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Retired FBI Agent Joseph Perritte Dead at Age 88

fbi-globeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Joseph L. Perritte, a retired FBI agent who ended his 30-plus year career as crypto systems unit chief of the electronics section of the FBI Laboratory, died late last month in Bethesda, Md., of prostrate cancer at age 88, the Washington Post reported.

Perritte, a resident of Silver Spring, Md, started in FBI in 1942 as a student fingerprint classifier and later went on to the FBI Laboratory, where he was assigned to the radio engineering section, the Post’s Pat Sullivan wrote.

He entered the Navy in 1944, “serving as a top-secret communications officer at the headquarters of the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,” the Post reported. “He later was an electronics officer at the Joint Communications Activity on Guam.

After his discharge, he became a special agent in 1946 and worked primarily in communications intelligence and security, the Post reported. He retired in 1976.

Michael Morehart to Head FBI’s Richmond, Va. Office

Michael Morehart/fbi photo

Michael Morehart/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Michael Morehart, the FBI’s deputy assistant director of the Security Division at headquarters, is moving down the road to take over as special agent in charge of the Richmond division.

Morehart started as an agent in October 1986, and was first assigned to the Columbia, S.C., bureau before going to Houston, the FBI said.

In 1995, he was promoted to supervisor in the Inspection Division’s Audit Unit at FBI Headquarters. Three years, later he became a supervisor of a white collar crime squad in the Memphis Division.

In February 2001, he became the assistant special agent in charge in El Paso and three years later he returned to headquarters as chief of the Terrorist Financing Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.

In 2007, he was named special agent in charge of the Administrative Division for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. In 2008, he returned to FBI Headquarters as deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division.

Justice Dept. Prosecutor Pamela Dempsey Dies at Age 52

justice logo2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Pamela L. Dempsey, 52, who had worked for the Justice Department as a federal prosecutor since 1986, died earlier this month in Washington from leukemia, the Washington Post reported.

Her most recent position at Justice was deputy chief of the asset forfeiture and money laundering section, the paper reported.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Old Greenwich, Conn., she started her career as a federal prosecutor in the southern district of New York, the paper reported.

After her marriage, she converted from Catholicism to Judaism and had a bat mitzvah in 2008, the paper reported.

Ex-FBI Agent and Justice Official Allan Kornblum Who Helped Create Surveillance Act

justice logo2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Allan Kornblum, 71, a Florida federal magistrate, an ex-FBI agent who worked on civil rights cases in the 1960s, and a Justice Department official credited with writing key passages of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act  (FISA), died last week of cancer in Gainesville, Fla., the Washington Post reported.

Kornblum, a former New York City cop, worked for the FBI in the 1960s and joined the U.S. Justice Department in 1975 to “write the FBI’s guidelines for domestic security and counterintelligence work,” wrote Post reporter Patricia Sullivan.

“He was appointed three years later by then-Attorney General Griffin Bell to handle all FBI and National Security Agency wiretap applications as deputy counsel for the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review,” the Post wrote.

In May 2003, he became a U.S. magistrate judge in Florida and “worked until a week before his death,” the Post reported.

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Senate Confirms U.S. Attys. for D.C., NY and Calif.

D.C. nominee Ronald Machen

D.C. nominee Ronald Machen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Chalk up three more confirmations of U.S. Attorneys around the country.

The news website Main Justice reports that the Senate on Thursday confirmed Ron Machen for the District of Columbia; Andre Birotte Jr. for the Central District of California and Richard Hartunian for the Northern District of New York.

Main Justice reported that the Senate has confirmed 34 U.S. Attorneys so far.

There’s  plenty more to go. In Texas, for instance, there are four U.S. Attorney spots that have not been filled by the Obama administration.

Angel Moreno Named Acting U.S. Atty. in Texas

texasBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Moreno, who is based in Laredo, Tex., is the new acting U.S. Attorney for the Houston division, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The federal judges in the Southern District of Texas voted to appoint Moreno to the position, the Chronicle reported.

President Obama has yet to name anyone for the four U.S. Attorney posts in Texas, which include Houston, Dallas, Beaumont and San Antonio.

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Ex-NY Fed Prosecutor Could Become the First Openly Gay Federal Judge

Alum Sen. Charles Schumer
Sen. Charles Schumer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Daniel Alter, a former N.Y. assistant U.S. Attorney who served on the prosecution team in the 1998 African embassy bombings, could become the first openly gay federal judge.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer has sent  the White House a recommendation nominating the Yale Law School graduate as a U.S. District judge in Manhattan, according to a press release from Schumer’s office.

“I’m proud to nominate Daniel Alter. Period,” Schumer said in a statement. “But I am equally proud to nominate him because he is a history-maker who will be the first openly gay male judge in American history.”

Obama Nominates U.S. Attys for N. Dakota and Connecticut

David Fein/law firm photo

David Fein/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – President Obama nominated Timothy Purdon for the U.S. Attorney post in North Dakota, and David Fein for Connecticut.

The President decided to pass on selecting Connecticut’s acting U.S. Attorney Nora Dannehy,who had been appointed in 2008 to lead the probe into the controversial U.S. Attorney firings around the country under the Bush administration.

“Today, I nominate David Fein and Timothy Purdon to serve as US Attorneys on behalf of the people of Connecticut and North Dakota,” President Obama said in a statement. “Their esteemed legal careers to date leave no doubt that they will be relentless in their pursuit of justice and serve their fellow Americans with distinction. I am grateful for their selfless commitment to public service.”

Here are their bios, according to the White House press release:

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