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Tag: Virgin Islands

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Puerto Rico Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI agent will oversee operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Carlos Cases, previously served as director for Latin America and the southwest border for the FBI’s criminal investigations division in Washington, D.C., will monitor crimes in U.S. territories from the San Juan, Puerto Rico office, the FBI announced.

Working outside of the mainland is nothing new for Cases. He worked at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and also at the FBI office in Puerto Rico, where he played a role one of the bureau’s largest public corruption cases of local police.

Cases replaces Joseph Campbell, who served most recently as special agent in charge of the Puerto Rico office.

New US Attorney for Virgin Islands Named

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Barack Obama has named a new man to head federal law enforcement in the drug trafficking-prone US Virgin Islands, reports the Daily World. Ronald W. Sharpe is the new US Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands.

Sharpe has deep roots and extended family in the area, according to the Daily World.  “His mom grew up in Plaisance and he still has a lot of relatives here,” his neice, Grace Thomas Garnier, told the paper.

Sharpe was confirmed by the US Senate after being named for the post by Obama, taking over duties earlier this month. Sharpe is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the region, supervising 41 people, including 16 attorneys, and is responsible for coordinating investigations across multiple agencies and the prosecution of all federal crimes.

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President Nominates U.S. Atty. For Virgin Islands and U.S. Marshals for NJ and Va.

Ronald Sharpe/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama continued to chip away at filling some law enforcement seats Wednesday by nominating a U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands and U.S. Marshals for Virginia and New Jersey.

The president nominated Ronald W. Sharpe for U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Island. Sharpe has served as the interim U.S. Attorney there since 2009 and immediately before that he served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney.

For U.S. Marshal, Robert “Bobby” Mathieson was nominated for the Eastern District of Virginia and Juan Mattos Jr. was picked as the nominee for New Jersey.

Robert “Bobby” Mathieson, who is director of business development for Rileen Innovative Technologies, retired as a master police officer in 2002 from the Virginia Beach Police Department. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2008.

Juan Mattos Jr. retired in 2010 as a Lt. Colonel in the New Jersey State Police. He currently serves as an Agent with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in Edison, N.J.

ATF Still Not Sure Whether Agents Will Return to Virgin Islands

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Nearly two weeks after a U.S. Virgin Islands judge tossed out the controversial murder charges against ATF agent Will Clark, the agency said it has still not decided whether to send agents to work there again.

“It’s being evaluated and no decision has been made,” Donna Sellers, an ATF spokesperson told ticklethewire.com.

As a protest, ATF had withdrawn its agents from the Virgin Islands shortly after Clark had been charged with murder in 2008. He fatally shot his neighbor during a confrontation.

After the trial had already gotten underway, Judge Edgar Ross tossed the case on a technicality, ruling in favor of a defense motion that proper procedure was not followed in identifying the body of shooting victim Marcus Sukow to the medical examiner.

Prosecutors had accused ATF agent Clark of using excessive force during a confrontation with Sukow, who was involved in a in a domestic dispute that day. Clark claimed it was self defense and his agency, after conducting an internal review, found Clark responded properly.

Breaking News: Virgin Islands Judge Tosses Case Against ATF Agent Will Clark

ATF Agent Will Clark

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Virgin Islands judge on Thursday tossed out the controversial case against ATF agent Will Clark who had been on trial since Monday on charges of murdering his neighbor during a confrontation in 2008.

The Associated Press reported that Judge Edgar Ross tossed the case on a technicality, ruling in favor of a defense motion that proper procedure was not followed in identifying the body of shooting victim Marcus Sukow to the medical examiner.

Prosecutors had accused ATF agent Clark of using excessive force during a confrontation with Sukow, who was involved in a in a domestic dispute that day.  Clark claimed it was self defense and his agency, after conducting an internal review, found Clark responded properly.

The case was dismissed with prejudiced, meaning the decision cannot be appealed.

Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY), who has been a vocal supporter of Clark all along issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying:

“As I have said from the beginning, Will is a hero, not a murderer, and I’m so grateful the Judge looked at the facts of the case and agreed.”

“Our law enforcement officers need to know that they will not be prosecuted for taking lawful actions to protect the innocent, whether they are on duty or off. I’m proud to say that today, justice was served with the dismissal of the charges against Will Clark.”

Rob Snyder, executive vice president of the D.C. chapter of Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA,) fired off an email to members of ATF and other agencies, saying: “Great news: ATF SA WIll CLark had all charges against him dismissed today! This is great news for him personally and for federal lawenforcement as a whole.”

Atty. Gen. Holder Wears ATF Badge and Yellow Ribbon in Support of Agent Will Clark

Holder wearing badge and ribbon/aft webpage

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ORLANDO — ATF agent Will Clark, who is on trial in the Virgin Islands for murder, is getting support from some very high places in the U.S. government.

The ATF posted a photo on its webpage of Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. addressing the annual conference for the  International Association of Chiefs of Police on Tuesday in Orlando and noted that  Holder was wearing “an ATF Badge and yellow ribbon in support of SA Will Clark.”

The website said Holder delivered the speech after meeting with Kenneth  Melson, head of ATF, and the agency’s  executive assistant director William J. Hoover.

Clark shot and killed a Virgin Islands man in September 2008 during a confrontation. The prosecution said Tuesday that Clark used unreasonable force, according to an account in the Virgin Islands Daily News. Clark’s attorney argued it was in self defense.

The incident in question happened on Sept. 7, 2008, in St. Thomas, where Clark was living at the time. He had been stationed in the Virgin Islands to help battle the territory’s problem with gun violence.

According to accounts by the ATF and Rep. Chris Lee, Clark left his apartment that morning and found his neighbor Marguerite Duncan crying and trembling.

“She pleaded for his help, knowing that Clark was a federal agent,” Lee wrote to congressional colleagues in a June 30 letter trying to stir support for his resolution backing the agent.

The woman’s boyfriend, Marcus Sukow, who was naked and supposedly intoxicated, reportedly started pounding on her car hood and throwing large landscaping rocks.

According to Lee, Clark tried calming the man, to no avail. The man allegedly made threats and eventually came charging at Clark with a Maglite flashlight, which is considered a potentially lethal weapon. The agent opened fire, killing Sukow.

An ATF shooting review panel found that Clark acted reasonably in the situation.

Congressman Continues to Apply Pressure on Virgin Islands to Drop Murder Charge Against ATF Agent

Rep. Chris Lee at press conference
Rep. Chris Lee at press conference

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) continued to apply pressure Thursday, holding a press conference near the Capitol in an attempt to get the Virgin Islands to drop murder charges against  ATF agent Will Clark who shot and killed someone in September 2008 during a confrontation.

“Will was doing what his training and his background taught him to do – he was coming to the aid of a battered woman,” Lee said in a statement issued  after the press conference, which was attended by members of the law enforcement community. “I’m pleased to join with a bipartisan group of senators and representatives to call attention to Will’s heroism and question his treatment in this case. America’s brave law enforcement officers need to know they will be supported for courageous and lawful actions to defend the innocent, not prosecuted for it.”

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ATF Defends Agent Facing Murder Rap in Virgin Islands

caribbean-mapBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — From Capitol Hill to the Caribbean, a controversy is growing over a decision by Virgin Islands officials to charge a federal agent with second-degree murder in a 2008 shooting. The agent, William Clark, remains on the job at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — and his agency is adamant that he has done nothing wrong.

The ATF responded to the charge by removing its agents, including Clark, from the U.S. territory. And in Washington, U.S. Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., on Monday night introduced a congressional resolution applauding Clark for his “heroic action” in the 2008 incident.

“The ATF incident review examined the circumstances and cleared Will of any wrongdoing,” Lee said in a statement to AOL News. “Will is a hero who acted in self-defense while protecting a battered woman from an intoxicated, abusive man.”

But the congressional delegate from the Virgin Islands described her colleague’s actions as an attempt to meddle with a case that is “rightfully before the court.”

Delegate Donna M. Christensen told AOL News that while the Clark incident has created “tension” with some congressional colleagues, she is reluctant to second-guess “my police and attorney general, who felt there was enough of a question that excessive force was used.”

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