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Widow and Daughter of Suspect Face Charges in Slaying of W. Va. Deputy Marshal

Dep. U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds aren’t finished dealing with the February shootout in Elkins, W. Va., which resulted in the death of deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller  and the wounding of two other deputies. The suspect Charles Smith was also killed.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in West Virginia announced charges against the suspect’s  widow,  the daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend, who were home at the time when deputy Marshal  Hotsinpiller and two other deputies came to arrest Charles Smith on drug and firearms charges, the State Journal reported. Smith was fatally shot during the confrontation.

Specifically, the  widow of the suspect, Sherry Smith, 49,  her daughter Cassandra Smith, 25 , and the daughter’s  boyfriend Anthony Lambert,  23,were indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple charges.

Sherry Smith,  Charles Smith’s wife, is charged with making a false statement when buying a shotgun authorities believe was used in the slaying of  Hotsinpiller, the State Journal reported.  She is also accused of possessing a .30 caliber M2 machine gun and faces conspiracy, obstruction and false statement charges.

Cassandra Smith and Lambert face conspiracy, obstruction and false statement charges.

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Convicted Priest Called Before Fed Grand Jury Probing LA Archdiocese Cardinal’s Handling of Abuse

The scandal that ripped through the Catholic church is not over. And anyone, regardless of rank, should be held accountable for committing acts or covering them up.

Cardinal Roger Mahoney/ archdiocese photo

Cardinal Roger Mahoney/ archdiocese photo

By Richard Winton
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — A former Los Angeles priest convicted of molesting boys has been called before a federal grand jury investigating how the L.A. archdiocese and Cardinal Roger Mahony handled priest abuse cases, a source told The Times.

Former priest Michael Stephen Baker informed Mahony two decades ago of his abusive acts but was allowed to remain in the ministry.

His case has become a symbol of how the church transferred priests who abused young boys. He is now in U.S. federal custody, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

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Federal Grand Jury Zeroes in on New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

Mayor Nagin/city photo
Mayor Nagin/city photo

Needless to say, New Orleans doesn’t need another scandal, particularly involving a high profile politician.

By David Hammer
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS –In the clearest sign to date that a federal grand jury is zeroing in on Mayor Ray Nagin, the U.S. attorney’s office issued subpoenas recently asking for the mayor’s missing e-mail messages and for others involving key players in the city’s crime-camera contracts.

The Louisiana Technology Council, a firm hired by the Nagin administration to determine what happened to the e-mail messages, said Tuesday that its subcontractors, after receiving a pair of subpoenas, turned over to the federal government some of the data it retrieved.

The issuance of the subpoenas was first disclosed in a civil lawsuit filed Monday by the city, which fired LTC last month, claiming it breached a confidentiality agreement. In response to the lawsuit, LTC released the subpoenas.

Christopher Reade of Carrollton Technology Partners, an LTC subcontractor, received a subpoena July 22 commanding him to testify before the grand jury on July 24 and demanding that he turn over “any and all recovered e-mails involving C. Ray Nagin, Gregory Meffert, Anthony Jones, Mark St. Pierre and/or Harrison Boyd from May 2002 to the present.”

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