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AG Eric Holder to Decide Soon Whether to Charge George Zimmerman in Civil Rights Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

George Zimmerman may have been exonerated in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, but that may change soon.

Attorney General Eric Holder is weighing whether to file federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who recently was arrested on unrelated domestic violence charges, Huffington Post reports.

Holder said his office is finishing up a civil rights investigation after Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old.

In the past, Holder has referred to the incident as a “tragic, unnecessary shooting death.”

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Parker: A Friend Who Was the Victim of A Vicious Crime and The Rule of Law

Ross Parker

 Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office. He is the author of the book “Carving Out the Rule of Law: The History of the United States Attorney’s Office in Eastern Michigan 1815–2008″.
  
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

A friend named Carolyne was a victim of a vicious and brutal crime last week.

Such a crime is especially distressing when its victim is such a gifted and empathic person who has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of kids at risk.

Her advice and guidance have placed many children on the right path to productive lives.

This is not another Detroit crime story. Or even one that occurred in these United  States. It happened in Africa.

When I retired a few years ago, my Dad gave me some advice. “Don’t spend all of your time in pool halls.” He was joking because I never was very good at the game, but I have nevertheless attempted to follow his advice. This has led to meeting some amazing people, some here and some in other countries. Most of the time our interaction has had little to do with crime, but after three decades in the criminal justice business, it’s hard not to notice. Hence some columns on Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, as well as a bunch on the U.S. of A. This is another one.

Carolyne lives in a poor but peaceful country with a lot of good people, men and women, who are dedicated to improving the lives of their countrymen and women, and especially for the next generation. They are of different faiths, but they look up to America and are invariably friendly to visiting Americans.

But every nation has crime. It’s what is done in reaction to crime that matters.

Carolyne was attacked in her home by a gang of burglars and killers and badly beaten. The same group killed another woman earlier in the evening. The police were remarkably efficient and picked up one of the perpetrators in a short time.

 

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Racist Serial Killer, Who Also Shot Larry Flynt, Was Executed Today in Missouri

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed early this morning after a murderous cross-country spree from 1977 to 1980, the USA Today reports.

The 63-year-old, who targeted black and Jewish people, was executed in Missouri.

Franklin claimed responsibility for 20 murders but was convicted of seven.

He also has admitted he shot Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who was paralyzed in the 1978 attack.

 

Outspoken Black Nationalist Remains Homeland Security Employee Despite Racist Rants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Homeland Security employee who is an outspoken black nationalist who preached about the “unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race” is still on the payroll, The Blaze reports.

Ayo Kimathi was called out in August by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

“(I)n order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites – more than our christian hearts can possibly count,” the website read.

Kimathi was suspended but still is an employee of Homeland Security.

“Mr. Kimathi was placed on administrative leave on August 23. ICE does not condone any type of hateful rhetoric or advocacy of violence of any kind against anyone,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy press secretary Gillian Christensen said in an email to The Blaze.

Monument at Township Hall Honors Slain FBI Agent In Indiana Township, Pa.

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not big – a waist-high granite stone.

But the memorial signifies so much more.

For Charlotte Carrabotta, it’s a place to reflect on her son, Agent Samuel Hicks, who was gunned down in November 2008 while trying to serve a drug warrant in Indiana Township, Pa.,  reports TribLive.com.

The memorial for the 33-year-old slain FBI agent was unveiled Tuesday at the Indiana Township Town Hall.

“For five years I’ve held it together in public. But this is going to be hard to do today, because this has been such a personal project,” Carrabotta said, reports TribLive.com. “When I lay my head on my pillow at night, I struggle for answers and I struggle for peace. But here we are, still honoring our commitment to his memory. And I think Samuel would have been so proud of that.”

Busted! Congressman Caught Buying Cocaine in Joint Sting by FBI, DEA

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel faces up to six months in jail after he was busted  for cocaine possession in a joint sting by the FBI and DEA, authorities announced Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The 37-year-old freshman lawmaker said he made an “extremely terrible choice” and has been struggling with alcoholism.

Radel was snagged in a “buy and bust” operation. On Oct. 29, Radel is accused of buying cocaine from an undercover sting.

“In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions,” Radel said in a statement.

“However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling,” his statement said. “I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

Expert on Osama bin Laden Speaks about Terror Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Few people know al Qaeda and its former leader Osama Bin Laden quite like Jack Cloonan.

Radio host Steve Leser interviewed Cloonan, the senior case agent in the FBI Bin Laden Squad, on Blog Talk Radio.

Five years before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Cloonan was working on intelligence about the terrorist group.

Cloonan conceded that authorities underestimated the extent of al Qaeda’s funding and support.

To listen to the full episode click here.

 

Judge: AG Eric Holder Must Participate in Contempt Case And Can’t Appeal It

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal judge put an end to Attorney General Eric Holder’s request to appeal his contempt case following the bungled gun-running Operation Fast and Furious, Politico reports.

Monday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson potentially puts Holder on the hot seat.

The ruling means the Justice Department likely will be forced to show a log of the events surrounding the botched sting.

A protracted legal battle is expected.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the ruling.