New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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FBI bugged Philly’s mayor
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By David B. Caruso
Associated Press Writer
PHILADELPHIA — Federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday confirmed that listening devices found in the offices of Mayor John F. Street were planted by the FBI — a discovery that touched off a political furor just weeks before Election Day.
Three federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that the FBI was responsible for the bug, but refused to comment on whether the Derhocratic mayor is a target of an investigation or to provide any details about the nature of the probe.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, and Sen. Allen Specter, a Republican, were among several politicians who called on the FBI Wednesday to tell the public what it knows about the eavesdropping equipment, found Tuesday.
“I think given this extraordinary situation with four weeks to go in the campaign, it is incumbent upon the FBI to say why theyHouston lab hires DPS’ DNA chief
By Pam Easton
Associated Press Writer
I KRISTON —The Houston Police Department Wednesday hired the Texas Department of Public Safety’s DNA section manager to head its embattled crime lab.
Irma Rios, 42, helped conduct an audit last December that revealed significant deficiencies within the I louston police lab’s DNA section.
“She has a leg up on anybody who hasn’t been in there,” said State Rep. Kevin Bailey, IM louston, whose committee held hearings earlier this year into the problems at the lab. “She knows firsthand what the problems are."
For the past nine years, Rios has managed and supervised serological and DNA examinations at the state agency’s Austin headquarters. She ll start work in I louston Oct. 20, the police department said Wednesday in a press release.
Before taking over as the DNA section manager, Rios worked as a DPS chemist, toxicologist and criminologist, specializing in biological and hair sample analysis.
“Ms. Rios comes to the I louston Dilia? I )epart-ment with 19 years of experience in the forensic science field,” the department said its news
release, which police spokesman Robert I lurst said would be the department’s only comment.
Rios replaces former crime lab director Donald Krueger, who retired in February after 24 years on the job. As the result of an internal affairs investigation into the problems within the DNA section, a “no rehire” letter was placed in Krueger’s file in lune. •
An outside audit of the DNA section last December by Rios and two other auditors revealed serious deficiencies, including a lack of training for analysts, insufficient documentation by workers and possible exposure of DNA samples to contaminants.
The police department then shut the DNA section and began an extensive review of hundreds of cases where DNA analysis was performed by its crime lab workers.
Retesting by a private lab has been under way since March. The first retest returned excluded Josiah Sutton, sentenced to 25 years in prison for rape, as a contributor to the DNA evidence in his 1998 case. I Ie was freed on bond days after the retest and now is seeking a pardon.
Of the 370 cases sent for retesting, 64 have been returned, with some confirming original results and results in other cases bringing original analysis into question.
planted the device,” Rendell said.
The bug was found during a routine sweep of Street’s office by police. Street is locked in a bitter rematch against Republican businessman Sam Katz, and the campaign has been marked by charges of threats and race-baiting. Election Day is Nov. 4.
At a meeting with reporters Wednesday, Street said for the second day that he didn’t know who bugged his office or why.
“I haven’t done anything wrong, and I don’t know that anybody in my cabinet or in my staff around me has done anything wrong,” Street said.
Street’s campaign suggested the bugging was instigated by the U.S. Justice Department for political reasons.
“The timing of the discovery of these listening devices seems incredibly strange, seeing that we are four weeks out of the election, and we have a Democratic mayor ahead in the polls, and we are on the eve of the first mayoral
debate,” Street campaign spokesman Frank Keel said.
“Do we believe that the Republican Party, both at the federal level and state level, is pulling out every stop to get Pennsylvania in 2004? Absolutely,’’ Keel said. “Is the Republican Party capable of dirty tricks? I think that is well-documented.”
U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan, the top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, declined to say what federal agents might know about the bug but denied politics plays any role in his office’s decisions.
“The U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has a long and proud history of doing its work without regard to partisan politics. That was the practice of my predecessors, and it is my practice as well,” Meehan said in a statement.
Philadelphia Police Cqmmissioner Sylvester Johnson said he turned the matter over to the FBI. He said the security sweeps of the mayor’s office have been going on for decades.
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