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Nine-Year-Old FBI Report on Corruption in the Philly Police Narcotics Squad Remains Under Seal

philadelphia-policeSome information in the 9-year-old report on corruption in the Philly police narcotics unit is finally surfacing. Maybe it should have been publicly disclosed long ago. Perhaps the department wouldn’t be dealing with the same issues today.

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — The FBI memorandum describes a pattern of corruption among a group of Philadelphia narcotics officers: false information used to get search warrants, planted evidence and perjured testimony, thefts of drugs, cash, and valuables from dealers.

It’s called the Roberts report and, though it’s nine years old, it deals with the same issues that a federal-city task force is now investigating.

The report, written on Sept. 5, 2000, by FBI Agent John Roberts – now head of the FBI’s public-corruption unit in Philadelphia – remains under seal by order of a federal judge and has never been made public. It’s unclear who received the report and what became of its recommendations.

But what has surfaced from court documents is that the report foreshadowed some of the allegations involving brothers Jeffrey and Richard L. Cujdik and other officers in the Narcotics Field Unit.

“At the very least, a department investigation should have been conducted into whether or not police were fabricating evidence simply to obtain convictions,” defense attorney Jerry S. Goldman said.

The report, according to court documents, looked at 12 allegations involving a group of narcotics officers. Some were determined to be credible, others unfounded.

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Weekend Series: History: J. Edgar Hoover and His Relations With U.S. Presidents: Part 9

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Disturbing Rise in Arrests of U.S. Border Enforcement Officers

istock_000000654506xsmallThe trend is not only disturbing, but it makes you wonder how many aren’t getting caught as we see a rise in drug cartel activity.

By Rick Jervis
USA Today
WASHINGTON – A rising number of U.S. border enforcement officers are being arrested on corruption charges as Mexican drug cartels look to bribes as a way to get around tougher enforcement, border officials say.

Investigators arrested 21 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on corruption charges in the fiscal year that ended last September, up from eight in the previous 12 months, according to CBP. This year, 14 have been arrested.

Since 2004, 84 officers have been arrested and 62 were convicted, says James Tomsheck, assistant commissioner for internal affairs at CBP, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. That number represents a small fraction of the more than 52,000 people employed by the agency, which enforces U.S. law along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.

Still, the trend is alarming, Tomsheck says. “We’re deeply concerned. The numbers are disturbing.”

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Jason Weinstein Named Deputy Assistant Atty. Gen. in Criminal Division

justice-logo2Sounds like he is certainly qualified. And anyone who can quote Seinfeld episodes, as the author notes, can’t be all bad.

By Steve Levin
Fraud With Peril

Congratulations to Jason M. Weinstein, who has been asked to serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division.

AUSA Weinstein is a 1990 graduate of Princeton University (where he served as President of his class) and GW Law School (where he more often than not attended class. Actually, he must have gone to class. He did, after all, graduate cum laude).

Mr. Weinstein has previously served as a special investigative counsel in the DOJ IG office and as an AUSA in SDNY. Also, he signed my ketubah. While with SDNY, Mr. Weinstein was awarded the prestigious Director’s Award for his prosecution of a lawyer-gone-bad. AUSA Weinstein, clearly a lawyer-gone-good, currently serves as the Chief of the Violent Crime Section in the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Maryland. He has been in the Maryland office since 2002.

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FBI Says Toledo College Football Player Shaved Points

Sometimes you watch a game and figure the team just isn’t that good, that it keeps blowing big plays. Then once in a great while you find out the players really are blowing it on purpose. It’s always a sad day in sports when this happens.

toledo-blade-footballBy MAUREEN FULTON
The Toledo Blade
TOLEDO — A former University of Toledo football player admitted to his participation in a point-shaving scheme involving UT football and basketball teams, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Detroit earlier this week.

According to the criminal complaint, originally filed last August, Adam Cuomo, who was a senior backup running back in 2003 for the Rockets, told FBI agents he began the point-shaving scheme with “Gary,” who is believed to be Ghazi Manni of Sterling Heights, Mich.

The scheme is thought to have began in the fall of 2003 and continued until the winter of 2006.

Mr. Cuomo, of Hamilton, Ont., rushed just six times for 23 yards his senior season, but said he provided information to “Gary” about upcoming UT games to help “Gary” place bets on the games, according to the documents.

He also introduced “numerous” UT men’s basketball and football players to “Gary” for the purpose of asking them to participate in point-shaving.

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Texas Congressman John Carter Wants Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Fired

congressman-john-carter2There’s nothing wrong expressing displeasure over something. But there’s a point, particularly on an issue like this, where it’s time to move on. Belaboring the point only smells of partisan politics. And guess what? The country is still in big trouble. It’s best to suspend politics as usual and address the problems that matter to the American people.

By MARIA RECIO
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, doesn’t just want Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign: “I called for her to be fired.”

Carter and a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, are complaining about a recent Homeland Security memorandum to law enforcement that warns of homegrown terrorism from conservatives and military veterans.

“The Department of Homeland Security’s controversial report released last week listed, among others, many of our nation’s veterans as possible domestic terrorists or assassins,” Burgess said. “I find this astonishingly insensitive.”

Carter, Burgess and several other conservative members took to the House floor Wednesday evening to rail against Napolitano, the former Arizona governor, who was sworn in as Homeland Security secretary Jan. 21.

“Singling out political opponents for working against the ruling party is precisely the tactic of every tyrannical government from Red China to Venezuela,” Carter said.

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Calif. Rep. Loretta Sanchez Voices Concern Over Lack of Interagency Cooperation Between DEA and Border Agencies to Fight Cartels

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ (D-Calif) expressed concern Wednesday about  the need for better cooperation between  DEA and border agencies to fight drug cartels.

Responding to a Government Accountability Office report, the California Congresswoman said: 
“A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighting the lack of interagency cooperation between our leading border and drug enforcement agencies is concerning. Coordination and cooperation between DEA, ICE, and CBP is crucial to defeating drug cartel organizations operating near our southern border and I echo the GAO’s call for the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security to improve and enhance effectiveness in interagency partnerships.

“As the Chairwoman of Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, I will continue to monitor the relationships between these agencies and consult with the appropriate officials. An effective, transparent partnership between DEA, ICE, and CBP is crucial to America’s safety and security.”

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Mexican National Pleads Guilty to 2002 Beatings of 2 FBI Agents on a Stakeout

It’s always good to get a guilty plea when it comes to a brazen act like this.

las-cruces-nm-mapBy The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – A Mexican national has pleaded guilty to a felony count of illegal re-entry and a misdemeanor assault count in the 2002 beatings of two FBI agents who were attacked during a stakeout in Sunland Park.

Juan Jose Magallanes-Torres of Anapra, Mexico, entered the pleas Wednesday. No sentencing date was immediately scheduled.

Special Agents Samantha Mikeska and Sergio Barrio of the FBI office in El Paso, Texas, were among a group of law enforcement officers patrolling trains near the U.S-Mexico border in an effort to catch thieves in the act.

The agents were overwhelmed by more than a dozen robbers.

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