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Column: Detroit U.S. Atty McQuade: “We Cannot Allow Detroit to be Defined by Homicide and Violence”

U.S. Attorney McQuade

Barbara McQuade has been the U.S. Attorney in Detroit since January 2010.
 
By Barbara L. McQuade
Detroit Free Press Guest Writer

DETROIT — As the Free Press’ “Living with Murder” series has vividly illustrated, reducing homicide and violent crime in Detroit is essential to improving our quality of life. Even those who live outside the city should be concerned about crime in Detroit, because it affects the success of our region and our state. We cannot allow Detroit to be defined by homicide and violence.

While law enforcement agencies are working together to arrest and remove dangerous people from our community, long-term solutions to reducing violent crime require thoughtful prevention efforts.

A federal judge in Detroit recently told me that when he imposes a long prison sentence on a violent offender, he wishes he could “rewind the tape” to the point in the defendant’s life before he became involved in crime. Prevention efforts underway in Detroit seek to do just that.

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FBI’s Detroit Chief Andrew Arena Retiring to Go to Newly Formed Crime Commission

FBI's Andy Arena/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Andrew Arena, a familiar fixture in Detroit law enforcement community, who oversaw some of the biggest public corruption probes in Detroit in recent times and other high profile cases including the “Underwear Bomber”, is retiring as head of the Detroit FBI.

The Detroit News reports that Arena will leave the bureau to become executive director of the newly formed Detroit Crime Commission.

The commission will help coordinate prosecutions through research, investigations, information and coordination of activities between business, government and law enforcement, the News reported.

“We are very pleased and excited Mr. Arena has decided to lead our organization. I think it speaks to his unwavering public service commitment to the Metropolitan area,” said Ron Reddy, the commission’s deputy director, in a prepared statement.

Arena, a Detroit native, has headed up the office since 2007.

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In Wake of Failed Case: Detroit U.S. Atty. McQuade Vows to Try and Prevent Terror Attacks

U.S. Attorney McQuade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The federal prosecution of a Michigan Militia known as the Hutaree imploded this week in downtown Detroit when a fed judge tossed all the charges that the group of seven conspired to revolt against the government and shoot cops. Two ended up pleading guilty to minor gun charges.

It was an embarrassment to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

But on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Barabara McQuade vowed to try and prevent terror attacks, the Detroit News reports. And she responded to criticism from the Hutaree leader David Stone Sr who said the government trampled on his First Amendment rights.

“He can say ugly and hateful things all day long, but the evidence was not just speech,” McQuade said, according to the News. “It was stockpiling weapons, machine guns, 150,000 rounds of ammunition and targeting specific police officers.

“I am a great defender of the First Amendment — this went way beyond the First Amendment. I want to assure the public that our commitment to preventing terrorist attacks will not be deterred.”

But the News reported that one juror said the feds overstepped in this case.

“They overstepped a little bit. It wasn’t there,” said juror Rickey Randall, 58, of St. Clair Shores, according to the News. “It was just a lot of talk, talk, talk and no action.”

“We were all on the same page,” said Randall, a retired construction worker. “They saw what I saw. I felt it was an overreach. I was shocked by what the government presented.”

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Ex-Detroit Prosecutor Convertino Asks Appeals Court to Reinstate Suit Against Justice Dept.

Ex-Prosecutor Richard Convertino

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Here we go again?

We shall see.

Ex-Detroit fed prosecutor Richard Convertino is asking a federal appeals court in D.C. to reinstate his privacy suit against the Justice Department over info leaked to Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter, the BLT: Blog of LegalTimes reported.

Convertino, who was acquitted on obstruction charges in a high-profile terrorism case he prosecuted, has alleged that the Justice Dept. leaked info to the Detroit Free Press about an ethics investigation into his conduct.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lambert in D.C. in March dismissed the suit, saying it had dragged on too long, and that after seven years, Convertino was no closer to figuring out who leaked the information.

“Despite seven years of dedicated effort, Convertino is no closer to identifying the source(s) of the leak today than he was when this litigation commenced,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

“In sum, Convertino has made a monumental effort to identify Ashenfelter’s source(s) and has had absolutely no success. Moreover, OIG (Office of Inspector General) conducted its own extensive investigation into the identity of the source(s) and was equally unsuccessful. After seven years of litigation, then, Convertino cannot answer the question that lies at the heart of [his] case.”

“Without knowledge of the leaker’s identity, Convertino cannot establish that DOJ acted willfully or intentionally,” the ruling said.

The BLT blog reported that Convertino’s attorney Stephen Kohn argued Monday against the judge’s ruling that additional time would not benefit Convertino’s case.

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Mich. Sen. Office Receives Letter with White Powder

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI announced on Monday that US Senator Carl Levin’s downtown Detroit  office was evacuated after an employee came across a letter filled with a “suspicious white powder,” reports the Detroit News. The powder was later determined to be harmless.

Levin’s office, located in the McNamara Federal Building, has since been reopened, according to the Detroit News. The senator was in Washington when the letter and the powder were discovered.

The Michigan senator is the latest across the nation to receive letters with the powder over the last week, though none have yet proved to be dangerous.

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FBI Seizes Property in Detroit-Area Operation Targeting Public Schools

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Add a new Jaguar sports car and over $34,000 to the coffers of FBI in  Detroit. Those profits were seized during an ongoing investigation of the cash-strapped town of Pontiac, Mich., just north of Detroit, reports the Detroit News.

The Jaguar was once Jumanne Sledge’s, a former Pontiac schools superintendent who resigned after allegations rose last  August of the improper use of school funds.

“The seizures shed light on an FBI investigation that coincides with a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging financial wrongdoing inside the troubled district, writes the Detroit News.

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