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Kansas FBI Task Force Shoots and Wounds Wanted Man in Gunfire Exchange

olathe-map-ksBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A  man wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault, was shot and wounded Sunday in a Kansas City, Ks., suburb after exchanging gunfire with an FBI Violent Crime Safe Streets Task Force, the Kansas City Star reported.

The paper reported that task force members confronted the man about 7:15 p.m. outside a Subway restaurant  in the town of  Olathe when he drew a gun. Gunfire was exchanged and he was shot in the torso and arm. He was treated at a local hospital.

No law enforcement officers were injured.

Juror Complains About Fellow Juror in John Gotti Jr. Trial

John Gotti Jr./youtube

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The New York tabloids are having a blast with a jury dispute in the federal trial of mobster John Gotti Jr.

One juror  wrote a note to the judge voicing concern about a fellow loud mouth juror.

“There’s more infighting on the Gotti jury than at a gangland sitdown – and they’re not even deliberating yet!,”  the New York Daily News reported last week.

A note signed by “A Concerned Juror” said:
“She announced that we the jurors better be prepared to be deliberating until after the Christmas holiday because … she is not going to allow any f—— body to rush her,” the two-page letter said.

The note also complained that the juror, a 34-year-old postal worker — was ogling “defense attorney Mr. Charles Carneglia,” the Daily News reported.

The juror complained that the loud juror also “charged a takeout order of fried calamari to the court’s tab when the panel visited a local restaurant,” the newspaper reported.

The judge has not removed the juror, but did interview all the jurors to determine if the loud-mouthed juror had discussed the case, read  about it or got information from outside the courtroom, the Daily News reported. Gotti faces a variety of charges including racketeering and murder.

It is his fourth trial in five years. The other three ended in a mistrial.

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60 Minutes Reports that Japanese Mafia Don Agreed to Provide Info to FBI and Donate $1 Million to UCLA Med Center to Get Liver Transplant

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
One of the top Mafia dons in Japan donated $1 million to a California medical center and cut a deal to provide info to the FBI to get a special visa to come to America and to get moved up on the list to receive a liver transplant, 60 Minutes reported Sunday night.

The CBS newsmagazine reported that the Yakuza Mafia Crime Boss Tadamasa Goto, who is known in American law enforcement circles as the “John Gotti of Japan”, agreed to rat on other mobsters and donate money to the UCLA Medical Center. It also reported that three other associates donated money to UCLA  to get liver transplants.

The FBI declined to comment for CBS, which also reported that UCLA insisted the medical center had no idea about the background of these people.


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Weekend Series on Crime History: Chicago Mob Atty. Turned on the Mob

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FBI Documents Show VP Cheney Was Hazy on His Role in the Leaking of CIA Operative Valerie Plame

It sounds like a coverup. Or is it? Should we believe Cheney, the wily VP, who has been an outspoken critic of  the Obama Administration? Mmmm. I’m sure plenty people have opinions on whether he’s being on the up and up.

Dick Cheney/meet the press

Dick Cheney/meet the press

By Barton Gellman
Washington Post Staff Writer

Former vice president Richard B. Cheney told a special prosecutor in 2004 that he was unable to recall his role in most of the pivotal events that led to the uncloaking of a clandestine CIA officer in the run-up to the Iraq war, according to newly released FBI records.

A question-by-question summary of Cheney’s May 8, 2004, interview with Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, made public under court order after years of legal maneuvering to keep it secret, portrays a vice president in command of few clear memories about a case that led to great embarrassment for the White House and felony convictions for his chief of staff.

Fitzgerald declared in his closing arguments that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s perjury and obstruction of justice left him unable to pierce “a cloud over the vice president.”

Cheney neither denied nor acknowledged any memory of directing Libby, his chief of staff, to tell reporters that Valerie Plame, the wife of a prominent war critic, was a CIA officer. Nor did he recall any conversation with Libby in which either man referred to their mutual suspicion that Plame had helped dispatch her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, on “a junket” to explore White House accusations that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had tried to buy uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapon.

Dozens of questions from Fitzgerald produced the same result.

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Even Madoff Indicates the SEC Was Inept at Catching Him

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The latest evidence that, Yes, the Securities and Exchange Commission was totally inept when it came to investigating Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff comes from Madoff himself.

In a transcript of a jailhouse interview released by the SEC’s Inspector General on Friday,  Madoff says of detecting a Ponzi scheme: “Yes, it’s very easy if you want.” The interview was conducted June 17, 2009 by SEC Inspect. Gen. David Kotz and Deputy Inspector General Noelle Frangipane

Madoff said young investigators spent too much time focusing on emails and missed some elementary steps that would have exposed his wrongdoing.

The SEC document said: “Madoff stated that the SEC could’ve gone to counterparties, and if they had, they” would’ve seen it,” adding, “they didn’t do any of that.” He stated that “it’s the only thing to do,” and clarified, “If you’re looking at a Ponzi scheme, it’s the first thing you do.”

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In Mudslinging NJ Gov. Campaign, Corzine Takes Shot at Christie About U.S. Atty Appointment

Gov. Jon S. Corzine/campaign photo
Gov. Jon S. Corzine/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Slinging mud right til the end, New Jersey’s Democratic Governor Jon S. Corzine told the New York Times he regretted supporting the nomination of  Christopher S. Christie for U.S. Attorney back in 2001.

“New information, new conclusion,” Corzine told the Times about Christie, his Republican challenger for governor . The election is Nov. 3.

Christie, who resigned from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey to launch a campaign for governor and try and unseat Corzine, shot back in a separate interview.

As the Times described it:”Mr Christie, somewhat theatrically, struggled for several moments to name three things the governor had done right,” the Times wrote.

“Let me think,” he told the Times. “Um…I would probably say I think over all his prosecutorial appointments have been good.”

Slain FBI Dog “Freddy” Gets Some Respect

Freddy the FBI dog/fox news photo

Freddy the FBI dog/fox news photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI dog “Freddy”, a Belgian Malinois, may not get a 21 gun salute, but he will get a memorial, his name will be added to a memorial wall and he will be buried in Quantico, Va., an FBI press release said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Freddy was shot and killed Wednesday during an FBI raid at a mosque in Detroit.  The FBI said an imam at the mosque shot Freddy. The FBI in turn shot the imam.

According to the press release, Freddy was born Feb. 17, 2007 and “entered duty with the FBI on Sept. 8, 2008.”

The release added: “Anyone who wishes to send a card to Freddy’s team members can send them to”:

Freddy’s Team
c/o FBI
477 Michigan Avenue, 26th floor
Detroit, MI 48226

To donate in his memory to a K-9 Law Enforcement Memorial, the release said:

FBI Agents Association
Attn: K9 Fund-Freddy
PO Box 12650
Arlington, VA 22219

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