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John Dowdy Jr. Named Court Appointed U.S. Atty in Mississippi

John Dowdy/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John M. Dowdy Jr., who has been the acting first assistant U.S. Attorney for the past year, is now the court-appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

He replaces Donald R. Burkhalter, who retired this month.

Dowdy was appointed by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. Dowdy, a veteran federal prosecutor who has been with the office since 1988, had previously served as chief of the criminal division since 2004. He will likely serve as U.S. Attorney until president Obama appoints someone to the post.

Frank Montoya Jr. to Head FBI Honolulu Division


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Frank Montoya, Jr., the section chief for the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, who worked on the Oklahoma bombing and Robert Hanssen spy case, has been named head of the bureau’s Honolulu Division.

Montoya joined the FBI in 1991 and was first stationed in the San Antonio Field Office, where he worked violent crime and fugitive investigations. He also worked temporarily in the Oklahoma office to help in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation.

In June 1996, he transferred to the San Juan Field Office and worked in the special operations group and was a surveillance team leader on drug, violent crime, and national security cases, the FBI said.

He then went off to the Washington Field Office’s national security squad, and in April 2000, he went to headquarters where he oversaw national security investigations and operations. During that time, he assisted with the Robert Hanssen investigation.

In November 2002, he went to the Milwaukee Field Office where he was a supervisor and oversaw the counterintelligence squad and several national security investigations.

In 2005, it was back to headquarters where he was promoted to unit chief in the Counterintelligence Division.

In July 2007, he became a special agent in charge of the counterintelligence branch in the San Francisco office.

Court Calls Dead Judge John M. Roll a “Warm, Compassionate Judge and Inspirational Leader”

Judge John Roll/cbs news

By Allan Lengel
tickelthewire.com

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona issued a statement in honor of Chief Judge John M. Roll, 63,  who was shot and killed on Saturday in Tucson in a mass shooting that killed six and wounded 12 including Democratic Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The following is the statement:

“The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has suffered a grievous loss today with the untimely death of Chief Judge John M. Roll, who was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire on a crowd at an event hosted by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona.”

“Judge Roll was appointed to the federal bench in 1991, and served as chief judge of the district since 2006. The devoted husband, father of three, grandfather of five, and friend to all who knew him, will be greatly missed by his family and community.”

“He was a warm, compassionate judge and inspirational leader in what is one of the busiest districts in the country. His death will leave a significant void in the District of Arizona and the entire federal judiciary, and we are all deeply saddened.”

Roll Had Received Death Threats in 2009 (Arizona Republic)

ABOUT THE SHOOTER

UPDATED: Sunday, 3 p.m. :  FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said at a press conference that he doesn’t believe a second person wanted for questioning is directly involved in the shooting.

“It was an attack not only against dedicated public servants but against citizens, one being a child,” Mueller said. “This was an attack on our institutions and an attack on our way of life.” CNN, citing sources, said the man has been interviewed and authorities have determined that he has nothing to do with this case.

UPDATED: Sunday 6:14 p.m. The FBI announced that charges have been filed against the shooter and the second person they were looking for is no longer a person of interest.

FBI’s Randall Thysse Named SAC for NY Counterintelligence

Randal Thysse/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Randall C. Thysse of the FBI’s global counterintelligence section at headquarters has been named special agent in charge of the New York Office’s Counterintelligence Division.

Thysse joined the FBI in 1989 and was first stationed in the Omaha Division’s Des Moines Resident Agency.

He later went to headquarters as a supervisor in the Criminal Investigative Division’s financial institution fraud unit.

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Texas Fed Prosecutor Fred Schattman Dies at Age 60

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

At the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fort Worth, Tex.,  assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Schattman was the go-to guy when people were stumped on complicated cases, when they needed some guidance, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“He was a master at coming up with a strategy to take down an organization that many times law enforcement had tried for years to deal with, but never could bring down,” former U.S. Attorney Richard Roper told the paper.

Schattman, who worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 25 years, died Dec. 30 of a heart attack while vacationing in California, the Star-Telegram reported. He was 60.

“It was ‘When in doubt, ask Fred how to do it,'” Mark Nichols, deputy chief in the U.S. Attoreny’s Office in Fort Worth told the paper.

Schattman first worked in North Texas as an assistant district attorney in Tarrant County and joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1985, the paper reported. Since 1989, he had been assigned to task forces working on organized crime and drug enforcement.

His wife told the paper that Schattman, father of four, was in San Diego spending Christmas with family. Some members had a stomach bug, so he volunteered to go to the drug store and get ginger ale and medicine.

While in line, he collapsed, the paper reported.

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Stephen Anthony Named Head of Cleveland FBI

Stephen D. Anthony/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ohio native Stephen D. Anthony, a former special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Division.

Anthony most recently was responsible for establishing an FBI-wide leadership development program, the FBI said.

Anthony entered the FBI in February 1988 and was first assigned to the Memphis Division. He established the city’s first Safe Streets Task Force. He was named a field supervisor in 2000.

In December 2003, he held different posts within the Executive Development and Selection Program at FBI Headquarters.

In February 2006, he was elevated to assistant special agent in charge at the Washington Field Office (WFO), where he oversaw all administrative matters and training programs, the FBI said.

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Thomas Browne Named Assistant Director of FBI’s Training Division

Thomas Browne/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Thomas J. Browne, former head of the Little Rock FBI office, has been named assistant director of the agency’s Training Division.

In his new assignment,  Browne will be responsible for all FBI training programs, including the new agent and intelligence analyst training programs, and the National Academy, which trains federal, state, local and international police executives.

Browne entered the FBI in August 1985 and was first assigned to Las Vegas, where he investigated white collar crime.

In April 1990, he headed east to the Newark Field Office and subsequently went to the Franklin Township Resident Agency and investigated organized crime and white collar crime. He was the case agent in a high-profile case involving a corrupt prosecutor.

In July 1996, he was off to headquarters where he served in the Financial Crimes Section of the Criminal Investigative Division.

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Game of Musical Chairs at Justice as Deputy Atty. Gen. Gets Sworn In

Gary Grindler/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s a game of musical chairs over at the Justice Department at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Gary G. Grindler, who had been filling in as acting deputy attorney general, the number two spot, becomes chief of staff to the Attorney General, the department announced Monday.

Grindler is being replaced by James Cole, who was installed as deputy Attorney General through a recess appointment by President Obama. Cole was sworn in on Monday.

James Cole/law firm

And Grindler replaces Kevin Ohlson, who will be “resuming his career service with the department,” the Justice Department announced in a press release.

“Kevin Ohlson has been an extraordinary public servant through a long career at the department, and while I am sorry to lose him from my office, I am grateful for his tireless work leading my staff the past two years,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

“As he has throughout his career, Gary Grindler showed remarkable leadership under difficult circumstances as Acting Deputy Attorney General over the past year, and I could not be more pleased that he has agreed to continue that service in this new role as my chief of staff.”

Grindler had served as Acting Deputy Attorney General since Feb. 5. Ohlson had served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General since February 2009. He had previously served as the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, chief of staff to the Deputy Attorney General and Assistant U.S. Attorney, the Justice Department said.