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Texas Syndicate Gang Members and Associates
Sentenced to Prison
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense in-law of the kidnapping victim, sought a designated in the near future.
monetary reward to turn over Pinales- All 13 charged in this case have been
Submitted at 8:29 AM August 31, 2011
Garcia to unknown subjects in Mexico. convicted and sentenced to prison. Juan
U.S. Attorneys Office Southern District Pinales-Garcia was shot several times in Pablo Hinojosa, who was convicted by a
of Texas on August 30, 2011 released the the low torso during the struggle and federal jury of racketeering and violent
following: subsequently died in Mexico. Rosales crimes in aid of racketeering, was
“McALLEN, Texas – Six Texas Syndicate pleaded guilty to kidnapping Pinales- sentenced to life imprisonment on Jan. 5,
members and associates have been Garcia on March 3, 2009. 2011. On Jan. 28, 2010, Benjamin Piedra
sentenced to prison for racketeering, Noel De Los Santos, 33, of Donna, Texas pleaded guilty to violent crimes in aid of
violent crimes in aid of racketeering, was sentenced to 240 months racketeering and was sentenced to 120
kidnapping and possession with intent imprisonment for violent crimes in aid of months confinement and three years of
distribute cocaine, United States Attorney racketeering, that is, for the murder of supervised release on Feb. 22, 2011. Adan
Jose Angel Moreno announced today. Crisantos Moran on March 20, 2003. Roberto Ruiz pleaded guilty to criminal
At a hearing on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, According to trial testimony, Moran had information charging him with conspiracy
Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo been ordered by the Texas Syndicate to to possess with intent to distribute less
Hinojosa sentenced the chairman of the kill a rival gang member who lived near than 50 kilograms of marijuana, while
Texas Syndicate in the Rio Grande Penitas, Texas. De Los Santos and Jose Jorge Puga pleaded to a criminal
Valley, Jose Ismael Salas, 40 of Edinburg, Armando Garcia, both Texas Syndicate information charging him with possession
Texas, to 20 years in federal prison gang members, agreed to accompany with intent to distribute 39 kilograms of
without parole for drug trafficking Moran to commit the murder. However, marijuana. Ruiz and Puga received 52 and
offenses in violation of the racketeering Moran failed to carry out the order as 37 months, respectively. Joel Carcano Jr.
statute. Salas pleaded guilty on April 2, given. Instead, De Los Santos and Garcia pleaded guilty providing false statements
2009, admitting to committing two acts of shot and killed Moran for failing to carry – admitting he lied to Bureau of Alcohol,
racketeering, namely two separate acts of out the order. On Aug. 10, 2010, Garcia Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
possession with intent to distribute a was convicted of racketeering and violent agents when he falsely stated he did not
controlled substance – six kilograms of crimes in aid of racketeering and was provide a copy of downward departure
cocaine on Aug. 12, 2004, and 39 sentenced to life in prison on Jan. 5, 2011. motion to Texas Syndicate members. This
kilograms of marijuana on March 28, Cristobal Hernandez, 31, and Arturo document was used as the basis to order
2003, intending to further the goals of the Rodriguez, 28, both of Brownsville, the murder of the government’s informant.
gang. Texas, were sentenced to 120 and 240 On Feb. 22, 2011, Carcano was sentenced
Five other members or associates of the months imprisonment, respectively, for to 52 months custody and a three-year-
gang were also sentenced yesterday by violent crimes in aid of racketeering term of supervised release.
Judge Hinojosa including Fidel Valle, 45 arising from the murder of Marcelino The investigation leading to the federal
of Donna, Texas – the source of drug Rodriguez in June 2007. After members charges and subsequent conviction of
supply to the gang who employed gang of the Texas Syndicate obtained a copy of these admitted Texas Syndicate gang
members to assist in his drug distribution a sealed court document from an members was conducted by the Bureau of
business. He received 126 months employee of a McAllen area law firm Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
imprisonment for possession with intent to which represented Marcelino Rodriguez in Explosives, the Texas Department of
distribute six kilograms of cocaine. On a federal case, the murder of Marcelino Public Safety and the Hidalgo County
July 28, 2009,Valle pleaded guilty to the Rodriguez was approved by the leadership Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States
federal felony drug charge acknowledging of the Texas Syndicate. Hernandez and Attorney Robert Wells, Jr. prosecuted the
that on Aug. 12, 2004, upon being Arturo Rodriguez were recruited by Raul case.”
contacted by Salas, Valle agreed to sell Galindo to commit the murder. Galindo To find additional federal criminal news,
approximately six kilograms shot Marcelino Rodriguez in the back of please read Federal Crimes Watch Daily.
(approximately 13 pounds) of cocaine to the head while Arturo Rodriguez set the Douglas McNabb and other members of
Salas’s associates. That drug load was vehicle on fire with gasoline. On Aug. 10, the U.S. law firm practice and write
found and seized by law enforcement 2010, Galindo was convicted of violent extensively on matters involving Federal
officers during a traffic stop of a Ford crimes in aid of racketeering and Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
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Donna on Aug. 12, 2004. informant. On Jan. 5, 2011, Galindo was and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.
Romeo Rosales, 41 of Raymondville, sentenced to life imprisonment. The author of this blog is Douglas
Texas – an admitted Texas Syndicate gang All six of the defendants sentenced McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
member who was convicted of kidnapping yesterday are in federal custody and will directly at
Amancio Pinales-Garcia – was sentenced remain in custody pending transfer to email@example.com or at one
to 151 months imprisonment. Reyes, son- Bureau of Prisons facilities to be of the offices listed above.
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Inside the spy unit that NYPD says doesn’t exist
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense profiling techniques has been hotly information indicating the possibility of
debated since 9/11. Singling out unlawful activity,” Browne wrote.
Submitted at 9:23 AM August 31, 2011
minorities for extra scrutiny without That issue has legal significance. The
The Associated Press (AP) on August 31, evidence of wrongdoing has been NYPD says it follows the same guidelines
2011 released the following: criticized as discriminatory. Not focusing as the FBI, which cannot use undercover
“By MATT APUZZO and ADAM on Muslim neighborhoods has been agents to monitor communities without
GOLDMAN equally criticized as political correctness first receiving an allegation or indication
Associated Press run amok. The documents describe how of criminal activity.
NEW YORK (AP) — Working with the the nation’s largest police force has come After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,
CIA, the New York Police Department down on that issue. the CIA sent a respected veteran officer,
maintained a list of “ancestries of interest” Working out of the police department’s Lawrence Sanchez, to New York, where
and dispatched undercover officers to offices at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, he worked closely with the NYPD.
monitor Muslim businesses and social the Demographics Unit maintained a list Officials said he was instrumental in
groups, according to new documents that of 28 countries that, along with creating programs such as the
offer a rare glimpse inside an intelligence “American Black Muslim,” it considered Demographics Unit and met regularly
program the NYPD insists doesn’t exist. “ancestries of interest.” Nearly all are with unit supervisors to guide the effort.
The documents add new details to an Muslim countries. After a two-year rotation in New York,
Associated Press investigation that Police used census data and government Sanchez took a leave of absence, came off
explained how undercover NYPD officers databases to map areas it considered “hot the agency’s payroll and became the
singled out Muslim communities for spots” as well as the ethnic neighborhoods NYPD’s second-ranking intelligence
surveillance and infiltration. of New York’s tri-state area, the official. He formally left the agency in
The Demographics Unit, a squad of 16 documents show. 2007 and stayed with the NYPD until last
officers fluent in a total of at least five Undercover officers known as “rakers” – year.
languages, was told to map ethnic a term the NYPD also denied existed – The CIA recently dispatched another
communities in New York, New Jersey were then told to participate in social officer to work in the Intelligence
and Connecticut and identify where activities such as cricket matches and visit Division for what officials described as a
people socialize, shop and pray. cafes and clubs, the documents show. management sabbatical. A U.S. official
Once that analysis was complete, Police had a list of “key indicators” of familiar with the NYPD-CIA partnership
according to documents obtained by the problems. It included obvious signs of said Sanchez’s time in New York was a
AP, the NYPD would “deploy officers in trouble such as criminal activity and unique assignment created in the wake of
civilian clothes throughout the ethnic extremist rhetoric by imams. But it also the 9/11 attacks. But the official said the
communities.” included things commonly seen in current officer’s job was much different
The architect of this and other programs neighborhoods, such as community and was an opportunity for him to learn
was a veteran CIA officer who oversaw centers, religious schools and “community from an organization outside the CIA.
the program while working with the bulletin boards (located in houses of Both the CIA said and the NYPD have
NYPD on the CIA payroll. It was an worship).” said the agency is not involved in
unusual arrangement for the CIA, which is At least one lawyer inside the police domestic spying and said the partnership
prohibited from spying inside the U.S. department has raised concerns about the is the kind of counterterrorism
After the AP report, New York Mayor Demographics Unit, current and former collaboration Americans expect.
Michael Bloomberg said the NYPD has officials told the AP. Because of those The NYPD Intelligence Division has
kept the city safe and does not take concerns, the officials said, the unquestionably been essential to the city’s
religion into account in its policing. The information gathered from the unit is kept best counterterrorism successes, including
NYPD denied the Demographics Unit on a computer at the Brooklyn Army the thwarted plot to bomb the subway
exists. Terminal, not in the department’s normal system in 2004. Undercover officers also
“There is no such unit,” police spokesman intelligence database. The officials spoke helped lead to the guilty plea of two men
Paul Browne said before the first AP story on condition of anonymity because they arrested on their way to receive terrorism
ran. “There is nothing called the were not authorized to discuss the training in Somalia.
Demographics Unit.” intelligence programs. “We throw 1,200 police officers into the
Internal police documents show The AP independently authenticated the fight every day to make sure the same
otherwise. An NYPD presentation, NYPD presentation through an interview people or similarly inspired people who
delivered inside the department, described with one official who saw it and by killed 3,000 New Yorkers a decade ago
the mission and makeup of the reviewing electronic data embedded in the don’t come back and do it again,” Browne
Demographics Unit. Undercover officers file. A former official who had not seen said earlier this month when asked about
were told to look not only for evidence of the presentation said the content of the the NYPD’s intelligence tactics.
terrorism and crimes but also to determine presentation was correct. For the internal The Demographics Unit had officers who
the ethnicity of business owners and memo, the AP verified the names and spoke Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and
eavesdrop on conversations inside cafes. locations mentioned in the document, and Urdu, according to the police presentation.
A police memorandum from 2006 the content is consistent with a program The undercover officers were divided into
described an NYPD supervisor rebuking described by numerous current and former teams based on ethnicity. Arab officers
an undercover detective for not doing a officials. could blend into Arab neighborhoods and
good enough job reporting on community In an email Tuesday night, Browne Southwest Asian officers, those from
events and “rhetoric heard in cafes and disputed the AP’s original story, saying Pakistan and Afghanistan, could more
hotspot locations.” the NYPD only follows leads and does not easily blend into those neighborhoods.
How law enforcement agencies, both simply trawl communities. Rep. Yvette Clarke, a Democrat who
local and federal, can stay ahead of “We do not employ undercovers or INSIDE page 3
Islamic terrorists without using racial confidential informants unless there is
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Judges consider Jared Lee Loughner’s
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense policies for dealing with dangerous eventually put on trial.
inmates apply to pretrial detainees, like In court, defense attorney Reuben
Submitted at 8:46 AM August 31, 2011
Loughner, who was sent to a hospital in Camper Cahn urged the judges to require
The Los Angeles Times on August 31, Springfield, Mo., on a federal judge’s prison officials to get federal court
2011 released the following: order to try to restore his mental approval for their involuntary treatment
“Lawyers for the Tucson shooting suspect competency so he can stand trial. plans.
say his involuntary treatment with anti- Prison medical officials have rejected the One of the panelists, Judge J. Clifford
psychotic drugs is a violation of his rights. defense’s calls for using tranquilizers or Wallace, observed that Loughner might
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times physical restraints, arguing that they need have a “liberty interest” in not being
Prison doctors are violating the rights of to treat Loughner’s underlying mental rendered competent to face charges that
Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee illness to prevent him from being a danger could lead to a death penalty.
Loughner by forcibly medicating him with to himself or others. Another U.S. 9th Circuit Court of
drugs more powerful than needed to Loughner was diagnosed with Appeals panel last month issued a
control his outbursts, defense lawyers told schizophrenia during an initial temporary injunction against forcing the
a federal appeals court Tuesday. confinement at the Missouri hospital and drugs on Loughner, but prison doctors
The three-judge panel weighing deemed incompetent to stand trial in May resumed them on July 18, citing
Loughner’s plea for an end to the by U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns. emergency circumstances.
involuntary medication with anti- Assistant U.S. Atty. Christina M. Tuesday’s panel, on which Wallace was
psychotic drugs appeared sensitive to the Cabanillas told the panel that Supreme joined by Judges Marsha S. Berzon and
defendant’s legal arguments that, as he Court case law obliged them to defer to Jay S. Bybee, isn’t expected to rule for
hasn’t been tried on the 49 felony counts the prison administration’s judgment on several weeks.”
against him, he should retain the right to what medication was necessary and To find additional federal criminal news,
decide what drugs go into his body. appropriate to “mitigate his please read Federal Crimes Watch Daily.
At a hearing that could determine dangerousness.” Loughner has reportedly Douglas McNabb and other members of
whether Loughner is ever rendered thrown the chair in his cell against the the U.S. law firm practice and write
competent to stand trial in the Jan. 8 wall, spat at one of his attorneys and extensively on matters involving Federal
attack that killed six and injured 13, shouted expletives and unintelligible Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D- rants. Notice Removal, International Extradition
Ariz.), the judges peppered the In legal papers filed with the court, and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.
government’s lawyer with questions, Loughner’s attorneys argued that his The author of this blog is Douglas
suggesting they look askance at the behavior didn’t justify treatment with McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
prison’s practice of forcing psychotropic powerful anti-psychotic drugs, and that directly at
drugs on Loughner when mild sedatives the medications could have long-term firstname.lastname@example.org or at one
would suffice. negative health effects and damage his of the offices listed above.
At issue is whether Bureau of Prison ability to assist in his own defense if he is
INSIDE Timothy J. Delaney Named
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Special Agent in Charge of the
represents much of Brooklyn and sits on interning all the Japanese-Americans who Criminal Division at the Los
the House Homeland Security Committee, are living here,’” Clarke said. “But we
said the NYPD can protect the city look back on that period with disdain.”" Angeles Field Office
without singling out specific ethnic and To find additional federal criminal news, fbi (Current)
religious groups. She joined Muslim please read Federal Crimes Watch Daily. Submitted at 6:00 AM August 31, 2011
organizations in calling for a Justice Douglas McNabb and other members of — Washington, D.C.
Department investigation into the NYPD the U.S. law firm practice and write
Intelligence Division. The department said extensively on matters involving Federal
it would review the request for an Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
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Clarke acknowledged that the 2001 and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.
terrorist attacks made Americans more The author of this blog is Douglas
willing to accept aggressive tactics, McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
particularly involving Muslims. But she directly at
said Americans would be outraged if email@example.com or at one
police infiltrated Baptist churches looking of the offices listed above.
for evangelical Christian extremists.
“There were those who, during World
War II, said, `Good, I’m glad they’re
4 Federal Criminal Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jeffrey Wallace Edwards, and his Corporation, Frontier Holdings,
Inc., Found Guilty by a Federal Jury in Federal District Court on
Charges of Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Money Laundering
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense substantial term in federal prison.” each carry a maximum sentence of 10
According to United States Attorney years in prison and a fine of $250,000 per
Submitted at 9:12 AM August 31, 2011
Yates, the charges and the evidence count. Sentencing will be December 1,
The Federal Bureau of Investigation presented at trial: The jury found 2011, at 10:00 a.m. before Senior United
(FBI) on August 30, 2011 released the EDWARDS and Frontier Holdings guilty States District Judge Robert L. Vining. In
following: on two counts of mail fraud, 17 counts of determining the actual sentence, the Court
“Bremen Man Convicted of Running an wire fraud, and eleven counts of money will consider the United States Sentencing
Investment Scam laundering. EDWARDS and his Guidelines, which are not binding but
Edwards Netted Over $7 Million by corporation were originally indicted on provide appropriate sentencing ranges for
Promising a Special “High Yield” Return May 6, 2009; a superseding indictment most offenders.
ROME, GA—A jury in federal district was returned on February 15, 2011. The This case was investigated by Special
court late this afternoon returned a guilty evidence at trial showed that between Agents of the Internal Revenue Service-
verdict against JEFFREY WALLACE February 2006 and February 2007, Criminal Investigation and the Federal
EDWARDS, 46, of Bremen, Georgia, and EDWARDS promised investors they Bureau of Investigation, United States
his corporation, “Frontier Holdings, Inc.,” would receive returns of between 41 and Marshals Service, and the Carrollton
on charges of mail and wire fraud and 1066 percent on the money they placed in Police Department.
money laundering. the “high yield” investment programs that Assistant United States Attorneys
United States Attorney Sally Quillian he had with the Federal Reserve Bank. William G. Traynor, Alana R. Black, and
Yates said, “Financial and investment The evidence showed that EDWARDS Michael J. Brown are prosecuting the
fraud claims victims from all parts of our also claimed to own a bank, to have case.”
community. In this case, the jury found access to lucrative but confidential To find additional federal criminal news,
that a man from a small town in west investment opportunities, or to be a please read Federal Crimes Watch Daily.
Georgia successfully persuaded investors “special agent” of the Federal Reserve. Douglas McNabb and other members of
from around the country that with his Thirty-one victims mailed or the U.S. law firm practice and write
supposed contacts with a former Vice electronically transferred over $7 million extensively on matters involving Federal
President and a Federal Reserve to EDWARDS. He spent the money Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
Chairman, he could make their money quickly, and when the victims started Notice Removal, International Extradition
multiply into millions. He persuaded demanding payment, he blamed “the and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.
retired teachers and dental hygienists to banking industry” and “the powers that The author of this blog is Douglas
give them the equity in their homes and be” for delaying payment from his McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
retirement plans. Then he spent the phantom investments. directly at
victims’ hard-earned money on lavish The mail and wire fraud charges each firstname.lastname@example.org or at one
vacation cruises, real estate, fur coats, tiki carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in of the offices listed above.
carvings, and luxury cars. With the jury’s prison and a fine of up to $250,000 per
verdict, EDWARDS is now facing a count, and the money laundering charges
Stanley Needleman, a Baltimore Criminal Defense
Attorney, Charged in Federal Court with Allegedly
Committing Tax Evasion and Other Financial Crimes
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense criminal information on Aug. 16. It is them. The documents allege Needleman
common for prosecutors to charge a failed to pay more than $660,000 in taxes,
Submitted at 8:58 AM August 31, 2011
person by criminal information if they and the government is seeking to seize the
The Baltimore Sun on August 30, 2011 expect the defendant to plead guilty. balance of the cash found in the safes.
released the following: Needleman’s attorney, Kenneth W. According to court filings, all of the
“Prosecutors allege Needleman ‘hoarded’ Ravenell, said he has been a “great lawyer judges in Baltimore District Court have
more than $1 million in cash to conceal for a long time, and helped countless recused themselves from the case and it
income individuals in their own serious matters.” will be heard in Greenbelt.
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun He said Needleman will “answer the Separately, Needleman was charged in
A Baltimore criminal defense attorney charges on Thursday, and we expect to May in Baltimore County District Court
has been charged in U.S. District Court have more to say about the charges at that with stealing a textbook belonging to a
with tax evasion and other financial time.” judge’s law clerk. The theft case is
crimes, according to records unsealed Federal agents raided Needleman’s scheduled to go to trial in October.
Tuesday, more than four months after his downtown law office and Pikesville home Ravenell said the theft charge was
home and office were raided. in April, and court records show more “without merit” and he expects
Stanley Needleman, 69, is accused of than $1.15 million was found inside two Needleman to be exonerated.
“hoarding” $1.3 million in cash payments safes. If convicted on the tax evasion charge,
from criminal defense clients over a six- Authorities also accuse him of breaking Needleman could face up to five years in
year period in order to conceal his income down cash payments into smaller amounts
from the IRS. Needleman was charged by to help prevent the IRS from detecting STANLEY page 5
Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Federal Criminal 5
Manuel Ivan Castillo-Estrada Pled Guilty to a
Criminal Information Charging Him with Knowingly
Concealing and Harboring an Illegal Alien for Profit
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense on a house in Edinburg, Texas, and saw a Judge Crane. Castillo-Estrada faces up to
white Ford Expedition leave the residence. 10 years in federal prison without parole
Submitted at 8:16 AM August 31, 2011
A Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputy and a fine of up to $250,000 for the
U.S. Attorneys Office Southern District stopped the Expedition for a traffic conviction.
of Texas on August 30, 2011 released the violation and identified the driver as BP investigated the case with the
following: Castillo. BP agents responded and assistance of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s
“Mexican Man Convicted of Harboring determined that Castillo was an illegal Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney
Illegal Aliens alien from Mexico. The agents then Christopher Sully is prosecuting the case.”
McALLEN, Texas – Manuel Ivan obtained consent to search the residence To find additional federal criminal news,
Castillo-Estrada, 22, of Mexico, has from an individual there and found a total please read Federal Crimes Watch Daily.
pleaded guilty today to a criminal of 23 undocumented aliens lying all over Douglas McNabb and other members of
information charging him with knowingly the floor in the residence and hidden in the U.S. law firm practice and write
concealing and harboring an illegal alien one of the bedrooms and the attic. The extensively on matters involving Federal
for profit, United States Attorney José allegations in the complaint also alleged Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
Angel Moreno announced today. that Castillo beat several of the Notice Removal, International Extradition
At a hearing before U.S. District Judge undocumented immigrants with a baseball and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.
Randy Crane today, Castillo-Estrada bat. The author of this blog is Douglas
admitted he was being paid for being in At a detention hearing on Aug. 23, 2011, McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
charge of a stash house and taking illegal U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos directly at
aliens there for approximately a month. ordered Castillo to remain in detention email@example.com or at one
On Aug. 16, 2011, according the criminal without bond. He will remain in custody of the offices listed above.
complaint filed in this case, Border Patrol pending his sentencing hearing presently
(BP) agents were conducting surveillance set for Nov. 8, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. before
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prison and a fine up to $100,000. The Notice Removal, International Extradition
structuring payments charge could result and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.
in up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to The author of this blog is Douglas
$500,000.” McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
To find additional federal criminal news, directly at
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Douglas McNabb and other members of of the offices listed above.
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extensively on matters involving Federal
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