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Federal Investigators Question Ex-Countrywide Exec Who Handled VIP Mortgages

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Baltimore Man Off To Prison After Filming In Movie Theater

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON –It’s safe to assume that Michael Dwayne Logan is no longer “enchanted”.
The 31-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Washington to 21 months in prison for illegally filming the Disney motion picture “Enchanted” last year at a movie theater in the Chinatown district of Washington, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Investigators from the Motion Picture Association of America conducted a surveillance of Logan before his arrest by D.C. police last Nov. 27, authorities said.
His high-definition camera was seized and a forensic examination showed that Logan had recorded about 50 minutes of the Disney film, according to court documents.
The forensic examination also found a link between Logan’s camera and numerous other pirated films purchased on the streets of New York, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts ordered that Logan, after serving his sentence, be placed on 12 months supervised release, during which time he must stay away from movie theaters.

Read U.S. Atty’s Sentencing Memorandum

Federal Trial Underway In Calif. For “America’s Sheriff”

Perhaps it’s a curse to be crowned “America’s” darling. Larry King dubbed  Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona “America’s Sheriff.” Now the former sheriff is sitting in federal court facing public corruption charges.

Former Sheriff Michael Carona/ channel 4

Former Sheriff Michael Carona/ channel 4

By Gillian Flaccus
Associated Press Writer
SANTA ANA, Calif. –The first witness in a federal corruption case against a former Orange County sheriff acknowledged Thursday that he knew it was illegal to launder campaign donations for the lawman but did it anyway.
The testimony came under cross-examination during the second day of the trial against Michael Carona, once the three-term head of the nation’s fifth-largest sheriff’s department. He was dubbed “America’s sheriff” by CNN’s Larry King for his unflinching pursuit of the killer of a 5-year-old girl.
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Son Of Ex-Liberian Leader Convicted Of Torture And Atrocities Overseas

Like father, like son.

MIAMI (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in the first case brought under a 1994 U.S. law allowing prosecution for torture and atrocities committed overseas.
Charles McArthur Emmanuel, also known as Charles ”Chuckie” Taylor Jr., was convicted of torture, firearms and conspiracy charges on the second day of jury deliberations. He faces life in prison, with sentencing set for Jan. 9.
Prosecutors said the 31-year-old Emmanuel was involved in killings and torture as head of an elite Antiterrorist Unit in his father’s government also known as the ”Demon Forces.” From 1999 to 2002, Emmanuel’s job was to use his paramilitary soldiers to silence opposition to Taylor and train soldiers for conflict in neighboring African countries, according to trial testimony.
Charles Taylor is on trial before a United Nations tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for allegedly overseeing the murder, rape and mutilation of thousands of people during Sierra Leone’s bloody 10-year civil war.
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‘Black Mafia Family’ Drug Gang Members Sentenced In Atlanta

The vicious drug gang that started in Detroit and spread its tentacles around the country, peddled drugs and violence.

By Rhonda Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA — Nine members of the Black Mafia Family were sentenced to prison Wednesday. They were some of the last remaining members of an organization that controlled or had a hand in the cocaine and crack sold in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and places in between.
One more person is to be sentenced Thursday, Franklin Nash.
One by one, for almost nine hours Wednesday, some of the lower-ranking members of the Atlanta branch of the Black Mafia Family stood before U.S. District Judge Orinda Evans to hear their punishment.
All got prison time – ranging from four years to more than 16 1/2 years for drug conspiracy. They also got probation once they are released. Each asked the judge to recommend them for an intensive drug program in prison, which could reduce their sentences.
The Black Mafia Family began with two brothers – Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory – selling crack cocaine in Detroit high schools in the mid-1980s. Within a few years, their Black Mafia Family had moved into 11 states, making money through distribution rather than direct street sales.Their “tentacles reached all over the country,” said defense attorney John Lovell, who represented Deron Hall.
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Despite Indictment Or Conviction, The Campaign Goes On

Sen. Stevens
Sen. Stevens
Rep. Jefferson
Rep. Jefferson
By Allan Lengel
State Sen. Wilkerson
State Sen. Wilkerson
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Federal conviction. Federal indictment.
Heck.
These days those things don’t seem to be stopping Joe Politician from campaigning for re-election.
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was convicted of public corruption charges on Monday. But instead of waving the white flag, he chastised the government and vowed to campaign on.
“I am innocent,” Stevens said in a statement. “This verdict is the result of the unconscionable manner in which the Justice Department lawyers conducted this trial. I ask that Alaskans and my Senate colleagues stand with me as I pursue my rights. I remain a candidate for the United States Senate.”
In Massachusetts,  State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson who was arrested Tuesday in an FBI sting for allegedly accepting bribes, also vowed to stay the course with her write-in campaign she launched after losing in the Democratic primary.
“I would like voters of the 2nd Suffolk Senate District to know that I am staying the course of my campaign for re-election on Nov. 4,” Wilkerson said in a statement. “Not only does this represent the biggest challenge in my personal and political life, but it will test to the limit the notion of innocent until proven guilty.”
And then there’s Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), who is running for re-election well over a year after he was indicted on public corruption charges. He has yet to go to trial.
These days, he isn’t saying much about the indictment or the $90,000 in the freezer.
But  his longtime pastor, Bishop Paul Morton Sr., summed it all up in a quote in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
“I’ve seen too many congressmen who have been indicted who have won their cases. And we’re not going to let a Congressman go down because of an indictment. Anybody can be indicted. You got to do more than that.”
Also Read: Sen. Stevens Asks Atty. Gen. To Investigate Prosecutors’ Conduct (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

FBI Report Says Drug Gangs Encouraging Attacks On U.S. Law Enforcement In Texas

The bottom line: Never underestimate the drug trade.

Jeremy Roebuck
The Monitor
McALLEN, Tex.— Recent U.S. efforts to disrupt drug smuggling routes through the Rio Grande Valley have prompted threats of retaliation against authorities on this side of the river, according to an FBI intelligence report.
Vowing to maintain control over valuable trafficking corridors such as those in Reynosa, Matamoros and Miguel Alemán, the Gulf Cartel and its paramilitary enforcement wing, Los Zetas, have begun stockpiling weapons, reaching out to Texas gangs and issuing orders to “confront U.S. law enforcement agencies to zealously protect their criminal interests,” the report states.
The organizations’ encroachment north of the border marks a troubling shift in strategies, federal and local authorities say.
Prior to now, smugglers largely maintained a non-engagement policy with law enforcement here, even as they carried out hundreds of assassinations and violent attacks on authorities in Mexico.
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Sixty-Something Man Arrested In Bogus Anthrax Mailings

Some people need to get a hobby.

By Sudhin Thanawala
Associated Press Writer
San FRANCISCO – A California man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sending hoax letters labeled “anthrax” to scores of media outlets, the FBI said Wednesday, warning that many of the threats may still be in the mail.
Marc M. Keyser, 66, sent more than 120 envelopes containing a compact disc that had a packet of sugar labeled “Anthrax Sample” along with a biohazard symbol, the FBI said in a news release. The CD was titled “Anthrax: Shock & Awe Terror.”
Keyser was taken into custody without incident at his home in Sacramento on three counts of sending a hoax letter, the FBI said. At least some of the packages had Keyser’s return address on them, said FBI agent Steve Dupre.
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