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Ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller III Named Settlement Master in Volkswagen Case

Robert Mueller III/fbi file photo

Robert Mueller III/fbi file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has been named the “settlement master” to settle hundreds of Volkswagen lawsuits, Reuters reports.

Reuters reports that a federal judge in California overseeing more than 500 lawsuits filed against Volkswagen AG over its excess diesel emissions named Mueller to that post earlier in the week.

Mueller, a private attorney in Washington, will “use his considerable experience and judgment to facilitate settlement discussions among the various parties in these complex matters,” U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer wrote.

FBI Investigating Burbank, Calif. Police Dept.

At least seven lawsuits have been filed by officers against the department alleging racial discrimination. I’m no math major. But that seems like a big number of   lawsuits on one issue.

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By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angles Times
LOS ANGLES — FBI officials today confirmed that they are investigating possible civil rights violations alleged by officers at the Burbank Police Department.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller would not comment on specifics of the probe by the agency’s civil rights division or how long the probe would last.

At least seven suits have been filed by officers against the Burbank Police Department, alleging a pattern of racial discrimination and retaliation, as well as unlawful demotions or firings.

Mayor Gary Bric said he was confident that investigations of the Burbank Police Department, including an independent probe by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, would be thorough and complete. He said there would be no limits to investigators.

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Georgia Lawsuit Says Fed Prosecutor Drove Woman To Suicide

For a prosecutor who pressures someone to testify, for a reporter who exposes someone’s wrongdoing, the end results can sometimes be deadly.

By STEVE VISSER
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA — A federal prosecutor drove a woman to suicide by threatening to indict her to get her to incriminate her husband in a massive investigation of a Norcross dietary supplement company, according to a lawsuit.

The Fulton County Superior Court lawsuit filed last week contends Aaron Danzig kept Jessica Holda “in a state of terror and dread.”

Two years ago, Holda took a .40-caliber Ruger pistol and shot herself in the head.

The lawsuit contends she killed herself after Danzig threatened to prosecute her for selling a luxury car that the government had targeted for seizure if she didn’t assist in the federal investigation.

“I hope Aaron Danzig feels some kind of remorse,” Holda wrote in her suicide note. “I blame him for my struggles with wanting to live.”

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