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Judge Dismisses Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Border Patrol in Taser Explosion

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent whose use of a Taser caused a deadly car explosion acted reasonably, a judge ruled in dismissing a wrong-death lawsuit against the agency, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Alex Martin died after his car exploded when the agent used the Taser following a chase.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns said the agent responded in a reasonable manner given the tense situation.

The incident happened after Martin, 24, initiated a chase in San Diego that ended after his tires were flatted by a spike strip.

When agents surrounded Martin’s car, he appeared to reach in the center console, prompting one of the agents to fire a Taser through the window, causing an explosion.

Pope’s U.S. Visit Presents Nightmare Scenario for Secret Service

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

By all accounts, it’s a security nightmare.

The Secret Service is helping keep Pope Francis safe during his visit to the U.S., but it’s no easy task, the New York Times reports.

“The crowds throw things,” Mr. Clancy, who took over as the head of the Secret Service last October, told the Times. “They throw flags, dolls and, obviously, babies towards him. It’s difficult because we don’t want our agents to overreact. He doesn’t want to see an overreaction, either, but you don’t want to miss anything.”

What makes the protection even more difficult is the pontiff’s refusal to stay in his popemobile.

Pope Francis is making stops in Washington, Philadelphia and New York, and crowds are expected to grow into the hundreds of thousands.

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FBI Recovered Personal, Work-Related E-mails from Hillary Clinton’s Private Server

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton said she deleted personal and work-related e-mails from a private server during her time as secretary of state.

But Bloomberg reports that the FBI has recovered the e-mails.

The FBI is trying to determine whether classified information was on Clinton’s server.

Clinton said about half of the e-mails were personal.

It wasn’t year clear how many e-mails were recovered. The investigation is expected to take several months.

Sen. Chuck Grassley Blasts FBI for Rebuffing Judge’s Request for Clinton E-Mails

Sen. Grassley

Sen. Grassley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s decision to reject a judge’s request for information on the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail system has prompted outrage from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Politico reports that Grassley didn’t mince words after the FBI refused to provide information on whether the bureau retrieved e-mail records.

“The FBI is behaving like it’s above the law,” said Grassley, whose committee oversees the bureau. “Simply refusing to cooperate with a court-ordered request is not an appropriate course of action.”

Grassley hasn’t said yet what actions his committee will take.

Chicago’s New FBI Boss Brings Plenty of Experience Cracking Down on Public Corruption

Anderson, Mike

Michael Anderson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Few people in the FBI have the experience cracking down on public corruption quite like Michael Anderson.

Anderson, the new boss of Chicago’s FBI office, has written the bureau’s Public Corruption manual and led investigations into former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

In mid-October, the 48-year-old will become special agent in chafe of the Chicago FBI after three years at the helm of the bureau’s New Orleans division.

Anderson’s career with the FBI began in 1995 in Miami, where he began investigating public corruption. He moved on to Washington in 2001, also helping investigate public corruption.

In 2006, Anderson led the Public Corruption Unit at FBI headquarters.

Gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Hates Movie about Him, ‘Black Mass,’ And Hasn’t Seen It

Scene from "Black Mass."

Scene from “Black Mass.”

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although gangster James “Whitey” Bulger hasn’t seen “Black Mass,” a new film depicting his life of crime, he already hates it.

Yahoo News reports he declined to meet with Johnny Depp, who is portraying him in a movie that has had lukewarm reviews.

In fact, Bulger has no plans to watch it, even though the opportunity may never arise since he’s serving two life sentences in prison.

“Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned,” Bulger’s lawyer, Hank Brennan says. “Hollywood greed is behind the rush to portray my client, and the movie missed the real scourge created in my client’s case, the real menace to Boston during that time and in other mob cases around the country – the federal government’s complicity in each and every one of those murders with the top echelon informant program.”

Secret Service Director Apologizes After Agency Disrupts Childhood Cancer Vigil

Joseph Clancy

Joseph Clancy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After the Secret Service disrupted a cancer vigil over the weekend, the agency’s director apologized Monday.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pledged to investigate why his agency forced parents and their cancer-stricken children from a park near the White House.

Clancy met with Mike Gillette, an advocate for CureFest for Childhood Cancer.

“He was very open and honest, saying that they (Secret Service) made a mistake,” Gillette said. “We never thought there was any malice intended. We’re just a bunch of families who care about kids with cancer.”

The Secret Service cleared the park because President Obama was attending an event outside of the White House on Saturday night.

Transgender Woman Misses Flight After Embarrassing Pat-Down, Scan

Shadi Petosky

Shadi Petosky, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A transgender woman missed her flight after the TSA forced her to undergo questioning and a 40-minute search after an “anomaly” during her full-body scan calibrated for a woman.

TSA agents flagged her after spotted the “anomaly,” the New York Daily News reports.

“That’s my penis,” she told a male TSA agent at Orlando International Airport.

What followed was a 40-minute pat-down and inspection that forced her to miss her flight to Minneapolis.

The incident drew outrage from transgender activists.

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