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Fmr Federal Homeland Security Agent Sentenced For "Fake Badge For Discount" Scam (Buffalo News) - A man who admitted posing as a federal agent to get a hotel discount was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to four months in prison. William Cuva, an agent who was terminated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in February 2013, had previously pleaded guilty to falsely impersonating a federal agent. He admitted using his law enforcement background to acquire a $39-a-night discount while staying at an Olean hotel for 23 days after his termination.
Lawyers Can Now Look Through Jurors Social Media Sites (UPI) - Lawyers will now be able to examine the social media sites of potential and active jurors to evaluate them for jury favorability and conduct. The American Bar Association's committee on ethics and responsibility announced the decision after jurors discussed trials and proceedings on social media. The ABA said it can be used as a tool to vet potential jurors. Friend me!!
Rikers Island Raid Focuses On Corrections Officers (NY Post) - Investigators conducted a massive raid on Rikers Island on Monday, looking for weapons, drugs and other contraband — focusing on correction officers’ lockers and break rooms, sources said. A dozen guards could face criminal charges in the first-of-its-kind search of the George Motchan Detention Center, authorities said. The raid began in the afternoon and continued into the evening. It was part of a larger investigation to root out corruption after complaints that guards supply inmates with drugs and weapons.
Fmr BP Engineer Kurt Mix To Face 2nd Trial in Auguts (Bayou Buzz) - A former BP engineer whose obstruction-of-justice conviction was overturned this month by a federal judge in New Orleans is slated to be tried for a second time in August for deleting a string of text messages in an alleged effort to hamper the government’s criminal investigation of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Kurt Mix, who lives in Texas, was the first of five defendants to stand trial in connection with the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Businessman Gets 4 Years Prison In Navy Bribery Scam (FCPA Blog) - The co-founder and former president of a government contracting company was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison for conspiracy to bribe public officials. Roderic J. Smith, who pleaded guilty in March, was also ordered to forfeit $175,000.