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Ex-Atty. Gen. Gonzales to Split Time Between Law Firm and University

Alberto Gonzales/Fox 34

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales isn’t only going to be teaching law, he’s going to practicing it as well.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Gonzales is going to join the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis to practice white collar defense and advise clients about government relations.

Earlier this week, the new law school at Belmont University in Nashville announced that it had hired Gonzales as a teacher.

The Journal reports that he will split his time between the law firm and Belmont University.

At present, he is still teaching at Texas Tech Law School.

 

Ex-Nashville U.S. Atty. John Roberts Dies at age 74

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Nashville U.S. Attorney John Roberts, who served during the Clinton administration, died Sunday after a long illness, the Memphis Post reported. He was 74.

After leaving his post, Roberts served as executive director of the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, he served as a General Sessions Court judge.

The paper reported that he briefly returned to the bench in 2006 at the request of Gov. Phil Bredesen. He temporarily filled a vacancy due to a contested election.

Tenn. FBI Agent Convicted of Fraud

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury in Nashville on Thursday convicted an FBI agent  on 15 counts of wire fraud and three counts of bankruptcy fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Agent Darin Lee McAllister, 44, of Brentwood, Tenn., who is married to a Christian gospel singer,  was indicted in May on the multiple count indictment. The jury failed to reach a verdict on a bank fraud charge.

Authorities charged that McAllister devised a scheme to defraud SunTrust Mortgage Co., Inc., in the purchase of rental properties totaling $1.25 million in May and July 2006. Additionally, he devised a scheme to defraud the SunTrust Bank to obtain  a $100,000 line of credit, and made three false statements in connection with his subsequent bankruptcy petition in July 2009.

The Nashville City Paper reported in May that the indictment alleged that McAllister falsely claimed he was president of Judah Music and DOJ Productions and earned $500,000 annually. His wife Judith Christie McAllister — a Christian gospel singer – is president and founder of Judah Music.

“The result in this case shows that no one is above the law. The actions of this federal law enforcement officer should not tarnish the good reputation of the FBI or the many fine men and women in federal law enforcement,” said Nashville U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

The case was investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee’s Offices in Chattanooga and Nashville.

Senate Confirms Nashville U.S. Atty. Jerry E. Martin

Jerry Martin

Jerry Martin

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jerry E. Martin was confirmed as the U.S. Attorney of Nashville on Wednesday night, the website Main Justice reported.

Martin will replace U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough, a Bush appointee, who announced that he has accepted a position with the law firm Walker Tipps and Malone in Nashville.

Main Justice, which closely tracks appointments of U.S. Attorneys, said the Senate has now confirmed 48 U.S. Attorney appointments under the new administration.

Yarbrough told he Nashville Post:

“There is no greater job in the American system of justice than United States Attorney, with its myriad responsibilities and potential for public service. I have been proud to lead the office in Nashville for two and a half years and see firsthand the amazing capabilities of the dedicated lawyers and staff here. The people of Middle Tennessee can be secure in the knowledge that federal prosecutors are looking out for them and doing everything in their power to make our city and state a safer place to live and work.”

Sen. Judiciary Gives Nod to Jerry Martin for Nashville U.S. Atty

Jerry Martin

Jerry Martin/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary on Thursday gave the nod to private attorney Jerry E. Martin for the U.S. Attorney post in Nashville, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote on the matter.

Martin will replace U.S. Attorney Edward Yarbrough, who was appointed by President Bush in 2007.

Active in the Democratic politics, Martin has been working for the law firm of Barrett, Johnson & Parsely in Nashville, focusing on complex litigation, including class and collective actions.

“One of a Kind” James Cavanaugh –Head of ATF’s Nashville Office — Retires

James Cavanaugh/photo by atf's carolyn wallace

James Cavanaugh/photo by atf's carolyn wallace

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

During his colorful career with ATF, which spanned more than three decades, James Cavanaugh found himself in the thick of some of nation’s biggest cases: The D.C. sniper murders, the Unabomber, white supremacist Eric Rudolph, church burnings and the deadly shootout at the Branch Davidian in Waco, Tex. involving leader David Koresh.

“Ninety-nine percent of him thought he was David Koresh, but the 1 percent of him really knew he was Vernon Wayne Howell, just a two-bit thug from the country in Texas,” said Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the ATF Nashville office, commenting on Koresh during a lengthy interview in October 2009 with ticklethewire.com. He was one of the negotiators during the standoff.

On Wednesday, Cavanaugh, a New Jersey native who kept his Jersey street sense about him while acquiring a Southern charm during his many years working in the south, retired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after 33 1/2 years. He’s reached the mandatory retirement age of 57.

His retirement party is Thursday night in Nashville where he headed the ATF office for 12 years.

“Jim is one of a kind, all the way from this ability to do the job, to his passion for the mission and his professionalism,” said Mark Potter, special agent in charge of the ATF Philadelphia office. “He’ll create a huge void in the organization.”

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DEA Busts Nashville Cockfighting Ring Linked to Mexican Drug Cartel

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that drug traffickers might be involved in other illegal activity that generates income.

dea photo

dea photo

NewsChannel5.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Federal authorities have shut down a massive cock-fighting outfit in Tennessee, and those involved also were part of a Mexican drug trafficking cartel.
The bust could have a major impact on the midstate for two reasons. Not only did the crackdown suffocate the marijuana trade in Tennessee, the crackdown could also shed new light on animal fighting and its relationship with other serious crime.
“They’re routinely trained to fight. Then they strap razor blades on them (roosters) and throw them in a pit to fight to the death and gamble on the outcome,” said Leighann McCollum with the Humane Society Spokesperson.
Cock fighting is a vicious and illegal bloodsport, and it turns out Tennessee is a hotspot for it.
While targeting a Mexican drug cartel in December, DEA officials discovered that drug traffickers were also running a massive cock fighting arena in Cumberland County, Tenn.
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“We found a number of chickens used in cockfighting, a large and extensive operation,” said Harry Sommers with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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