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Mexican Police Commander, Wife and 4 Children Murdered: Could Be Related to Drug War

mexico-border-signThe motive has not been determined. But it very well may end up being the drug cartels, which are hoping through violence to make the Mexican and U.S. government back off. Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Associated Press reported that Mexican authorities had found a Mexican radio journalist beaten, dead and partially buried in Acapulco. Whatever help the U.S. is providing in this violent battle, apparently it’s not enough.

By MIGUEL ANGEL HERNANDEZ
The Associated Press
VERACRUZ, Mexico — Gunmen shot up and torched the home of a Mexican police commander Wednesday, killing the officer, his wife and his four children, including a 6-year-old boy.

The interior of the house in the Gulf coast city of Veracruz was completely burned, and its facade was riddled with bullet holes. Inside, police found the bodies of municipal police commander Jesus Antonio Romero and his family, Veracruz state Public Safety Secretary Sergio Lopez said.

Police said the youngest was a 6-year-old boy and the oldest was a 15-year-old girl.

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Attorney Says Jefferson May Have Violated Ethics But Didn’t Break Law

I dunno know about morals but I do got rules” Tony Soprano

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
ALEXANDRIA,Va. – The prosecution’s closing argument went something like this: Ex-Congressman William Jefferson was a crook. He sold his office. He took bribes.

The defense argument went something like this: Sure Jefferson may have had some ethical breaches; done some stupid and reckless things. But he committed no crime and the government simply created a case out of fiction.

With that kind exchange of words, court ended late Wednesday afternoon. The jury of eight women and four men will get instructions from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III Thursday morning and then begin deliberating on the 16 felony counts.

Jefferson,62, chose to go to trial and fight the case rather than entertain a plea agreement.

Earlier on, after the FBI raided his homes in August 2005, there were some initial talks of a plea agreement that amounted to about six years in prison. They never went very far.

Now we’ll finally see if the gamble pays off.  A conviction could easily land him at least 10 years in prison, that is if you take into account that two smaller fish – Vernon Jackson and Brett Pfeffer — are already serving more than seven years each for pleading guilty to bribing him.

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William Jefferson

Jackson, owner of iGate, a high tech company, and Pfeffer, a former Jefferson aide, both testified against Jefferson during the seven-week trial and are likely to get sentence reductions.

Jefferson faces a mountain of felony charges including soliciting bribes, bribing a foreign official, racketeering, obstruction of justice and money laundering. He is accused of taking more than $400,000 in bribes and working to get millions more.

Authorities have contended that he used his official office to promote business in Africa that he and his family had secret financial interest in. Payoffs were made to sham, paper companies, the prosecution charged.

On Wednesday, the 9th floor courtroom in Alexandria was packed – at least for part of the day with Jefferson’s wife and five daughters in attendance.  So was Ed Weidenfeld, the D.C.. attorney for the Atiku Abubakar, the ex-Vice President of Nigeria, whom Jefferson is accused of bribing.

During the defense’s closing argument, some how the classic line from Tony Soprano came to mind: “I dunno about morals, but I do got rules.”

In Jefferson’s case, perhaps, more appropriately,  the theme of his defense would be; “I dunno about ethics, but I do got rules”, meaning his ethics are suspect, but he has rules when it comes to stepping over the line and committing a crime.

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Texas Tech Professors Protest Hiring of ex-Atty Gen. Alberto Gonzales

At the onset, the university said it was excited to get Alberto Gonzales. But why? Sure he had a great title. But he was one of the most inept Attorney Generals in recent U.S. history. Titles aren’t everything.

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Alberto Gonzales

By Jason Leopold
The Public Record

Seventy professors at Texas Tech University have signed a petition protesting the hiring of Alberto Gonzales and accused the college’s chancellor of nepotism in bringing the disgraced former attorney general to campus to teach a political science class.

According a copy of the petition obtained by the Texas Tech’s student newspaper, The Daily Toreador, the nine-page petition, which includes an appendix, calls Gonzales’s one-year professorship “a troubling example of a ‘celebrity hire'” and claims that the hiring of Gonzales by his “good friend,” Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance, “cannot be seen as a commitment to ethical conduct.”

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State Cop Could Be Massachusetts’ First African American U.S. Marshal

It’s interesting that in the year 2009 they are just breaking a racial barrier in a law enforcement post.

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By Milton J. Valencia
Boston Globe
BOSTON — A 30-year veteran of the State Police who has spent much of his career in investigative units could be named the next US marshal for the District of Massachusetts, and would be the first African-American to hold the post.

Detective Lieutenant John Gibbons was nominated by US Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry to become the first permanent marshal the district has had since 2005. President Obama must send the nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation, but historically, a state’s senior senator makes the nomination.

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Veteran N.J. Political Consultant Arrested in Corruption Sweep Found Dead

This case is only going to get more complicated.  Here’s the latest wrinkle.

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By Amy Sara Clark and Agustin C. Torres
The Jersey Journal
Jersey City political strategist Jack Shaw, one of the 44 people arrested in Thursday’s massive New Jersey corruption scandal, was found dead in his apartment tonight, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said.

A relative found Shaw’s body, DeFazio said. Police were called to the ninth-floor apartment at the Towers at Portside, 100 Warren St., at 5:17 p.m. and Shaw was officially declared dead at 6 p.m.

Two officials with knowledge of the investigation told The Star-Ledger that several bottles of pills were found near Shaw’s body. However, Shaw, who has diabetes, was on several medications and worried about his health, according to Jersey Journal opinion editor Agustin Torres, who often spoke with Shaw. He recently lost 60 pounds, Torres added.

No weapon was found near the body and the death does not appear to be a homicide, DeFazio said.

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Justice Dept. Lawyer Matthew Glomb Struck Dead by Lightning While Jogging on North Carolina Beach

It’s amazing how you can go from virtual heaven — jogging on the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina — to being struck dead by lightning. A sad tale.

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By Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writer

A Department of Justice lawyer from Prince William County was fatally struck by lightning Monday while jogging on the beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, authorities said.

Matthew Glomb, 49, of Woodbridge was remembered by friends and colleagues as a family man and a deeply religious person who had a great sense of humor.

“The second you met him he cared about you,” said Sara Scichilone, 21, who met Glomb through Chrysalis, a group that runs Christian youth retreats.

Glomb joined the Justice Department in 2002 after a career in the U.S. Coast Guard that included a stint as a military judge, said Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller. At the Justice Department, Glomb worked in the aviation-admiralty office and specialized in maritime law. He was a 1994 graduate of George Washington University’s law school.

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All American Kid Accused of Being Homegrown Terrorist

It’s hard to fathom that an all American kid could take this route. But in life, things aren’t always as simple and clear cut as we would hope.

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By Carrie Johnson and Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Daniel Patrick Boyd, once a defensive lineman at T.C. Williams High School, is an unlikely symbol of the homegrown terrorist threat.

The son of a Marine, Boyd spent his early years in the Washington suburbs living a typical American childhood. Recently, he blended with his family into a picturesque suburb of Raleigh, N.C., where he gardened and was friendly with his neighbors.

But law enforcement officials, including four SWAT teams that deployed to Boyd’s home this week, point to the Muslim convert as the latest example of a radicalized American who exported jihad.

Boyd, 39, is scheduled to appear in federal court in North Carolina on Thursday with his two sons and four other young men he allegedly instructed in militant techniques.

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FBI Deputy Director John Pistole Among Those Considered to Head DEA

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John Pistole/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The White House has talked to four candidates about filling  the top spot at the Drug Enforcement Administration, including FBI deputy director John S. Pistole,  according to a source familiar with the selection process.

Pistole has been interviewed for the job along with Michele Leonhart, the DEA acting director; Boyd M. Johnson III, an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York; and  former San Diego U.S. Attorney Greg A. Vega, who is in private practice.  Leonhart is not likely to get the job.

An unconfirmed  rumor circulating  Tuesday was that the FBI’s Pistole, who has been an FBI agent since 1983,  had been offered the job, but had yet to accept it.

FBI spokesman Michael P. Kortan declined to discuss the matter Tuesday night.  Pistole could not be reached for comment.  The DEA said it is policy not to comment on personnel matters.

The DEA has been faced with some daunting challenges in recent times,  both domestically and abroad, battling the drug trade in Afghanistan and dealing with the violence involving  Mexican drug cartels that has spilled over into the U.S.

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