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NY Times Editorial: Next Move on Press Freedom

Reporter James Risen

By The New York Times
Editorial Board

Last July, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. spoke eloquently of “the importance of the constitutionally protected news gathering process,” the essential role of a free press when it comes to “government accountability and an open society,” and the need to better protect journalists from federal leak investigations.

At the time, he described policy revisions that supposedly would achieve those goals, including enhanced oversight by senior Justice Department officials and a new presumption that news organizations would be notified when the government sought their records from phone companies, Internet providers and other third parties.

Now, six months later, Mr. Holder says those policies are being followed, but he has yet to actually issue the new guidelines. And, most immediately, he has yet to call off the misguided quest by prosecutors to compel James Risen, a reporter for The Times, who wrote a 2006 book about the Central Intelligence Agency, to reveal a confidential source. Barely a week after Mr. Holder delivered his report to the White House, the Justice Department issued a statement declaring agreement with a chilling 2-to-1 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Virginia, denying the existence of any reporters’ privilege, grounded in the First Amendment, to protect confidential sources in criminal cases.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: John Gotti Is Sentenced

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Sentence for Ex-FBI Agent Who Killed His Son’s Girlfriend Will Stand, Judges Rule

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former FBI Agent Edward Preciado-Nuno will still service an 8-to-20-year sentence for killing his son’s girlfriend in Las Vegas in 2008.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Nevada Supreme Court rejected his challenge, which argued that a juror wasn’t impartial.

The court disagreed, saying the juror had “demonstrated the ability to set aside any preconceived prejudices.”

Preciado-Nuno was a 25-year FBI agent and a former Marine who served in Vietnam.

Immigrants Beating Deportations at Highest Rate in More Than 20 Years, Report

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More immigrants are successfully beating deportation before a judge, according to new data, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

In fact, the success rate in court is higher than it has been for more than 20 years, according to the Transaction Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which collects and studies federal prosecution records.

Since October, immigration judges rejected about half of the 42,816 deportation cases heard.

Ice defended its actions.

“ICE’s enforcement strategies and policies are designed to prioritize its resources on public safety, national security and border security threats,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen. “ICE continues to focus on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.”

Even DEA’s Own Hiring Policies Recognize Pot Isn’t As Dangerous As Other Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Although the DEA has insisted that marijuana is one of the “most dangerous” drugs available, the agency’s own drug policy contradicts that.

The Huffington Post reports that DEA applicants are prohibited from working for the agency if they have used narcotics or dangerous drugs in the past.

There’s one exception – marijuana.

It’s a 7-year-old policy, according to Huffington Post.

 

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Raids Home, Ministry of Popular Preacher Who Helps Rescue Kidnapped Children in Africa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A well-known preacher who rescues kidnapped children in Africa is the subject of an FBI investigation after agents raided his home and ministry headquarters, CBN News reports.

Sam Childers, who last year won the Mother Teresa Humanitarian Award for his work, found out last week that agents combed through his house and ministry in Somerset County, PA.

“I was told they came in guns drawn and told everyone to put their hands in the air, patted everyone down,” Childers told CBN News.

“They made them all leave the building, put my daughter into a closed room and they started their search,” he continued. “We suspect that they were searching for things leading, showing that I’m smuggling arms to Africa and selling them, which is totally crazy.”

Childers said he’s uncertain why agents searched his places but said he did nothing wrong.

The FBI couldn’t be reached for comment.

Border Patrol Agent Says She Was Fired for Trying to Care for Her Baby

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

All Sophia Cruz wanted was be a mom and a Border Patrol agent.

But those plans were derailed, she claims, when she was fired in April after being pressured to work against her doctor’s orders while caring for her baby, KOB Eyewitness News 4 reports.

“All I wanted to do was nurse my daughter.  And all I wanted to do was be a mom and an agent,” Cruz said in an interview with News 4.

She was fired in April for not renewing her firearms certification.

Cruz said she didn’t renew because she wasn’t provided with a new armored vest to fit because the shape of her body changed after having the baby.

Prolific Bank Robber with 2 Monickers Is Busted in Washington State

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The suspect is accused of robbing so many banks that he’s earned two nicknames – the “Elephant Man Bandit” and “Cyborg Bandit.”

Seattlepi.com reports that authorities arrested a 44-year-old Washington state man on suspicion of robbing 30 banks in the Seattle and Marysville areas in the past year.

“(We’re) very elated,” Capt. Steven Paulsen of the Seattle Police Department said Wednesday. “This person has impacted the entire Puget Sound region.”

FBI agents and local police said the man wore latex gloves and covered his face. When he wore a metallic fabric over his face, he was known as the “Cyborg Bandit.” When he covered his head with shirt, he was called “Elephant Man Bandit.”

The man was arrested Tuesday after authorities followed around his van.