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Wounded Army Veteran Justin Slaby Awarded $75,000 in Damages for Lawsuit Against FBI

Steve Neavling 

A U.S. Army veteran who sued the FBI after saying the bureau removed him from a training academy because of his prosthetic left hand was awarded $75,000 in damages Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

The federal jury in Alexandria determined Justin Slaby, whose hand was blown off by a grenade during a military training accident in 2004, was capable of performing his duties in spite of his disability.

Slaby’s attorney said his client plans to still become a special agent.

“It’s a historical case,” said John Griffin, one of the lawyers who represented Slaby. “A jury has now spoken and said people should be evaluated on their abilities and not on their appearances and not on what happened to them during a war.”

Justin Slaby

No Verdict in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case During Second Day of Deliberations

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling

A federal jury will resume deliberations today in the racketeering and murder trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger after submitting five questions for the judge, CNN reports.

The eight men and four women wanted to know whether they needed to vote unanimously on 33 “predicate” acts in one of the federal racketeering charges.

To be sure, there are a lot of charges to peruse. Bulger, 83, is charged with racketeering, murder, money laundering and 13 counts of extortion.

Breaking News: D.C. Fed Jury Acquits Roger Clemens For a Second Time

Roger Clemens/file photo

By Allan Lengel

On its second try, federal prosecutors failed once again to convict ex-baseball star Roger Clemens of lying to Congress.

CNN reported that a federal jury acquitted Clemens on Monday on all six counts.


Ex-Acting Colombo Mob Boss Thomas Gioeli Convicted in Case Involving Murder and Witness Tampering

By Allan Lengel

It’s the end of the line for Thomas Gioeli, the ex-acting boss of the Colombo crime family.

A federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Gioeli and family solidier Dino Caracino on Wednesday of racketeering conspiracy in a case that involved allegations of murder, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

In other words, these guys were no Boy Scouts.

Evidence at trial showed that their crimes went from 1991 to 2008.

Some of the criminal acts the jury convicted Gioeli of included conspiracy that resulted in the June 12, 1991 murder of Frank Marasa, who was shot multiple times outside his home in Brooklyn in retaliation for his perceived involvement in the killing of a Colombo family associate.

Additionally, the jury found that Gioeli participated in a conspiracy that resulted in the March 25, 1992 murder of John Minerva, who was killed as part of the bloody Colombo family war, which pitted two factions of the Colombo family—the Persico faction and the Orena faction—against each other in a violent struggle for control of the family, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.


Fed Jury Convicts 5 Current and Former New Orleans Cops in Danziger Bridge Shootings

By Allan Lengel

A federal jury on Friday convicted five current and former New Orleans cops in the case involving the cover-up and shooting of six unarmed civilians on Danziger Bridge days after Katrina devastated the area, WWL TV reported. Two of the people died.

The station reported that defendants Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso were found guilty of the shooting of civilians and participation in the cover-up. Sgt. Arthur Kaufman was found guilty of the cover-up.

The case had been a serious blemish on a police department that had already been suffering from a less than ideal reputation.

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It’s Blago Time: Chicago Fed Jury Begins Deliberating Friday

Blagojevich as governor/state photo

By Allan Lengel

It’s the moment of truth.

Jury deliberations in Blago II — the retrial of ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich —  begins Friday.

Don’t expect a quick verdict.

The jury will have to plow through 20 counts, which should take some time.

Mobster Who Was FBI Informant For 18 Years Acquitted in Murder Plot

mafia33By Allan Lengel

Who says wiseguys aren’t sensitive?

The New York Daily News reports that Genovese mobster Joseph “JB” Barone, 49, who was an FBI informant for 18 years, cried late last week after he was acquitted by a federal jury in Manhattan of in a $1 million murder-for-hire plot.

But it may not be over. The jury was hung on a conspiracy count against Barone and co-defendant Anthony Piliero and a mistrial on that count was declared.

The Daily News said the U.S. Attorney declined to say whether it would retry the two on that charge. He might cry again if prosecutors go after him on that count.

Barone had been jailed for 16 months before the trial, the Daily News reported.