim’s mother to speak at the sentencing  for Craig Aleo.

Aleo, a former school official in  Walled Lake, a Detroit suburb, was sentenced to 60 years in April for producing child porn in which he victimized a 4-year-old girl, the News reported.

Friedman said in an opinion that attorney Freeman already knew the mother was likely to testify at sentencing and filed  the motion with the express purpose of trying to intimidate her. The judge said it was not necessary for prosecutors to formally file such a request.

The motion that caused the stir was filed by defense attorney Freeman on April 13.

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5 Ex and Current New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post Katrina Fatal Shooting

new-orleans-map-istockBy Allan Lengel

Nearly five years after Katrina, New Orleans,  the city of jazz, Cajun cooking and legendary partying, still bears the scars. So does the tarnished police department.

The latest reminder of the troubles the police department still faces came Friday  when a federal grand jury indicted three current cops and two former ones in connection with the police shooting of a resident, who was fatally shot days after Hurricane Katrina, the Justice Department announced.

“Behavior such as described in the indictment has no place in a free society, let alone law enforcement,” David Welker, head of the FBI in New Orleans, said in a statement.

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Texas Inmate Pleads to Offering Undercover ATF Agent $10,000 to Kill His Judge

By Allan Lengel

A 49-year-old Texas inmate pleaded guilty Friday to hiring a hitman —  who ended up being an undercover ATF agent —  to kill a state judge.

Jeffrey Dwayne Harrison pleaded guilty in Lubbock, Tex., to attempted murder-for-hire of Judge Stephen Ellis, 35th Judicial District Court Judge of Brown County, Tex., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Harrison was incarcerated on drug charges in the Brown County Jail in Texas at the time of the latest crime, authorities said.

According to plea bargaining papers, law enforcement in March learned that  Harrison was looking to hire someone to kill the judge, who was handing his drug case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A confidential informant  introduced Harrison to an undercover ATF agent to carry out the murder. Authorities said Harrison first contacted the undercover agent by phone and said:

“I don’t want to say too much, I was just letting you know the court, it’s 35th Judicial [District], Steve Ellis is my judge, he said you’d get some paperwork rolling for me, so I’m going to shoot you some money so that we can get that rolling right.”

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Cory Nelson to Head Up FBI’s San Antonio Division

Cory Neslon/fbi photo

Cory Neslon/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Cory B. Nelson,  chief of the FBI’s Terrorist Financing Operations Section, has been tapped to head up the agency’s San Antonio Division.

Nelson joined the FBI in July 1991 and was first assigned to the New York Division’s applicant squad. He later went on the organized crime squad, where he worked on cases involving the Genovese crime family, the FBI said.

In August 1997, he headed off to the San Antonio Division’s Brownsville Resident Agency, where he worked narcotics, served as a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, and was the SWAT assistant team leader, the FBI said.

In October 1999, Nelson was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division, Colombian/Caribbean Unit, at FBI Headquarters.

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Baltimore’s Anti-Snitching Culture and a Dead FBI Informant

There have been anti-snitching videos distributed in Baltimore, reminders of the very real anti-snitching culture that has snatched many lives. Van Smith, an investigative reporter for the Baltimore City Paper, takes a look at one of the latest victims: Kareem Kelly Guest, an FBI informant.

Kareem Kelly Guest/baltimore city paper photo

Kareem Kelly Guest/baltimore city paper photo

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — Kareem Kelly Guest, a 29-year-old Westport resident, was no saint. He’d been charged dozens of times in state court for crimes typical of those in the drug game.

He was convicted in several cases, though his sentences were lenient and involved little jail time. But on Jan. 9, 2008, Guest did something that may have helped end his life: He sat down with federal law-enforcers and answered questions about what he knew about drug dealing in his neighborhood.

Twenty months later, after documents proving Guest’s cooperation started showing up on the streets of Westport last summer, Guest was shot dead. Who shot him and why remain unknown, though aspects of law enforcers’ efforts to answer those questions surfaced on June 1, when an obstruction-of-justice indictment was unsealed in U.S. District Court against Raine Zircon Curtis, an alleged witness to Guest’s murder.

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Boston FBI Not Giving Up on Finding Whitey Bulger: Places Ad in Military Publication

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel

One thing you have to say about the Boston FBI: It’s not rolling over and giving up on capturing mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, one of the agency’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

The latest, according to the Boston Globe: the FBI placed an ad in the May 24 issue of The Military Times, with photos of Bulger, 80, and his girlfriend Catherine Greig, 59, with the headline “Have You Seen This Couple?”

Why the military angle? The Globe reports Bulger was dishonaraby discharged from the Air Force, but the FBI says “he obtained a fake military identification card before he fled Boston and may be lurking around military bases.” The agency said Bulger has a fascination with the military.

The Globe reports Bulger had served in the Air Force from 1949 to 1952 and was dishonorably discharged after going AWOL. At the time, he was charged with rapes in Montana and Boston, the Globe reported.

In recent times, the FBI placed an ad in the Plastic Surgery News because Bulger’s girlfriend had some work done on her, and a dental trade publication because she was a dental hygentist and seemed to have her teeth cleaned monthly.

“We’re looking for avenues to have his picture reach worldwide,” said Gail Marcinkiewicz, an FBI spokeswoman told the Globe.

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