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Landrieu Lashes US Attorney's Busted Son

Senator: Phone tampering arrest 'very disconcerting'

(Newser) - Sen. Mary Landrieu says the acting US attorney for western Louisiana should be "terribly disappointed" by his son's arrest in an alleged Watergate-style phone tampering plot at her New Orleans office. It's "very disconcerting" that Robert Flanagan, the son of a top federal official, is among the four...

Be Like Baucus, Tiger: A Dork
 Be Like Baucus, Tiger: A Dork 
Dana Milbank

Be Like Baucus, Tiger: A Dork

Senator could teach Woods how to survive a sex scandal

(Newser) - Tiger Woods clearly needs some advice on dealing with a sex scandal, and Sen. Max Baucus is just the man to set him straight. The gentleman from Montana doesn’t have a scratch on him after the recent revelations about his sex life—that he slept with a staffer and...

Max Baucus Nominated His Girlfriend for US Attorney

Woman withdrew after she moved in with Senate Dem

(Newser) - Max Baucus was having an affair with a woman he recommended for US attorney last year, the senator's office admitted last night after Roll Call reported the apparent lapse. Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and former state office director Melodee Hanes began their relationship in the summer...

14 Charged as Galleon Insider Trading Case Widens

Feds finger Rajaratnam associates, lawyer

(Newser) - Two former Galleon Group employees and a Ropes & Gray lawyer were among 14 people charged today in the expanding insider trading case surrounding the hedge fund founded by Raj Rajaratnam, who was busted last month. The traders and lawyers snuck around, communicating in code over throwaway cellphones, but had...

Facebook Trips Up High-Living Fugitive

Alleged bank fraudster caught in Cancun

(Newser) - Fugitives of the world, take note: If you’re having the time of your life hanging out in Cancun, you probably shouldn’t brag about it on Facebook. And you definitely shouldn’t add an ex-Justice Department official as a friend. Take it from Maxi Sopo, a 26-year-old who had...

Fugitive in '68 Hijack Nabbed at JFK

After 41 years in Cuba, alleged hijacker could face life in prison

(Newser) - A longtime fugitive who allegedly hijacked a plane in 1968 and diverted it to Cuba was arrested yesterday at JFK Airport in New York and will be arraigned tomorrow. Luis Armando Pena Soltren, now 66, is accused of smuggling weapons inside a diaper bag and terrorizing dozens of passengers 41...

Prosecutors Compete for 9/11 Case
Prosecutors Compete
for 9/11 Case

Prosecutors Compete for 9/11 Case

Va., NY vie for high-profile trial of alleged mastermind

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors in New York and Virginia are fighting for the chance to put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his co-conspirators on trial, the Washington Post reports. Justice Department sources say offices in Alexandria and Manhattan have been lobbying hard to prosecute the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind, both stressing their...

Obama Nominates US Attorney Fired Under Bush

Nevada prosecutor to get old job back

(Newser) - A US attorney fired by the Bush administration is set to get his old job back, the Washington Post reports. Daniel Bolger, whose 2006 firing is among those being probed for partisan motivation, has been nominated by President Obama to again be the federal prosecutor for Nevada. Former Attorney General...

1 NC Jihadi Still at Large: Feds

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors said today that one member of a North Carolina group that sought to wage "violent jihad" is still at large. US Attorney George Holding says authorities hope to soon apprehend an eighth person described in an indictment unsealed yesterday. The person's name is redacted from court papers.

Nabbed NJ Pols Lived in 'Ethics-Free Zone': Feds

(Newser) - The 44 New Jersey politicians and New York and New Jersey rabbis arrested this morning were the subject of a 10-year probe, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. “The politicians willingly put themselves up for sale,” the US Attorney says. “For these defendants, corruption was a way of life....

Feds Drop Spying Charges Against AIPAC Lobbyists

Earlier rulings made conviction unlikely: gov't

(Newser) - Government prosecutors say they will move to dismiss the espionage case against a pair of former AIPAC lobbyists linked to Rep. Jane Harman, the Washington Post reports. Prosecutors said they probably wouldn’t be able to secure a conviction because of the “additional intent requirement imposed by the court,...

GOP Finds Promising Candidates in US Attorneys

Image of corruption-busting prosecutor plays well in recession

(Newser) - US attorneys have been a sore subject for Republicans since the Bush administration's politically motivated dismissal of eight prosecutors in 2006. But in the Obama age, the office is becoming a wellspring of strong Republican candidates, Politico reports. The current climate of public distrust toward government and financial institutions means...

Illinois' New Eliot Ness Bags Another Scalp

From twin towers to Valerie Plame, Fitzgerald is relentless

(Newser) - With the arrest of Rod Blagojevich, federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald notched up his second indictment against an Illinois governor in five years. But it's just another scalp for the US attorney who's brought down everyone from World Trade Center bomber Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman to media mogul Conrad Black, not...

Proof Mounts of Impropriety by Feds in Siegelman Case

US Attorney continued to guide case after recusing herself over GOP ties

(Newser) - New court documents call further into question the actions of Justice Department officials in their prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman on corruption charges, Time reports. With the Democrat’s appeal scheduled for next month, the House Judiciary Committee disclosed violations by the Bush-appointed US Attorney, Leura Canary, who...

Bush Taps Asst. US Attorney to Oversee Bailout

If confirmed, Barofsky will take bailout responsibilities from Treasury's inspector general

(Newser) - The Bush White House today finally named a special inspector general to oversee the Treasury Department's $700 bailout, nominating a New York federal prosecutor named Neil Barofsky. The move comes a day after the Washington Post complained in a Page 1 story that 6 weeks into the bailout, no action...

Feds Won't Charge Spitzer
 Feds Won't Charge Spitzer 

Feds Won't Charge Spitzer

Not enough evidence against former NY governor in prostitution case

(Newser) - Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer will not be charged in connection with his involvement in a prostitution ring, the New York Times reports, as federal prosecutors could not adequately connect payments made by Spitzer. “The public interest would not be further advanced by filing criminal charges in this...

US Probes of Lehman May Include Fuld Subpoena

NY, NJ prosecutors convene grand juries to investigate stock-offer fraud

(Newser) - Lehman Brothers is getting the evil eye from three different US attorneys, who have convened grand juries to investigate the failed investment bank, Bloomberg reports. Prosecutors are particularly interested in a $6 billion stock offering made in June, and suspect Lehman was not straightforward with investors about the financial health...

Feds Close Ledger Case
 Feds Close Ledger Case 

Feds Close Ledger Case

Mary-Kate Olsen will not have to testify

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors have closed their investigation into the death of Heath Ledger without filing charges, meaning Mary-Kate Olsen will not have to testify, People reports. The US attorney's office in Manhattan had been trying to determine whether the painkillers Ledger took were obtained illegally.

Feds Probe Al for $1.5M in Back Taxes

Sharpton dismissed move as a 'try to intimidate us'

(Newser) - Washington is investigating Al Sharpton and his companies for nearly $1.5 million in back taxes and penalties, the AP reports. Sharpton, who has been negotiating the size of his federal debt, brushed off the government's latest move today. “Whatever retaliation they do on me, we never stop,"...

Criminal Charge No Certainty for Spitzer

Resignation could soften prosecutors' stance on NY governor

(Newser) - Although Eliot Spitzer’s political career is over, it remains unclear what legal fate awaits the disgraced New York governor, the Wall Street Journal reports. Spitzer’s resignation wasn’t part of any deal, the feds confirm, but makes him less of a legal target. One possibility is a deferred-prosecution...

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