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Posted inCriminal Justice

Second former ICE worker pleads guilty in travel voucher kickback scheme

This story also appears in the Washington Post. A former intelligence specialist with Immigration and Customs Enforcement pleaded guilty last week to embezzling more than $50,000, the second agency employee recently convicted in an unfolding travel voucher kickback scheme that stretches from Arizona to Washington. William J. Korn, 53, of Tucson admitted in a plea […]

Posted inCriminal Justice, Militarization of Police

Local police stockpile high-tech, combat-ready gear

Fargo police Capt. Patrick Claus logs in to a patrol car’s computer. The military-style assault rifle in the car is now standard issue for many police department.Andrew Becker/Center for Investigative Reporting If terrorists ever target Fargo, N.D., the local police will be ready. In recent years, they have bought bomb-detection robots, digital communications equipment and Kevlar […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

Slideshow: Arms race on America’s streets

Since 9/11, the federal government has spent $34 billion helping state and local law enforcement and other agencies prepare for terrorists attacks and other catastrophes. Much of that money has been spent on combat-style equipment and apparel. A 180,000-square-foot showroom of such gear accompanied the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Chicago […]

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Posted inBorder Patrol, Criminal Justice, Immigration, National Security

Border agency’s rapid growth accompanied by rise in corruption

This story also appeared in the Los Angeles Times. A sun-faded homeland security sign awaits motorists as they enter the United States from Mexico at the border in San Ysidro, California. Image courtesy Mike Blake/Reuters When Luis Alarid was a child, his mother would seat him in the car while she smuggled people and drugs […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

Feds to target radio, newspapers for medical marijuana ads

Federal prosecutors are preparing to target newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertise medical marijuana dispensaries in California, another escalation in the Obama administration’s newly invigorated war against the state’s pot industry. This month, U.S. attorneys representing four districts in California announced that the government would single out landlords and property owners who rent buildings […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

California pot sellers pursue higher prices in other states, face arrest

Police outside California say more and more marijuana is drifting into their territory – as the Golden State’s burgeoning medical marijuana trade has pushed down prices here and prompted growers to seek more lucrative business across the country. In a recent string of high-profile arrests in places like Michigan, Ohio, Utah and Illinois, Californians have […]