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Death: Former U.S. District Judge Howard Munson

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Former U.S. District Judge Howard Munson, who presided over trials involving tax protesters and an early Internet hacking case, died Sunday. He was 84.
Munson had served on the federal bench for 32 years, retiring this year.
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Death: Retired FBI Agent Curtis Allen Fitzgerald

By The Washington Post

Curtis Allen Fitzgerald, 65, a retired assistant chief in the FBI’s criminal investigations division, died of cancer Sept. 23 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Fitzgerald, a native of Ripley, Tenn., worked for three years at the Memphis FBI office as a clerk while going to the University of Memphis.

On April 4, 1968, he was working alone in the office on the 4 p.m. to midnight shift when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot at the city’s Lorraine Motel.
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AUSAs David Devillers and Kevin Kelly Get Award

COLUMBUS— The National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys has awarded assistant U.S. Attorneys David Devillers and Kevin Kelly the 2008 award for the outstanding single trial in the nation.
The two prosecuted Thomas A. Henderson, who murdered to people who provided information that helped convict him of a 1981 bank robbery in Macon, Ga.
Macon was sentenced to three life terms in prison for the murders this past February.

FBI Office Manager Julie Fidler To Get Director Award

BY Maggie O’Brien
Omaha World-Herald Staff Writer

OMAHA, Neb – Not many people know what part-time Von Maur employee Julie Fidler did to help authorities in the hours after a 19-year-old gunman walked into the Omaha store last December and killed eight people, then himself.
Julie Fidler, 52, who lives in Bellevue, would prefer to remain anonymous. But later this month, the boss from her other job – the full-time one – is giving her an award that won’t be easy to hide. That boss: FBI Director Robert S. Mueller.
Fidler, a full-time office manager for the FBI in Omaha, still works part-time on the store’s third floor – where most of the shootings occurred. She has worked at the FBI for 34 years, Von Maur for at least five.
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LEO Adds Four Liaison Specialists

from l to r: James Sheehan, Edward Bejarano, Terry Booth and Carl Mathews

from l to r: James Sheehan, Edward Bejarano, Terry Booth and Carl Mathews

Law Enforcement Online (LEO) recently added four Liaison support specialists to serve LEO moderators and more than 100,000 members.
The job entails providing LEO presentations, initial trainings on site, on site support for command posts with the Virtual Command Center and training for moderators.
The new additions include James Sheehan (west coast); Edward Bejarano (south/southeast); Terry Booth (Midwest/Northeast) and Carl Mathews, Liaison Team Leader (Washington, D.C.).
People should contact Carl Mathews (cmathew1@leo.gov) for a LEO presentation and training session.  LEO is a global, secure, Internet-based communications portal for law enforcement, anti-terrorism and  and intelligence agencies.

Zalmai Azmi To Retire From FBI

By Ben Bain
Government Leader News
Zalmai Azmi, the FBI’s chief information officer who has directed the bureau’s massive information technology upgrade projects for almost five years, announced today that he will be retiring from the government Oct. 17.
Azmi, a native of Afghanistan who has spent 24 years working for the federal government, said he was retiring to spend more time with his wife and three young children. Azmi said he was considering several opportunities in private industry but had not made any decision on where he would be going.

Death: Legendary Federal Judge Harold “Barefoot” Sanders.

 Harold “Barefoot” Sanders, a legendary U.S. District Court judge in Texas, died Sunday in Dallas. He was 83.

 He worked for the Justice Department and later served as a federal judge for 28 years, overseeing the desegration of Dallas schools. The New York Times reported that he was a few cars behind President Kennedy’s motorcade in 1963 and “delivered a federal judge, Sarah T. Hughes, to swear in Johnson as president on Air Force One.”

Obituary (NYT)

Secret Service Promotes Keith L. Prewitt

Keith L. Prewitt, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service, was recently named deputy director, director Mark Sullivan announced. Prewitt most recently served as assistant director of the Office of Protective Research.