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Justice Department to Offer GPS Devices for Autistic Children Following Death of 14-Year-Old

Steve Neavling

Children suffering from severe autism and similar conditions should soon be eligible for GPS tracking devices paid for by taxpyaers, Time reports.

New York Sen.Charles Schumer said the idea is to help parents find their children if they stray off.

The devices from the Justice Department cost about $85 each, Time wrote.

The news comes after a severely autistic 14-year-old, Avonte Oquendo, went missing in October and was later found dead in the East River.

Schumer said the goal is to secure long-term funding.

Brian Fallon to Head up Justice Department Press Office

By Allan Lengel

The Justice Department is getting a new mouthpiece.

Devlin Barrett of the Wall Street Journal reports that Brian Fallon, a longtime spokesman for Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and the Senate Democrats, will head up the press office, replacing Tracy Schmaler who left in March.

Fallon steps in at an interesting time when the department has come under fire for its aggressive tactics in investigating media leaks.

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Sen. Schumer Wants Justice Dept. to Review “Stand Your Ground” Laws

Alum Sen. Charles Schumer

By Allan Lengel

The shooting of Trayvon Martin is prompting some folks to push for changes in the “Stand Your Ground” laws around the nation that allow people to use force if they think their lives or others are in danger.

The New York Post reports that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he wants the Justice Department to review the law.

“This ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is a whole new concept in our jurisprudence. It basically says, if you fear great physical harm, you can shoot,” said Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Some people call it ‘Shoot first; ask questions later,'” he added.

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Mayor Bloomberg Doesn’t Want Ray Kelly to Head FBI

Mayor Bloomberg

By Allan Lengel

Despite what Sen. Charles Schumer says, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants his police commissioner Ray Kelly to stay put, according to the Huffington Post.

Schumer the other day told the New York Daily News that he’s going to push for Kelly to succeed FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who finishes up his 10-year term in September.

Bloomberg isn’t disputing that Kelly would make a good FBI director. It’s just that he’s darn happy with what he’s doing in New York.

“Ray Kelly served his time in Washington and did a great job there,” Bloomberg said, according to the Huffington Post. “I, for one, would like him…expect him to stay for the next 1,023 days.”

Kelly was the undersecretary for enforcement at the Department of the treasury from 1996 to 1998, the Huffington Post noted, and he was commissioner of the US Customs Service from 1998 to 2001.

The website said Bloomberg cited low crime rates and effective counter-terrorism as reasons for his fondness for Kelly.

Sen. Schumer Wants NYPD Chief Ray Kelly as Next FBI Director

NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — As the September retirement date for FBI director Robert S. Mueller III approaches, speculation on his successor continues to make news.

New York’s top cop, Ray Kelly, whose name has surfaced in the past, got a little boost from New York’s Sen. Charles Schumer, who said he believes Kelly is the best candidate, the New York Daily News reported.

“I think the country needs him,” Schumer told the Daily News. “Ray Kelly is a world-class choice, and he’s at the top of the list, whether it’s fighting terrorism, drug crime or street crime.”

Schumer told the Daily News he would promote Kelly as a successor with the Justice Department and the White House.

“He’s the preeminent law enforcement person in the country,” said Schumer. “He knows more about this than anyone.”

Arguments run both ways — pro and con — for installing Kelly in that post.

The upside: He’s a  legend in New York law enforcement, and has the credentials. He worked his way up through the police department. He served as chief from 1992 to 1994 and then returned as chief in 2002 and has been around ever since.

He knows how to run a big operation. And he has federal law enforcement experience.

From 1996 to 1998, he was Under Secretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department. He supervised the Department’s Customs Service, Secret Service, ATF, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

From 1998 to 2001, he served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, and managed 20,000 employees.

But the argument against him goes like this: It’s 10 year appointment. He’s 69, which would make him 79 at the end of his term. Some think that’s too old.

Plus, he’s not exactly beloved at the FBI. He’s butted heads with the agency over the years.

Other names for successor include John Pistole, the former number two person at FBI headquarters, who left to become head of the Transportation Security Administration and Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Reader Comments

Comment from fedupgman | [e]
Time March 14, 2011 at 12:21 am

Just what the FBI needs…a director who has taken every opportunity that he can to stiff arm the FBI and run his own game–even at the cost of blowing a huge terrorism case.

No thanks, Chuckie–you keep him in NY where he can continue to play the role of big city chief.

N.Y. U.S. Atty Office Breeding Ground for Stars

This office has an alum list of whos who including Sen. Charles Schumer,Rudy Guiliani, Rep. Charles Rangel and former FBI director Louis Freeh. Not a bad list.

Alum Sen. Charles Schumer

Alum Sen. Charles Schumer

New York Times

When a longtime federal prosecutor, Cathy Seibel, was sworn in as a federal judge last month, the onlookers included many former colleagues from the office of the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, in Manhattan, some of whom had gone on to become law professors, defense lawyers and judges themselves.
Among those former co-workers were three men who had been mentioned as candidates to become the next United States attorney in Manhattan: Preet Bharara, now chief counsel to Senator Charles E. Schumer; Mark F. Pomerantz, a defense lawyer; and Lev L. Dassin, now filling the position temporarily.
And if President Obama chose none of the three? Chances are the job would go to someone else in the room.
For decades, presidents have picked the United States attorney in Manhattan, perhaps the most prestigious federal prosecutor’s job outside Washington, from an elite pool of candidates who have worked in the office. And this agency, located next to the old federal courthouse at Foley Square, has also catapulted so many former prosecutors into other premier jobs that it has become, in a sense, one of the city’s most powerful clubs.

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