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Judge speculates on ATF jealousy, perjury, potential criminality in Dobyns suit

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A transcript of the closing arguments of his case reveal presiding federal judge Francis M. Allegra has severe concerns about the conduct of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives witness testimony, former agent Jay Dobyns shared Wednesday on the CleanUpATF website.

“[Director B. Todd] Jones, [Deputy Director Thomas E.] Brandon and [Assistant Director (Field Operations) Ronald] Turk need to prepare to terminate some of their buddies when the judge rules,” Dobyns noted in a forum on the website established by whistleblowers opposed to agency waste, abuse, corruption and fraud. “The judge states that not only is the perjury of government witnesses a concern to him but additionally, ATF employees may have acted criminally.

“Jones and Brandon could have done something about this,” he asserted. “They were in a perfect position to lead and be heroes to the field. They decided it was best to just not do anything. They feel leadership is covering for their inner circle.”

Dobyns’ story is a familiar one to longtime readers of this column. His case involves a contract dispute suit in which the retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent maintains that, following an undercover operation in which he infiltrated the Hells Angels, ATF “failed to protect him and his family from threats and violence [and] that ATF's actions (and lack thereof) violated an agreement he had with the agency.”

For their part, ATF maintained Dobyns breached any contractual obligations they owed him by authoring the book “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels,” which is curious considering the bureau proudly featured it in their headquarters on an ATF Authors display, and discussion of tradecraft in his book was previously supported and released by ATF in two other books and numerous television documentaries (“Deadly Devotion: Dangerous Ground” will be broadcast again on Discovery July 2 at 6 p.m.).

“I have to say I don't think there's serious question that certain agents of the ATF here acted inappropriately, likely contrary to Agency policy and maybe even unlawfully in dealing with Agent Dobyns,” Allegra noted.

“[T]here's significant evidence suggesting that other contact -- conduct, directed at Agent Dobyns and his family was purposeful with at least some indication that conduct was prompted by professional jealousy, intra-agency rivalries within the ATF or perhaps just spite, and I just note that there's evidence in that regard,” the judge observed. “To make matters worse, I am deeply concerned that some of the ATF agents who testified before me during this three-week trial were less than candid.

“Rest assured that ... I will get to the bottom of who is telling the truth here. And no matter how this case turns out, I will render extensive findings about what the ATF did and did not do here,” Allegra declared.

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