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End Could be Near for Louisiana Fed Judge Thomas Porteous Jr.

It looks like it could be the end for Louisiana Fed Judge Thomas Porteous. Perhaps Congress will figure out, enough is enough.

Judge Thomas Porteous

Judge Thomas Porteous Jr.

By Ben Evans
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON –It’s not the lifestyle of a typical federal judge: Five or six vodka cocktails during lunch; gambling with borrowed money; bankruptcy under a phony name; cash, trips or home repairs from lawyers; and a bail bondsman with business before his court.

Witnesses in the congressional impeachment case against U.S. District Court Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. paint a jarring portrait of the former Louisiana state judge appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by President Clinton.

As Congress wrapped up several weeks of evidence-gathering hearings this week, legal experts who testified before a House task force suggested Judge Porteous is a clear candidate to become just the eighth federal judge in U.S. history to be impeached and convicted by Congress.

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FBI Reports Drop in Murder, Rape, Robbery in First Half of 2009

FBI graphic

FBI graphic

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The number of crimes involving violence, property and arson dropped in the first half of 2009 compared to the same time last year,  according to the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report released Monday.

The FBI said it was the third year in a row crime had declined during that six month stretch.

The latest report, which compares January-June 2009 to the same period in 2008, showed that violent crime dropped 4.4 percent while property crime dropped 6.1 percent and arson declined 8.2 percent.

More specifically, the FBI reported that murders were down 10 percent, rape down 3.3. percent and robberies fell 6.5 percent.

Other highlights were cited in an FBI press release:

* Murder was lower in all four regions of the country, with the largest decreases in the Northeast (13.7 percent) and the West (13.3 percent).

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Neo-Nazi Leader Convicted of Hate Crimes in Va.

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The self-proclaimed commander of a Neo Nazi group in Roanoke, Va., was convicted on Friday in federal court in Virginia  of intimidating individuals by threatening them and posting some of their names, addresses, phone numbers and other personal information on  a Neo-Nazi website, authorities said.

From 2006 to 2008, William A. “Bill” White of the neo-Nazi group American National Socialist Workers Party,  went after a bank employee over a financial dispute and others involved in a federal  anti-discriminatory housing lawsuit, authorities charged.

“These communications included late night telephone calls to the victims’ homes, during which he would identify himself as the leader of a white supremacist group; emails to the victims in which he would make threatening statements; and posting the victims’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information on neo-Nazi Web sites, sometimes accompanied by language advocating the murder of the targeted victim,” the Justice Department said in a press release.

He was also convicted of  threatening a human rights lawyer from Canada and a university administrator responsible for implementing a diversity program, the Justice Department said.

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Retired DEA Supervisor John Cipriano Dies at Age 66

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired DEA supervisor John Cipriano, who investigated organized crime, has died at age 66, the New York Daily News reported. The cause of death was attributed to complications following a kidney transplant.

The Daily News reported that Cipriano retired in 1998 and joined the New York Civilian Complaint Review Board, where he investigated police misconduct up until 2005.

“He was a legend, a gentleman and the epitome of a DEA agent,”retired NYPD Detective Tommy Dades told the Daily News.

He was buried Sunday in Staten Island.

Job Applicant Asks if Flunking FBI Polygraph Will Hurt Chances With Justice Dept.

polygraphBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Can flunking an FBI job entrance exam hurt your chances of getting another government job?

Derrick T. Dortch, president of Derrick T. Dortch, president of the Diversa Group, a career counselor who specializes in government job searches and military transition, answered  “no” during a recent chat at washingtonpost.com.

Here’s how the conversation went:

Question: “I just had an interview with the Board of Immigration Appeals in the Department of Justice, and I am still waiting for the results. I have a question about clearance matters. I also applied to be an FBI special agent, and although I made it through the selection process, I failed the polygraph examination. Do you think this will count against me if I get the BIA position?”

Derrick Dortch: “I am sorry to hear about the polygraph. The FBI’s polygraph process is a very stressful one, so don’t be too discouraged. Keep on applying to federal positions as you are doing. Now in terms of the polygraph and the DOJ, it should not be held against you. Most DOJ positions, aside from those in the FBI and a few other areas, do not require you to take a polygraph exam.”

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Ex-Secret Service Dir. Accuses FBI of “Abuse of Power” in Clinton-Lewinski Probe

In Washington, rivalries between federal law enforcement agencies aren’t all that unusual. This certainly won’t help.

Bill Clinton/pres. library photo

Bill Clinton/pres. library photo

By PETER BAKER
New York Times

WASHINGTON — A former director of the Secret Service said Friday that the F.B.I. had engaged in an “abuse of power” by trying to pressure him to “give us the president” during the investigation of President Bill Clinton’s interactions with Monica Lewinsky a decade ago.

The official, Lewis C. Merletti, who headed the former president’s protective detail and later became the agency’s director, said in an interview that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had grilled him just days before Mr. Clinton left office in a last-ditch effort to prove that his agents had covered up and even facilitated extramarital flings.

Lewis Merletti/ipsa photo

Lewis Merletti/ipsa photo

Mr. Merletti said that the F.B.I. alleged that he and Mr. Clinton had concocted this deal: in exchange for Mr. Merletti’s stonewalling questions about Ms. Lewinsky, Mr. Clinton would not only appoint him director of the Secret Service but would also provide him women for sexual encounters.

“They said to me, ‘You’re the last person who can give us the president, and you’re going to give him to us,’ ” Mr. Merletti recalled. He called it “disgraceful” and said of the F.B.I., “They became involved in a political game, and in the end they tarnished themselves beyond belief.”

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