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Ex-Gov Eliot Spitzer Met Regularly With Hookers For 18 Months Before He Resigned

From Emperors Club
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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Eliot Spitzer — or “Client 9″ as he’s known in some ledger books — is back in the news again.

A lawyer for an ex-worker at the infamous Emperors Club V.I.P. said outside a federal courtroom Monday that his client revealed that Spitzer met regularly with hookers for 18 months before his political demise, the Associated Press reported

Attorney Marc Agnifilo made the comments after his client Temeka Lewis was sentenced to a year of probation, the AP reported.

Lewis pleaded guilty in May 2008 to conspiracy charges. The FBI investigated Spitzer and even surveilled him in Washington, but never charged him.

In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said  Lewis ” arranged over the phone in January 2008 for a prostitute to meet a man at a hotel in New York, New York, and on another occasion, for a prostitute to travel from New York to Washington, D.C. to meet a man in his hotel room.”

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FBI Crime Figures Show Cities Got Safer and Small Towns Grew More Dangerous

Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report_jan-dec2This is an interesting trend, which goes to show crime is everyone’s problem.

The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Cities in the United States got safer in 2008, while small towns grew more dangerous, according to FBI data released Monday.

The FBI says violent crime nationwide dropped by 2.5 percent last year. Property crimes also fell, by 1.6 percent, according to the preliminary data collected by the FBI.

Cities with more than 1 million people saw murders fall by 4.3 percent; cities with 500,000 to 1 million people saw murders fall by nearly 8 percent.

Yet in towns with fewer than 10,000 residents, murders rose 5.5 percent, rape increased 1.4 percent, and robbery 3.9 percent.

The latest data shows violent crime fell for a second straight year, after increases in 2006 and 2005. Those two years, the crime rate began to rise after historic lows that began during the Clinton administration and continued into President Bush’s first years in the White House.

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Trial to Begin for Georgia University Student Accused in Jihad Plot

This scenario seems to be a recurring one: Federal prosecutors say Syed Haris Ahmed is clearly a terrorist. The defense is saying he was just talking and had no intention of being a terrorist.  A jury in Atlanta will decide which is right.

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By GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press Writer
ATLANTA — Armed with a handheld video camera, a Georgia university student drove with a friend in April 2005 to Washington, D.C., and captured scenes of the Capitol, the Pentagon and other locations.

Investigators say Syed Haris Ahmed, now 24, wasn’t a tourist but a wannabe terrorist who wanted to send the videos of potential terror targets to an overseas contact. He was attending the Georgia Institute of Technology at the time.

The charges are central to a federal terrorism case against him that is set to begin Monday, and he could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Ahmed is also accused of going to Pakistan and trying to join a terrorism group a few months later, but prosecutors are not pursuing formal charges on that allegation.

His attorney, Jack Martin, contends the federal charges are little more than “imprudent talk” and that investigators have no evidence that Ahmed, who was born in Pakistan, has committed any terrorist act.

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How a Swaggering Ex-Federal Prosecutor Paul Bergrin, Son of a Cop, Allegedly Went Bad

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

This is a fascinating story that has all the markings of great movie. But federal authorities don’t see it as entertaining, nor amusing.

By Joe Ryan
Newark Star-Ledger
NEWARK — Last August, authorities say, Paul Bergrin traveled from Newark to Chicago hoping to meet a hit man.

Bergrin, who investigators describe as a go-to lawyer for Newark street gangs, was working on the case of an alleged Monmouth County cocaine kingpin. Authorities say the attorney wanted someone in Chicago to silence a potential witness.

That would-be triggerman, however, wound up working on a different case. He was an informant for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. And his case was against Bergrin.

After years of investigating, the DEA and the FBI arrested the 53-year-old lawyer May 20 on charges of running a wide-ranging criminal operation that included racketeering, mortgage fraud and employing nefarious and sometimes murderous tactics to shield his clients from prosecution.

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Secret Service: What it Takes to Protect the President

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Lawyers for Arizona Sheriff Insist Homeland and Justice Probes Politically Motivated

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Does the sheriff have a legit beef or is he just trying to create a smoke screen to cover up his wrongdoings? That is the question.

By Carrie Johnson and Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writers

The lawyers representing a controversial Arizona sheriff who is under investigation for his treatment of Latino residents accused officials in the Justice and Homeland Security departments yesterday of political motivations in pursuing probes against their client.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio and his office, which have drawn widespread attention for an unorthodox approach to crime and punishment, are the focus of three federal investigations into whether they violated federal rules or civil rights laws in pursuing illegal immigrants.

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Obama Admin Insists It Has No Obligation to Provide Secret Info in Wiretap Case

top-secretThe Obama administration, which has been advocating transparency in general, is advocating secrecy in this instance. Let’s see what happens here.

By The Associated Press
Washington – The Obama administration insists it has no obligation to provide access to a top secret document in a wiretapping case, setting up a showdown next week with the judge who ordered it released.

Justice Department lawyers, in a response filed Friday with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, also argued that Judge Vaughn Walker had no cause to penalize the government for its refusal to turn over the document.

Walker on May 22 threatened to punish the administration for withholding the document, which he ordered given to lawyers suing the government over its warrantless wiretapping program.

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President Obama to Appoint Cybersecurity Czar

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From the Pentagon and utility companies to Obama’s own campaign headquarters, hackers have been making Swiss cheese out of our cyber-security. Appointing a leader to guard against this new threat to our nation will hopefully lead to standardization of our nation’s digital defenses and better ways to keep our nation’s secrets safe.

CNN
WASHINGTON – President Obama announced Friday he is creating the post of cyber security coordinator to oversee “a new comprehensive approach to securing America’s digital infrastructure.”

The president said he will personally select the person who takes on that post and “will depend on this official” in all matters related to online security.

Tackling the economic crisis cannot be done without ensuring the safety of online activities, Obama said.

“I know how it feels” to have online privacy violated, the president said.

He referred to last year’s hacking of computers at his campaign headquarters. The hackers did not access databases containing information about campaign donors, but did gain access to policy position papers and travel plans, Obama said.

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