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Justice Department Public Integrity Section Gets New Leader

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department’s powerful Public Integrity section, which investigates politicians and judges, has a new leader, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

U.S. Attorney Jack Smith, who has been a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, brings a wealth of background and knowledge to the position. Smith was a criminal prosecutor, for example, in the International Criminal Court at the Hague.

Smith has tapped a top deputy – Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Raymond Husler, who has been acting chief of the Public Integrity section.

The Washington Post has more.

Steve Cook Elected President of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Steve Cook

Steven H. Cook, chief of the Criminal Division in the Eastern District of Tennessee, has been elected president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Cook has been a prosecutor in the Eastern District of Tennessee for 28 years. Over the years, he has worked in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, the General Crimes Section handling white collar crime, fraud and public corruption cases and as chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crime Section.

“NAAUSA’s first priority is eliminating the large pay gap between new and mid-career AUSAs and their DOJ trial attorney counterparts, improving security for AUSAs and their families and assuring AUSAs have the necessary tools to perform their responsibilities,” he said in a statement.

Others newly elected to the Executive Committee include:

  • Vice President of Policy: John Nordin, Central District of California
  • Vice President for Operations and and Membership: Larry Leiser, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Secretary: Kathleen Bickers, District of Oregon
  • Treasurer: Steve Wasserman, District of Columbia
  • At-Large: Greg Bowman, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • At Large: Karen Escobar, Eastern District of California
  • At-Large: Craig Haller, Western District of Pennsylvania

FBI’s New Special Agent in Charge of Cincinnati Office is Angela Byers

Angela Byers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The new head of the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office has a rare opportunity.

Angela Byers, who recently became the new agent in charge of the office, joined the bureau in 1986, just 14 years after the bureau began to allow women to become agents.

When J. Edgar Hoover was the director, he asked the bureau’s first female special agent to resign.

“I would think there were men who wanted this job,” Byers told WKRC Cincinnati. “Yes, there were and I’m sure a lot of men who haven’t worked for a woman in charge may be unsure what that means.”

Byers is the second woman to lead the Cincinnati office.

Byers said she likes her location.

“I lived in Washington D.C. everyone was so transient and I didn’t get warmth from the people like I do here,” said Byers.

Loretta Lynch Sworn In; Becomes the Nation’s 83rd Attorney General

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Loretta E. Lynch, the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney, was sworn in Monday by Vice President Joe Biden as the new Attorney General.

Lynch, 55, the first African-American female to hold the post, faced some turbulent waters, and became a political football on Capitol Hill, as high-profile appointees often are. After a lot game playing, the Senate last week finally confirmed the nomination by President Obama. She is the nation’s 83rd attorney general.

In her speech at her confirmation, she said:

 I look out over all of you gathered here today, my overwhelming reaction is one of profound gratitude. I must, of course, thank the President for his faith in me in asking me to lead the department that I love to even greater heights.

Thank you, Mr. Vice President, for your presence and your comments here today, and for your steadfast support and wise counsel throughout the process. I also must thank Senators Schumer and Leahy for their support, over the years and now, and for making the floor of the U.S. Senate a welcoming place for me and my family. And of course, my wonderful family. As you can see, we’re quite a force multiplier!

Many of you have come to know my father through this process. He has been at every hearing and every vote. But he didn’t just start now. I remember looking up as a young Assistant U.S. Attorney starting my first trial and seeing him there – and he came to every one thereafter. He has encouraged me in all things, even when my choices were not the ones he would have made for me. In that, he has been the best of fathers. Without him, I would not be here today, being sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States, just one week after his 83rd birthday.

And my mother, who could not be here today but is never far from my thoughts or my heart. She grew up in a world where she was always told what she could not do or could not be, but always knew in her heart that she could soar. She did what would have seemed impossible in the small North Carolina town of her youth. She raised a daughter whom she always told, whatever the dream, whether lawyer, prosecutor or even Attorney General, “of course you can.”

I must also thank my wonderful husband, who has supported all of my choices and my dreams. I would not trade his love and support for all the riches in the world – because to me, they are all the riches in the world.

 

Former Top-Ranking Federal Prosecutor Leaves Job for Private Law Firm

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal prosecutor who once was the third highest-ranking official in the Justice Department’s fraud section is headed to the private sector.

The New York Times reports that James Koukios is joining private law firm, Morrison & Forester.

He was named a partner in the firm’s security litigation and white-collar criminal defense group, The Times wrote.

In other words, Koukois will help defend the people he once tried to prosecute.

Koukois’ last day is Friday.

Other Stories of Interest


Former Lead FBI Hostage Negotiator Joins George Washington University Task Force

Chris Voss

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Chris Voss, a former lead hostage negotiator for the FBI, was named a senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

Voss will join the center’s Counterterrorism and Intelligence Task Force, according to PR Newswire.

“I am honored to become a Senior Fellow with the CCHS as they remain on the cutting-edge of counter terrorism thinking and leadership,” Voss said.

Voss worked for the bureau for 24 years.

Chris brings extensive knowledge from the real world of hostage negotiation and applies them, successfully, to the business and academic worlds. Voss is a Harvard graduate, USC Marshall School of Business Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Professor, Speaker, and Author.

As a recognized international negotiations expert, Chris is frequently interviewed by major media on headline news such as the recent Germanwings crash, Ferguson riots, Boston Bombings, Somali Pirates and hostage negotiations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Panama, Colombia, Gaza, and Haiti.

Other Stories of Interest

 

Thomas M. Class Is Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Dallas Division

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Thomas M. Class Sr., who served as a police officer before joining the FBI and becoming an expert in terrorism, has been named the new special agent in charge of the Dallas Division, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Class is replacing Diego Rodriguez, who left in December to become assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Class began his career as a police officer and detective in St. Petersburg before joining the FBI in 1990. Most recently, Class served as section chief of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group in the National Security Branch at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. That position placed him in charge of a multi-agency group tasked with providing resources to interrogate terrorists in custody.

Class also has worked in FBI offices in the Midwest, Atlanta and Alabama.

FBI Names Angela Byers As New Special Agent in Charge of Cincinnati Office

Angela Byers

Angela Byers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cincinnati’s FBI office has a new leader.

Angela Byers, who was chief of the financial crimes section of the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI headquarters, was named as the new special agent in charge of the Cincinnati division, The Biz Journal reports.

Byers is replacing Kevin Cornelius, who led the office from May 2013 until December, when he left for a job in the private sector.

Byers started working for the FBI in 1986.