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Federal Judge Suspects ATF Attorneys of Fraud in Lawsuit Involving Ex-Agent Jay Dobyns

Jay Dobyns/his website

By Paul Giblin
The Republic

A federal judge suspects that seven attorneys representing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives committed fraud in the case of a retired federal agent who infiltrated the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Arizona.

Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis Allegra banned the attorneys from filing documents in his court, and he ordered additional hearings to investigate the attorneys’ actions, essentially creating a trial within a trial.

The accusations are spelled out in newly unsealed court documents in the case involving former federal agent Jay Dobyns, a onetime University of Arizona football star who sued the ATF for improperly handling threats against him following his undercover stint with the Hells Angels.

The judge previously ruled in Dobyns’ favor, but withdrew his own decision after learning about the ATF attorneys’ conduct.

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Feds Will Be Out in Full Force for Sunday’s Super Bowl

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds will be out in full force Sunday for Super Bowl game in Arizona.

TMZ reports that the agencies involved in security, which is always very intense, include:

— Department of Homeland Security

— Immigration and Customs Enforcement

— FBI

— United States Secret Service

— Phoenix PD

— Glendale PD

 

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Ex-Border Patrol Agent Who Laundered Drug Money Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 A former Border Patrol agent who laundered drug money was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, the Arizona Daily Star. 

Raimundo Borjas was convicted of money laundering after trying to conceal $61,600 in deposits. 

After he’s released from prison, Borjas was ordered to spend three years of supervision and to avoid all law enforcement jobs.

Borjas was fired in October 2014.

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Border Patrol Agent Airlifted to Hospital After He Was Attacked Near Arizona Border

istock photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was airlifted for emergency medical care after an altercation with a Mexican citizen near the Arizona border on Saturday, the Arizona Republic reports.

The agent received 22 stitches after suffering lacerations to his face and a fractured orbital bone near Gu Vo, Arizona.

The agent, whose name wasn’t released, was airlifted to Tucson.

It wasn’t immediately clear what precipitated the scuffle.

CBP has named a person of interest – Carlos Manuel Pena-Nieblas.

The FBI is helping with the search.

Mother of Teen Shot by Border Patrol Wants Name of Agent to Be Made Public

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Should the name of a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican teen be released to the public?

A federal judge is expected to hear arguments Thursday from the family of the teen who wants the agent to be identified, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

The mother of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez filed suit against the agent over the summer, alleging violations of the fourth and fifth amendments.

The Government said it would identify the agent but only if the name remained sealed until a court decision was made on whether to name him.

Both sides are expected to make arguments Thursday.

“It’s yet another version of the same old story,” said James Lyall, an attorney with the Arizona Civil Liberties Union of Arizona based in Tucson.

“An agency that tries to resist transparency and accountability even in a situation where the courts and public expects this kind of information to be made public,” he said.

One Person Killed by Border Patrol During Shootout on Edge of Arizona Reservation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One person was killed following a shootout between Border Patrol agents and suspects on the edge of a Native American reservation near Tucson, the Arizona Republic reports.

Another suspect fled after the shootout about 10 miles southwest of Tucson.

Border Patrol spokesman Vic Brabble said the suspects were armed and that agents were searching for anyone else involved.

According to the Arizona Republic, the Tohono O’odham Reservation is a popular smuggling corridor for marijuana.

At least three people have been killed by Border Patrol agents this year, the Republic reported.

Report: CBP Overspent by Building $680,000 Houses for Border Patrol Agents in Arizona

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection overspent when it built houses for Border Patrol agents in Arizona, an inspector general’s report has found.

The Associated Press reports that CBP spent nearly $700,000 per house in a town where the average home price is less than $90,000.

The investigating found that CBP spent about $17 million on land, 21 houses and 20 mobile homes. The agency overspent by about $4.6 million, the AP wrote.

The average house was $680,000, while the average mobile home cost $118,000 .

Construction was finished in December 2012 as a way to alleviate housing shortages for Border Patrol agents.

“CBP did not effectively plan and manage employee housing in Ajo, Arizona, and made decisions that resulted in additional costs to the federal government,” the report states.

While the CBP agreed with the recommendations, it denied wrongdoing.

“CBP relies on the private housing market to provide housing for its employees, except in a few extreme locations such as Ajo,” the agency said in a statement released by spokesman Jim Burns. “In Ajo, CBP built urgently needed housing for employees in accordance with the approved CBP design standards and the U.S. government guidance to be used by executive agencies concerning construction of federally owned housing for civilians.”

FBI Director Comey Pledges to Continue Fighting Terrorism As Bureau’s Top Priority

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, FBI Director James Comey pledged to continue fighting terrorism as the bureau’s top priority, the Arizona Republic reports.

“We made a promise to the American people 13 years ago … that we would do everything we can to make sure that there was never an attack on American soil anywhere near as horrific as that,” Comey said during a press conference at the agency’s Phoenix headquarters. “So we’re about that obligation, keeping that promise every single day.”

The visit was part of Comey’s pledge to stop by all 56 field offices.

Comey said the threat of terrorism remains high.

Terrorism organizations to be concerned about are in North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean.

“It’s especially worrisome in Syria, where you have thousands and thousands of foreign terrorists fighting with groups like ISIL,” Comey said, using an acronym for the Islamic State.