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September 2022


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Louisiana Sen. Landrieu Recommends Ex-Congressman For U.S. Atty Post and New U.S. Marshal

Don Cazayoux

Don Cazayoux

Things are finally starting to move around the country when it comes to appointing new law enforcement officials. The process has been overshadowed by more higher profile issues like the economy, the swine flu and torture issues

By Jonathan Tilove
New Orleans Times-Picayune
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mary Landrieu,D-La., recommended Tuesday that President Barack Obama name Brian Jackson as a U.S. District Court judge and former Rep. Don Cazayoux as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, based in Baton Rouge.

She also recommended Kevin Harrison, an assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in New Orleans, as U.S. marshal for the Middle District.

Jackson, a former first assistant U.S. attorney and interim U.S. attorney for the Middle District, had been considered the likeliest alternative as Landrieu’s choice for U.S. attorney in the New Orleans-based Eastern District if she had not decided to recommend that the president retain Republican Jim Letten. Jackson also served as associate deputy U.S. attorney general in 1998 and 1999.

The choice of Cazayoux for U.S. attorney had been talked about since the moment he was defeated last fall for re-election by Republican Bill Cassidy, six months after he had won the seat in a special election.

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Carmen Ortiz Poised to Become Massachusett’s First Hispanic and Woman U.S. Attorney


The country has already broken the racial barrier by electing an African American president. It’s interesting that it has taken this long to get a Hispanic or a woman as a U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts.

By Jonathan Saltzman
Boston Globe Staff
BOSTON — Carmen M. Ortiz, who grew up poor in New York City’s Spanish Harlem neighborhood and became a state and then a federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, is poised to become the first woman and the first Hispanic US attorney in the state.

US Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry recommended yesterday that President Obama nominate Ortiz, the daughter of Puerto Rico natives, to the highest federal law enforcement position in the state.

“It’s a tremendous challenge, but I think one that I’m prepared to take and I’m prepared to meet,” the 53-year-old Milton woman said in a brief telephone interview. “I feel very grateful, and I’m humbled by the senators’ confidence in me.”

Ortiz has worked in the US attorney’s office in Massachusetts for the past 12 years and did two stints for about 10 years as a prosecutor in the Middlesex district attorney’s office. She has had a variety of other professional experience, including helping the National Football League in 1990 to investigate allegations by a Boston Herald reporter of sexual harassment against members of the New England Patriots.

The senators, who picked Ortiz from among three finalists recommended by a committee that vetted candidates, said she was a “standout throughout this process.”

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Columnist: Ego and Low Morale Hurting Dept. of Homeland Security

DHS Chief Janet Napolitano- Will She Change the Agency?
DHS Chief Janet Napolitano- Will She Change the Agency?

By Douglas Doan
Security DeBrief Guest Columnist

The ancients believed that the sin of Pride was the most serious of the seven deadly sins, and would have little trouble seeing the havoc caused by the sin of pride at DHS. Pride (back to Sunday school for moment) was defined as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self. The Sin of Pride is the most corrosive problem within DHS, causing a multitude of challenges and throttling performance. Here are three examples:

• Innovation has been stifled. All organizations struggle to be more innovative and finding better solutions to systemic problems, but DHS has actively opposed innovation. Indeed, the most creative efforts are almost always squashed by a culture of “not invented here”. “Not invented here” is a prideful ideology that values no other opinion than one’s own.

• Morale in DHS is lowest in Government: As a direct result of the “not invented here ” culture and the singular inability of senior management to encourage and reward innovative solutions from the rank and file, employee morale at DHS is, consistently, the lowest in the federal government. DHS employees quickly understand that management does not welcome new ideas. External input is not sought, desired, or welcome.

• DHS is unable to retain federal border agents. The government loses approximately 12% of federal border officers annually.

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Liberal Groups File Complaint to Disbar Bush Lawyers (AP)

Feds Charge Illinois Sheriff With Selling Pot

illinois-map1Sure, county sheriffs have a lot of autonomy. But this obviously goes a little too far. Put this in the category of: Things Sheriffs Aren’t Allowed to Do.

By The Associated Press
SHAWNEETOWN, Ill. — Federal prosecutors are accusing the longtime sheriff of a county in southeastern Illinois of selling marijuana, often while on duty.

Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin was arrested Monday and appeared in court on three counts of distributing marijuana and two counts of carrying a firearm while trafficking drugs.

Martin has been sheriff of Gallatin County since 1990.

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U.S. to Check Immigration Status at All Local Jails

homeland-security-logoThis is a massive effort. The real question is whether authorities can  coordinate this effort and make certain local jails have the resources to do this.

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails. In four years, the measure could result in a tenfold increase in illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes and identified for deportation, current and former U.S. officials said.

By matching inmates’ fingerprints to federal immigration databases, authorities hope to pinpoint deportable illegal immigrants before they are released from custody.

Inmates in federal and state prisons already are screened. But authorities generally lack the time and staff to do the same at local jails, which house up to twice as many illegal immigrants at any time and where inmates come and go more quickly.

The effort is likely to significantly reshape immigration enforcement, current and former executive branch officials said.

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Boston Federal Judges To Teach Classes on Turning Over Evidence as a Result of Recent Case

Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf

Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf

By Allan Lengel

Federal prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges in Boston will get an education about turning over evidence to the defense for trial. The issue recently became a hot-button topic and an embarrassment when the Justice Department voided the conviction in Washington of ex-Sen. Ted Stevens after the prosecution failed to turn over evidence to the defense.

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf in Boston announced that two judges will hold educational classes in the fall on turning over evidence for trial in response to a recent case in Boston in which Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan failed to turn over evidence to the defense , the Boston Globe reported.

Sullivan acknowledged to the judge that she withheld evidence in trial that could have cleared a defendant in a gun case. Wolf had planned to sanction her, but on on Monday said she appeared contrite and would hold off on taking any action against her or the U.S. Attorney’s Office for at  least six months, the Globe reported.

Judge Wolf had concluded that Sullivan’s actions were inadvertent,  but  “inexcusable”  and showed a  “fundamentally flawed understanding of her obligations, or a reckless disregard of them”, he the Globe reported.

Wolf said repeated failures by Massachusetts federal prosecutors “made him doubt that the Justice Department was adequately training prosecutors”, the Globe reported.

Judge Delays Sentencing in MySpace Suicide Case: Says Fed Prosecutors May Have Gone Too Far

This latest glitch only clouds the boundaries in the area of Internet law. Should we look at this as a setback for prosecutors or an opportunity for a judge to provide clarity for prosecutors in the future?


By Victoria Kim
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — When federal prosecutors in Los Angeles indicted a Missouri mother last year for committing an Internet hoax that apparently led to the suicide of a 13-year-old girl, they touted the novel legal approach that allowed them to file the case halfway across the country. On Monday, a U.S. district judge indicated they may have gone too far.

“Using this particular statute in this particular situation is so weird,” Judge George H. Wu said, calling some of the prosecution’s argument “troublesome.”

Wu’s comments came Monday afternoon at a hearing where Lori Drew, 50, was to have been sentenced. Wu delayed the sentencing until July, saying he wanted to consider a defense motion to dismiss the entire case.

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A Border Patrol Agent, a Cheeseburger, Poison and an FBI Probe

This is just a bizarre story. The FBI is investigating and there’s many unanswered questions.

Great Falls Tribune Staff Writer
GREAT FALLS, Montana — A United States Customs and Border Patrol agent who was poisoned at a Cut Bank fast food restaurant last year is back in the hospital for injuries suffered in a fall earlier this week.

Denton Moberly sustained a head injury after falling outside of his Shelby home Tuesday, said his wife, Sheila Moberly. He is being treated at Benefis Health System in Great Falls.

Moberly, who moved his family from Texas to Montana two years ago because he thought it would be safer, nearly died after eating a cheeseburger laced with agricultural chemicals that he bought in a restaurant’s drive-through.

The poison caused major brain damage and forced Moberly to use a wheelchair for a year.

FBI investigators have said they have leads in the case but haven’t made an arrest.

On Tuesday, Moberly was at home with his 12-year-old daughter. She saw him go outside and later saw him lying on the ground. She called 9-1-1.