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Dozens of Air Marshals Committed Crimes, Ranging from Attempted Murder to Human Trafficking

us-air-marshalsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Dozens of federal air marshals have been committed crimes ranging from attempted murder to aiding a human trafficking ring, Patch.com reports. 

Between November 2002 and February 2012, air marshals were arrested 148 times.

Patch found that one air marshal tried to lure a young boy to a hotel room and another used his badge “to smuggle drugs past airport security.”

Air marshals also hired prostitutes and engaged in fights with security guards at a brothel.

The TSA responded, saying the incidents were relatively rare given the number of marshals.

“The vast majority of FAMs [federal air marshals] are dedicated law enforcement professionals who conduct themselves in an exemplary manner,” TSA said in a statement. “TSA and FAMS continually strive to maintain a culture of accountability within its workforce.”

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Cleveland Man Arrested After Threatening to Kill President Obama, Hillary Clinton

Jonathan SmeadBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Cleveland man is accused of calling the Secret Service and saying he wants to kill President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The Secret Service and Cleveland police on Monday arrested Jonathan Smead, 35, who was charged Wednesday in Ohio Northern District Court, Cleveland.com reports. 

Authorities said Smead called the Secret Service at 10 p.m. Sunday and asked whether it was a federal crime to acknowledge that he wants to kill the president.

Smead, who cited past assassins, also said he wanted to kill Clinton, authorities said.

Smead even told the Secret Service that he “wants federal charges, not little state charges,” and offered up his social security number, name, date of birth and the home where he was living with his grandmother.    

Planned Parenthood Shooter Claimed Attack Was ‘Last Stand’ Against FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man who killed three people and wounded nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado said he chose the attack to make “my last stand” against the FBI, which he claims has been harassing him for years.

In an interview with KCNC-TV, Robert Lewis Dear said he didn’t plan the Nov. 27 shooting in advance and that the FBI was following him that morning.

Dear claimed that the FBI has been raising him for years, breaking into his home and cutting holes in his clothes.

“I felt like they were going to get me, and so I am going to pick where I am going to make my last stand, and I picked Planned Parenthood because it’s murdering little babies,” Dear said. “Well, when I got there, of course, those guys knew I was armed, knew everything about me. They slither off like snakes and they get the local cops to do their dirty work, so that’s why the shootout was there.”

The FBI couldn’t comment because of a gag order in the case.

Dear said he’s “sane” and “coherent” and has a college degree.

He has been charged with 179 counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and other crimes.

“Well I’m just an honest man and I believe I’m guilty, so I am just going to plead guilty,” he said.

Border Patrol Agent, 4 Others Charged in Murder of Man Who Was Decapitated

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is among a group of men charged in the death of a man whose decapitated body was found floating near South Padre Island in Texas, the Associated Press reports. 

Joel Luna, who was placed on indefinite leave from the Border Patrol, and four other men were indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday, charging them with capital murder, murder and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

The defendants are lodged in the Cameron County jail without bond.

When Luna was arrested in March, law enforcement found nearly $90,000, a kilogram of cocaine and handguns inside his safe at his Hebbronville home.

In March, the decapitated body of Jose Francisco Palacios-Paz was found.

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Border Patrol Agent Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Potentially Drugged Minor

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is accused of sexually assaulting a potentially drugged minor, NBC 7 San Diego reports.

Daniel Alfredo Spear, 45, has been arrested and charged with forcible lewd and lascivious acts on an underage person.

Spear is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the probe.

Details of the allegations have not yet been released.

Ex-FBI Agent Charged with Murder in Brutal Beating of Daughter’s Husband

Daughter and wife Molly Corbett.

Daughter and wife Molly Corbett.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent and his North Carolina daughter have been charged with murder in the death of the woman’s husband, Fox News reports. 

Molly Martens Corbett, 31, and her father, retired FBI agent Thomas Michael Martens were charged in August with second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter, according to grand jury indictments unsealed Monday.

“It was an extremely thorough investigation,” Davidson County Sheriff David Grice told The-Dispatch newspaper Monday. “We are pleased with the decision of the grand jury.”

The husband, 39-year-of Jason Paul Corbett, of Ireland, was found dead with fatal head injuries after he was assaulted at his North Carolina home sometime over the night of Aug. 2.

Martens, 65, said he struck his son-in-law with a baseball bat following an argument.

Three Honduran Women Sue Federal Government After Being Raped by Border Patrol Agent

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three Hondurans are suing the federal government for $3 million after they were sexually assaulted last year by an on-duty Border Patrol agent who has since killed himself, San Antonio Express-News reports.

The attack occurred when an adult woman and two girls illegally crossed the border in March 2014 and were encountered in Hidalgo County in Texas by U.S. Border Patrol Agent Esteban Manzanares, according to the lawsuit.

New details have emerged from the suit, which alleges the agent dragged, beat, choked and sexually assaulted one of the plaintiffs and her 15-year-old daughter.

The lawsuit also accused Manzanares of tying up another of the victims before sexually assaulting her and photographing her in the nude.

Justice Department Suspends Assets Forfeiture Program for Local Police

frozen-cash2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A controversial program that allows local police to seize and keep cash and property from people who were never charged or convicted of a crime is ending, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Federal forfeiture policies were long considered unfair by defense attorneys because police were allowed to keep up to 80% of the assets they seized, even when no charges were filed, the Washington Post reports.

The Justice Department announced it’s suspending the program due to budget cuts.

“While we had hoped to minimize any adverse impact on state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, the Department is deferring for the time being any equitable sharing payments from the Program,” M. Kendall Day, chief of the asset forfeiture and money laundering section, wrote in a letter to state and local law enforcement agencies.

Some in the criminal justice community charged that police were pursuing cases because of profits.

“This is a significant deal,” said Lee McGrath, legislative counsel at the Institute for Justice, in an interview with the Washington Post. “Local law enforcement responds to incentives. And it’s clear that one of the biggest incentives is the relative payout from federal versus state forfeiture. And this announcement by the DOJ changes the playing field for which law state and local [law enforcement] is going to prefer.”