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Weekend Series on Crime: Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Captured In Mexico in 2014

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Forced Make to Changes to Satisfy Obama’s Justice Department

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Ryan Reilley
Huffington Post
WASHINGTON —  Arizona’s infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio — the man who brands himself as “America’s toughest sheriff” and has launched an extensive investigation into whether President Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen — will have to make some changes under a settlement with the federal government on Friday that would resolve some allegations that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office routinely violated the civil rights of Latinos.

The agreement, approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, would partially resolve the lawsuit, specifically the allegations that Arpaio’s office unlawfully detained Hispanic workers during worksite raids and violated their Fourth and 14th Amendment rights as well as the allegation that his office retaliated against critics in violation of the First Amendment.

Separately, the agreement would require Arpaio’s office to expand language access for Hispanics who are held in the county’s jails. Arpaio will still be headed to trial next month to resolve allegations in the lawsuit that his department targeted Latino drivers.

To read the full story click here. 

ATF Official Under Scrutiny for Allegations of Data Breach

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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Senior ATF official Scott Sweetow is coming under scrutiny.

The Hill reports that the Justice Department is investigating allegations he may have accessed the personal data of other agency employees and sent the info to his personal email account. The Hill cites CNN as the reporting the matter.

“It appears somebody is actively seeking to damage my reputation,” Sweetow said in a statement to CNN.

“While I respect your desire to look into items which may cross your desk, other than to confirm I am a SES [senior executive service] agent assigned to our National HQ and what limited details I place in social media, I am very guarded about my personal life, and any work products in which I may be working. Because of this, I would direct you to our office of Public and Government Affairs in our National HQ,” he added.

DEA Confident That Escaped Drug Lord Joaquin Guzman Will Be Captured

guzmanBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is saying it’s confident that escaped Mexican drug loan Joaquin Guzman will be captured.

“I haven’t slept since Saturday night,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration deputy administrator Jack Riley said, according to a report by John Bacon in USA Today. “The hunt is back on – and we are going to get him.”

But Riley said he believes Guzman will remain in Mexico, returning to his roots in the rural Sinaloa Mountains of western Mexico, USA Today reports.

“My sense is that he’s a creature of habit,” Riley said. “I don’t have any information to suggest it, but I would guess that he would retreat to Sinaloa.”

FBI Agent Takes Stand in Trial of NY State Senator Accused to Lying to FBI

Carnegie Mellon University Student Charged with Selling Malware on Darkode

Morgan Culbertson (Linkedin photo)

Morgan Culbertson (Linkedin photo)

By Mike Wereschagin and Andrew Conte
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
A fresh-faced college student who once designed a mobile app to bring Pittsburghers together slipped from his prestigious Carnegie Mellon University classrooms into the shadows of the Web, where he sold a program that put thieves inside people’s pockets, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Morgan Culbertson, 20, a CMU student and intern at a Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm, designed a program called “Dendroid” that allowed users to take over someone’s Android phone, snoop through text messages and snap photos without the phone owner’s knowing, said David Hickton, U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania.

“He went online by a screen name known as ‘Android,’ and for $300 you could buy his subscription where you could steal basically all aspects of (someone’s) cellphone,” Hickton said. “…You also could, as advertised, buy this code so you could do it yourself for $65,000. This was brazenly and openly advertised.”

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Hollywood Props Get So Realistic That Secret Service Complains

Prop money

Prop money

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hollywood props are becoming so realistic-looking that the Secret Service has become alarmed.

Bloomberg reports in a video newscast, which you can see by clicking here, that one of the largest prop makers in Hollywood, Independent Studios, has received complaints from the Secret Service because the props, like cash, guns and knives, look so realistic.
The company rents out more than 100 million props and manufactures unique products made to customer’s specifications.

HD cameras are a big reason the props have become so realistic.

Other Stories of Interest

President Obama Calls for Reformed Drug Sentences That Overwhelmingly Face Young Black Men

president obama state of unionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama on Thursday delivered a clear message Wednesday when he commuted the federal prison sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders: The time has come to overhaul a criminal justice system that locks away too many nonviolent offenders.

Obama also expressed concern that may of the nonviolent offenders who are incarcerated are young black men, CNN reports. 

During an impassioned speech at the annual NAACP convention in Philadelphia, Obama bemoaned the fact that inmates are confined to horrible prison conditions, including rape and solitary confinement, which he declared “have no place in any civilized country.”

“In too many places, black boys and black men, and Latino boys and Latino men, experience being treated different under the law,” Obama said, claiming his assertion wasn’t “anecdote” or “barber shop talk,” but instead backed by data.

Obama is trying to gain bipartisan support for reforming the current sentencing laws.