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Oklahoma U.S. Atty. John Richter Stepping Down

U.S. Atty. John Richter

U.S. Atty. John Richter/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney John Richter of Oklahoma announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down Aug. 21, the Associated Press reported.

The Associated Press reported that Richter announced his resignation during an interview and said he plans to be a practitioner in residence and visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma Law School.

Richter served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma since 2005.

FBI Agent James Robertson Named Special Agent in Charge of Buffalo Office

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James Robertson/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — James H. Robertson, a 20-year veteran of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI Buffalo Division, the agency announced Tuesday.

Robertson, who was chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section II, FBI Counterterrorism Division, replaces Laurie J. Bennett. She is now deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI Headquarters.

Robertson became an agent in 1989 in the Chicago office, where he served on the joint FBI-Chicago Police Organized Crime Task Force, the FBI said. He was also a primary sniper for the SWAT team.

Nine years later, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters. In 2000, he was assigned as the supervisory senior agent in the Detroit division, overseeing offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph in the western part of the state.
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He then became an assistant special agent in charge in the Cincinnati Division’s National Security Branch, the FBI said.

From October 2005 to April 2006, he commanded FBI operations in Iraq. He was promoted to section chief at headquarters in 2007.

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L.A. U.S. Atty. Thomas O’Brien to Step Down in September

U.S. Atty. O'Brien

U.S. Atty. O'Brien

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien of Los Angles is stepping down, effective Sept. 1, to join a private law firm, the Los Angles Times reported.

Thom Mrozek, an office spokesman, said O’Brien will be joining the Paul Hastings law firm, the paper said.

O’Brien, a former Navy Top Gun instructor, took office in October 2007. His office undertook a number of high profile cases including the molestations by priests in the local Achdiocese.

Meanwhile, in Scranton, Pa., federal prosecutor Dennis Pfannenschmidt will step up as the interim U.S. Attorney, replacing  Martin Carlson, who resigned Saturday.

Justice Dept. Lawyer Matthew Glomb Struck Dead by Lightning While Jogging on North Carolina Beach

It’s amazing how you can go from virtual heaven — jogging on the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina — to being struck dead by lightning. A sad tale.

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By Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writer

A Department of Justice lawyer from Prince William County was fatally struck by lightning Monday while jogging on the beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, authorities said.

Matthew Glomb, 49, of Woodbridge was remembered by friends and colleagues as a family man and a deeply religious person who had a great sense of humor.

“The second you met him he cared about you,” said Sara Scichilone, 21, who met Glomb through Chrysalis, a group that runs Christian youth retreats.

Glomb joined the Justice Department in 2002 after a career in the U.S. Coast Guard that included a stint as a military judge, said Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller. At the Justice Department, Glomb worked in the aviation-admiralty office and specialized in maritime law. He was a 1994 graduate of George Washington University’s law school.

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Head of the Baltimore FBI Amy Jo Lyons Named Assist. Dir. of Inspection Div.

Amy Jo Lyons/fbi photo
Amy Jo Lyons/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Amy Jo Lyons, a New Jersey native who headed up the Baltimore FBI, has been named Assistant Director of the FBI Inspection Division.

She replaces Kevin Perkins, who is now assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters.

“In her new role, Amy will be responsible for oversight of internal investigations and the evaluation of FBI programs to ensure their effectiveness and compliance with FBI objectives, governing laws, rules, regulations, and policies,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a prepared statement. “Her previous experience in the Inspection Division, coupled with her years of operational work in the field, makes her an excellent fit for this position.”

Lyons joined the FBI in 1990 and was first assigned to the New Haven Division. Six years later, she went to the International Training and Assistance Program at the FBI Academy. After that, she was assigned to the Latin American Unit in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Organized Crime/Drug Section at FBI Headquarters, according to the FBI.

In February 1999, she went to New York where she headed up a squad focusing on the Columbo crime family. She eventually became an assistant special agent in charge in the Special Operations Branch and in April 2008 was named  special agent in charge of the Baltimore Division.

Before joining the FBI, she was a DEA agent in Newark.

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Ex-Texas FBI Agent Jim Wilkins Dead at Age 61

Staying at any job for 34 years is amazing these days. Jim Wilkins did it and made a mark.

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By GORDON DICKSON
Ft. Worth Star Telegram
FT. WORTH, Tex. — Jim Wilkins’ 34-year FBI career included an important but little-known footnote in America criminal history.

Wilkins was the agent who recaptured American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who was serving two life sentences for the 1975 murder of two FBI agents at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota when he escaped from a California prison in 1979.

Peltier fled to the Santa Maria hills. But his run from the law ended after four days, when Wilkins spotted Peltier’s white tennis shoes in the brush and took him into custody.

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FBI Agent Daniel Dubree Named Assist. Dir. Information of Tech. Division

Daniel Dubree/fbi photo

Daniel Dubree/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Daniel D. Dubree, who has a law degree, has been named assistant director of the FBI’s Information Technology Operations Division, replacing Louis Blazy, who retired.

The FBI said Monday that Dubree will be “responsible for the operations and maintenance of all FBI information technology systems worldwide”.

In emphasizing the importance of the job, FBI Director Robert Mueller III said in a prepared statement.

“Every day, FBI employees all over the world rely on our information technology systems to efficiently and effectively do their jobs. The work of the Information Technology Operations Division is crucial to keeping the FBI ready to serve. Dan brings expertise in both technical and managerial fields to this important position.”

Dubree began his career with the FBI in May 1984 as a computer programmer with the agency’s Technical Services Division. He became a special agent 2 1/2 years later.

His agent career began in the Charlotte Division’s Hickory Resident Agency, the FBI said. Over the years, he bounced around to different offices.

In February 2002, he was promoted to adjudication chief of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Adjudication Unit II., which involved dealing with the misconduct  of FBI employees.

The following year, he was assistant special agent in charge in Dallas. After another stop, he was named assistant director of the FBI’s Information Technology Operation Division in August 2008.

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Baltimore U.S. Atty. Hires 3 Prosecutors to Work Exclusively on Gangs

baltimoreBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore announced Monday that it has hired three new prosecutors to focus exclusively on gangs in a community that has seen the presence of such groups as MS-13, TTP Bloods and the Black Guerilla Family.

“A record number of federal prosecutors are now pursuing cases against violent criminals, and the volume of federal violent crime prosecutions continues to increase,” said U.S. Atty. Rod Rosenstein in a prepared statement. “The new gang prosecutors will allow us to devote even more resources to joint efforts with our local, state and federal partners to put dangerous gangs out of business.”

The U.S. Attorneys office said the new gang unit will be funded for an initial two-year term.

The new gang prosecutors include: Clinton Fuchs, Thiru Vignarajah and William Moomau.

Fuchs served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles and Richard J. Leon before joining a private law firm. Moomau was previously chief of the Homicide Unit of Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. And Vagnarajah served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Guido Calabresi and Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer before joining a law firm.