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Key Witness In Obama, McCain, H. Clinton Passport Info DEAD
« on: August 02, 2009, 07:12:16 pm »
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...-fatally-shot/

A key witness in a federal probe into passport information stolen from the State Department was fatally shot in front of a District church, the Metropolitan Police Department said yesterday.

Lt. Quarles Harris Jr., 24, who had been cooperating with a federal investigators, was found late Thursday night slumped dead inside a car, in front of the Judah House Praise Baptist Church in Northeast, said Cmdr. Michael Anzallo, head of the department's Criminal Investigations Division.

Cmdr. Anzallo said a police officer was patrolling the neighborhood when gunshots were heard, then Lt. Harris was found dead inside the vehicle, which investigators would describe only as a blue car.

Emergency medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

City police said they do not know whether his death was a direct result of his cooperation with federal investigators.

"We don't have any information right now that connects his murder to that case," Cmdr. Anzallo said.

Police say a "shot spotter" device helped an officer locate Lt. Harris.

A State Department spokeswoman yesterday declined to comment, saying the investigation into the passport fraud is ongoing.

The Washington Times reported April 5 that contractors for the State Department had improperly accessed passport information for presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain, which resulted in a series of firings that reached into the agency's top ranks.

One agency employee, who was not identified in documents filed in U.S. District Court, was implicated in a credit-card fraud scheme after Lt. Harris told federal authorities he obtained "passport information from a co-conspirator who works for the U.S. Department of State."

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Homicide Ruled Out in Political Operative's Death

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124890911230991759.html

JULY 30, 2009
By SUZANNE SATALINE
Investigators said they haven't been able to immediately determine the cause of death of Jack Shaw, a longtime aide in Democratic political circles who was arrested last week in a roundup involving alleged corruption in New Jersey.

Mr. Shaw was discovered unconscious at his home on Tuesday by a friend, said Hudson County prosecutor Edward DeFazio, and was pronounced dead about a half hour later. An autopsy was inconclusive and toxicology tests could take several weeks, Mr. DeFazio said. Investigators have ruled out homicide, finding no weapon or trauma, he said.

Associates said Mr. Shaw suffered from diabetes and walked with a cane. He had been taking prescription drugs for diagnosed conditions, Mr. DeFazio said.

News of Mr. Shaw's death further fueled the gossip that has raced through New Jersey political circles since federal agents rounded up 44 politicians, rabbis and others in a sting operation. The charges against them included bribery and money laundering, among other things.

Prosecutors said Mr. Shaw introduced several politicians to a federal informant, identified by a person familiar with the case as onetime real-estate mogul Solomon Dwek. This person said that after Mr. Dwek was charged with bank fraud in 2006, he agreed to wear a wire as he gave bribes and contributions to politicos in exchange for promises that his ostensible projects would be received favorably.

Joseph Doria Jr., a former member of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's cabinet, acknowledged through his attorney Wednesday that he had met with Mr. Dwek and Mr. Shaw but denied taking a bribe. Mr. Doria's home and office were searched last Thursday while federal agents arrested the suspects, said his attorney, John Azzarello. Although Mr. Doria was neither arrested nor charged in the matter, the governor demanded and received his resignation.

"My client never took a cent," said Mr. Azzarello, adding, "Joe Doria never broke the law."

Mr. Shaw cut his teeth in politics working for the campaign of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and later, in Pennsylvania during Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential run. In New Jersey, he gained a reputation as a trusted Democratic worker for several politicians, including former Gov. James Florio.

Mr. Shaw was especially adept at delivering labor leaders to help with campaigns in Hudson County, a Democratic stronghold where primary battles often are bruising.

"If you had 50 workers out there, he'd have 50 workers. If you'd do [campaign] literature in the middle of the night, he was doing literature in the middle of the night," said Tom Bertoli, a Jersey City campaign operative.

"Even though we were on different sides of campaigns many times, when it was over, he was always a gentleman," Mr. Bertoli said. "We could go out and still have a beer."
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Re: Key Witness In Obama, McCain, H. Clinton Passport Info DEAD
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2009, 08:12:27 pm »
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...-fatally-shot/

Police say a "shot spotter" device helped an officer locate Lt. Harris.

Is there anybody else here surprised that "shot spotter"s (http://www.shotspotter.com/products/index.html) are installed in this country's cities.  Not that there is anything wrong with that I guess, I just had never heard of them being used state side.  I've seen them mounted on military vehicles in Iraq before, but not on buildings.

Shotspotter.com has a nice little flash animation of how it works here --> http://www.shotspotter.com/howflash.html

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2009, 04:01:29 am »
A key witness in a federal probe into passport information stolen from the State Department was fatally shot in front of a District church, the Metropolitan Police Department said yesterday.

Lt. Quarles Harris Jr., 24, who had been cooperating with a federal investigators, was found late Thursday night slumped dead inside a car, in front of the Judah House Praise Baptist Church.

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Re: Key Witness In Obama, McCain, H. Clinton Passport Info DEAD
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2009, 08:03:07 am »
I'm sure it was just an accident. Nothing to see here. Move along..