Dennis Burke's Ouster Tied to Botched Grenades Case; Former U.S. Attorney Also Entwined in "Fast and Furious" Scandal

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Former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke's firearms scandal has expanded to a firearms-and-grenades scandal.


Former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke's apparently forced resignation last week stemmed not only from the "Fast and Furious" scandal, but also from a botched case involving grenades.

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Burke may have approved an attempted sting in 2009 by the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms bureau that resulted in a suspect taking parts for hundreds of grenades into Mexico.

The suspect, Jean Baptiste Kingery, took delivery of the parts in January or February of 2010 while under ATF surveillance -- but agents and Mexican officials lost contact with him as he drove to the border.

That June, agents arrested Kingery in Arizona with parts for more grenades, but he was released without being charged within hours. When Mexican authorities took the man into custody on August 31 in Mazatlan, they found enough parts for hundreds of more grenades.

According to the Journal article, the June decision to release Kingery:

"... is at the crux of a bitter fight between ATF agents and prosecutors at the U.S. attorney's office in Phoenix. The lead ATF agent on the grenades case, Peter Forcelli, "was horrified with the thought of releasing this individual" and "practically begged" senior prosecutor Emory Hurley "for permission to arrest the suspect on a criminal complaint..."

An e-mail later surfaced in which Burke wrote, "Agree [with] the course of action as the variables play out."

Yikes. And this is on top of evidence that Burke personally approved of the ATF's Fast and Furious Operation's gun-walking tactics, in which hundreds of firearms were allowed to be sold to suspected cartel affiliates.

Local blogger Greg Patterson, who predicted months ago that Burke would lose his job over the Fast and Furious scandal, suggested a few days ago that for Burke and some of his former underlings now being investigated, it might be "time to lawyer up."

Whatever the outcome of the investigation, the new allegation that literally heaps grenades on top of a firearms scandal looks bad for Burke, a Janet Napolitano protege who was once considered a rising star in the Arizona Democratic Party.


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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Obviously Burke was doing what he was told to do and then got his golden parachute.  They're all full of it.    They serve an agenda that does not benefit the common man.

BaconLover
BaconLover

Fuck Greg Patterson. ever hear of a self-fulfilling prophesy? You campaign for someone to resign, do the work of hypocrites like Issa and others, and then claim credit when that person resigns. 

Patterson's just another right-wing hack. He didn't predict shinola.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Keep voting for republicans and democrats folks...u vote em' in, u live with them. Can their continued faliures be more complete ? peace

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Arizona needs a major house cleaning. Where are the good lawyers for the people?

Ross
Ross

He's a protege of Napolitano, who was a protege of Dennis DeConcini, who was a fellow member of the Keating Five with John McCain, who was a protege of the Republic ... how far back can we carry the sordid history of Arizona politics?

Jason
Jason

Great. Another corrupt politician/lawyer bringing discredit to an already discredited, backward, and corrupt state.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Both parties, they are all cut out of the same cloth. Arizona's decades of a pattern of abuse of power and corruption is perfectly disgraceful.

seeking the truth..
seeking the truth..

Ross, For the many newcomers who do not know the history, your information is very helpful. Please provide more information since we are all trying to connect the dots.

DeConcini

 on the Board of CCA. CCA Coughlin the Governor's top policy advisor. Law passed in 2009 for 5,000 new private prison beds when only 65 inmates were added last year (2010) does not make sense except to line the pockets of the profiteers. 

Laws created: Undocumented workers criminalized as a group and turned into "illegal" immigrants. Illegal immigrants for Federal $$'s.  Who's making that decision?

Federal $$'s for importing inmates into Arizona. Whose making those decisions in Washington. 

Who is profiting off the destruction of people in Arizona?  

Who took the millions out of the DOC that the public keeps hearing about?

The public has a right to know. Arizona needs education and jobs, NOT incarceration.

McCain at the Goodyear Town Hall criticized President Obama and the Federal Stimulus $$'s. Yet Arizona received $50,000,000 that was given to Gov. Brewer who gave it to Corrections (while slashing education, health care and community services to the bone). Where did all that money go? Another almost $27,000,000 Federal Stimulus to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission made up of all law enforcement and prosecutors, nothing for the people seeking help, no judges, no defense attorneys. Growing the mass incarceration of Arizona's people while decimating education should be a crime. McCain acted as if he knew nothing about it. 

Wall Street banking scandal and the profiteers -- private prison corporations and all those who are growing the criminal justice system rather than reforming it. 

nomonkeydreams
nomonkeydreams

I would say bringing discredit to the Dept of Injustice led by Eric Holder, not AZ as this is a Federal program that was involved in supplying Tacovilles drug gangs so the Irish Prezbro could use the to Mexico from American gun issue as proof to further restrict the second Amendment. More Alinsky from O'Bama and his dinkleberries Holder and Nappy at HLS.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Jason, Your comment says it all. How does the "ordinary" person even stand a chance in Arizona?  The decades of abuse of power and corruption are so systemic there is no where to turn for legal help or fair justice.

teknik1200
teknik1200

that's why we need to stop arguing amongst ourselves and start paying attention to what these folks do when they have us distracted.

Jason
Jason

Indeed. That's why I made the observation.

How is the average Arizonan expected to place trust and confidence in anyone or anything here when virtually every one of our elected "leaders" is corrupt?

 

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