Inspector General Faults FBI In Prosecutor Death Probe


A U..S. Justice Department inspector general report found “credible evidence of serious misconduct” by FBI agents who investigated the death of federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna two years ago, reports the Baltimore Sun. The assistant U.S. attorney was discovered dead Dec. 4, 2003, with 36 stab wounds in a remote Pennsylvania creek. FBI agents asked about rumors of an affair between the female agent and Luna, the report said. It said the probe focused on an agent who had been ruled out as a likely suspect and caused dissension in an office under enormous pressure to find out how the federal prosecutor died.

The inspector general report reached no conclusion about agents had done anything wrong. But it chastised FBI officials for ending their internal investigation too quickly. Even before the inspector general’s office completed its investigation in February, two of the three agents were promoted, including one who became a section chief in the FBI’s now-revamped counterterrorism division in Washington. The inspector general concluded that the premature ending of the internal investigation perpetuated a widely held belief inside the FBI that “senior managers are given more lenient treatment in the disciplinary process.”


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