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September 2022


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Alabama’s First Black Federal Judge Stepping Down

Judge U.W. Clemon

Judge U.W. Clemon

In his resignation letter to President Obama, he wrote: “On a personal note, I am ecstatic over  your election. My exceeding joy springs from my background as a laborer in the vineyards of civil and human rights. It has been my lifelong dream that at some point in the indefinite future, a black American would be elected president of the United States.”

The Birmingham News
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama’s first black federal judge, U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon, will retire from the bench Jan. 31 and return to practicing civil law.
Clemon cited stagnant judges’ pay and changes in the federal courts’ direction that don’t sit well with him as reasons for his decision to leave the bench rather than take senior status, a form of semi-retirement that allows federal judges to hear fewer cases but still earn a full salary.
“It’s time,” said Clemon, who as a lawyer handled landmark civil rights lawsuits before his appointment by President Carter to the bench in 1980. “I have now served 28½ years as a federal judge and I’m 65. There are some other things I’d like to do in life.”
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Terrorists Get It: The Government Should too When it Comes to Using the “New Media”

The terrorists get it. The U.S. government should too. The author insists the government needs to take advantage of the New Media for “emergency response, open-source intelligence gathering and the ideological struggle for hearts and minds”.

By Chris Battle
Foreign Policy Journal
WASHINGTON — Talk to some in the national and homeland security environment, and they will tell you — perhaps a bit defensively but usually with a false sense of authority — that they cannot leverage the powerful tools of New Media because to do so might threaten their internal security.
Others simply give you a puzzled look, as if you are asking them whether they go online and share pictures of their families with anonymous college kids. Meanwhile, the world of communications and intelligence — not to mention history’s most deadly generation of terrorists — is passing them by.
Al Qaeda’s propaganda and recruiting capability has obtained an almost mythical status. The group communicates worldwide via the Internet with a miniscule budget and deprived of the complex IT infrastructure available to the United States.

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Chicago Cop Pleads In Fed Court To Beating Handcuffed Man In Wheelchair

In a department that has had its fair share of negative publicity, this can’t help.

Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — A Chicago Police officer pleaded guilty today to a civil rights violation for beating a 60-year-old man who was handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair.
“I lost it,” Officer William Cozzi admitted in federal court.
The government is seeking a sentence of six to eight years for the 51-year-old officer.
Cozzi previously was convicted on a state charge of misdemeanor battery and sentenced to 18 months’ probation.
After the Chicago Sun-Times obtained a videotape of the beating, police Supt. Jody Weis referred the case to the FBI for federal prosecution.
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Judge Changes Mind: Atty. Gen. Mukasey Won’t Have To Give Sworn Statement In Messy Stevens Case

Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens

Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens

Atty. Gen. Mukasey got a reprieve from the a federal judge. Still, the Sen. Stevens case is not looking good for the governor. It’s hard to believe the judge won’t at least call for a new trial.

By The Anchorage Daily News
WASHINGTON — The judge in Ted Stevens’ false-disclosure case reversed himself Wednesday and said neither the attorney general nor any other top level Justice Department official would be required to give a sworn statement about an Anchorage FBI agent’s whistle-blower complaint.
Instead, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered in Washington that the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section provide him and Stevens’ lawyers with all its communications related to the agent’s complaint. The material, due Jan. 29, will be filed under seal, Sullivan ruled, preventing public disclosure.
The FBI complaint, by agent Chad Joy, has clouded Stevens’ conviction on seven counts of failing to disclose gifts and services over six years. Joy alleged that the public corruption investigation in Alaska was tainted by another agent’s improper source handling, and that prosecutors in Stevens’ trial knowingly withheld evidence that Stevens was entitled to see.
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Fired U.S. Atty. David Iglesias Prosecuting Guantanamo Detainees

David Iglesias

David Iglesias

David Iglesias, the former U.S. Attorney, who became the poster child for what was wrong with the U.S. Attorney system in the U.S. under Bush, is working for the government again.

By Zachary Roth
TPM Muckraker

David Iglesias — the former US Attorney who was fired in 2006 for failing to prosecute politically motivated cases as aggressively as the Bush administration and its allies wanted — has a new job.
Iglesias, a member of the US Naval Reserve JAG corps, has been reactivated as part of a special prosecution team for Guantanamo detainees, he told a New Mexico news station this morning.
“One hundred percent of what I’m doing is prosecuting terrorist cases out of Guantanamo,” he said.
Igleisas explained that he had already begun the work, having travelled to the facility once, and expecting to go back.
“It’s the most significant set of orders I’ve had in my 24 years of navy service,” he added. “The level of detail that I’m looking into some of these terrorist groups, it just takes my breath away.”
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FBI Cared More What George Carlin Said About Hoover than Dirty Words

It seems in the end it often came back to J. Edgar Hoover, a man with a lot of power and a healthy ego.

By John Rogers
Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Talk about irony. Comedian George Carlin spent decades pushing the bounds of free speech by saying the seven words you can never say on television, but not one of them made it into an FBI file on him.
Among the 12 pages that do make up a file recently released by Carlin’s family are a couple of letters from outraged citizens who complained that the “alleged comedian” had made fun of the FBI and its director, J. Edgar Hoover, during TV appearances in 1969 and 1970.
There’s also a letter from Hoover himself thanking one of Carlin’s critics for defending his honor, and an internal FBI memo that quotes the director as asking: “What do we know of Carlin?”
Not much, as it turned out. The memo notes the FBI has “no data concerning Carlin” other than the two letters from his critics.
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FBI May Have Recorded Up to 50 Conversations Between Gov. Blagojevich and Brother

It appears Gov. Rod Blagojevich isn’t the only family member facing more embarrassing moments. The FBI apparently recorded dozens of conversations between the Gov and his brother Robert.

Chicago Sun-Times
Gov. Blagojevich

Gov. Blagojevich

CHICAGO — The governor’s brother, Robert Blagojevich, now says he was probably caught on secret government wiretaps as many as 50 times.
In a court filing today, his lawyer Michael Ettinger said he might seek to have all of those secret tapes kept out of court but needs more information before he decides to do so.
Prosecutors have sought to make one of the recordings involving Robert Blagojevich public at the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of his brother, Gov. Blagojevich. Ettinger and Ed Genson, one of the governor’s lawyers, oppose their release and have said they might seek to suppress all of the secret recordings.
A judge had asked to hear the reasons for throwing out the recordings before deciding whether to release some of them for the impeachment trial.
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Ex-Puerto Rican Senator Pleads to Federal Corruption Charges

This man could be off to prison for a long long time for greed.

Jorge De Castro Font

Jorge De Castro Font

By The Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A former Puerto Rican lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges that could send him to prison for more than a decade.
Former Sen. Jorge de Castro Font entered the plea Wednesday after prosecutors agreed to drop 10 of the 31 charges he faced for allegedly trading political favors for cash and services.
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