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Man Who Threatened Pres. Obama Gets 10 Months of House Arrest

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 21-year-old Texas man man who pleaded guilty in May to sending emails threatening the life of President Obama  eight days before the inauguration, will get 10 months of probation under house arrest, the Associated Press reported.

A Denver judge on Friday gave Timothy Ryan Gutierrez the sentence that also included about a $1,500  payment to the security of the  Mall of America in Minnesota. His emails. which were sent from Colorado to the FBI in Washington, threatened Obama and said that he had planted bombs outside the mall, AP reported.

He could have gotten up to 18 months in prison.

Washington Post Columnists Suggests We’ve Gone Over the Top on Providing Security for Folks Like FBI Dir. Mueller

Have we gone overboard in providing protection for society’s notables? Washington Post columnist David Ignatius suggests we have.

Robert Mueller III

Robert Mueller III

By David Ignatius
Washington Post Columnist
WASHINGTON — It was an unsettling image: Arrayed in front of the neighborhood barbershop last week were four burly men with the characteristic earpieces and bulky suits that marked them as security officers.

Inside, gracing the barber’s chair, was the well-trimmed director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert Mueller.

Perhaps in today’s Washington, the FBI director truly needs a security detail to protect him when he gets a haircut.

But I wonder. From my vantage, the blatant obviousness of his bodyguards only called attention to him. At the grocery store across the street, he was the talk of the checkout line. “Who’s over at the barbershop?” “The FBI guy, what’s-his-name.” “No way!” People were coming out just to look.

Protecting our public servants is important, to be sure. But we have gotten so cranked up about security in the United States that senior officials travel in cocoons, as if they are under constant threat.

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Book Claims Secret Service Changed Pres. Motorcade Route Because of Psychic

President Bush

President Bush

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service relying on a psychic?

That’s the claim in a new book by Ronald Kessler “In The President’s Secret Service”.

The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column by Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts reports that the Secret Service once changed a motorcade route for President George H.W. Bush in 1992 in Enid, Okla.

The column says the book reported that state law enforcement urged agent Norm Jarvis to talk to a psychic who “told Jarvis she’d had a vision of the president being shot as the motorcade neared an overpass. Her vision made little sense — she saw Bush sitting on the left (he always sat on the right) and wearing an open-neck shirt and light jacket instead of the suit and tie planned for this trip”.

The column went on to say: “But then she accurately predicted which airport hangars housed the presidential limo and helicopter. And then the president stepped off Air Force One in an open-neck shirt and light jacket . . . and THEN slid over to the limo’s left side!

“Kessler writes that the team “decided the psychic could not be ignored,” and rerouted the motorcade away from overpasses. A Secret Service rep told CQ that Kessler’s story “doesn’t make sense” but conceded that Jarvis might have told it.”

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N.J. Supreme Rejects New Trial For  Mobster (New Jersey Law Journal)

Terrorism Trial Begins Today in N.Y. For Atlanta Man

When does someone officially become a terrorist? When they train? When they talk about violence? When they’re in the planning stage of an attack? When they belong to a certain group? These are questions that continue to pop up during these type of trials.

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By The Associated Press
Jury selection is scheduled to begin in a New York courtroom Monday in the trial of a 23-year-old Atlanta man who prosecutors say tried to aid overseas terrorists.

Ehsanul Islam Sadequee could face up to 60 years in prison on four charges that he conspired to help terror suspects wage “violent jihad” on America. Jury selection is expected to last at least a week.

Sadequee has pleaded not guilty. But prosecutors say they have overwhelming evidence against him, including a series of short homemade videos that he and a friend, Syed Haris Ahmed, made of Washington landmarks.

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Seattle Bank Teller Nabs Robber and Gets Fired

Sure it seems dangerous for a bank teller to track down a bank robber. But it also seems unfair to fire someone for doing that. If banks are so obsessed with sound policy, why did they get involved in so many reckless hoPistolme loans and sub-prime mortgages?

By Jennifer Sullivan
Seattle Times
SEATTLE — Jim Nicholson knew he should have just handed over the cash.

But when the thin man in a beanie cap, dark clothing and sunglasses pushed a black backpack across the bank counter and demanded money, Nicholson says his instincts took over.

After more than two years working as a teller at the Key Bank branch in Lower Queen Anne, Nicholson clearly understood the bank’s strict policy of quickly complying with robbers’ demands and avoiding confrontation.

Instead, Nicholson threw the bag to the floor, lunged toward the robber and demanded to see a weapon. Surprised, the would-be bank robber backed up and then bolted for the door, with Nicholson on his heels.

Nicholson, 30, chased the man for several blocks before knocking him to the ground with the help of a passer-by. Nicholson then held him until police arrived.

That was Tuesday.

On Thursday, Nicholson was fired.

In a state that consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally in bank robberies, what Nicholson did was not only ill-advised, according to police and the FBI, it was all but unheard of. Bank tellers are trained to get robbers out the door as quickly as possible and are advised against being a hero over money that’s federally insured.

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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Who Monitored Detroit Police Hires Ex-Fed Prosecutor as Her Lawyer

Vincent Cohen Jr./law firm photo

Vincent Cohen Jr./law firm photo

This case is not going away and Sheryl Robinson Wood has figured that out. Don’t be surprised to see the FBI push for an all out criminal probe.
By JOE SWICKARD
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — Ousted Detroit police monitor Sheryl Robinson Wood has hired a former prosecutor as questions swirl around her relationship with ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, her oversight of lagging police reforms and six-figure monthly fees.

Wood, who was removed a week ago when the FBI uncovered text messages indicating undisclosed meetings and communications with Kilpatrick, chose Vincent Cohen Jr., who said Wood looks forward to quickly clearing her name.

Authorities are weighing investigations of Wood’s tenure and the slow pace of reforms.

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Illinois U.S. Atty. Candidate Chases and Tackles Thief

Now certainly it can’t hurt to nab a criminal  when you’re being considered for a  U.S. Attorney post. It gives you that all around tough-on-crime image.  Next test: Let’s see if he can single handily capture a murderer or a terrorist.

Steve Wigginton/law firm photo

Steve Wigginton/law firm photo

BY BETH HUNDSDORFER
The Belleville News-Democrat
BELLEVILLE — Steve Wigginton doesn’t know whether it is a requirement for a U.S. Attorney to chase down, tackle and detain criminals, but if there is, he can check that off his list.

Wigginton, a finalist for the job of U.S. attorney of the Southern District of Illinois, caught and held a man suspected of walking into his law office and snatching a secretary’s wallet Wednesday afternoon.

“I guess I would have that requirement covered,” Wigginton said when reached by phone on Thursday.

Freddie L. Davis, 46, of 212 Kinder in Cahokia, now faces two counts of burglary and remains in custody in lieu of $75,000 bail, said police Capt. Don Sax.

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Obama Nominates 3 U.S. Marshals Including Woman from Louisiana State Police

marshalsBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Obama on Friday nominated three U.S. Marshals including a woman, Genevieve May, who is the deputy superintendent of the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation.

The three nominees named by President Obama are:

• David Cargill, District of New Hampshire
• David Demag, District of Vermont
• Genevieve May, Eastern District of Louisiana

“These dedicated law enforcement officials have devoted their careers to serving and protecting the American people, distinguishing themselves as the best and brightest at every turn,” President Obama said in a prepared statement. “I am grateful for their service and honored to nominate them as United States Marshals.”

Read White House Press Release