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Jerry Seper

Jerry Seper was a writer for The Washington Times.

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Man gets 11 years in Philadelphia mob crackdown

A crackdown on the Philadelphia mafia by federal authorities marked a key milestone Tuesday with the sentencing of Damion Canalichio to 11 years in prison in a racketeering conspiracy involving loansharking, extortion and illegal gambling — the 12th leader, member or associate of the city's La Cosa Nostra family to have pleaded guilty or been convicted in the investigation. Published July 16, 2013

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. delivers a speech Tuesday at the NAACP's annual convention in Orlando, Fla., during which he addressed the George Zimmerman trial. (Associated Press)

Eric Holder asks for respect from protesters of George Zimmerman verdict

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday warned those planning to protest the acquittal of former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to commit themselves "to a respectful, responsible dialogue about issues of justice and equality." Published July 16, 2013

Philadelphia mobster sentenced to 11 years as city cleans up crime

A crackdown on the Philadelphia mafia by federal authorities continued Tuesday with the sentencing of Damion Canalichio to 11 years in prison in a racketeering conspiracy involving loansharking and illegal gambling — the 12th leader, member or associate of the city's La Cosa Nostra family to have pleaded guilty or been convicted in an ongoing investigation. Published July 16, 2013

** FILE ** Sybrina Fulton (center), the mother of Trayvon Martin, closes her eyes as the family attorney Benjamin Crump rests his head against her shoulder April 11, 2012, during a news conference at the Washington Convention Center in Washington about the arrest of George Zimmerman for the killing of Martin. To her right is her son, Jahvaris Fulton. (Associated Press)

Trayvon Martin's family has little chance for recourse in court

While the reaction to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the Trayvon Martin killing resembles the backlash against the 1992 not guilty verdict in the Rodney King beating, legal analysts said there is little likelihood of another successful federal prosecution on civil rights or hate crimes charges. Published July 15, 2013

**FILE** John Morton (right), director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (Associated Press)

ICE: 'Operation iGuardian' arrests 255 suspected child predators

Two hundred and fifty-five suspected child predators were arrested and 61 victims of child sexual exploitation were identified during a five-week operation announced Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its Internet Crimes Against Children task forces across the United States and its territories. Published July 15, 2013

Justice Department defends Fla. 'peacekeeper' rallies

The Justice Department on Thursday dismissed suggestions by a Washington-based watchdog group that it helped organize a "pressure campaign" last year against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Published July 11, 2013

B. Todd Jones

Senate panel approves ATF nominee B. Todd Jones on party-line vote

The Senate Judiciary Committee, voting strictly along party lines, on Thursday approved President Obama's pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — setting up what could be a major Senate floor fight with Republicans. Published July 11, 2013

FBI director nominee James B. Comey Jr. knocked down the notion that federal judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rubber stamp surveillance requests during testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
(Associated Press)

FBI director nominee Comey defends FISA court, surveillance in Senate hearing

James B. Comey Jr., a former George W. Bush administration official and now President Obama's nominee for FBI director, defended the approval by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of surveillance programs and dismissed arguments that the court was a "rubber stamp." Published July 9, 2013

**FILE** People wait under a tree after they were detained by Border Patrol agents on June 25, 2013, at a field in Edinburg, Texas. Agents took into custody 69 people suspected of entering the country illegally. (Associated Press/The Monitor)

Border Patrol stymied by other agencies, former agents say

With Congress vowing to secure the nation's borders as part of an immigration bill that proposes hiring 20,000 new Border Patrol agents, several former immigration officers say border agents have been inhibited in their efforts to patrol the Southwest border by other agencies. . Published July 3, 2013

Media executive Barry Diller speaks with reporters at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 12, 2012. (Associated Press)

Barry Diller 'dismayed' at government's handling of his Coca-Cola acquisition

Media mogul Barry Diller, the Fox Broadcasting Co. creator who agreed this week to pay a $480,000 civil penalty to settle charges he violated premerger reporting requirements in acquiring voting securities of the Coca Cola Co., said Wednesday he was “dismayed” by the government’s handling of the case. Published July 3, 2013

Gil Kerlikowske, National Drug Control Policy director, said the Southwest is better patrolled than at any other time. There were 9,100 Border Patrol agents in 2001 compared to more than 21,000 today. (Associated Press)

Plan stresses cross-border cooperation

Continued cooperation with Mexico to address threats posed by the illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons and cash across the border, along with increased efforts to interdict drugs headed to the U.S., are the key elements of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's "Comprehensive Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy" released Tuesday. Published July 2, 2013

Stuart F. Delery (Justice.gov)

55 hospitals to pay $34 million for overcharging Medicare

Fifty-five hospitals in 21 states agreed on Tuesday to pay the U.S. government more than $34 million to settle allegations that the health care facilities submitted false claims to Medicare for kyphoplasty procedures, the Justice Department said. Published July 2, 2013

Media executive Barry Diller speaks with reporters at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 12, 2012. (Associated Press)

Barry Diller fined $480K over Coca-Cola acquisition

Media mogul and corporate investor Barry Diller, who created the Fox Broadcasting Company and headed Paramount Pictures, will pay a $480,000 civil penalty to settle charges he violated pre-merger reporting and waiting requirements when he acquired voting securities of the Coca Cola Co., the Justice Department said Tuesday. Published July 2, 2013

Medicare fraud trial ends with 4 convictions

A federal jury in Florida has convicted four people for their participation in a Medicare scheme involving nearly $70 million in fraudulent billings by a mental health care hospital, the Justice Department said. Published June 30, 2013