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The FBI sniper who killed the wife of a white separatist in the siege at Ruby Ridge, Ida., in 1992 invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege Tuesday and refused to describe to a Senate subcommittee the circumstances of the crucial event. Sniper Lon Horiuchi took the Fifth Amendment after the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on terrorism refused to give him limited immunity from prosecution. Immunity for Horiuchi could have complicated criminal inquiries being conducted by the Boundary County, Ida.
November 26, 2008 | David Willman, Willman writes for the Los Angeles Times.
Investigative documents unsealed Tuesday revealed provocative details behind early suspicions that led the FBI to target the wrong man in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people. The misguided investigation continued for years into the original suspect, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, who in June won a $5.8-million settlement from the FBI and the Justice Department for violating his privacy rights. On Aug. 8, the U.S.
It took five hours, but the feds found what they were looking for--a small white ball of what they said appeared to be methamphetamine. The FBI agents and Los Angeles police let Eddie Nash change out of his pajamas, then led him from his condominium here in handcuffs as TV cameras rolled. Authorities had long considered Nash the one who got away--a convicted drug dealer who was acquitted of murder charges in the notorious bludgeoning deaths of four people in a Laurel Canyon drug den.
September 18, 2008 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday vigorously challenged FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III for the bureau's handling of the anthrax mailings investigation, signaling that they were not convinced the case had been solved. Both the panel's Democratic chairman and its most senior Republican said that, based on what evidence they had seen, the FBI had not proved that the mailings were perpetrated solely by Bruce E.
February 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
A Kentucky dentist allegedly killed thoroughbred racehorses so owners could collect insurance money, the FBI said Monday. Dr. Joseph James Brown of Shelbyville, Ky., was arrested and charged with wire fraud Feb. 17 at Calder Race Course after an investigation by the FBI and the New York-based Thoroughbred Racing Protective Board. "Brown was arrested . . . by FBI agents as he was about to administer a lethal injection to a thoroughbred race horse," FBI spokesman Paul Miller said.
October 5, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
First Amendment activists and a member of Congress said this week that the FBI may have stepped out of line with a letter accusing a Compton rap group of encouraging "violence against and disrespect" for law enforcement officers. "The FBI should stay out of the business of censorship," said Rep. Don Edwards (D-San Jose), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on civil and constitutional rights, when informed of an Aug.
March 30, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The plan had the irresistible lure of easy money and an unexpected added attraction: It was legal. Peter Milano, a San Fernando Valley vending machine company owner who authorities say also heads the Mafia in Los Angeles, sat down with his son-in-law one day in 1985 to talk about the mob's latest moneymaking enterprise, a proposal to set up tourist junkets between San Diego and Las Vegas. The son-in-law, Russell J.
As he drives through South Los Angeles on an overcast afternoon, Special Agent John Pi of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is having trouble--as usual--making up his mind. Pi, who in sunglasses looks far younger than 36, has an organized-crime case to work. But the call over a bureau radio is clear: The SWAT team is about to enter a house where it believes kidnappers are keeping a 3-year-old taken from a San Marino family two weeks earlier. The address is only five minutes away.
August 8, 1993 | BARRY SIEGEL, Barry Seigel, a Times national correspondent, is the author of "Death in White Bear Lake" and "Shades of Gray," both published by Bantam Books. His last story for this magazine was about the University of Wisconsin's effort to outlaw hate speech
WHEN FBI AGENT JON LIPSKY PROPOSED IN JUNE, 1988, THAT they "do Rocky Flats," Assistant U.S. Atty. Ken Fimberg gave him the type of look you'd direct at someone who'd just said something intriguing but utterly wacky. Lipsky was neither surprised nor offended, for he more or less shared this response. They were sitting in Fimberg's office in the federal courthouse building in downtown Denver. With them was William Smith, an Environmental Protection Agency investigator.
August 28, 1989
The government has no case, and that's why he hasn't been charged, Felix S. Bloch, who has been tailed by FBI agents and reporters since he was identified nearly two months ago as a suspected Soviet spy, told Time magazine. Bloch refused to comment on allegations he passed secrets to the Soviet Union. When asked, he paused 30 seconds and told the Time correspondent: "I can't comment on particulars, for then I must comment on the whole."
August 8, 2008 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
After seven long years, the FBI and the Justice Department say they are closing the books on the anthrax investigation. But the investigation into the investigation is only beginning, and it will focus on what Congress members described Thursday as apparent missteps by authorities that dramatically prolonged the probe, unfairly maligned an innocent government scientist, and raised questions about whether federal agents had conclusively ruled out other suspects besides microbiologist Bruce E.
June 12, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has ordered more than two dozen of its field offices to stop probing some financial crimes to focus on a surge in sub-prime mortgage fraud. Kenneth Kaiser, chief of the bureau's criminal investigative division, issued the directive late last week in a video conference call with the heads of 26 offices in areas where mortgage crime is rampant, said Bill Carter, an FBI spokesman in Washington.
February 29, 2008 | Ben DuBose and Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON -- The FBI opened an investigation Thursday into whether Roger Clemens lied before Congress, the first step toward a possible perjury trial in which the government would face the burden of proving Clemens not only failed to tell the truth under oath but did so intentionally. The announcement came one day after Congress asked the Justice Department to examine whether the seven-time Cy Young Award winner lied when he testified he had never used steroids or human growth hormone.
December 18, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
In their most contentious court hearing to date, federal prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping case sparred Monday over whether the government's conduct in the long-running investigation should invalidate crucial evidence, including a search warrant for the onetime private eye's offices. With only two months before the scheduled start of trial, U.S. District Judge Dale S.
December 17, 2007 | Greg Krikorian and Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writers
When the FBI first issued pagers to agents in Los Angeles, the idea of being electronically tethered to the office didn't sit well with a bear-sized veteran named Stanley Ornellas. So, to make a point about how the technology intruded on agents' traditional independence, Ornellas and his partner wore garage door openers instead of beepers.
December 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The FBI is investigating the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, Justice Department officials said Thursday, following allegations of misconduct from former employees. The investigation of Stuart W. Bowen Jr. involves possible electronic tampering, including alleged efforts to go through e-mails of office employees, said two officials close to the inquiry.
The FBI tried to explain Monday how it got stung by its own sting, an operation it mounted against an official in President Bush's campaign based partly on information from a man who has sent reporters on a wild goose chase and whom Soldier of Fortune magazine called: "Scott Barnes: My Favorite Flake." "The FBI investigates alleged violations of federal criminal law, irrespective of any political circumstance," said FBI Director William S.
The aging Chinese men sit at five defense tables in the enormous courtroom, looking like retired businessmen. White-haired Wilson Moy, 74, the unofficial mayor of Chinatown, keeps adjusting his glasses and tugging his cardigan sweater tighter around him. Henry H. Fong, 69, is natty in a crisp white shirt and dark suit. As they listen, Sheu Mon Moy describes being dragged into Chinatown's city hall and beaten severely by members of a street gang called the Ghost Shadows.
November 30, 2007 | From the Washington Post
Since the Virginia Tech shootings last spring, the FBI has more than doubled the number of people nationwide who are prohibited from buying guns because of mental health problems, the Justice Department said Thursday. Justice officials said the FBI's Mental Defective File has ballooned from 175,000 names in June to nearly 400,000, primarily additions from California. The names are listed in a subset of a database that gun dealers are supposed to check before completing their sales.
November 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley picked a Philadelphia FBI official to lead a Police Department tarnished by allegations of misconduct and abuse. J.P. "Jody" Weis, 49, was named to succeed Police Supt. Phil Cline, who announced his retirement this year. The City Council must approve Weis' appointment.
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