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AG Holder Pledges to Fight Texas Voter ID Law at NAACP Event

Steve Neavling

 Attorney General Eric Holder pledged Tuesday to aggressively challenge new voter restriction efforts during a speech at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Houston, the New York Times reports.

“In our efforts to protect voting rights and to prevent voting fraud, we will be vigilant and strong,” Mr. Holder said. “But let me be clear: we will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right.”

Holder’s speech comes as the Justice Department is in federal court over Texas’ photo ID voting requirement, which Holder says violates the Voting Rights Act and disproportionately impacts minorities, young people and the elderly, according to the New York Times.

Holder pledged to vigorously enforce civil rights violations.

“The arc of American history has always moved toward expanding the electorate,” he said. “It is what has made this nation exceptional. We will simply not allow this era to be the beginning of the reversal of that historic progress.”


GOP: Justice Dept. Hired Biased Company to Fight Law

Steve Neavling

Republicans charge that the Justice Department used “an agent of the Democratic Party” to help defeat Texas’ controversial voter ID law, Fox News reports.

GOP leaders suggest the company, Catalist, has a conflict of interest because it has a history of helping prominent Democrats, including President Obama.

“The Department of Justice has a responsibility to enforce and uphold the laws of the land without the influence of partisan politics,” Smith wrote. “When the Department goes to court, it represents the United States of America, not the Attorney General’s political party.”

A federal judge is soon to begin hearing arguments to determine whether to overrule the Justice Department, which declared the law unconstitutional because it disproportionately disenfranchises Hispanic voters.

Three Questioned in Shooting of ICE Agent

Steve Neavling

Police have detained three people for questioning in the shooting of a federal immigration agent in South Texas, the Associated Press reports.

It’s unclear if the trio was involved in the non-fatal shooting of Kelton Harrison, an agent for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the investigation was uncovering strong leads.

Harrison was listed in stable condition at McAllen Medical Center, according to the AP.


Texas Man Posing as DEA Agent Fools No One

Steve Neavling

No one knows what Ford Cummings was thinking when he walked into a Texas jail, posing as a DEA agent who needed the release of an inmate.

The 32-year-old with a gun tucked into his belt and no ID raised some eyebrows, the Houston Press reports.

Cummings was charged with third-degree count of carrying a prohibited weapon and a count of impersonating a public servant.

Off to the Races: Feds Indict 14 Cartel Members for Laundering Millions in U.S. Horse Racing

 By Allan Lengel

Investments in the drug cartel world apparently know no bounds.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western Texas District announced Tuesday the indictment of 14 members of Mexico’s Los Zetas cartel for laundering money by purchasing, breeding and racing American quarter horses in the U.S.

Those indicted included Los Zetas leader  Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka “40”) and his brothers, Oscar Omar  Trevino Morales (aka “42”) and Jose Trevino-Morales, authorities said.

On Tuesday, authorities said they arrested seven of the defendants.

“The allegations in this indictment, if proven, would document yet another example of the corrupting influence of Mexican drug cartels within the United States, facilitated by the enormous profits generated by the illicit drug trade,” U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said in a statement.

The indictment alleges that millions of dollars worth of transactions transpired in New Mexico, Oklahoma, California and Texas involving a large number of quarter horses, and the cartel used front companies to conceal the true ownership.



William Jefferson Reports to Texas Prison

America's Most Famous Freezer where cash was found.

Shoshanna Utchenik

The inevitable has arrived.

Ex-Rep. William Jefferson of cash-in-the-freezer fame is heading off to prison Friday in Beaumont, Tex.  to begin serving his 13-year sentence, Bruce Alpert, star reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

He was sentenced 2 1/2 years ago, but stayed out of prison pending his appeal.  In March, the Court of Appeals finally ruled against him.

After he lost the appeal, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of Alexandria, Va., revoked bail and ordered Jefferson’s 13-year sentence for corruption to begin. Jefferson is still hoping the Supreme Court will take up the appeal.

Jefferson was convicted on 11 of 16 counts for rigging west African business contracts and funneling $470k to his family’s businesses. He potentially stood to make millions.

When less than 10 years of his sentence remain, Jefferson will be eligible for transfer to a fence-free prison camp, with slightly loosened restrictions. Either way, the lack of freedom will take some getting used to for someone apparently very accustomed to filling his own whims.

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FBI: Texas Topless Club Owner Put Hit on Arlington Mayor and Atty

Alien Smuggling Ring Used Craigslist to Recruit Drivers

By Allan Lengel

As we’ve come to know, not all the ads on Craigslist promote legal activity.

In one of the latest incidents, a Mexican national living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, who used Craigslist to recruit drivers for an alien smuggling ring, has been busted.

José Gustavo Diaz-Velasquez, 29, was arrested on March 14 by Border Patrol officers in Rio Grande City, Tex., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to the criminal complaint, Diaz was part of an an alien smuggling group that used Craigslist. Authorities said the probe began in August 2011, when ICE-HSI agents spotted about 10 postings on Craigslist for drivers.

Authorities said investigators were able to identify the physical location — an apartment — where the Craigslist ads were posted.