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George Piro, Retiring Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Miami Field Office, Opens Up About Career

Special Agent George Piro

By Steve Neavling

George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, is retiring with plans to become a martial arts pro. 

Beginning next week, Piro will train as a Brazilian ju-jitsu fighter, with a fight scheduled later this year in Las Vegas, he told 7News in a wide-ranging interview.

Piro said the pinnacle of his career was landing the top job at the Miami Field Office. 

“That was a dream come true,” he said. “My best day was when I was selected to be head of the office.”

The lowest point off is career was finding out that two of his special agents had been killed while serving a warrant in a child exploitation case. 

“My worst day was on Feb. 2 at 6:18 a.m, when my phone rang that day,” Piro said. “The FBI had lost two incredible special agents, Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger.”

Piro is known for interrogating Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2004.  

“The idea was to allow him to come to the conclusion that I was a very powerful very high-ranking member of the government,” Piro said.

In truth, he had been on the jobs for less than five years. 

“For example, when I walked into the detention area, where Saddam was being held, the MPs cleared the path, they showed a lot of deference to me,” Piro said. “If I said something they would run.”

His plan worked, and Hussein opened up that the country’s weapons of mass destruction had been destroyed. 

Head of FBI’s Newark Division Retiring to Take Job with PSE&G

Aaron Ford

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Aaron Ford, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark division, is retiring and taking a job with PSE&G, NJ.com reports.

Ford, who also served as the agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, will finish his 30-year FBI career today.

He will be in charge of PSE&G’s internal investigations, serving as the head of the utility’s Business Assurance and Resilience department.

“Even though I am leaving a top notch agency, I am confident I am joining a great company in PSE&G that shares similar values of integrity, which is due to the outstanding workforce they have,” Ford said.

Ford became head of the Newark division in April 2013.

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Emerges As Top Candidate to Replace AG Holder

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The next U.S. attorney general may be the deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, the New York Post reports, citing “well-placed sources.”

The short list of candidates to replace Attorney General Eric Holder is Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban-American lawyer.

“He’s one of the top candidates. He has all the qualifications needed to succeed in the job,” one insider said.

Mayorkas is backed by the National Fraternal Order of Police, which is the nation’s largest law enforcement officers’ organization.

“The FOP enthusiastically supported his nomination to his current post as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and it has been a true pleasure working with him in that capacity over the last year,” Canterbury wrote. “We have no doubt that Mr. Mayorkas has the requisite ability and experience to lead the U.S. Justice Department and meet the challenges in the years ahead.”

Other names that have emerged are Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

Retiring Head of Dallas FBI Recalls the Cases He Oversaw

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Missouri U.S. Atty. John Wood Leaving For D.C. Wall Street Law Firm

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com
The exodus of U.S. Attorneys continues around the country with the latest, John F. Wood of the Western District of Missouri, who will step down Saturday to take a job at a Washington Wall Street firm, Hughes Hubbard  & Reed.

Wood, a Bush appointee, began serving in April 2007.
Before becoming U.S. Attorney, he was the chief of staff for U.S. Homeland Security.

During his tenure, his office handled a number of large scale cases including the indictment of two Chinese companies and their top executives for alleged export of tainted pet food ingredients to the U.S.

He has also served on the Attorney General’s advisory committees on Terrorism & National Security and White Collar Crime.

“Service as U.S. Attorney for the Western District has been the highest honor of my professional career,” he said in a prepared statement.
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Cigar-Chomping-Mob Fighting Detroit Fed Prosecutor Keith Corbett Calling it Quits

He may not be one of kind, but he’s the last of a kind. Cigar chomping, Notre Dame fan, Corbett was a fixture in Detroit in the fight against the mob.

By David Ashenfelter
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — The federal prosecutor who helped break the Detroit Mafia is calling it quits.
Keith Corbett, 59, the cigar-chomping assistant U.S. Attorney who ran the office’s Organized Crime Strike Force, said he plans to retire on Jan. 3 because of shifting priorities in the Justice Department and because, well, he’s worn out.
“I don’t want to be one of those old guys sitting around talking about the good old days and telling people how we used to do it,” Corbett told the Free Press. He said he hasn’t decided what he’ll do next.
Coworkers — as well as criminal lawyers who’ve matched wits with Corbett — said they’ll be sorry to see him go.
“He’s as good on his feet as any lawyer who ever walked into a courtroom,” said Detroit criminal lawyer Robert Morgan, a former federal prosecutor.
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