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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Leads Candlelight Vigil for Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Agents

photo by Allan Lengel/ticklethewire.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — On a perfect spring night, with temperatures hovering in the 60s, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder lead a candle light vigil for thousands of law enforcement officers and family members who gathered Wednesday night in Washington to commemorate the passing of 387  officers and federal agents killed in the line of duty.

“As we dedicate these 387 names to the walls of this Memorial we reflect on the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our safety and to defend our freedoms,” Holder said as he stood at the National Law Enforcement Memorial near the FBI Washington Field Office and D.C. Police headquarters.

Of those officers, 133 were killed in 2008.

The candlelight vigil is an annual ritual during Police Week, which runs through this week. The event attracts law enforcement officers from around the country.

DEA Agent Indicted on Charges of Lying that Resulted in 17 Wrongly Charged

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This has the makings of an ugly ugly public relations mess.

By John Caniglia
Cleveland Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND – An agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was indicted today on charges that he lied repeatedly in a botched 2005 drug case that caused 17 people to be wrongly charged.

Lee Lucas, a 19-year veteran, was charged in U.S. District Court in Cleveland with perjury, making false statements, obstruction of justice and violating a person’s civil rights involving a case that resulted in 26 arrests in Mansfield.

A federal grand jury spent 17 months investigating Lucas’ role in the Mansfield case, a case that years later prompted judges and juries to drop charges against 23 of the people arrested.

Lucas, 41, was known for his intense work ethic, especially when teaming up with Cleveland police narcotics officers. He led a DEA task force that swooped up cocaine and sent scores of people to prison.

But his career, which began in Miami and later Bolivia, often was clouded with controversy and questions about his credibility.

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Prosecutors Recommend Probation for FBI Agent Mark Rossini Who Leaked Document to Actress Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – Ex-FBI agent Mark Rossini, who was busted for leaking a confidential FBI document to his lover, actress Linda Fiorentino, should get probation instead of prison time, federal prosecutors said in a court filing here.

” As a result of admitting this violation, the defendant has already resigned from the FBI, and has suffered a significant and public fall from grace,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington.

“Taking into account all of these factors, the government feels that a sentence of five years probation, with the general conditions and special conditions…., along with a $10,000 fine, is justified by the serious criminal conduct when measured against the defendant’s contrition and admission of guilt,” the government document said.
The government document said sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 0 to 6 months in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine.

Sentencing is set for Thursday at 10 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola.
Rossini, a dapper and colorful character who became fodder for the New York gossip columns when he started dating actress Linda Fiorentino , was accused of accessing the FBI’s Automated Case Support System (ACS) more than 40 times for personal use in Washington and New York between Jan, 3 2007 and July 30, 2007. He pleaded guilty last Dec. 8 to five counts of criminal computer access.

What ended up being his undoing was when he downloaded an FBI document known as a “302 report” on Jan. 26, 2007, and gave it to Fiorentino.

Fiorentino, who according to federal authorities, had a “previous relationship with Anthony Pellicano” provided a copy of the report to a Pellicano attorney in San Francisco.

The attorneys then used the document in Pellicano’s trial to say that the government was withholding “exculpatory information from the defense.”

Little did the attorneys know that the judge had privately told the government in an ex-parte communication that it did not have to hand over the document. Pellicano was eventually convicted of running a criminal enterprise that illegally snooped on high profile celebrities.

Rossini resigned from the FBI, and according to the sentencing memorandum, has landed employment “which was a condition of his plea agreement.”

Under the government’s proposed special conditions of probation, Rossini would be required to perform 250 hours of community service and not seek employment with the federal government or any state, federal or local law enforcement entity while on probation.

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FBI AGENT MARK ROSSINI WHEN HE VISITED A MOSQUE IN BROOKLYN

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Boston Fed Prosecutor Admits Withholding Evidence: Judge Says He Sees Pattern in the U.S. Atty’s Office

Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf

Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf

Maybe we’re just noticing this problem more since the Justice Department moved to void the conviction of ex-U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. But it seems to be popping up a lot all around the country as of late. In this case, the federal judge said he saw a pattern of this in the Boston U.S. Attorney’s office. If true, the problem could open the doors to more successful appeals by criminals.

By Jonathan Saltzman
Boston Globe
BOSTON — A federal prosecutor acknowledged yesterday that she withheld evidence that could have helped clear a defendant in a gun case but said it was an inadvertent mistake and implored the chief judge of the US District Court in Massachusetts not to impose sanctions that could derail her career.

“It is my mistake. . . . It rests on my shoulders,” a composed Suzanne Sullivan, assistant US attorney, told Judge Mark L. Wolf in a dramatic hearing in Boston that lasted more than two hours. “I also ask the court to give me the opportunity to rebuild my reputation.”

But Wolf said he was considering several sanctions because he was so appalled by Sullivan’s lapse and by what he characterized as a pattern of prosecutors in the US attorney’s office withholding evidence.

The potential sanctions ranged from fining her – which prosecutors said no federal judge in the country has done for a lapse of Sullivan’s type – to an order that she and perhaps all 90 criminal prosecutors in the office undergo additional training about their constitutional duty to share such evidence with defendants.

“It’s unpardonable, and if I don’t find it deliberate, I find it’s at least ignorance and reckless disregard,” he said at the hearing at which he also criticized as ineffectual the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

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Grand Jury Probing Ex-NBA Star in Leak to Drug Kingpin in ATF Raid

This scandal is widening and it’s not pretty. A Philly detective is also under investigation into who tipped off a major drug kingpin about an ATF raid.philly-map1

By George Anastasia and John Shiffman
Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA –– Former NBA point guard Jerome “Pooh” Richardson, a Philadelphia high school standout and a star at UCLA, is now a central figure in an obstruction-of-justice investigation built around a phone call he made to a local drug kingpin warning him that he was about to be arrested.

Richardson, 42, called Alton “Ace Capone” Coles from California shortly before 3 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2005, to tell him that “the feds were coming,” according to those familiar with the probe.

Coles and several top associates were arrested in a series of raids about three hours later. They were charged with heading a multimillion-dollar crack cocaine distribution network.

Philadelphia police detective Richard “Rickie” Durham, a boyhood friend of Richardson’s, was the source of the information Richardson forwarded to Coles that morning, according to investigative sources. Durham is the target of a grand jury investigation.

Five of Six Convicted in Miami Terrorism Trial After 2 Mistrials

Suspects allegedly plotted to blow up the Sears Tower/istock photo
Suspects allegedly plotted to blow up the Sears Tower/istock photo

Talk about determination on the part of the government. First off, there were two mistrials. Then in this third trial, deliberations were interrupted after a juror got sick. Then came another interruption: another juror refused to deliberate and the judge finally dismissed her.

BY JAY WEAVER
Miami Herald
MIAMI — After two previous mistrials, a federal jury Tuesday finally reached verdicts in the Bush-era terrorism case of six Miami men charged with conspiring with al Qaeda — convicting five and acquitting one.

The racially mixed jury convicted the Liberty City Six’s ringleader, Narseal Batiste, 35, along with four of his colleagues: Patrick Abraham, 29, Stanley Grant Phanor, 33, Rotschild Augustine, 25, and Burson Augustin, 24.

The only freed man: Naudimar Herrera, 25, who hugged the other defendants and his attorney, Richard Houlihan, after the verdicts, then cried outside the courtroom where he embraced his girlfriend.

”God is real,” said Herrera, who condemned the guilty verdicts for his fellow defendants. “It’s not right. They don’t deserve this. All of us were supposed to be innocent. It’s all B.S.

“They’re going to come back and fight this. It ain’t over.”

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Hundreds of Employees Gather to Commemorate the Deaths of 54 FBI Agents Killed In the Line of Duty

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of employees and a host of Washington luminaries including the current and former FBI directors gathered Tuesday at FBI headquarters to commemorate the deaths of 54 agents killed in the line of duty.

“We come together today because we have not forgotten the cost of freedom. We have not forgotten the sacrifices these men and women have made on our behalf, nor have we forgotten the sacrifices borne by the families and friends of those we have lost,” FBI Director Robert Mueller III said in his remarks.

The gathering, part of National Police Week, was attended by Attorney Gen. Eric Holder, Dep. Attorney Gen. David Ogden and former FBI directors William H. Webster and Louis J. Freeh.

The gathering marked the 30th year the ceremony has been held at FBI headquarters.

The FBI said the names of the following special agents were read while their photos were displayed during the service (click on each photo to read more about each agent):

Photograph of Edwin C. Shanahan

Edwin C. Shanahan
1898 – 1925

Photograph of Paul E. Reynolds

Paul E. Reynolds
1899 – 1929

Photograph of Raymond J. Caffrey

Raymond J. Caffrey
1902 – 1933

Photograph of W. Carter Baum

W. Carter Baum
1904 – 1934

Photograph of Samuel P. Cowley

Samuel P. Cowley
1899 – 1934

Photograph of Herman E. Hollis

Herman E. Hollis
1903 – 1934

Photograph of Nelson B. Klein

Nelson B. Klein
1898 – 1935

Photograph of Wimberly W. Baker

Wimberly W. Baker
1910 – 1937

Photograph of Truett E. Rowe

Truett E. Rowe
1904 – 1937

Photograph of William R. Ramsey

William R. Ramsey
1903 – 1938

Photograph of Hubert J. Treacy, Jr.

Hubert J. Treacy, Jr.
1913 – 1942

Photograph of Joseph J. Brock

Joseph J. Brock
1908 – 1952

Photograph of John Brady Murphy

John Brady Murphy
1917 – 1953

Photograph of Richard Purcell Horan

Richard Purcell Horan
1922 – 1957

Photograph of Terry R. Anderson

Terry R. Anderson
1924 – 1966

Photograph of Douglas M. Price

Douglas M. Price
1941 – 1968

Photograph of Anthony Palmisano

Anthony Palmisano
1942 – 1969

Photograph of Edwin R. Woodriffe

Edwin R. Woodriffe
1941 – 1969

Photograph of Gregory W. Spinelli

Gregory W. Spinelli
1949 – 1973

Photograph of Jack R. Coler

Jack R. Coler
1947 – 1975

Photograph of Ronald A. Williams

Ronald A. Williams
1947 – 1975

Photograph of Johnnie L. Oliver

Johnnie L. Oliver
1944 – 1979

Photograph of Charles W. Elmore

Charles W. Elmore
1945 – 1979

Photograph of Jared Robert Porter

Jared Robert Porter
1935 – 1979

Photograph of Robin L. Ahrens

Robin L. Ahrens
1952 – 1985

Photograph of Jerry L. Dove

Jerry L. Dove
1956 – 1986

Benjamin P. Grogan

Benjamin P. Grogan
1933 – 1986

Photograph of L. Douglas Abram

L. Douglas Abram
1942 – 1990

Photograph of John L. Bailey

John L. Bailey
1942 – 1990

Photograph of Martha Dixon Martinez

Martha Dixon Martinez
1959 – 1994

Photograph of Michael John Miller

Michael John Miller
1953 – 1994

Photograph of William Christian, Jr.

William Christian, Jr.
1946 – 1995

Photograph of Charles Leo Reed

Charles Leo Reed
1951 – 1996

Photograph of Leonard H. Hatton

Leonard W. Hatton
1956 – 2001

Photograph of Albert L. Ingle

Albert L. Ingle
1903 – 1931

Photograph of Percy E. Foxworth

Percy E. Foxworth
1906 – 1943

Photograph of Harold Dennis Haberfeld

Harold Dennis Haberfeld
1912 – 1943

Photograph of Richard Blackstone Brown

Richard Blackstone Brown
1916 – 1943

Photograph of Trenwith S. Basford

Trenwith S. Basford
1916 – 1977

Photograph of Mark A. Kirkland

Mark A. Kirkland
1944 – 1977

Photograph of Robert W. Conners

Robert W. Conners
1946 – 1982

Photograph of Charles L. Ellington

Charles L. Ellington
1946 – 1982

Photograph of Terry Burnett Hereford

Terry Burnett Hereford
1948 – 1982

Photograph of Michael James Lynch

Michael James Lynch
1947 – 1982

Photograph of James K. McAllister

James K. McAllister
1951 – 1986

Photograph of Scott K. Carey

Scott K. Carey
1952 – 1988

Photograph of Stanley Ronquest, Jr.

Stanley Ronquest, Jr.
1939 – 1992

Photograph of Paul A. Leveille

Paul A. LeVeille
1959 – 1999

Photograph of and link to Robert R. Hardesty

Robert R. Hardesty
1965 – 2005

Photograph of and link to Gregory J. Rahoi

Gregory J. Rahoi
1968 – 2006

Photograph of Barry Bush

Barry Bush
1955 – 2007

Photograph of Samuel Hicks

Samuel Hicks
1974 – 2008

Photograph of Sang T. Jun

Sang T. Jun
1972 – 2008

Photograph of Paul M. Sorce

Paul M. Sorce
1964 – 2009

Chicago FBI Agent Closer to Publishing Book Critical of Agency’s Investigations of Islamic Groups

chicagomapIt’s not good when a federal judge, as in this case, refers to the FBI’s efforts as censoring. The publicity from the book will be bad for the FBI, but so will its efforts to try and keep the agent from publishing it.

By Todd Lighty
Chicago Tribune

A Chicago-based FBI agent has moved a step closer to publishing a book that he says reveals how the bureau mishandled investigations in the 1990s into fundraising by Hamas and other militant Islamic groups.

Agent Robert G. Wright Jr. has been battling his bosses in court for seven years to be allowed to publish his book critical of the FBI’s ability to protect the United States from terrorists. The bureau has challenged Wright’s efforts to go public with his story, arguing at different times that publication would reveal law-enforcement secrets or interfere with investigations.

But a federal judge in the District of Columbia last week rejected nearly every FBI argument to stop release of Wright’s 500-page manuscript, “Fatal Betrayals.”

“This is a sad and discouraging tale about the determined efforts of the FBI to censor various portions” of Wright’s manuscript, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler wrote.

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