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Archive for June 29th, 2021

FBI Offers $50,000 Reward for Suspect Accused of Shooting Agent in Mississippi

Demario Lamar Cotton

By Steve Neavling

The hunt is on for a 38-year-old man accused of shooting an FBI agent during a traffic stop over the weekend in Jackson, Mississippi.

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Demario Lamar Cotton. A U.S. magistrate judge with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi issued a warrant for Cotton’s arrest on Monday.

The agent, who is with the FBI’s Jackson Field Office, was grazed by a bullet Saturday night and was released from the hospital Sunday, WAPT reports.

According to police, Cotton opened fire on the agent and other law enforcement officers before fleeing in a 2003 GMC Yukon, which police have since located. 

Cotton faces a charge of assaulting a federal law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of official duties by use of a deadly weapon. 

Ex-FBI Attorney Clinesmith Agrees to 1-Year Suspension of Law License

Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith.

By Steve Neavling

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who was sentenced to probation earlier this year for altering an email in connection with the surveillance of former Trump aide Carter Page, has agreed to a one-year suspension of his law license, Reuters reports.

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility is scheduled to consider the proposed suspension at a public hearing on July 19. 

Clinesmith signed the negotiated discipline on June 11.

Clinesmith was sentenced to 12 months probation and 400 hours of community service on Jan. 29 for altering an email used to seek the continued surveillance of Page. The email suggested that Page was not a source for the CIA, even though he had a relationship with the agency.

Clinesmith admitted he was guilty but said he believed at the time that his statement about Page was true.