May 18, 2013
A federal judge recently ruled that if someone has their cell phone turned on, their location data does not deserve protection under the Fourth Amendment, meaning law enforcement can track individuals without a search warrant.
New York magistrate judge Gary Brown decided in favor of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents who were seeking his approval over a warrant on a doctor who they suspected was being paid for issuing [...]
So why were they shocked? According to Kelly, the FBI was under the understanding that they would get much more time with Tsarnaev under the “public safety exemption” before he was read his rights. Adding to the shock: the sources told Kelly agents were getting crucial information after only 16 hours of questioning and were making valuable progress.
“It’s really unbelievable,” Kelly said.
“The FBI had no idea they were sending [...]
December 17, 2012
An Alabama man accused of plotting to wage violent jihad in a foreign country was prepared to kill Americans if the situation arose, an FBI agent testified.
Based on the testimony and other factors, U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine “Kit” Nelson ordered Randy “Rasheed” Wilson held in jail pending trial. She rejected defense arguments that the prosecution case amounts to little more than loose talk among young men who had [...]
Federal judges approve about 30,000 secret warrants to spy on people in the USA every year, and the innocent probably will never know they were watched, says a U.S. jurist involved in issuing the orders.
Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith writes in a new paper, highlighted by Ars Technica, that the 2006 total outstripped the entire output of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courtsince it was created in 1979, and the number is probably growing.
The secret [...]
SAN DIEGO — A 92-year-old woman who sold $40 kits for people to kill themselves faces sentencing in San Diego for failing to file federal tax returns.
Sharlotte Hydorn faces a maximum term of one year in prison when she is sentenced Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard Skomal.
Both the prosecution and defense agree she should be spared prison and sentenced to five years’ probation.
But prosecutors recommend that Hydorn be [...]
Did George Zimmerman have help from his father, a retired judge, in clearing his name in three separate arrests?
That’s the question that’s being asked now that more information on Trayvon Martin’s 28-year-old killer is being revealed. Robert Zimmerman, a former Orange County magistrate judge, recently wrote a letter to The Orlando Sentinel defending his son, who’s been dragged through the mud for shooting the unarmed 17-year-old last month. In the letter, the senior Zimmerman [...]
From the DOJ:
Former CIA Officer John Kiriakou Charged with Disclosing Covert Officer’s Identity and Other Classified Information to Journalists and Lying to CIA’s Publications Review Board
Investigation Involving Photos Seized from Guantanamo Detainees Concludes No Criminal Violations by Defense Team; Rather, Classified Information Kiriakou Allegedly Illegally Disclosed to a Journalist Was Provided by the Journalist to a Defense Investigator
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former CIA officer, John Kiriakou, was charged today with repeatedly [...]
Uli Seit for The New York Times
Joanna Fan, left, and Ziming Shen, center, at federal court in Brooklyn, where he got into a scuffle with Dan Shapiro, a photographer for The New York Post.
A Staten Island couple stole at least $2.5 million in federal funds meant for nutritious meals for preschoolers, prosecutors asserted in a criminal complaint unsealed on Friday.
The complaint accused the couple, Joanna Fan [...]
(CNN) — Rapper Jeffrey Atkins, also known as Ja Rule, was sentenced Monday to 28 months in prison for failing to file tax returns with the IRS after admitting that he did not pay his taxes for five years, the Justice Department said in a news release Monday.
The 35-year-old performer from Saddle River, New Jersey, had pleaded guilty to three of five counts before U.S. [...]
A Port Huron man with a lengthy criminal history was ordered detained today on charges he threatened to kill President Barack Obama in several letters, including one in which he allegedly wrote: “It is my duty to destroy you. And I will.”
Magistrate Judge Mona K. Majzoub concluded that James Joseph Ball, 60, was a flight risk and a danger to the community, noting he has [...]
MAY 5–An Israeli rabbi was convicted today of fondling a female passenger on a recent flight from Tel Aviv to New York.
Gavriel Bidany, a 47-year-old father of 11, was found guilty this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Bidany was named last month in a misdemeanor information charging him with molesting the woman on a March 27 Delta Airlines flight bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport.
At a news conference Friday, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said that patrolman Rafael Espinoza, on the Anchorage police force for about six years, was really Rafael Mora-Lopez, a Mexican national working in the United States illegally.
The identity swap was discovered when the police officer applied for a U.S. passport and officials from the State Department found that the Rafael Espinoza identity he was using [...]