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June 2021


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Alaska U.S. Attorney Opens Juneau Office

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By Allan Lengel

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska, the Frontier State, is spreading its wings.

Come next month, it will open a new office in Juneau, the state capital, the Juneau Empire reports.

Former Juneau Assistant District Attorney Jack Schmidt, 38, was recently hired to work in that office, which will be housed in the Federal Building. Meanwhile, Schmidt is working out of the FBI office, the Empire reported.

“He’s already working, we just don’t physically have the space yet,” Alaska U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler told the Empire.


FBI Tracked Legendary Chicago Author Studs Terkel for Decades

Studs Terkel/facebook photo

Studs Terkel/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel

It’s no surprise that legendary author and Windy City legend Studs Terkel was on the radar of the FBI for decades.  After all, he was a civil rights advocate and suspected of being a communist.

The New York City News Service reported that it had obtained 147 pages of FBI documents showing that the bureau tracked Terkel from 1945 to 1990. He died last year at age 96.

The News Service reported that Terkel applied for an FBI job handling fingerprints in the 1930s. By 1945, the agency suspected him of being a communist.

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11 NY FBI Employees Given Awards for Their Work

By Allan Lengel

Legendary ex-Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda and Gen. James T. Conway of the Marine Corps were among those who attended the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation awards  Friday in New York at the Waldorf Astoria hotel where 11 FBI employees from the New York division received awards for their work.

Robert Rosen of FLEF, SA Kevin Ponder, SA Dave Caskey and ADIC Joseph Demarest/FBI photo

Robert Rosen of FLEF, SA Kevin Ponder, SA Dave Caskey and ADIC Joseph Demarest/FBI photo

Investigator of the Year recipients, according to a press release included:

* Supervisory Special Agent Charles Gilgen was honored for his work in counterintelligence investigations, including numerous national security cases.

* Special Agent Danielle Messineo was recognized for her tireless efforts in a child pornography investigation.

* Special Agent Brian Kopp received his award for his efforts in the Special Operations Division, where he has worked on some of the FBI’s highest profile cases.

* Special Agent Edward A. Panetta was awarded for his work on several counterterrorism cases.

* Special Agents Kevin Ponder and Dave Caskey were recognized for their efforts working in the FBI New York criminal division, many with an overseas nexus.

* Supervisory Special Agent Robert Hennigan, Special Agent Brian Fitzpatrick, Special Agent David Cox, and Financial Analyst Vinesh Manglavil were recognized for their work against public corruption in the city of New York.

Robert Rosen FLEF, ADIC Joseph Demarest and SSA Charles Gilgen/FBI photo by Daniel Piszczatoski

Robert Rosen FLEF, ADIC Joseph Demarest and SSA Charles Gilgen/FBI photo by Daniel Piszczatoski

The Jim Fox Award recipient, according to the press release:

* Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Ralph H. Tucker was honored for his work in the Special Operations Division, Surveillance Branch. SSA Tucker has served in the FBI for 33 years and has worked on countless critical cases for the FBI.

Illinois Gov. and Senator Push for Rural State Prison to House Gitmo Inmates

Sen. Dick Durbin/official photo

Sen. Dick Durbin/official photo

By Allan Lengel

In a tough economy, with the potential to create thousands of jobs, it’s still not an easy sell to get a community to house the Gitmo prisoners.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) are on an aggressive campaign to counter opposition and create support for the feds to buy the 1,600 cell Thomson Correctional Center in rural northwestern Illinois and house Guantanamo Bay detainees and other inmates, the Associated Press reported.

Federal officials are scheduled to visit the facility in Thomson, Ill., which is more than a two-hour drive from Chicago. The prison has an average daily population of less than 200, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

“We have an opportunity to bring thousands of good-paying jobs to Illinois when we need them the most,” Durbin said at a news conference in Chicago, AP reported. 

“We have an opportunity to bring them to a part of our state that has been struggling and that’s an opportunity we are not going to miss.”


Ex-Mississippi Judge Bobby DeLaughter Gets 18 Months for Lying to FBI Agent

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Hinds County, Miss. Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter who made history as a prosecutor in the 1990s, is headed off to jail for lying to an FBI agent during a judicial corruption probe, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson in Aberdeen, Miss.  sentenced him to 18 months in prison, the news agency reported.

DeLaughter found fame in the 1990s as an assistant district attorney after he  helped convict Byron de la Beckwith in for
the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, which became the subject of a Hollywood movie.

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Head of FBI D.C. Office Joseph Persichini Jr. Retiring

FBI's Joseph Persichin Jr./ photo
FBI’s Joseph Persichin Jr./ photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Joseph Persichini Jr., who has headed the FBI Washington field office for the past three years, is retiring at the end of the year.

Persichini, 55, was special agent in charge of the administrative division at the Washington field office before he rose in 2006 to the top post in the office and was named assistant director in charge, replacing Mike Mason who eventually went on to take a job with Verizon.

He began his FBI career in 1976 as an accountant at FBI headquarters in the Budget and Accounting Section and became a special agent in 1980, according to the FBI.

As head of the D.C. FBI field office, he oversaw some major cases including the anthrax investigation and the tax scandal in the D.C. Tax Office, which involved the theft of some $50 million.

Khalid Sheik Mohammad to be Tried in Fed Court in NY Insteaed of Military CourtAsked

Khalid Sheik Mohammad
Khalid Sheik Mohammad

Some may not agree with this, but frankly it seems like the right thing to do. Americans generally want to have confidence that justice is being carried out fairly and it seems that a trial in the federal court will be more transparent.

By Peter Finn and Carrie A. Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Khalid Sheik Mohammed — the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — and four co-defendants will be tried in federal court in New York instead of a military commission, a federal official said early Friday.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of orchestrating the bombing of the USS Cole when it was docked off the coast of Yemen in 2000, will be tried at a military commission, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decisions have not yet been formally announced by the Department of Justice.

The long-awaited decisions on prosecution, part of President Obama’s quest to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, do not affect the vast majority of the 215 prisoners held at the prison.

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