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U.S. Park Service Police Arrest D.C.’s Marion Barry For Stalking Ex-Girlfriend

Councilman Marion Barry

Councilman Marion Barry

Here’s a guy who just can’t avoid the arm of the law. You’d think at this stage of his life he would have figured it out.

By Tim Craig and Jenna Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — D.C. Council member Marion Barry found himself mired in more political, legal and personal drama yesterday after his arrest late Saturday on charges that he was stalking a female companion.

Barry’s latest run-in with the law centers on his relationship with political consultant Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, who alleges that he continues to approach her even though they split up a few months ago.

Barry, Watts-Brighthaupt and police gave conflicting accounts of how the former mayor ended up in police custody Saturday night after attending several Fourth of July functions.

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Alaska FBI Says Sarah Palin Not Under Investigation

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Gov. Palin/state photo

Strike that off the list of reasons Sarah Palin may have resigned…

By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times

A day after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resigned, a federal official in her home state dismissed one potential explanation for her sudden and unexpected resignation: a rumored FBI investigation into the former Wasilla mayor on public corruption charges.

Despite rumors of a looming controversy after the Republican governor’s surprise announcement Friday that she would leave office this month, some of them published in the blogosphere, the FBI’s Alaska spokesman said the bureau had no investigation into Palin for her activities as governor, as mayor or in any other capacity.

“There is absolutely no truth to those rumors that we’re investigating her or getting ready to indict her,” Special Agent Eric Gonzalez said in a phone interview Saturday. “It’s just not true.” He added that there was “no wiggle room” in his comments for any kind of inquiry.

The FBI has been active in mounting corruption investigations in Alaska, some to see whether local, state and federal lawmakers illegally received favors, money or free construction work from businesses or people seeking favors.

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Defense Attys and Sen. Specter Attack Pitts. U.S. Atty. Buchanan

Conservative Holdover- Pittsburgh U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan
Bush Holdover- Pittsburgh U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

It’s hard to imagine that Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan will stay on as the top prosecutor under the Obama administration. So far, she’s still there. But how long can she last?

By The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH – Defense lawyers and a U.S. senator are criticizing comments made by Pittsburgh’s U.S. attorney last month as her office dismissed fraud and theft charges against a noted pathologist.

Lawyers for former Allegheny County medical examiner Cyril Wecht are calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to formally rebuke U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan, saying she “vindictively … expressed the view that Dr. Wecht was a criminal and was guilty of the charges made against him.”

“We trust you will agree such statements by a United States prosecutor are completely improper, violate all notions of prosecutorial ethics and decency, and warrant remedial action by the Department of Justice,” former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh wrote in a June 16 letter to Holder.

Prosecutors originally indicted Wecht on 84 counts in January 2006, but the case was whittled down before a trial that ended in a hung jury. The charges were then trimmed again until 14 counts remained, but the government’s case was undermined when a judge threw out two search warrants.

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Weekend Series on History: The FBI’s Hunt For Public Enemy No 1 John Dillinger

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx_mQctz944

Have a HAPPY 4TH OF JULY Weekend

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Two Baltimore Drug Dealers Get Life for Killing “Snitch”

"The Wire" Depicted Life of the Drug Dealer
“The Wire” Depicted Life of the Drug Dealer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the streets of Baltimore, which have become legendary thanks to such television programs as “The Wire”, snitching has become a big issue.

Law enforcement has tried to make it good thing, a thing that helps society. The streets have made it a bad thing, a sign of weakness,a sign of bowing to the man, of selling out.

This past week U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sent Baltimore drug dealers Melvin Gilbert, 34, and James “Miami” Dinkins , 36, off to prison for life for the Thanksgiving 2006 murder of cooperating government witness (aka “snitch) John Dowery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  A federal jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the death penalty.

The two men were also convicted of killing Shannon Jemmison, who they suspected was ratting on them. Dinkins was also convicted of a third murder and another non-fatal shooting.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein did his best this week to give cooperating witness John Dowery a public shout out for his efforts.

“John Dowery stood up to violent criminals and tried to make the city a better place for his children,” Rosenstein said in a prepared statement. “Whatever is the most serious punishment available, that is what you will get if you attack a witness.”

The warning sounds daunting. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to put an end to killings of snitches in Baltimore, or elsewhere, for that matter.

Baltimore Rapper Skinny Surge Issued This Warning  to Stop Snitching A Couple Years Ago

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWSsQ-CzSEM

Pricey Dinner With Congressman William Jefferson and FBI Informant Turns Mushy to Favorite Childrens Book Velveteen Rabbit

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Business woman Lori Mody wore an FBI wire during the  dinner to help the FBI snare a congressman. But during the pricey meal, the conversation got a little mushy. The two started talking about a favorite childrens book Velveteen Rabbit. Will the conversation make jury more sympathetic to the ex-Congressman?

By Jonathan Tilove
Washington bureau
WASHINGTON — The purpose of the four-hour dinner that William Jefferson shared with Lori Mody on May 12, 2005, at Galileo, one of Washington’s finest restaurants, was ostensibly to talk money, as befits a meal that ended up costing the FBI $1,023.15.

The amount of Jefferson’s equity share in Mody’s Nigerian venture was the main item on the official agenda.

But, according to excerpts of tapes, which were secretly recorded by Mody for the government and released Thursday by Jefferson’s defense team, it was about much more.

It was about trust and loyalty and human frailty. It was about fathers and daughters, about Jefferson’s pride in his five grown girls — “the best thing I did right” — and Mody’s advising Jefferson that perhaps in him, she had found a man with a rare combination of intellect and “street smarts,” a man she could trust like no one since her father.

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Utah Sheriff Says FBI Characterization of Artifact Raids “100% Wrong”

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This is likely to put a strain on the local/fed law enforcement relations. Plus, U.S. Senators have gotten involved and are bothered by the tactics used during the raid. Don’t expect to see this vanish any time soon.

By Nate Carlisle
The Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY — The San Juan County sheriff says federal agents pointed guns at nearly everyone they arrested there during last month’s artifacts raids and made “smart ass” remarks.

Sheriff Mike Lacy said an FBI characterization of the raid is “100 percent wrong.” The FBI agent in charge for Utah has said his agents pointed a gun at one person to gain compliance.

But Lacy on Thursday said up to 14 of the 18 San Juan County residents arrested or served during the raid had a gun pointed at them.

Much of the gun pointing was done by U.S. Bureau of Land Management agents, said Lacy, whose brother was among those arrested. Perhaps 150 BLM agents participated in the raids, Lacy said, and they spurred most of the citizen complaints.

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