Senator’s Letter Follows Up on Unanimous Jury Verdict
Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 27, 2007. Senator Charles Grassley
(R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a letter
today urging FBI Director Robert Mueller to discipline the supervisors
responsible for retaliating against former FBI Special Agent Jane
In a statement released today, Senator Grassley stated:
“The high standards of the FBI do not allow for anything less than the
truth. It’s time for the supervisors who retaliated against Jane
Turner, and other whistleblowers for that matter, to be held
accountable. This jury verdict is vindication for Agent Turner. She
had the courage to stand up alone, in the face of resistance, and say
what happened was wrong.”
On February 5, 2007 a federal court jury unanimously held that the FBI
illegally retaliated against Jane Turner, a 25-year veteran FBI agent,
and awarded her $565,000.00 in damages.
Among the FBI officials who participated in the retaliatory actions
against Ms. Turner were James Burrus, the current Assistant Director of
the FBI's Criminal Division and James Casey, a high level “Section
Chief” in the FBI’s counterintelligence program.
Stephen M. Kohn, one of Jane Turner’s attorneys, and the President of
the National Whistleblowers Center, issued the following statement:
"The FBI has refused to reform itself. We hope that aggressive
oversight by Congress can put an end to the retaliatory culture that
undermines the FBI’s law enforcement mission.