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Tag: Justice Department

Attorney: Sheriff Innocent of Arresting Latinos Without Probable Cause

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The North Carolina sheriff accused of targeting Latinos in illegal arrests won’t reach a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, his attorney said, the Associated Press reports.

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson did nothing wrong and his deputies never discriminated against Latinos, his attorney S.C. Kitchen told government officials Wednesday, according to the AP.

The Justice Department accuses Johnson of abusing his authority by ordering the arrests of Latino-looking motorists in hopes of boosting deportation cases.

Without a settlement, the Justice Department may sue the sheriff following complaints of racial profiling.

Unusual Rift Between ATF, Justice Department Draws FBI, DEA to Help with Firearm Cases

atf file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and DEA have stepped in to help investigate weapons cases after federal prosecutors in Nevada stopped working with the ATF, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

But the newspaper said neither agency is probing firearm sales or trafficking cases, leaving the state with little protection.

Gun data obtained by the Gazette-Journal shows that fewer illegal firearms were recovered last year.

In an unusual move, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Reno said it would not prosecute ATF cases until unidentified problems are resolved.

So ATF agents left the Reno office because they couldn’t get cases prosecuted, the Gazette-Journal reported.

The U.S. vs Detroit’s Ex-Mayor Kwame Malik Kilpatrick

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — More than two years after he was indicted by the feds, and four years after he resigned in disgrace as mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick steps into the legal ring in federal court Friday,  ready to do battle as he tries to stay free and remain with his wife and kids.

A loss could easily put him behind bars for 10 or 15 years or more. A win would give him freedom and a crown of invincibility.

Flanked by his attorneys, Kilpatrick, 42, will go up against the full-force of the Justice Department and FBI in what is easily the highest profile trial in Detroit in recent memory. The trial is expected to last about four months.

The prosecution, in opening statements today will vilify him, portraying him as the kingpin of the “Kilpatrick Enterprise”, a criminal organization that used city hall to make lots of money for family and friends by rigging contracts and extorting donations to three non-profits.

Kilpatrick’s attorney is likely to portray him as a mayor who cared dearly about his job and the people and was wrongly accused.

The feds will come armed with a full arsenal; wiretaps, surveillance video, his text messages and prosecution witnesses including friends and former appointees.

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Attorney: Congressman Buchanan No Longer Investigated for Improper Donations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The U.S. Justice Department does not plan to pursue charges against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan following an 11-month investigation, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

Buchanan’s attorneys said Tuesday that the Justice Department notified him that it’s ending the investigation into the whether Buchanan pressured a former business partner to sign a false affidavit amidst an illegal campaign donation probe.

The business partner, Sam Karzan, claimed the congressman coerced him to help cover up alleged illegal donations in 2006 and 2008, Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

Buchanan’s campaign, which has denied wrongdoing, said Karazan was a disgruntled employee who wanted to smear Buchanan , according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

 

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IG Says Justice Department Underreported Terrorism Statistics

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Office of Inspector General said the Justice Department misreported terrorism statistics to Congress, the Associated Press reports.

The report, released Thursday, shows the Justice Department charged 544 people with terrorism-related crimes in the six years since the Sept. 11, attacks, not 512, as reported by the Justice Department, according to the AP.

In addition, 324 people were convicted or pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges, not 319.

While the numbers were  not significantly understated, the inspector general said such information must be reported accurately and more carefully, the AP reported.

Report on controversial Fast and Furious to be Released by Tuesday

Michael Horowitz

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Justice Department inspector general expects to issue the long-anticipated report on the ATF gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious by next Tuesday morning, CNN reports.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Tuesday morning, following the report’s release.

Attorney General Eric Holder said he won’t take disciplinary action until the report is released, according to CNN.

The report is believed to assign blame on Phoenix officials who led the effort, CNN reported.

Treasury Department Chooses Justice Department Investigator to Probe Financial Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Treasury Department has tapped a top official with the Justice Department to investigate financial crimes, The Hill reports.

Jennifer Shasky Calver, who probed asset forfeiture and money laundering for the Justice Department since 2010, will replace outgoing Jim Freis.

Calvery plans to take over the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) in September.

“I am delighted to welcome Jennifer as the new FinCEN Director and as a key member of my senior leadership team. Her proven record of leadership and strong working relationships with Treasury, law enforcement and the federal bank regulatory agencies will be enormous assets to us as we work together to chart a course for FinCEN’s future,” said David Cohen, the Treasury’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, according to The Hill.

New Orleans Police Reach Far-Reaching Deal with Justice Department

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The New Orleans Police Department reached a landmark deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to overhaul the city’s scandal-plagued police force, the New York Times reports.

The aim of the 122-page consent decree is to improve safety in the city and end corruption and abuse.

“Effective policing and constitutional policing go hand in hand,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said at an afternoon news conference with federal and local officials.

The Justice Department has consent decress with others, such as the Detroit Police Department, but none is as wide-ranging as New Orleans, the Times reported.