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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2002

    Trump Names New FBI Director

    By Ian Smith
    Fed Smith.com
    June 7, 2017

    President Trump announced this morning that he will be nominating Christopher A. Wray to lead the FBI.

    Trump made the announcement in a tweet and said details would be forthcoming.

    Wray would replace former director James Comey who was fired by Trump last month.

    Wray is a litigation partner with the King and Spalding law firm. He previously served from 2003 to 2005 as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, having been nominated by President Bush.

    According to his bio with the King and Spalding firm, in that position with DOJ, Wray “led investigations, prosecutions, and policy development in nearly all areas of federal criminal law, including securities fraud, healthcare fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and trade sanctions violations, bank secrecy and money laundering offenses, public corruption, intellectual property piracy and cybercrime.”

    The bio added, “[Wray] was also integral to the DOJ’s response to the 9/11 attacks and played a key role in the oversight of legal and operational actions in the continuing war on terrorism.”

    Wray received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    I've been trying to recollect why his name and face are so familiar to me and then I remembered the case:

    Ballinger enters not guilty plea to charges stemming from three Georgia church fires, one resulting in firefighter's death

    Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2000

    By Stephen Gurr
    Staff Writer

    GAINESVILLE -- Nearly two years after a volunteer firefighter died fighting a church arson in Banks County, the man authorities say is responsible for the blaze made his first court appearance in Georgia.
    Jay Scott Ballinger, a 38-year-old drifter from Indiana who has already admitted to setting 22 church fires in nine states, entered a plea of not guilty to six felony charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
    Ballinger has been indicted on charges of arson and damage to religious property resulting in death in connection with the Dec. 23 and Dec. 24, 1998, burning of two churches in Murray County and a Dec. 31, 1998, fire at the New Salem United Methodist Church in Commerce that claimed the life of firefighter Loy Williams.
    Ballinger faces up to life in prison if convicted. Federal prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty in the case, saying the circumstances didn't fit the criteria.
    ''We're just glad it's finally coming to trial,'' said Williams' brother, Alvin, also a member of the Bold Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Alvin Williams attended the five-minute hearing with family members and co-workers.
    ''It's been a long wait, and I'm hoping they'll move it pretty quickly from here on out,'' he said.
    Federal Magistrate John Strother gave Ballinger's attorney 10 days to file pre-trial motions in the case. A trial date has not been set, and would depend on how many motions are argued by defense attorney Paul Kish of the Atlanta-based Federal Defender Program.
    Prosecutors in U.S. District Court for Georgia's Middle District are also waiting to try Ballinger for a Jan. 1, 1999, arson at the Johnson United Methodist Church in Watkinsville and a Christmas Day 1998 arson at a Walton County church. Ballinger was indicted on six felony charges last May for those incidents and would be tried in Macon after his case in Gainesville is completed, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Patrick Crosby.
    Ballinger was sentenced to 42 years in federal prison Nov. 14 after he pleaded guilty to 29 charges associated with church fires in Indiana, Tennessee, California, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Ohio and Alabama.
    An accomplice in the church fires, Angela Wood, pleaded guilty a year ago to six charges stemming from the arsons. In exchange for the guilty plea in Indiana, prosecutors in 19 other states agreed not to prosecute Wood, who allegedly served as a lookout for Ballinger during the arsons. Wood, who lived briefly in Athens and worked as an exotic dancer at Chelsea's, a Baxter Street club, at the time of her arrest, is still awaiting sentencing in Indiana.
    Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Wray said Wednesday that Wood would not be prosecuted for the Georgia church fires.
    ''There's no evidence to suggest she was involved in the fires here,'' Wray said. He would not comment further on the decision.
    According to court filings, Ballinger termed himself a ''missionary of Lucifer'' and harbored a deep animosity toward organized religion. He met Wood in 1993 and the two traveled the country together, living in motels while Wood supported them as a nude dancer in various clubs.
    The first church fire was set in Lebanon, Ind., in January 1994, and the final fire in Brookville, Ohio, on Feb. 6, 1999. Ballinger was arrested after he showed up at a hospital with severe burns suffered during an arson attempt.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Not a knock on this guy, seeing as I don't know anything about him, but I'd sure love to see a career agent who came up through the ranks get this job.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Henderson, NV
    I've been through career agent's getting Administrator positions in DEA. While liked by the rank and file, they don't have The Hill connections to slide through important agency budgets and staffing increases. They are looked upon as outsiders in the political appointee world, not beholding to any person or party. While rank and files loves the concept, in the long run they are better served by a DC insider. That's been my experience through two agent-Administrators. Best mix IMO is the figurehead appointee who can work the inside, while defering operational matters to an 1811 SES Deputy.
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!
    Hunter S. Thompson



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