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FBI Agent Spared Jail After Assaulting 15-Year-Old Boy Because of Stellar Career

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent captured on video shoving a Maryland teenager was spared a jail sentence Wednesday because of what a judge called a stellar career.

The Washington Post reports that Gerald Rogero, a unit chief in the FBI’s counterterrorism division, likely will continue his duties with the bureau.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Steven Salant placed Salant on two years’ probation and ordered him to undergo anger-management classes.

“Would it be in the best interest of the defendant — as a result of this isolated and unfortunate mistake of judgment — to deprive him of his employment, of his livelihood?” Salant asked from the bench, speaking to a courtroom packed with FBI agents supporting their colleague as well as friends and family supporting the teenager. “To impact upon his children? To impact upon the service that he can bring to the community? I think not.”

Rogero, 46, shoved a 15-year-old boy, sending him to the pavement.

A Chat With U.S. District Court Judge Terrence G. Berg About Being Shot During Attempted Robbery at His Detroit Home


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Terrence G. Berg is a mild-mannered, thoughtful guy who knows plenty about crime.

Before being appointed by President Barack Obama as a federal judge in 2012, he was a federal prosecutor and acting U.S. attorney in Detroit.

In March, he got a first-hand account of what it’s like to be a crime victim. While on his front porch in the University District in northwest Detroit, two men approached and told him they wanted to gain entry to his home. His wife and son were inside.

Berg resisted. One of the men pulled out a gun and shot him in the knee. Both then fled. The case went unsolved until this month when the shooter was charged.

Berg is walking again after undergoing surgeries, though his knee tightens up on him if he sits too long. He works out to stay fit. But the avid jogger isn’t sure he’ll ever jog again.

Berg sat down the other day with Allan Lengel to talk about the ordeal and its impac

Judge Wanted to block TSA Lease for New Headquarters over ‘Ill-Gotten Gain’

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal court judge tried to block the General Services Administration from giving TSA a new headquarters at Victory Center in Alexandria, BizJournal reports. 

Judge Charles Lettow released an order that said GSA leased more space for a TSA headquarters than was authorized by Congress, calling the deal an “ill-gotten gain.”

The redacted order comes after Lettow struck down the GSA’s lease on Nov. 11 following protests by other bidders competing on the contract.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said her agency is still examining the judge’s decision.

“Obviously, it’s litigation, so I don’t want to step into that, but we’ll take a look at what the ruling was and have an understanding of what that means for us and make decisions about how we move forward,” she said in a recent roundtable with reporters.

Former New York Senator Sentenced to House Arrest for Lying to FBI

Thomas Libous

Thomas Libous

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former New York state senator who was convicted of lying to FBI agents was sentenced to six months of house arrest on Tuesday, Reuters reports. 

The once-powerful Republican lawmaker, Thomas Libous, lied to agents about a public corruption investigation.

A judge said Libous, 62, would have been sent to prison if he didn’t have terminal cancer.

Libous was accused of pledging to steer business to a law firm if it hired his son.

Authorities also said his son’s salary was supposed to be financed by a lobbying firm.

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North Carolina Judge Charged with Bribing an FBI Agent for Copies of Text Messages

Smart PhoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A North Carolina judge is accused of trying to bribe an FBI agent to collect text messages between two phone numbers involving a family matter, The Associated Press reports. 

Superior County Judge Arnold Jones II was arrested Wednesday and charged with bribery.

Jones, who handles cases in three rural eastern North Carolina counties, faces up to 37 years in prison, if convicted.

Federal law prohibits the FBI from demanding text or phone information without a search warrant.

According to the FBI, the judge offered $100 for the information.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

Dennis Hastert

Dennis Hastert

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert could spend six months or more in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago to lying to the FBI.

The Associated Press reports that Hastert struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors, who agreed to recommend he serve no more than six months in prison.

But a judge could still go beyond the plea agreement and send the Illinois Republican to prison for up to five years.

The plea deal also meant prosecutors would drop a banking violation charge.

Hastert was accused of handing $100,000 to an anonymous person to keep past misconduct quiet.

Border Patrol Slapped with Sanction After Destroying Evidence in Lawsuit

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol was slapped with sanctions for destroying evidence that was part of an ongoing civil lawsuit.

American AlJazeera reports that Judge David C. Bury issued the sanctions Monday in a case involving three immigrants who allege Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector routinely held immigrants in inhumane conditions.

“The Court concludes the destruction of the video-tape recordings made prior to this Court’s August 14, 2015, Order was, at best, negligent and was certainly willful. Defendants provide no explanation why, in response to Plaintiffs’ notifications regarding litigation, the Defendants did not undertake the efforts initiated in response to the Court’s August 14 Order,” Bury wrote.

The sanctions require Border Patrol to produce all existing video from the Tucson Sector since June 10.

The plaintiffs believe the video shows the inhumane conditions.

Judge Dismisses Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Border Patrol in Taser Explosion

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent whose use of a Taser caused a deadly car explosion acted reasonably, a judge ruled in dismissing a wrong-death lawsuit against the agency, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Alex Martin died after his car exploded when the agent used the Taser following a chase.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns said the agent responded in a reasonable manner given the tense situation.

The incident happened after Martin, 24, initiated a chase in San Diego that ended after his tires were flatted by a spike strip.

When agents surrounded Martin’s car, he appeared to reach in the center console, prompting one of the agents to fire a Taser through the window, causing an explosion.