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FBI fender bender rolls back to D.C. court

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Three days after the media reported that an FBI employee’s traffic ticket was headed to federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice made a legal U-turn.

At the request of federal attorneys, the case of Benjamin Huff has been “removed” from the District of Columbia, where the $100 ticket was issued by local police.

Government lawyers argued, without elaboration, that federal regulations enabled such transfers “in the interest of the United States.”

Huff’s car collided with a vehicle driven by Mark Andrew McCoy of Alexandria, Va., during morning rush hour last May. The minor fender bender turned into a federal case when Huff disputed the citation and claimed he was on the job at the time of the accident.

Federal officials would not confirm Huff’s assertion to Watchdog.org, which logged a Freedom of Information Act inquiry into the case.

Then the feds reversed course.

“They changed their tune after receiving assurances from District of Columbia officials that, should Huff lose his appeal, he or the U.S. government could appeal again, to the D.C. Superior Court,” the Washington Post reported.

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