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Former DEA Task Force Officer Found Guilty of Conspiring to Steal 15 Kilograms of Cocaine

Cocaine-jpgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury found guilty a former DEA task force officer who conspired to steal nearly 15 kilograms of cocaine before staging a seizure to conceal the theft, MySA.com reports.

Hector “Jojo” Mendez, 46, was convicted after a jury deliberated for just three hours Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Mendez and a government informant agreed to cut the cocaine and then repackage it for a staged seizure.

During the trial, witnesses and federal prosecutor said he concealed information about the DEA seizure and lied to judges in sworn court filings.

He faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in late September.

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Judge: DEA May Not Track Cell Phones without a Warrant

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge delivered a major blow to the DEA’s use of Stingrays, which enable law enforcement to collect evidence by using fake phone masts.

U.S, District Court Judge William Pauley III said the use of Stingrays would violate the Fourth Amendment unless a warrant is granted, the Register reports. 

The decision comes after a Maryland judge made the same ruling in 2015.

“Absent a search warrant, the Government may not turn a citizen’s cell phone into a tracking device,” the judge said.

Stingrays enable authorities to listen to conversations and access information on phones.

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Appellate Court Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by Parents of Slain Border Patrol Agent

Brian Terry

Slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An appellate court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed at a gun battle worth of the Arizona-Mexico border in December 2010.

The lawsuit alleges the federal government endangered law enforcement officers during the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling investigation, the Associated Press reports.

Two guns found at the scene were bought by a drug-smuggling ring monitored through the “Fast and Furious” investigation.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower-court’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit because of congressionally-mandated remedies in place for survivors of agents who die in the line of duty.

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Judge Dismisses Charge Against FBI Worker Accused of Tipping Off Husband of Probe

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge dismissed a charge against an FBI worker in Idaho accused of tipping off her husband about a child pornography investigation.

Local News 8 reports that 6th District Magistrate Judge Rick Carnaroli dismissed the charge, saying the state didn’t meet its burden of proof.

Prosecutors alleged Jennifer Barnett, head of building security at the FBI office in Pocatello, informed her husband about the investigation before it was completed.

Because the charge was dismissed without prejudice, the state could refile charges against Barnett.

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New York Post: Justice Department Lawyers Get Slap They Deserve

courtroomBy Editorial Board
New York Post

In a stinging slap at the Justice Department, a federal judge last week ordered practically all the lawyers in its main DC office to take ethics training for five years.

At that, they got off lightly: Judge Andrew Hanen said he would have disbarred the lawyers, who had deceived him, if he had the power.

Hanen was the judge who heard the request by 26 states to toss out President Obama’s 2014 executive order granting temporarily legal status to millions of immigrants who aren’t actually legal.

The case is now before the Supreme Court — which is the only reason Hanen didn’t issue a summary judgment against Obama and the lawyers who lied.

Federal rules of civil procedure require attorneys to neither mislead the courts, nor allow the courts to be misled. Hanen found that the Justice lawyers had done just that — in his court.

How so? The states were considering filing for an immediate injunction to stop Justice from implementing the Obama order. The lawyers assured Hanen in court that nothing would go ahead before February 2015, so there was no need.

Then the department went ahead and “legalized” 100,000 illegals — without ever telling the judge.

Hence his fury once he learned the truth.

To read more click here. 

Federal Judge Slams Justice Department Attorney’s Handling of Immigration Case

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge in Texas slammed the Justice Department on Thursday, ordering ethics classes for the department’s lawyers who  argued President Obama’s immigration executive actions.

The New York Times reports that Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Federal District Court in Brownsville also ordered sanctions agains the lawyers, who are accused of lying to him during arguments in the case.

The judge also wants the government to provide a list of about 100,000 immigrants who entered the country illegally and are protected from deportation as part of a government program.

“Clearly, there seems to be a lack of knowledge about or adherence to the duties of professional responsibility in the halls of the Justice Department,” Judge Hanen wrote in the 28-page order.

The Justice Department said in a statement, “We strongly disagree with this order.”

Judge Forces Woman to Unlock iPhone with Fingerprints, But It Doesn’t Work

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI couldn’t open an iPhone in Los Angeles, a judge made the controversial decision to let the bureau force a woman to unlock the phone with her fingerprints.

But it didn’t work, CNN reports. 

The case involves Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, the girlfriend of an accused gangster. 

“They forced her to use all 10 fingers to unlock the phone. But it didn’t unlock the phone,” said George G. Mgdesyan, the attorney who represented the couple.

Turns out, the Touch ID feature expires if it’s not used within 48 hours.

When that didn’t work, the FBI tried another route.

“They asked for a password. She said, ‘It’s not my phone,'” Mgdesyan explained.

Mexican Judge: Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Can Be Extradited to U.S.

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican judge said Monday that the country can extradite Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the U.S.

The judge, who was not identified, said extradition can move forward if Mexico’s foreign ministry approves it within 20 days. The defense also has the right to appeal, Fox New reports. 

A Mexican security official said Guzman is lodged in a less-secure prison in an area controlled by his Sinaloa cartel.

“El Chapo” broke out of prison in 2001 and 2014.