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Fed Grand Jury Convenes to Look into White House Party Crashers

The Salahis pose with the v.p./facebook
The Salahis pose with the v.p./facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Authorities still seem determined to make a federal case out of the White House party crashing incident involving the Barbie-Doll looking couple, the Salahis.

The Washington Post is reporting that a federal grand jury has been convened to look into the matter, and that two witnesses received subpoenas on Friday to testify  next week before the secret panel at the U.S. District Courthouse in D.C.

The convening of a grand jury doesn’t automatically indicate that criminal charges will be filed. But it certainly is a sign that federal authorities continue to take the embarrassing incident seriously.

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Cybersecurity Expert Shawn Henry to Head FBI D.C. Field Office

Shawn Henry/fbi photo
Shawn Henry/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Shawn Henry, a cybersecurity expert from FBI headquarters, is the new head of the FBI Washington field office, the Washington Post reported.

Henry replaces Joseph Persichini Jr., who stepped down  on Christmas Day. John Perren, special agent in charge of the office’s counterterrorism division, had been named the interim replacement following Persichini’s departure.

Henry started his FBI career in 1989 and was first assigned to the Washington field office where he focused primarily on public corruption, according to the FBI.

In 1996, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Public Corruption Unit at FBI Headquarters “with program management oversight for public corruption investigations nationwide,” the FBI said.

After several more career moves, he was named deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Divison in 2007.

The following year he was named assistant director of that division.

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N.J. Gov-Elect Chrisite Appoints 3 Former Colleagues from U.S. Attorney’s Office to Administration

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

Christopher Christie/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

New Jersey Gov.-elect Chris Christie is continuing to load up his administration with former colleagues from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In the latest move, Christie, the former U.S. Attorney, named two ex-colleagues to the attorney general’s office and a third to the governor’s counsel, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

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Ex-Los Angeles Healthcare Worker Pleads to Illegally Reading Confidential Medical Files of Celebrities

medical filesBy Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

Huping Zhou learned the hard way that peeking into confidential medical files can be hazardous to your well being.

The former UCLA Healthcare System employee in Los Angeles pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to four counts of illegally reading private and confidential medical records “mostly from celebrities and other high-profile patients”, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Zhou, 48, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to violating the federal privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by looking at the files for no valid reason. Authorities did not disclose the names of any celebrities.

Authorities said Zhou was a licensed cardiothoracic surgeon in China and worked for the UCLA Healthcare System as a researcher with the UCLA School of Medicine.

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Underwear Bomber Arraigned in Detroit

It’s hard to imagine that this guy has much of a case. It’s just a matter of time before he works out a plea deal.

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo
Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

By DAVID ASHENFELTER, BEN SCHMITT and JOE SWICKARD
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

DETROIT — Standing before a federal judge, shackled at the ankles and speaking in barely audible tones, Nigerian terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab faced a judge in his alleged attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

Abdulmutallab told the judge that he understood the charges levied against him by a grand jury in a six-count indictment.

After a series of questions from Magistrate Judge Mark Randon, Abdulmutallab’s lawyers informed the court that their client would stand mute — meaning he did not plead guilty or not guilty, but a plea of not-guilty was entered on his behalf by the court.

Abdulmutallab, 23, stood in court in khaki pants and an oversize white t-shirt flanked by his lawyer, Federal Defender Miriam Siefer, during the 3-minute arraignment.

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