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Mark Hoffman Named Assistant Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Jacksonville Criminal Branch

Mark Hoffman, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI Jacksonville criminal branch. Via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Mark A. Hoffman has been appointed to serve as the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville criminal branch.

He’s tasked with overseeing violent crimes against children, cyber, civil rights, violent crime, financial crime programs and others issues for the 40-county territory.

Hoffman replaces Carlton L. Peeples, who was recently promoted to the FBI Inspection Division.

Hoffman previously served as a supervisory special agent for the FBI Phoenix Division, where he oversaw investigations into violent crimes, including bank robbery, Indian Country crime, airport matters, violent crimes against children, and human intelligence (HUMINT) issues for Arizona.

Hoffman, who has more than 29 years of military and law enforcement experience, joined the FBI in 1998 and has since held assignments with the FBI in Detroit and Dallas and at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

Before joining the FBI, Hoffman served as an Air Force officer at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, Fla.

“I’m excited to return to Florida and serve the people of this great state,” Hoffman said in a news release. “I’ve dedicated my life to federal public service and will leverage my knowledge and experience to concentrate on forward leaning initiatives that protect citizens of all ages from criminal matters including cybercrimes, civil rights, and public corruption. I highly value community partnerships and collaborative efforts with local, state, and federal agencies and will strive to keep our resources poised to maintain mission readiness.”

Fed Judge Tosses Conviction of White Supremacist Who Posted Info About Jury Foreman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The message is clear: Even hatemongers have Constitutional rights.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a federal judge has tossed out the conviction in Chicago of  white supremacist William White who posted personal  information on his website about a jury foreman who helped convict a fellow white supremacist in 2004. A jury found White had used the website to solicit an attack on the foreman.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of Milwaukee, who had been assigned to the trial because of local conflicts of interest, wrote in a ruling that prosecutors failed to prove during trial — even though the jury convicted after three hours of deliberation — that supremacist White’s postings on overthrow.com showed he wanted the foreman harmed, the Tribune reported.

She wrote that the posting was protected by the First Amendment.

“The First Amendment protects vehement, scathing and even offensive criticism of others, including individuals involved in the criminal justice system,” Adelman wrote, according to the Tribune. “Knowledge, suspicion or even hope that something might happen to Hoffman is not enough.”

Prosecutors charged that White had posted info in 2008 on his website about jury foreman Mark Hoffman, saying he was the  “gay Jewish anti-racist” juror who had helped convict Matthew Hale for the solicitation of the murder of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, the Trib reported. White also included info about Hoffman including a color photo, home address, phone numbers and his cats name (Hoffman is not Jewish).

Prosecutors during trial pointed out that in 2005, White on his website called for the “assassination” of anyone involved in the Hale trial, the Trib reported.

White’s attorneys argued their client never directly solicited an attack on Hoffman, the Trib reported.

The Tribune reports that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago is considering an appeal.