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Sen. Stevens Harmed Himself in Trial by Testifying

Like every egocentric politician in this town, Sen. Ted Stevens may have given himself too much credit when testifying on his own behalf in a public corruption case.

Sen. Stevens During the Campaign/official photo

Sen. Stevens During the Campaign/official photo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The jurors had spent the better part of two days battling one of their own, Juror No. 9, who had refused to participate in deliberations. Several feared that they were headed for a hung jury, an ignominious end to the month-long corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens, one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress.
But when the jurors reconvened a few days later, it took them just hours to find Stevens guilty on all seven counts of lying on financial disclosure forms to hide more than $250,000 in gifts and renovations to his Girdwood, Alaska, house.
The jurors said they went from near-disaster to a quick verdict after they put their bickering aside and realized that prosecutors had presented an overwhelming case. Stevens, they said, did himself no favors by taking the stand, where he destroyed the grandfatherly image his lawyers had carefully crafted.
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Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens Continues to Slip in Vote Count

Sen. Ted Stevens lost his criminal trial. Could he now lose his seat in the Senate after 40 years? It looks like it could happen.

Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

By SEAN COCKERHAM
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE — Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is in grave danger of losing re-election after Mark Begich widened his lead to 1,022 votes Friday.
More than 90 percent of the votes are now counted, and Friday’s count of absentee and questioned ballots could have been Stevens’ best chance to make a comeback. That’s because it included all the ballots left from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where Stevens has enjoyed his most unwavering support.
There are about 24,000 ballots left to be counted, coming from Anchorage, Southeast Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula. The state will tally them all Tuesday.
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Former FBI Agent Charged in Vegas With Hammer Slaying

A former FBI agent finds himself on the wrong side of the bars.

By Adrienne Packer
Las Vegas Review-Journal
LAS VEGAS — A former federal agent arrested in the death of a woman who was beaten with a hammer Thursday was once an agent with the organized crime division in the Las Vegas FBI office, a source said Friday.
Edward Preciado-Nuno, 61, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center early Thursday on suspicion of murder with a deadly weapon.
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Tough Fed Prosecutor Nominated to Oversee $700 Billion Bailout

With the endless stories of corporate parties and huge bonuses on Wall Street, it’s no wonder the American people are skeptical about the $700 billion bailout. Will Neil Barofsky be enough to pacify the skeptics?

By Amit R. Paley
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Neil M. Barofsky, who was nominated yesterday to be the chief watchdog of the $700 billion bailout program, has spent his career as a federal prosecutor going after everyone from perpetrators of esoteric multibillion-dollar accounting frauds to South American drug lords with names such as “El Gordo” and “Matador.”
“He has stared down international drug traffickers,” said Roberto Finzi, a close friend and former colleague, “so he ought to be able to stare down investment bankers.”
The nomination comes amid growing concern over lack of oversight of the unprecedented bailout program, which is supposed to be scrutinized by two new independent bodies: a special inspector general and a congressional oversight panel.
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NY Times Readers Have Their Say As To Who Should Head Justice and Homeland Security

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

If it were up to New York Times readers, Richard  A. Clark would head  Homeland Security and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano would be our next Attorney General. Some readers also said they would like to see Ron Paul as the next Attorney General or Homeland Security chief, a sentiment not likely to materialize.

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Bollywood Investor from Va. Admits To $33 Million Mortgage Fraud

Vijay K. Taneja has brought a new twist to the painful crime of mortgage fraud. Soon to be a motion picture?

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — He was an icon in the local Indian community, a flashy movie producer who invested millions in Bollywood films and brought Indian musical acts to the Washington area.
Vijay K. Taneja had an aura about him, a celebrity image that made people trust him, according to people who know the Fairfax County businessman. Problem was, Taneja admitted in federal court yesterday, his entertainment ventures were financed with money obtained through an extensive mortgage fraud scheme.
Taneja pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to a fraud enterprise that cost banks at least $33 million, the largest mortgage fraud case in Virginia in almost 20 years and among the largest nationally. Prosecutors said he created bogus mortgage loans, sold legitimate loans to more than one buyer and pocketed the proceeds of refinancings.
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Prosecutors File More Charges Against Arizona Rep. Renzi

The charges keep mounting against Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Az). His attorney is accusing the feds of “piling on unwarranted charges” to pressure the Congressman to plead guilty.

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Arthur H. Rotstein
The Associated Press
TUSCON — Federal prosecutors added new charges Thursday including racketeering, making a false statement on a tax return and other counts to an indictment against Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi.
The indictment made public on Thursday also added a fourth defendant in the case against Renzi, who did not seek re-election and will leave Congress when his term expires shortly.
Renzi, a Republican who has represented the 1st Congressional District in northern and eastern Arizona for three terms, was first named in a 35-count indictment issued by a federal grand jury in February with two business associates.
The new indictment named Renzi in all but one of 44 counts.
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Other Stories of Interest
Swedish Man Who Lied To FBI About Son-in-law Having Links To Al qaeda Gets Sentence Reduction (AP)

Discovery Channel Claims To Put JFK Conspiracies to Rest

Discovery Channel recreated the JFK assassination to debunk the conspiracy theories.  The question is: Will this finally convince everyone?

Warren Commission

Warren Commission

By Eric Bland
Discovery News

Nov. 13, 2008 — A team of experts assembled by the Discovery Channel has recreated the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Using modern blood spatter analysis, new artificial human body surrogates, and 3-D computer simulations, the team determined that the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository was the most likely origin of the shot that killed the 35th president of the United States.
“The question we were trying to answer is, given the spatter evidence in a vehicle, and knowing an individual was sitting at a particular location, is there something we could use to determine where the shot originated?” said Steve Schliebe, a blood spatter and trace evidence specialist with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, who was part of the special investigation.
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