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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.”

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President Obama Nominates Four More U.S. Attorneys

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Daniel Bogden/utlaw

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Four U.S. Attorneys were nominated Friday by President Obama  including Daniel G. Bogden, the  Nevada U.S. Attorney who was fired by the Bush Administration in 2006.

Bogden had served five years as U.S. Attorney before he was fired in December of 2006. He was one of nine U.S. Attorneys fired in what has become a scandal and the focus of a criminal probe.  NBC reported that Sen. Harry Reid had pushed for his nomination to correct a wrong.

Those nominated Friday included:

• Daniel G. Bogden, District of Nevada
• Deborah K. Gilg, District of Nebraska
• Timothy J. Heaphy, Western District of Virginia
• Peter F. Neronha, District of Rhode Island

“These fine men and women have demonstrated the extensive knowledge of the law and deep commitment to public service Americans deserve from their United States Attorneys,” the President said in a prepared statement.

“It is with the utmost confidence in their ability and integrity that I nominate them for the weighty task of pursuing justice on behalf of the American people.”

Read White House Press Release to Find Out More About Each Nominee

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Judge in Miss. Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice; Lied to FBI Agents

Bobby DeLaughter was a hero and did great things as a prosecutor. Will this erase his legacy?

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

By Jerry Mitchell
Jackson Clarion Ledger
ABERDEEN, Miss. – He wore the suit of an acclaimed prosecutor before donning the robe of a well-respected judge. Now Bobby DeLaughter expects to wear the uniform of a prison inmate.

Hours after resigning his $104,000-a-year job as Hinds County circuit judge, DeLaughter, 55, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Under his plea agreement, he would serve 18 months in prison and wouldn’t have to cooperate with federal authorities in their continuing investigation. No date has been set for sentencing.

Under the agreement, DeLaughter’s remaining four counts of mail fraud conspiracy and involvement in a bribery scheme would be dismissed.

But if U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson rejects the plea deal, DeLaughter can withdraw his guilty plea and go on trial. His trial had been set for Aug. 17.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Concerned About Homegrown Terrorism; Was Racially Profiled in College

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