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Justice Dept. Gives Green Light to Indict John Edwards, NBC Reports

John Edwards

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Once a presidential hopeful, John Edwards now faces far less hopeful times.

NBC News reports that the Justice Department has given the OK to file charges against Edwards, 57,  for alleged violations of  campaign finance laws stemming from a cover up of an extra-marital affair with Rielle Hunter.

NBC reported that a plea bargain is possible.

A federal grand jury in North Carolina is looking into the case.

Edwards ran as vice president in 2004 and also campaigned for president in 2004 and 2008.

Ten Mexican Drug Cartel Leaders Among 43 Indicted in U.S. Crackdown

As violence spins out of control in Mexico and across the U.S. border, these type of indictments are good. But there’s so many other folks out there willing to take over the lucrative drug trade. In other words: Both countries have to keep plugging away.

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By James Vicini and Jeremy Pelofsky
Reuters
WASHINGTON – Ten accused Mexican drug cartel leaders were among 43 defendants charged with conspiring to smuggle billions of dollars worth of cocaine into the United States, but most of them remain at large, U.S. authorities said Thursday.

The United States, which has been seeking to crack down on drug trafficking and violence along the border with Mexico which has escalated recently, seeks the forfeiture of more than $5.8 billion in drug proceeds as part of the charges.

They announced the charges brought in New York and Chicago against the accused leaders and other high-ranking members of several of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels, along with other Mexican and U.S. defendants.

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Blackwater Guards Plan To Surrender in Utah To Get Favorable Venue

Sometimes the pre-trial legal battles can be intense. In this case, the pre-indictment battles are becoming intense. This one is shaping up as a battle of battles.

By Salt Lake Tribune Staff And Wire Services
Washington— Five Blackwater Worldwide security guards indicted in Washington, D.C., for the shooting of Iraqi civilians plan to surrender to the FBI on Monday in Salt Lake City, in hopes of a favorable trial venue, a person close to the case said.
The case already is shaping up to be a series of legal battles before the guards can even go to trial. With a surrendering in Utah, the home state of one of the guards, Donald Ball, of West Valley City, lawyers could argue in a far more conservative, pro-gun venue than Washington.
The person described the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the indictment against the men remains sealed.
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