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Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ), and William J. Bratton, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department ( NYPD ), announced today the arrest of JOSEPH P. DWYER and RONALD G.
BUELL on charges that DWYER, a private investigator often retained by Court-appointed attorneys in the Southern District of New York, paid bribes to BUELL, then an NYPD Officer, so that BUELL would access a confidential federal law enforcement database to obtain personal information about potential witnesses in federal criminal cases. DWYER was also charged with mail fraud for improperly billing the Criminal Justice Act fund which provides public funds for indigent defendants in connection with the bribery scheme. DWYER and BUELL were arrested this morning, and presented this afternoon in Manhattan federal court before U.S.
Magistrate Judge James L. Cott.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: As alleged, private investigator Joseph Dwyer bribed NYPD officer Ronald Buell for confidential reports from a federal law enforcement database, and, at least in some instances, asked the public to foot the bill.
Private investigators assisting criminal defendants can and should do many things to serve their clients, but bribing law enforcement officials for confidential data is not one of them.
Any private investigator who pays such a bribe, and any law enforcement officer who accepts one, should expect to be prosecuted.
Each week on Tuesdays, the USPTO publishes approximately 3500 patents, and this week was a rather large one for BlackBerry. As noted by Bloomberg1, BlackBerry had a total of 26 patents published this week and while we generally don’t look towards patents for much info due to the sheer amount that get processed and never seen again, the patents published this week for BlackBerry are rather telling and hit on a lot of recent topics such as wearables, conference calling, new devices and enhanced security. We’ve gathered up all the patents from this week for everyone to go through, but as noted, there’s a few stand out items here.
As we know from OS leaks, BBM Meetings looks to be powered by Zoom2 and BlackBerry hasn’t really kept its launch date a secret – it’s published right on the BBM Meetings page3 – which also happens to be the date of their Enterprise event in San Francisco4.
But just because BBM Meetings is powered by Zoom doesn’t mean BlackBerry can’t bring their own additions to the service, and there is several patents in this latest batch that show that to be the case.
Next on the list is wearables. BlackBerry hasn’t been hot on the idea of wearables in the sense we’re all thinking these days, but a ‘wearable’ in a more traditional sense hasn’t been ruled out according to these recent patents. Rather than creating a new smart watch or something like that, BlackBerry has the groundwork laid5 for having a wearable that offers the ability to unlock your device when it is within close proximity, the ‘clasp’ is closed and on your wrist and more.
Finally, new device input methods. The BlackBerry Passport kicked7 a lot of this off so there’s a chance some of the patents are still filtering through for that but BlackBerry CEO John Chen has noted there will be more innovative devices coming out of Waterloo. Most notably, a concept device the company plans to take with them to Mobile World Congress8 in March.
It’s not a stretch of the imagination that some of the patents here could be for that device even though a lot of the patents were several years ago.
At this point, they’re just patents and some are old but given the scope of some of them and their similarities with recent remarks; they’re really hard to ignore.
Have a look through them and see if any stand out for you and drop your thoughts on them in the comments.
- ^ Bloomberg (www.bloomberg.com)
- ^ Zoom (zoom.us)
- ^ it’s published right on the BBM Meetings page (meetings.bbm.com)
- ^ their Enterprise event in San Francisco (crackberry.com)
- ^ BlackBerry has the groundwork laid (www.freepatentsonline.com)
- ^ BlackBerry smart card reader (press.blackberry.com)
- ^ BlackBerry Passport kicked (crackberry.com)
- ^ Mobile World Congress (crackberry.com)