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Miami Herald

The former chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Miami office who led the agency’s cases against infamous Panama strongman Manuel Noriega and Medellin cartel kingpin Fabio Ocho, was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday Sept 10, 2009 for ordering the shredding of records  

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Reason magazine (h/t Agitator)

[the prosecutor] took the extraordinary step of seeking a court order prohibiting Reynolds, who was neither a defendant nor a lawyer in the Schneiders' case, from talking about it. The prosecutor claimed Reynolds had "a sycophantic or parasitic relationship with the defendants," whom she was using "to further her own personal interests."

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Prosecutors say they need a lot of discretion. Why? So that they can prosecute the powerless, while refusing to prosecute the powerful and connected? You think I'm some sort of wild-eyed Marxist? Hardly. Here's a typical case Political commentator, author and writer for The Atlantic magazine Andrew M. Sullivan won’t have to face charges stemming from a recent pot bust at the Cape Cod National SeashoreIn my opinion, no one should be prosecuted for possessing marijuana on federal property. However, if we're going to have these stupid laws on the books, shouldn't they be applied even to influential and well-known people like Andrew Sullivan? Assistant United States Attorney James F. Lang disagreed. Prosecutorial discretion at its finest. The next time AUSA Lang is prosecuting some-small time druggie, be sure to ask him what it takes to get the "Sullivan treatment."

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In summary, the second part of Mr. Stana's presentation was even more disappointing than the first. Mr. Stana went out of his way to ignore facts that undermined his conclusion that interior checkpoints are needed while artificially bolstering facts absent proper context that supported his position.

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The Agitator

Developing story in Georgia, where church pastor Jonathan Ayers was shot and killed by undercover narcotics officers during a botched drug sting on Tuesday afternoon. Ayers was not the target of the investigation.

Police were apparently after a woman Ayers had dropped off just prior to stopping at the convenience store where police confronted him. Surveillance video shows a black SUV pulling up to the store, and plain-clothes officers jumping out with their guns drawn before the vehicle has stopped. Ayers’ car then backs into the picture, and the officers fire into his car as he drives off. Ayers was shot in the liver, crashed his car a short distance later, and died at the hospital the bullet wound.

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The Agitator

Several Seattle-area Somali immigrants are suing local police agencies, claiming they were wrongly rounded up in a massive sweep for khat done in conjunction with the DEA. Khat is a mild euphoric stimulant that’s usually chewed in leaf form. It’s illegal in the U.S. but ubiquitous throughout Africa, and common in U.S. cities with large East African immigrant populations.

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