U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville

“…the Justice Department lawyers knew the true facts and misrepresented those facts to the citizens…” e.g., Don’t Mess with Texas or Judge Hanen

I learn slower and harder than most. I don’t quit or become discouraged as easy as many.

With that, I’d stopped making any public comment on Department of Justice corruption once I realized that I had been beating my head into a block wall for twelve years trying to expose it with no positive result.

Those who knew stayed quite. Those with influence didn’t care. Not the White House, not DoJ, not Congress, not the leadership at ATF. Crickets. Silence is safe.

In my case, each of those entities had done every single thing they could both legal, and illegal, to cover up their dishonesty, except Congress. They did nothing.

All I had to show for exposing bad government was a headache. I found the whistleblower laws to be an insincere farce; a “feel-good” platform that Senator’s and Congressmen use to create free media for themselves and solicit votes from those they made believe they care.

An Executive within ATF’s Headquarters recently told me, “We all know what happened to you, we feel for you but, do you think you changed anything by airing the dirty laundry? You are the punchline to a joke between Tom Brandon and Loretta Lynch. When they think of you, they laugh hard.”

I had to agree.

When all you have to hold on to is hope for the truth, ATF and the Department of Justice is where that hope goes to die.

“Trump will help you when he wins, Jay”, I was told by Kent Terry, brother of murdered Border Patrolman Brian Terry after Kent met with Trump at a rally. “He will get the truth out for all of us.”

For the Terry’s I pray that is true. They deserve that. For me, I laugh.

The Terry family, me, the countless others victimized by DoJ’s corruption – we are lowly taxpaying citizens standing against massive government institutions designed and built to protect themselves at all costs. Nothing else matters, nothing.


Then, last Thursday, a beam of that hope shined through again. Not for me or my case. It was simpler than that. It was hope that the courts actually cared about how our government delivers evidence for legal examination on behalf of the American people.

The Honorable United States District Court Judge Andrew Hanen re-inspired me. He serves the bench in the Southern District of Texas.

Judge Hanen issued an order writing that he was fed up with DoJ attorney’s lying in his courtroom, “The question addressed by this Court was whether the Government had to play by the rules. This Court held that it did.”

That caught my eye. I thought I’d been the only one to ask that! Why was that even a question a judge would need to capture in an opinion? Wasn’t that automatic? It hasn’t seemed to be much of a concern in my case for anyone but me and my attorney. I was intrigued so I read further.

What I found was that the conduct of government attorneys in Judge Hanen’s courtroom during TEXAS v. USA, CIVIL NO. B-14-254 was nearly identical to what I had experienced [DOBYNS v. USA https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2008cv0700-293-0].

Judge Hanen wrote, “…this Court neither takes joy nor finds satisfaction in the issuance of this Order. To the contrary, this Court is disappointed that it has to address the subject of lawyer behavior when it has many more pressing matters on its docket. It is, at best, a distraction, and there is nothing “best” about the conduct in this case. The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ” or “Justice Department”) has now admitted making statements that clearly did not match the facts.”

Read him here. He’s good! https://www.scribd.com/doc/313205530/179125570172


“…the Justice Department lawyers knew the true facts and misrepresented those facts to the citizens of the Plaintiff States, their lawyers and this Court on multiple occasions.”

Right on Judge. They got me too!

“The Government claims that the reason its lawyers were not candid with the Court was that they either “lost focus on the fact” or that somehow “the fact receded in memory or awareness.”

Yep. They came up with a bunch of self-serving excuses and blames in my case as well.

DoJ’s above the law approach is neither an accident or oversight. It is their pattern and practice to believe the rules do not apply to them.


Judge Hanen caught DoJ dirty and called them out in a public opinion.

From personal experience, here is what comes next:

DoJ claims Hanen is off his rocker. They’ll issue a Motion for Reconsideration.

That motion will be denied because the DoJ’s attorneys here are criminals and there is no need to reconsider that. Judge Hanen knows it.

Then DoJ will file an appeal.

Then, we wait.

Nothing changes. Document filings. Lawyers argue. Court motions. Maybe hearings. DoJ will spin-doctor their failed ethics. Judges will judge it all.

The dirty lawyers will continue to collect a paycheck and receive free legal defense under the secret cloak of DoJ that no one can see behind. The true victims, in the Texas case their taxpayers; in mine, me and my family, will continue to be “bled out” of money, spirit and will; all under DoJ’s false representation of “truth”.

But, it’s okay. I’m pretty stubborn and we Don’t Mess with Texas. Apparently Judge Hanen has taken that slogan to heart.


Judge Hanen and I see eye-to-eye on at least one thing, likely many more. We have taken offense to the use of the word Justice in DoJ’s title.

ATF’s failed ‘frame job’ attempting to prove I had burned my house down and tried to kill my family was only made worse when DoJ’s attorneys tried to cover it up. Their deception was front and center two years ago immediately following the closing arguments in my case.

I made this public statement, “This is how Eric Holder’s DOJ, with the word ‘Justice’ in its title handles America’s business…”

(starting at 2:54) https://www.nranews.com/series/ginny-simone-reporting/video/betrayed-exposing-the-truth/episode/ginny-simone-reporting-season-5-episode-5-betrayed-exposing-the-truth

Judge Hanen wrote Thursday, “…for whatever reason, the Justice Department trial lawyers appearing in this Court chose not to tell the truth….” “…the subsequent decision to hide it from the Court was unethical. Such conduct is certainly not worthy of any department whose name includes the word “Justice.””

Good on you Judge. You have a new admirer in me. All government servants could learn some lessons in courage from you.

If you’d had my case and seen the government witnesses lie, then government attorneys protect those lies with deceptions and lies of their own, then have more government attorneys deceive for them – I doubt you’d have taken the position I’m currently experiencing – ‘no harm, no foul, that’s just the cost of doing business with the Department of Justice, get over it and move along, nothing more to see here’.

A groundswell from the court’s refusing to accept DoJ’s ethical lapses and tactics is rising.





I am often undeservedly credited for bravery or courage.

That praise is much more appropriate for Jim Reed, my attorney and my friend.

This is an article that was published by the Arizona Republic today.

It is worth the read to learn the hidden story on what and how Jim has had to overcome in life.


Jay Dobyns fought the Hells Angels. Jim Reed fought the feds.

The ATF agent wanted to bring an unbelievable case against the U.S. government. He only knew one attorney. But that attorney was made for the job.


A good ATF / DOJ story from me… for a change

I have not held my tongue regarding the corruption at ATF and DOJ so this post will surprise many.


PART I: In the mid-90’s a person I will refer to as “Gangster X“, an Aryan Brotherhood prison gang member, helped me and my partner, now retired ATF Special Agent Louis Quinonez, infiltrate a Southern Arizona element of the AB’s. The case was titled Operation Rooster and over the course of 100 days we purchased (undercover) 100 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) of all types, rudimentary to sophisticated – home made garage workshop bombs that were being sold to us in our roles as debt collectors and contract killers.

Bird with 20 Pipe Bombs 01-03-01

The case title came from the Alice in Chains song Rooster because we had so many life and death close calls during the infil. We were running alongside some really dangerous boys.

“Yeah they come to snuff the rooster
You know we ain’t gonna die
No, no, no, ya, no we ain’t gonna die”

Our investigation came to an abrupt and premature end when one of the suspects we had been buying pipe bombs from – Eric “Stubby” Padilla – murdered a man named John Robertson in the desert outside of Tucson. A day later and believing that Lou and I were murderers for hire, we met with Stubby’s girlfriend who gave us clothes covered in Robertson’s blood asking us to destroy the evidence. Not so fast…

We used the girlfriend to re-establish telephone contact with Stubby who had left the state.

We joined forces with Detectives from the Pima County Sheriffs Department and built a plan to return Stubby to Tucson. Stubby told us he was hold-up in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Lou and I sold Stubby on the ruse that we were scheduled to air-drop a pot load in the desert outside of Albuquerque. We told him that on our return to Tucson we would pick him up, bring him home, find him fake ID’s, intimidate potential witnesses and help him hide until things cooled out.

This op was a high-risk and dangerous. The executives from ATF and the Sheriff’s Department showed the stones of old school cops allowing their people to fly hundreds of miles from home in a small plane posing as drug runners with no cover team to grab up a known murderer.

In today’s world of cautious law enforcement where street-smart cops are overridden by in-house attorneys who make tactical public safety decisions based on potential liability exposure to their coward bosses careers, this plan would be dropped faster than you could say Eric Holder.

It was also a bold demonstration of federal and local law enforcement working together, placing themselves in harms way, to protect a community with no care or concern for who got the credit.

That night Deputy Rick Pierson piloted a Cessna 210 towards New Mexico with Lou and I on board to close the deal. Rick, himself a Narc, looked like a drug pilot should. We put down in the dead of night on an runway invisible without our landing light.  In his rush and excitement to greet his “friends” Stubby nearly ran face first into a three-bladed, turbo-charged propeller; saved only by Rick’s quick thinking and expert piloting as he performed a 90-degree pivot turn a moment before Ol’ Stub took steel in the teeth at 2000 rpm’s.

Once on board the 50 pound marijuana bale strategically placed in the cargo area made our lie to Stubby even smell real (no detail too small in the street game). During our flight home Stubby confessed the entire murder over the airplanes Dave Clark headsets. Once we landed at Tucson International, Stubby was arrested by the Sheriff Department’s Homicide Squad.

Legendary Tucson prosecutor Rick Unklesbay handled the case. Lou and I were called back to the courtroom to hear the jury’s verdict before we could finish a cup of coffee. It took them all of 20 minutes to give Stubby 25 to Life.

Moral of the story – don’t murder people.

Gangster X earned himself a reduction on his sentence and exited prison a free man having made possibly his lone positive contribution to society.


PART II: In 2013, Gangster X resurfaced, once again taking up residence at the crossbar hotel. He was a bit peeved that I didn’t try to help him out of a new and improved 18 year conviction. In his mind I still owed him more favors for the AB case he assisted in 20 years earlier. Truth be told, he didn’t have a hand in the Stubby Padilla investigation beyond arranging the handshakes. But, in his infinite wisdom Gangster X issued a murder contract on me and then thought it would be a good idea to tell me about it in a letter; a) what he thought of me and my reputation; b) that he was intending to murder prison guards; and, c) the he was recruiting Aryan Brotherhood wannabe’s to murder me in exchange for an AB shamrock skinpatch.


“I hope you have time to remember me before their bullet hits your punk ass brain.”


Part III: This afternoon Gangster X entered a guilty plea in Federal court admitting to writing the letter, “knowingly and intentionally making the threats“, and to placing the letter in the United States mail.

In his wildest nightmares I doubt he ever considered spending a significant chunk of his life incarcerated behind a lick for Title 18 United States Code § 876(c) – Mailing a Threatening Communication.

Gangster X’s position as a jail warrior and his influence over the AB’s must have diminished over time since I am still here today to write this post. Looks like he didn’t have any takers so unless he decides to give himself a jackrabbit parole and climb some razor wire to come find me himself, I’d guess I’m safe – at least until 2026-ish.


So, here’s the good part and in all honesty I’m happy to give credit where credit is due. Of the dozens of murder and violence threats I’ve received and ATF intentionally and repeatedly scuttling them, they got this one right! The stars lined up for me in three extraordinary lawmen.

ATF Phoenix Special Agent in Charge Tom Atteberry made sure that he did what his predecessors and current executives could not, and would not do – demand and support a comprehensive and thorough investigation. Atteberry even drove to Tucson today to personally witness Gangster X’s plea. Class move.

Atteberry had assigned ATF Special Agent Creighton Brandt to lead the investigation. Brandt was diligent in every detail working above and beyond to build an airtight case. He conducted himself like I know great ATF agents can, and still do. He was brilliant.

DOJ Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Cassell showed both tactical patience and legal expertise to bring about today’s pleading. A good and honest attorney at the house of justice.

There were 7 of us in court. Cassell and Brandt at the prosecutors table. Gangster X and his attorney at the defense’s. Atteberry, Unklesbay and I in the audience. I wanted to look Gangster X in the eye and let him know I was still here, unafraid, now, in the past or in the future. I was surrounded by the men who helped give me that opportunity.

It was truly a heartwarming day. The circumstances were unpleasant but given the hatred that ATF and DOJ hold for me, Atteberry, Brandt and Cassell had the integrity to rise above the fray and the noise displaying consummate professionalism. Unlike many of their peers they refused to buy-in to the propaganda spewed by their leadership and quite simply did their jobs exceeding well. They actually cared about me. Given my life today and relationship with ATF and DOJ, that felt weird, different, odd – but wow – it was a nice and welcomed change. I am grateful.

On this day I was proud again to have been an ATF Agent.


Liars, Cheaters, Cowards and Sissies (aka DOJ)

You Decide:

(If you look through the “Key Players” sidebar attachment to the story, isn’t it amazing that the pictures posted of Bill Newell and George Gillett are of them proudly displaying firearms during their catastrophic Operation Fast and Furious debacle?  It actually isn’t.  These are the misfits that DOJ and ATF backed in their attempt to trainwreck me.  Den of Thieves.)


Records indicate DOJ execs aware of misconduct alleged in ATF case

Paul Giblin, The Republic | azcentral.com 9 p.m. MST September 2, 2015

Top U.S. Department of Justice officials withheld information from a federal judge about judicial irregularities in a high-profile lawsuit against the ATF, according to recently unsealed court documents.

The disclosures are contained in thousands of pages of court records unsealed Aug. 12 in the case of retired undercover agent Jay Dobyns, who infiltrated the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

Dobyns sued the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for failing to properly investigate an arson at his Tucson home on Aug. 10, 2008, and for neglecting to protect him and his family against death threats.

The Justice Department oversees ATF and other federal law-enforcement agencies.

Unsealed records show Stuart Delery, now the No. 3 person at the DOJ, and Jeanne Davidson, who has been nominated for a federal judgeship, did not notify the judge in response to e-mails telling them a DOJ attorney tried to scuttle plans to reopen the botched arson investigation.

Electronic e-mail receipts from their accounts were sent, indicating someone saw the e-mails.

E-mails also show Davidson participated in discussions with subordinates about whether to tell the trial judge that an ATF supervisor possibly threatened an ATF internal-affairs agent whose testimony helped Dobyns.

James Reed, Dobyns’ attorney, said Delery and Davidson were ethically and legally obligated to report the possible witness and evidence tampering.

Delery and Davidson declined comment because the matter still is in litigation, said DOJ spokesman Patrick Rodenbush.

Rodenbush noted that a court-appointed “special master” investigated several incidents of possible misconduct during the trial, but concluded government officials’ actions did not constitute fraud on the court.

The special master, retired U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola, recommended on July 23 that the trial judge’s original opinion stand, because the possible misconduct did not appear to taint the trial judge’s opinion.

















Former federal agent Jay Dobyns, left, with his attorney, Jim Reed, at Reed’s office in Phoenix on Friday, July 31, 2015. (Photo: Michael Schennum/The Republic)

Facciola noted that the matter of whether government attorneys and ATF executives should face discipline could be addressed in other venues.

The trial judge, Federal Claims Judge Francis M. Allegra, ruled in Dobyns’ favor last year, awarding him $173,000, a fraction of the $1.7 million he sought.

Federal Claims Chief Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith, who has taken over the case, has yet to indicate whether she will accept Facciola’s recommendation.

It is uncertain what, if any, repercussions Delery, Davidson or other DOJ officials could face in light of the newly unsealed documents.

Delery was the DOJ’s senior supervising counsel during the Dobyns case. He now serves as DOJ acting associate attorney general, which is the agency’s third-ranking official.

Davidson also held a supervisory role during the Dobyns case. She now serves as director of the DOJ’s Offices of Foreign Litigation and International Legal Assistance, and has been nominated to a judgeship on the U.S. Court of International Trade.

DOJ attorneys are held to an extraordinary high standard, said Paul Charlton, who served six years as the U.S. attorney for Arizona and 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney.

“The lawyers within the Department of Justice, unlike lawyers who represent private litigants, are supposed to advocate for the truth and nothing more. Your client is justice in a literal sense, it’s the right outcome, it’s the right thing to do,” Charlton said.

DOJ and ATF executives wanted to make an example of Dobyns, because he was one of a select few agents to publicly challenge ATF decision makers about unethical and improper actions, said retired ATF Agent Vince Cefalu of Lake Tahoe, Calif.

The years-long legal fight was the result, Cefalu said.

“What they do is they grind down until you can’t take it no more and you say, ‘Alright, I’ll stop. I’ll drop it. I’ll stop being a fool. I won’t talk anymore to the public or to the media or to the Congress or to anybody,’ ” Cefalu said.

Testimony during the Dobyns trial last summer showed ATF attorney Valerie Bacon attempted to influence ATF Special Agent in Charge Thomas Atteberry about plans to reopen the investigation of the arson at Dobyns’ home, because it could damage the ATF’s defense in the case.

Reed, Dobyns’ attorney, informed Delery, Davidson and other government attorneys of Bacon’s conduct.

In an e-mail on May 14, 2014, Reed insisted DOJ attorneys investigate, disclose and prosecute or punish everyone involved in what he called “the attempted criminal obstruction of justice by Valerie Bacon.”

The newly unsealed documents include e-mail read-receipts indicating people with access to Delery’s and Davidson’s e-mail accounts opened Reed’s e-mails.











Assistant coach Jay Dobyns chats up the team before the Salpointe Catholic vs. Gilbert Campo Verde high school football game at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson. Photo taken Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (Photo: Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star)

Reed said he knew about Bacon’s actions before trial because Atteberry informed Dobyns, who in turn told Reed.

Atteberry, the ATF’s special agent in charge, testified: “I had a phone conversation, and I also believe I talked to her in person one time when she was in Phoenix, and I believe during the telephone conversation she made a comment to me that if you — meaning myself — reopen the investigation, that would damage our civil case.”

Allegra, the trial judge, clearly thought the incident warranted investigation.

He ordered his opinion served on then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and two federal oversight agencies, accompanied by a transmittal letter pointing out Bacon’s actions and the government attorneys’ failure to disclose them.

However, the special master determined Delery’s and Davidson’s involvement — or non-involvement — had no impact on the trial judge’s ability to make an informed ruling. The special master reasoned Bacon’s attempt to sway Atteberry failed, so the trial unfolded as if it never happened.

The special master’s investigation also showed that several layers of DOJ attorneys, including Davidson, were aware of reported threats against ATF Internal Affairs Agent Christopher Trainor.

Trainor investigated Dobyns’ complaints that ATF supervisors improperly stripped him of his covert identification and purposely mismanaged the investigation of an arson at his home.

Trainor’s finding cast a trio of ATF supervisors, including Tucson chief Charles Higman, in a poor light.

Midway through the three-week trial, Higman left Trainor a voice mail in a “confrontational and antagonistic” tone that Trainor considered a threat. The same day, someone stuffed a construction cone into the tailpipe of Trainor’s vehicle.

Later, Trainor called Higman about the voice mail. Higman said no threat was intended. “That’s ridiculous. Why would I do that? I don’t even know you,” Higman replied, according to a transcript of the call.

Trainor reported the contact to an ATF attorney and DOJ lead trial attorney David Harrington. Harrington told him that the calls were not relevant to the case, according to court records.

Trainor disagreed and told Harrington that he planned to report the threat directly to the trial judge. Harrington twice told Trainor he should think long and hard about what that would mean for his career, according to court records.

DOJ attorneys exchanged more than two dozen e-mails discussing whether to disclose the matter to the trial judge.

Eventually, they decided to withhold the information, swayed in part by Harrington’s views that testimony about the arson was complete, Higman said his message was not a threat, and Trainor had withdrawn his demand to tell the judge.

Davidson, the high-ranking DOJ official, told the others in a July 21, 2013, e-mail what portion of the exchange would be important for the judge to know. She didn’t view the reported threat by Higman important, so the trial continued without the judge learning about it.

After the trial concluded, Trainor told the trial judge about Higman’s and Harrington’s comments. That led the judge to request the special master to investigate.

Trainor, who retired last year, declined comment.











Salpointe Catholic assistant football coach Jay Dobyns (with tablet) is a former UA football player and former ATF agent who went undercover with the Hells Angels. (Photo: David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star)

None of the behind-the-scenes activity mattered, according to special master Facciola, because they failed to influence the trial judge’s decision.

Facciola wrote: “There was a decision made, based on legal principles and strategic judgments, that there was no reason to bring the alleged threats to the attention of the court. It bears emphasis that the wisdom of that decision is not the special master’s concern.”

Dobyns’ attorney said justice would be better served if everyone involved was deposed.

“The U.S. Department of Justice is supposed to be the gold standard of ethics,” Reed said. “They are supposed to go above and beyond their pursuit of ethical obligations by seeking the truth, regardless of whether or not it hurts the federal government.”

Retired undercover ATF Agent Louie Quinonez of Scottsdale said he believes the case has been driven by professional jealousy. Dobyns was one of the agency’s most effective undercover agents, but certain officials didn’t appreciate the risks he took nor the contributions he made.

ATF decision makers tried to quiet Dobyns for questioning decisions, Quinonez said. “If anyone asks me, ‘Should I stand up to the agency on this issue?’ I’d be inclined to tell them, ‘Don’t do anything. Keep your mouth shut and take it — or they will destroy you,’ ” Quinonez said.



Special Master’s Opinion and Court Records Unsealed

“Today, August 10, is the seven year anniversary of the arson of my home. Should you continue to read on you will see that I am still fighting DOJ and ATF for justice and accountability.

On August 7, the United States Court of Federal Claims Special Master, the Honorable Judge John Faciolla, filed his Opinion and Order on his investigation.

172 Order re Unsealing File

The Special Master has ruled against me. In his eyes I failed in my attempt to prove that DOJ committed fraud upon the court during the trial of this lawsuit. I lost this battle.

The Special Master ordered the unsealing of certain documents related to the inquiry of alleged fraud and misconduct against Department of Justice attorneys during their defense of my allegations in the case Dobyns v. USA.  I commend him for this decision.

The documents will soon be available through the United States Court of Federal Claims; docket 1:08-cv-00700-FMA. For those who hold a Pacer account they will be published here: https://www.pacer.gov/psco/cgi-bin/courtinfo.pl?court=E_USFCC

What you are going to find is witness statements, investigative reports, DOJ’s insider emails, court filings, thousands of them.


A friend telephoned and asked me if I felt like a wounded lion.

“Yes. A bit. I’ve been wounded before. I will be fine.  A wounded lion is dangerous.”

I thought it both timely and appropriate to set the featured image (top of page) for this posting of the Swiss sculpture, the LION OF LUCERNE. It honors Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution – fighting, and failing – to defend a palace of great importance and to protect the people inside. They lost their battle as well.

Upon seeing it for the first time Mark Twain described “the Lion”: “His size is colossal, his attitude is noble. His head is bowed, a broken spear is sticking in his shoulder…”

Yes, that is how I feel today – noble, bowed and with a spear in my back, wounded, hurting.

You will have to wait for the Clerk of Court to publish the remainder of the unsealed file.

These are the instructions I have received:

1) The Clerk’s Office will wait to unseal any documents until August 12, 2015, when the Clerk’s Office receives defendant’s redacted versions of ECF document numbers 337, 350, 401, 342, and 342-1 on CD-ROM.

2) Once the Clerk’s Office receives the redacted versions of the documents listed above, the Clerk’s Office will upload the redacted versions to the docket. Please note that the Clerk’s office will not replace the sealed versions of these documents, but instead will file the redacted versions separately in order to preserve the official court record.

3) Finally, the Clerk’s office will unseal all other documents filed in the case from March 4, 2015, to the present except for ECF document numbers 409, 410, 425, and 428, which are to remain under seal pursuant to the Special Master’s August 7 order.

This is how it all went down. What follows are my allegations based on the evidence available to me.


Between 2004 and 2008 my family and I received numerous death and violence threats from criminals I had investigated who were subsequently arrested, indicted and prosecuted.

ATF failed to show any real interest in investigating these events. A few are listed here:

From ATF Report 20130060 (Robert “Mac” McKay threat):McKay


From Office of Inspector General Report dated September 22, 2008 (Curtis Duchette threat): Duchette


From Office of Inspector General Report dated September 22, 2008 (Art “Whitey” Dominquez threat): Whitey


From Office of Inspector General Report dated September 22, 2008 (Doug “Slut Doug” Wistrom threat): Wistrom


From Office of Inspector General Report dated September 22, 2008 (Robert “Chico” Mora threat): Chico


From intercepted jailhouse letter written by convicted Hells Angel murderer Kevin Augustiniak:Augustiniak


The United States Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigated ATF’s failures to investigate or even react to these threats and countless others.

OIG Conclusions delivered to President Obama and United States Attorney Eric Holder:

OIG Conclusions




ATF chose to hold no one accountable or enact any changes. They blamed me. I filed a complaint against ATF. I met with ATF’s #1 and #2 shotcallers; Deputy Director Ronnie Carter and Assistant Director Billy Hoover, working together we reached an out of court settlement. In doing so ATF agreed that I had been subjected to retributions through ATF’s inaction to the threats I faced.


Almost immediately after settling my dispute and in spite of the active threats and murder contracts, ATF made an unprecedented decision and removed every single protective measure, or “backstopping”, I had in place to defend myself; fictitious ID’s, registrations, public records, etc. They did this maliciously as a new form of “payback”. I believed the recall of my protections was ridiculous, unnecessary and very dangerous but, I choked it down, content to move forward and put the dispute behind me. ATF’s Internal Affairs Division took a harsher view of what was done.

From ATF Report 20130060:ID Withdrawl

In his published Opinion (posted below) Trial Judge, The Honorable Francis Allegra, found, “…the central conclusion of the report was that Chief Vidoli, NIBIN Chief Pugmire and SAC Newell ignored information about threats to Agent Dobyns and his family in deciding to remove the fictitious identification. And the report underscored that the removal of fictitious identification put Agent Dobyns and his family at risk.”

Vidoli walked away with a promotion courtesy of now ATF Director Thomas Brandon.



On August 10, 2008, with my private personal information now open to the public for a few months and easily accessible, my home was burned to the ground by arsonist(s). My wife and two children were inside when the fire was started. Nearly everything we owned was destroyed.Arson

Before and After

I had many enemies. There were many suspects.

At that time, Charles Higman was ATF Tucson’s Resident Agent in Charge (RAC). He prevented an immediate ATF response to the incident and then coordinated and co-orchestrated a failed attempt to frame me for the arson. He did this in spite of some of America’s top arson investigators documenting that I was not involved and ignoring the true suspects. Higman (and others) did not view those expert opinions as a deterrent in their attempt to set me up.

This situation was fast becoming an even more dangerous one than I had previously settled. Spoken and written threats had evolved into a real attack.

As background, Higman was the puppet for two ATF Phoenix Field Division managers, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) William Newell and Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) George Gillette. Newell and Gillette were later determined to be the “boots on the ground” ringleaders of ATF’s ongoing Operation Fast and Furious. Higman managed the Fast and Furious gunwalking predecessor, Operation Wide Receiver. Their track records of incompetency were both well known to ATF and extraordinarily dangerous.

Because my family was in our home when the arson occurred, the “Three Amigos” were also accusing me of being someone so despicable that I was willing to murder my own family by fire (arson of an occupied structure).

I was never the best ATF agent, the smartest or, the best person. I have many flaws. What I did do was work my ass off for my agency and spilled my own blood, gallons of it, many times. I did not deserve to be criminally set-up by the people I worked for.

Joining ATF’s corrupt mangers were Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Brian Nowak and Assistant United States Attorney Beverly Anderson who happily participated in the effort to pin the felony on me. They were going to be the ones to bring down the guy who was appearing on television and who had written a book that was going to become a movie. For that and my whistleblowing I had become Public Enemy #1 at ATF and DOJ. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tucson still considers me a suspect. If they could “get” me, they would be DOJ heroes.

When I complained to ATF executives of the frame-job I was literally “taunted” into legal action. Acting ATF Director Michael Sullivan (at that time also jointly holding the position of the United States Attorney for Massachusetts) told his U.S. Attorney peer who was serving as my liaison, “Tell Jay to do what he has to do.”

I accepted the challenge and filed the lawsuit now titled Dobyns v. U.S.A. DOJ took up the defense of ATF.


In 2012, a year before trial, ATF Special Agent Christopher Trainor who was assigned to ATF’s Internal Affairs Division conducted an exhaustive and comprehensive investigation of ATF’s failed reaction and response to the arson and the recall of my protective backstopping measures. He also examined ATF’s tactics to pin the crime on me.

Trainor’s report was completed and approved/sanctioned by ATF. In it, eleven conclusions of unethical and potentially criminal conduct towards me were documented citing the Three Amigos – Newell, Gillette and Higman – as the primary culprits.IAD 1


I knew, ATF knew, everyone knew that Trainor had proven my allegations true. DOJ also knew what they were facing if we walked into a courtroom. They were in possession of the facts, evidence and official conclusions. Trainor had delivered those in a thorough and complete manner.

I tried to settle the lawsuit on numerous occasions. I DID NOT want to go to court. Not for fear of a loss but rather for fear that I would be responsible for further exposing how dirty ATF had become. I did not and do not view that as my responsibility to expose.

In spite of the actions taken against me, I still loved ATF and the men and women who served in the lower levels of the agency. My public statements were never designed to embarrass ATF or my peers, only to prevent any of them from ever again having to suffer under the treatment I had been subjected to by management. All of my “internal’ efforts for resolution had failed to produce a result.  Neither ATF or DOJ had provided no voice in the matter and my only hope of survival and accountability was through the media. ATF and DOJ refused to take me serious.

Each settlement attempt I made was unilaterally rejected by DOJ and ATF. During one negotiation the governments counter-offer to me was, “drop your lawsuit against us and resign from service immediately or you will be terminated.” When I rejected that bad-faith “offer” ATF Executive Ronnie Carter emailed his peers saying, “Jay thinks this is just another payday”, referencing the out of court settlement I had previously negotiated with him.


In the summer of 2013 DOJ forced this case to trial, five years down the road from the arson. Their goal was to humiliate me and send a message to anyone who might challenge them in the future.

The first two weeks of trial were in Tucson and after a short break, the final week was in Washington, D.C.

Newell, Gillette and Higman served as DOJ’s “star” witnesses.

During trial, DOJ attorneys tried to help both Gillett and Higman “talk off” their conspiracy to withhold critical documents that helped prove they were trying to frame me for the arson and that they were doing nothing to pursue credible suspects. The key document demonstrating their audacity, being so brazen they even wrote it down and then transmitted their plan electronically (oops, I found it) was presented at trial. Gillette sent Higman this message to bolster Higman’s confidence that they would get away with knowingly and intentionally withholding information of their attempt to frame me from ATF superiors.v_-DOJ-GIllett-email

DOJ defended this email as friendly banter between peers.


The Trial Judge was the Honorable Francis Allegra. DOJ rode their trial horses, Higman and Gillette into his courtroom.

Judge Allegra wasn’t buying what DOJ was selling. On September 16, 2014, he published his trial court opinion and findings.  I won. Justice was served.

Final Redacted Opinion


Judge Allegra reiterated the theme that he first announced at closing argument, that “professional jealousy” or “simply spite by certain ATF actors” motivated the governments insistence on defeating me. He also wrote that Gillette and Higman testified in a manner insulting to the law enforcement profession and embarrassing to the DOJ attorneys backing them up.

“A few words are in order regarding the credibility determinations that underlie some of the foregoing findings. In particular, the court finds significant portions of the testimony of two witnesses – Agent Charles Higman and ASAC George Gillett – unworthy of belief.”

“…Agent Higman targeted Agent Dobyns as a suspect in the arson of his home, even after highly-respected agents within the Phoenix Field Office had concluded otherwise…”

Judge Allegra characterized Higman’s trial testimony, “Agent Higman wove a remarkable tapestry of fiction concerning his response to the fire and the investigation that followed”, “Based on the roll and surge of this contrary evidence, and for other reasons (including his general demeanor and nonresponsiveness to questions), the court concluded that Agent Higman’s testimony lacked credibility.”

Judge Allegra found that Gillette was no better, “ASAC Gillett’s testimony likewise posed serious credibility issues”, “…it should not be overlooked that ASAC Gillett’s testimony was repeatedly contradicted by other witnesses and his prior depositions”, “Various emails in the record plainly demonstrate that ASAC Gillett failed to tell the truth…”

DOJ has never lifted a finger to investigate or prosecute the perjury their witnesses offered in the courtroom. Probably because their strategy had so utterly failed they wanted no more attention to it.

In a grotesque juxtaposition, during trial as DOJ embraced the Three Amigos they attempted to discredit Trainor thus reasoning that the credibility of Trainor’s investigation might crumble with him. If the impact of Trainor’s investigation could be diminished, its influence in the eyes of Judge Allegra would be damaged.

But the flaw in their strategy was that unlike DOJ’s lynchpin witnesses, Trainor’s professional history was impeccable. DOJ was willing to sacrifice Trainor’s good name and reputation to defeat me. It was disgusting to watch DOJ try to destroy a good man. This was a classic DOJ “kill the messenger” move that avoided any concern for facts and evidence.

DOJ’s trial attacks on Trainor started severely but went through the roof after he testified that the timing ATF’s decision to void the allegations of misconduct he proved against Newell and Gillette were “suspicious” (Note: Trainor’s testimony went further and was more descriptive and detailed, but remains under seal).

DOJ didn’t fool Judge Allegra, ““At the outset, it is conspicuous that the Justice Department attorneys in this case strenuously attempted to impeach Agent Trainor’s testimony – an odd tactical decision to say the least”,  “…the court attaches considerable weight to the testimony of Agent Trainor, who authored the 2012 and 2013 IAD reports.”

Judge Allegra characterized DOJ’s attempts to impeach Trainor at trial as, “More importantly though, there is every indication that Agent Trainor’s reports were thorough, well-documented and accurately reflected the substance of the more than 4,000 pages of documents, electronic messages, depositions and notes of interview that he reviewed and summarized in his two reports. Those reports, indeed, corroborate hundreds of critical facts that are otherwise reflected by the testimony and documents in the record. In general, the court was impressed with Agent Trainor’s testimony – his capabilities, knowledge of the subject matter of the investigations, general integrity and willingness to respond to the court’s questions.”

Below you will learn that DOJ went all-in to fracture Trainor’s credibility again, the next episode would come years later.


Newell and Gillette were facing termination for their treatment of me when ATF’s now Director Thomas Brandon allowed Newell to remain employed with a demotion and Gillett, to retire in lieu of termination. On the stand Trainor “let slip” this dirty little secret that DOJ wanted no one to know.  Higman had bailed on his ATF career when the allegations against him began to surface so he was not subjected to termination or discipline, having already resigned.

ATF’s Director Thomas Brandon negotiated all settlements with ATF managers investigated in my case. All were given free rides including those who pulled my backstopping just before the arson. He internally cleared them of any wrongdoing mid-trial just when it looked like their ship was sinking. None were held internally or externally accountable.


During our trial transition from Tucson to Washington, Higman, who had completed his testimony adversarial to me for the government, left a threatening voicemail on the telephone of Trainor who was scheduled to continue his testimony. Higman voiced his dissatisfaction with Trainor’s investigation. He knew Trainor had caught him dirty and with his pants down.

The same day the voicemail threats were received, Trainor discovered that his government vehicle had been vandalized with a construction cone forced into the tailpipe while parked at his residence.

Trainor reported the Higman threats to ATF investigators and mid-level managers. ATF field investigators who listened to the voicemail believed it was a threat, a serious one. ATF opened an investigation into Higman. The investigation progressed until, on the eve of interviewing Higman, ATF Headquarters Executives quickly closed it. If the governments “star” witness against me had tampered with my witness their defense of my case would be trainwrecked. ATF and DOJ did not want to prove what they knew to be true. Best way to stop that was to not interview Higman. They wouldn’t have to know the truth.

Trainor reported the threats to ATF attorney Rachael Bouman and to DOJ lead trail attorney David Harrington and his co-counsel assistant Corinne Niosi. Now knowing that ATF had no intention to conduct a complete investigation and hiding behind the white-wash dismissal of the Higman threats, Trainor documented that during a telephone call Harrington twice threatened him: should Trainor attempt to make Trial Judge Allegra aware of the threats his Justice Department career would be negatively impacted.

Facing threats to his safety and his career, Trainor continued his trial testimony in Washington. He testified accurately displaying the courage and integrity all of us expect and demand from a law enforcement officer. He did not report the threats against him at that time to Judge Allegra or anyone, including me, other than his private counsel and the trial attorneys.

Ignoring the noose around his own neck at closing argument Harrington arrogantly advised Judge Allegra that that blame for ATF’s failed arson response, “can be laid at the feet of Jay Dobyns and how he approached things”. Judge Allegra and I were still in the blind regarding the trial threats Trainor had faced.

Millions of taxpayer dollars had been spent to defeat me. DOJ’s attorneys cheated along the way. In spite of that they were unsuccessful.


But, not so fast.

Eric Holder’s DOJ appealed the ruling with the support and encouragement of ATF’s then Director B. Todd Jones. There was no way DOJ or ATF was going to stand for a lowly agent and his disability and construction law specialist attorney Jim Reed beating them, regardless of what verdict the trial produced. They had plenty of your tax money left in their banks to continue to fund their fight against me. They were betting that I would “tap-out” both figuratively and literally.

America, you paid for this! The joke is on you (and me).Optimized-Holder-Jones-gun-control-624x780

Ex-ATF Director Jones and Attorney General Holder


After DOJ’s appeal was entered Trainor contacted Judge Allegra and advised of the threat situations he had faced during trial from both Higman and Harrington, now fourteen months past.

By then the case was held in the control of the Appellate Court. Upon learning of the new allegations Judge Allegra asked that Court return to him his trial verdict for reconsideration but, his review would only take place after an inquiry into the threats against Trainor and other allegations of trial misconduct by DOJ could be properly investigated. Judge Allegra ordered an investigation and intended to use the inquiries findings to determine if a new verdict should be issued.

DOJ tried to appeal their way out of the soon-to-follow scrutiny. They lost and the process continued.


United States Court of Federal Claims Chief Judge, the Honorable Patricia Campbell-Smith, assigned retired Unites States Magistrate, the Honorable Judge John Facciola, to direct the inquiry on the courts behalf as a Special Master.

Judge Allegra’s December 1, 2014 opinion establishing these proceedings being very specific in his order regarding what he wanted the Special Master to accomplish on his behalf.

While my interests were unquestionably injured by the misconduct that we alleged, the Court also held an interest in whether government lawyers lied to or deceived the presiding judge. In the process of protecting my rights, Jim Reed and I became the de facto ‘special prosecutors’ on behalf of the court’s interest, attempting to obtain the documents and evidence needed to prove our claims – and Judge Allegra’s stated concerns – that DOJ committed fraud and misconduct.

Still more of your tax money was committed by DOJ to defend, protect and further cover-up their bad conduct. American’s fund DOJ’s behavior. In spite of our services designed primarily to defend the integrity of Judge Allegra’s courtroom, Jim’s firm, Baird, Williams and Greer and I self-funded our efforts. The imbalance of resources was extreme but we were not shaken or discouraged.


My attorney, James B. “Jim” Reed

Over six months passed. Thousands of man-hours were dedicated to both sides of the argument. Hundreds of pages of arguments, briefs, memorandums, opinions, orders and rulings were created; some of which are on the verge of being unsealed.

One of most hard fought contentions during the case was Jim’s work to overcome DOJ’s attempts to protect critical documents we needed to discover the truth.

On June 19, 2015 Special Master Facciola ruled in my favor under his Opinion on the Deliberative Process Privilege and ordered that those dangerous documents be released to me, under seal. We were on the path to success. We were being given the ammunition needed to prove the allegations against DOJ’s attorneys and ultimately to provide Judge Allegra the information he would want to see to determine if DOJ’s attorney misconduct affected the final outcome of the trial.


On June 23, two judicial days later, Judge Campbell-Smith “terminated” Judge Allegra from my case and reassigned it to herself as the new trial court judge. The Arizona Republic contacted the Chief Clerk of the Court of Federal Claims to determine why Judge Allegra left the case – and the court’s service. The Clerk indicated that Judge Allegra had a health disability, but offered “no comment” when asked if Judge Allegra left his position voluntarily.Smith Allegra

The Honorable Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith             The Honorable Judge Francis Allegra

Three weeks later Judge Campbell-Smith contacted U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, asking him to provide her new and additional judges sending White House nominees for the federal bench to the Senate Floor. She stated that the Court of Federal Claims had an urgent need for fill vacancies; in this context, it is regrettable that apparently Judge Allegra’s health circumstances, after seven years of handling my lawsuit and while he battled his health issues, did not allow him finish out this lawsuit in the manner in which he envisioned during these proceedings.

Fed. Claims Chief Judge Urges Congress To Fill Vacancies

Law360, Washington, July 13, 2015

The chief judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims urged Senate leaders on Friday to approve President Barack Obama’s nominees to the court, saying long-standing judicial vacancies have strained it.

In a four-paragraph letter, Chief Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith asked U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the chairman and ranking member of the Judiciary Committee “to fill at your earliest opportunity” five vacancies on the court, which has not been fully staffed with 16 judges since February 2013. The lack of judges has not slowed the complex casework arriving before the court, Judge Campbell-Smith added.

“Despite the court’s shortage of judicial officers, our caseload continues unabated,” she wrote. “The statutory requirements dictating deadlines for certain types of cases unique to our court, including government contract disputes — some of which involve national defense and national security — remain in effect.”

The cases in the Court of Federal Claims are often for high stakes, with three current suits considering damages of at least $40 billion, Judge Campbell-Smith wrote. The dollar amounts reflect the complexity of the underlying cases, which deal with government contract disputes, tax issues, environmental regulations and Native American claims, among others, she said.



To support their shut-down of the ATF investigation into Higman’s threats against Trainor, ATF and DOJ trial attorneys actually crafted a declaration to the Special Master on behalf of ATF’s Assistant Director Michael Gleysteen in which they tried to explain why ATF chose not to fully investigate the Higman threats.

The trial attorneys are now known to have passed back and forth Gleysteen’s statement to the Special Master self-composing the document and adding “redline” edits to it with each exchange. The telling statement comes when one of the DOJ attorney writes, “I think this suits our needs.”

What DOJ and ATF had done (again) was to make Trainor the bad guy. They characterized him as delusional and over-reactive.  When you feel that your children are threatened, short of taking an AK to the streets, is it even possible to over react?  Does DOJ’s ‘take’ on this type of situation sound familiar?

Over a year after the threats against him had been made and passed Trainor stated that the threat was then likely a non-issue.  DOJ jumped on that position to claim there never was a threat.

DOJ argued, how could a fraud have occurred if no “real” threat ever happened?  Chris Trainor is once again victimized to beat me.  A manipulation of the facts is nothing to worry about at DOJ.


The newly unsealed documents will demonstrate that Special Master Facciola first ordered depositions of several DOJ attorneys and ATF Agents, and then later withdrew his order, preventing us from asking any of them questions at deposition. Higman’s and the DOJ attorneys now held the knowledge that their alleged threats to Trainor would never be questioned live and under oath in this process by Jim Reed.  Their questions and answers were all generated “in house” by their friendly and sympathetic protectors.

In denying depositions to me, in large part, the Special Master simply did not honor what Judge Allegra had intended.

The accused attorneys have retained private counsel specializing in criminal matters. They didn’t do that because they felt safe or because DOJ was intending to defend them as having acted within the ‘scope’ of their duties.


In a Rule 60(c) proceeding (which we just completed), a judgment can be altered or amended if there has been a fraud upon the court, a misrepresentation or other misconduct.

The Special Master took a very narrow interpretation of that rule.

He determined that, because agent Trainor testified truthfully at trial – despite the threats and intimidation he faced from the Higman voicemail, the vandalism to his government vehicle that coincided, and, the threats he received to his career by DOJ – Judge Allegra’s verdict was not impaired and no ”qualifying” fraud occurred.

My interpretation of that decision is that in Special Master Facciola eyes, DOJ can threaten and intimidate witnesses so long as that conduct does not negatively impact their testimony. If the threatened witness does not cave in, then for Special Master Facciola – no fraud, no harm, no foul. I do not agree.

He also chose to ignore an important element of the rule – misconduct.  For his own reasons he simply was never interested in exploring DOJ misconduct. Maybe because it was so dicey and had too many of DOJ’s big names involved.  I do not know.  More on that is below.

Judge Allegra is no longer available to rule on or accept/decline whether the Special Master’s standard for fraud, quite different from his own, was acceptable. That is now up to Judge Campbell-Smith in the weeks to come.


In a final debate DOJ argued that key documents unveiled during the Special Master investigation containing what they claimed to be “sensitive” information including the names of the accused attorneys should not be released to the public. We argued that American citizens deserved to know how their government’s Justice Department operates, how they chose to spend your tax dollars and on what.

My contention was that the very attorneys who zealously tried, and failed, to support ATF’s self-imploded claim that I was an arsonist and potential murderer – doing so unethically knowing the facts and evidence they held in their hands proved that I was not – and who had further tried their best to wreck Chris Trainor’s reputation with no regard were now concerned that their cherished reputations as DOJ attorneys and representatives of justice might be soiled if their names were made public.

Judge Facciola granted those redactions but unsealed nearly everything else.

President Obama himself supported my argument. In the first executive order he signed after assuming office he stated,

January 21, 2009, “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies”

“A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” […] In the face of doubt, openness prevails. The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears. Nondisclosure should never be based on an effort to protect the personal interests of Government officials at the expense of those they are supposed to serve.”




Eric Holder’s DOJ strenuously fought my case-in-chief at trial. When they lost, Eric Holder’s DOJ filed an appeal to continue the fight. Despite assuring Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley that she would hold every attorney accountable who engaged in misconduct during my lawsuit and “look into it”, Loretta Lynch’s DOJ fought the Special Master inquiry and the publication of the related documents.

Nothing has changed with respect to my lawsuit following the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General – nothing. Her assurances of accountability for attorney misconduct in this case appear to have been nothing more than feeding Senator Grassley answers she believed he wanted to hear of good faith intent, offered only for the purpose of securing her Senate confirmation.

The disgrace of this lawsuit for the Justice Department and American taxpayers continues, under new – but not – different leadership. The Justice Department is a rudderless ship, and this lawsuit continues the drumbeat emerging from federal lawsuits around the country, exposing DOJ as the most unethical, corrupt and menacing law firm in the United States. DOJ is not an advocate for the American citizenry – it is a threat to them.

I often get questioned by friends on my wisdom, or lack thereof, for openly challenging the President, the AG, DOJ and Congress. “They will destroy you if you are not more careful.” My answer is simple, “I don’t give a f**k. I am already destroyed and the truth is on my side. Besides, what are they going to do? Frame me as a murderer and put me in prison.” Been there, done that with these clowns. If I see a red laser dot on my chest, they better shoot first.

I like to refer to Ms. Lynch as, Holder-Lite. This is how she is spending your money.

President Obama Announces Loretta Lynch As His Nominee For Attorney General

Outgoing AG Holder                                 Incoming AG Lynch                                 President Obama

So what? Why is this important?

It is important because of the backstory Jim and I uncovered during our investigation.


The ultimate supervisor for the trial attorneys and the final decision-maker regarding whether to withhold threat information from Judge Allegra was DOJ Civil Division Section Chief and attorney Jeanne Davidson. Davidson has been at DOJ for twenty-three years and is one of the most powerful attorneys at the Justice Department, in America. Davidson is presently awaiting a Senate vote to confirm her as a Federal Judge.

Main Justice

Politics, Policy and the Law

February 6, 2015

International Trade Court Nominee Advances

Justice Department veteran Jeanne Davidson nomination to be a judge on the U.S. Court of International Trade advanced Thursday when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved her by voice vote.

But Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said he will ask Davidson to answer additional questions regarding her involvement in a controversial court case.

“I would note that unsealed court documents in the case of Dobyns vs. U.S. have prompted some questions that need to be answered,” said Grassley during the committee business meeting. “So I want to follow up with her regarding the extent of her involvement in those cases.”


Senator Grassley is on to something.











Judge Campbell-Smith presents an award to DOJ Attorney Jeanne Davidson at 2014 U.S. Court of Federal Claims conference

What is Senator Grassley curious about?

Davidson’s involvement in DOJ’s defense of my lawsuit was front, center and early on. She wrote to my attorney Jim Reed in February, 2013 that her subordinate (DOJ’s lead trial attorney David Harrington) “kept her apprised… of all matters…”

If Davidson’s statement is accurate, and I will give her the benefit of the doubt that it is, then she knew, long before trial, what Harrington knew – ATF’s Internal Affairs Division investigation conducted by Trainor – a 4,000 page report (including exhibits) had concluded – again, seven months before trial – and proved that that all of my claims of retribution and endangerment were true. She approved DOJ’s strategies and let the case go to trial.

In one of the to-be-unsealed emails, Davidson is named by another of her subordinate attorneys, a  supervisor above Harrington in the DOJ Anti-Dobyns trial team, crediting Davidson with the final and official decision not to advise Trial Judge Allegra that Higman had left a threatening voicemail on the telephone of Chris Trainor – mid trial!

Apparently when Jeanne Davidson gave the thumbs up to withhold evidence of Higman’s threatening voicemail from Judge Allegra, the DOJ trial attorneys felt “blessed” and free to obstruct justice skipping over their ethical requirement to report the threats to Judge Allegra.

Because the allegations of withholding threat information do not fit within the Special Master’s limited definition of fraud (one that Judge Allegra rejected when he established the inquiry), and because the Special Master did not consider the other portions of Rule 60 – misrepresentation and misconduct – Jeanne Davidson’s role in obstruction will not likely be subject to further investigation.

If anyone believes that DOJ’s Internal Investigators are going to properly investigate this matter then please turn around your spaceship and return to earth with me. Meanwhile, Davidson’s nomination for a federal judgeship awaits a Senate vote.


At trial, the issue arose of an attempt by ATF Office of Chief Counsel attorney Valerie Bacon (who abruptly left during this lawsuit and found other employment at the Postal Authority) attempting to block ATF Phoenix’s new management team (replacing Newell and Gillette) from properly re-opening the criminal investigation into the arson of my home and conduct a legit search for the real arsonist(s). This is what ATF should have done in the first place.

Bacon telephoned and advised the two top ATF Phoenix supervisors that they should leave ATF’s arson investigation closed, because re-opening this criminal matter would damage DOJ’s defense of my allegations in civil court. This was a bad no-no.

How could DOJ defend their position that I was a suspect if the real suspect(s) were found out?

Two highly credible and highly respected ATF SAC’s – Phoenix SAC Thomas Atteberry who testified at trial, and now-ATF Miami SAC Carlos Canino, then-ASAC for Phoenix (in a sworn declaration to the Court), verified that Bacon proactively attempted to prevent their investigation and pressured them to stand down from their search for the real arsonist(s).

Judge Allegra briefly documented Bacon’s attempts to scuttle Atteberry and Canino’s righteous efforts in his Trial Opinion repeating Atteberry’s trial testimony:

“Testimony at trial indicated that Valerie Bacon, an attorney in ATF’s Office of General Counsel, attempted to convince SAC Atteberry not to reopen the arson investigation. In this regard, SAC Atteberry testified:
Q. . . . Did you get any kind of discouragement in any respect from anyone at ATF with respect to reopening this arson investigation?
A. Yes.
Q. Please explain.
A. When I was seeking guidance to reopen the investigation, I had a phone conversation with somebody from Counsel’s office in ATF headquarters.
THE COURT: Can you be more specific, Agent? Do you know who it was?
A. I believe it was Valerie Bacon.
THE COURT: All right. Proceed.
A. I had a phone conversation, and I also believe I talked to her in person one time when she was in Phoenix, and I believe during the telephone conversation she made a comment to me that if you, meaning myself, reopen the investigation that would damage our civil case.

Jim Reed had made DOJ aware of Bacon’s obstruction months before trial. My attorney put DOJ on pre-trial notice, emailing to – yep, you guessed it – Harrington twice, and including Davidson, supervising attorney Donald Kinner and now the third highest ranking DOJ attorney Stuart Delery. He could not have possibly made Bacon’s obstruction more clear.

Pre-trial Harrington emailed Davidson discussing with her Bacon’s tampering. They both knew. Neither did anything about it.


Harrington sat in Judge Allegra’s chambers on June 17, 2013, in the middle of trial and said that he had no prior knowledge of the Bacon allegations prior to Atteberry’s trial testimony.

Hmmmmm? Problematic given the evidence in his soon to be released emails.

The matters regarding Valerie Bacon were of grave concern to Judge Allegra who expressly set forth in his instructions to the Special Master that he wanted this situation to be investigated for fraud on the court.

But, Harrington wasn’t done with his attempt at deception.

Knowing that DOJ’s Internal Affairs (Office of Professional Review [OPR]) had his back and was going to do their corrupt best to bury the Bacon obstruction, Harrington re-affirmed to federal investigators that he believed that his statements to Judge Allegra were true at the time he made them. He responded to OPR, this time in writing, going all-in on his lie.

Harrington’s emails to Davidson prove that he was familiar with the allegations about Bacon before trial. As a result of that knowledge, Harrington’s statements that he did not know were false statements made knowingly and intentionally to federal officials, i.e., to a federal judge and to federal investigative agents. He repeated his lie multiple times.

Again, DOJ did nothing. The rules that apply to ‘us’ do not apply to ‘them’.

The Justice Department – apparently because of their stature in the legal system – believes itself to be above the law and unaccountable for criminal actions. They seem to routinely “circle the wagons” internally to protect themselves, and not just in the case, but in dozens of others presently in the public eye.

As a federal agent, let me be clear about this – when you make intentional false statements to federal agents, you violate 18 USC 1001 – False Statements and Concealment. The Justice Department would like me to pretend that I don’t understand this. However, I was a criminal investigator for twenty-seven years before this case drove me from the job I loved. I encountered violations of that statute multiple times during my career while conducting investigations.

DOJ is very familiar with “1001” as well: it is the very statute DOJ is currently using to prosecute former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert.


Shortly after his appointment Special Master Facciola issued an order that he would not be investigating the Bacon witness tampering episode. The Special Master did not dig deep on the Trainor threats either.

The involved DOJ attorneys reported to, of course, DOJ, that they didn’t threaten Trainor. Without hearing the other side of the story, the Special Master sided with the attorneys and in essence, by doing so said that he did not believe Trainor.

This is not what Judge Allegra ordered.

With the Special Master giving the DOJ lies surrounding the Bacon situation a free pass, will AG Lynch (aka Holder-Lite) given the evidence now publicly available ensure that her own attorneys are held accountable (Harrington) to the same violations of criminal law that she does others (Hastert), as she promised Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley? So far, no. She hasn’t.  Laws and rules and ethics are for the other guys, not for DOJ. In their eyes they are exempt.


Special Master Facciola’s report is final, but the process is not over. In my view, it has barely begun. A hard kick in the teeth has never stopped me yet.

Jim and I have invested our heart and resources on my behalf and on behalf of the preservation of the integrity of the courts. We view the conduct of the Justice Department as being unfaithful to America and the Constitution.

I am not a crusader or anyone’s Knight in Shining Armor. I just want truth, justice and accountability. For that I have been labeled an enemy of the state. I am in too deep to turn back now. Move forward to die tryin’.

The allegations referred for investigation (like Bacon) were largely ignored by the Special Master and the methods ordered to be used by Judge Allegra were rejected.

Special Master Facciola has made clear that he stands by his final report. I will respect that and I commend him for unsealing the documents involved and exposing his reasoning for support or, critical review. Although I disagree with his conclusions I do believe he is a man of character and transparency.

I will continue to trust the legal system and the courts. If I only backed their decisions in my favor and refused to honor those made against me I would be a hypocrite, I would be DOJ.

In this proceeding I believe that the Special Master did not follow the specific instructions he was delivered by Judge Allegra:

  • ignored the Bacon situation, including our allegations that lead trial counsel David Harrington lied about his knowledge of those events;
  • allowed DOJ to permit the accused attorneys to self-produce critical documents, with no meaningful oversight;
  • denied by ability to question those attorneys under oath and then accepted their self-preservation statements at face value, specifically on the topic of Bacon and Harrington’s threats to Trainor;
  • refused to permit me to obtain direct testimony of Christopher Trainor, and in the absence of that deposition, refused to accept the threat reports of Trainor authored;

And before reaching his conclusion on DOJ’s threats to Trainor,

  • refused to allow the deposition of retired ATF agent Daniel Machonis who was a witness to the threats against Trainor’s career. Machonis would have testified that he was present on the call as a witness when Harrington threatened Trainor’s career; a direct contradiction to DOJ’s one-sided recollection. The Special Master never gave me the chance to make that a part of the record.

Finally, I am most disturbed that the Special Master himself, in his June 19, 2015 Opinion wrote that plaintiff’s allegations, if proven, might represent the commission of a crime – Obstruction of Justice – but then immediately cut off the proceedings to rule in favor of DOJ that no fraud or misconduct occurred denying me the ability to prove it to him. I can’t wrap my brain around that one.


As I stated previous, I lost this battle.  But, am winning the war.

Battle 1: The case-in-chief at trial. DOJ – 0. Dobyns – 1.

Battle 2: DOJ’s attempt to prevent the Special Master’s investigation. DOJ – 0. Dobyns – 1.

Battle 3: The Special Master’s Fraud and Misconduct Inquiry. DOJ – 1. Dobyns – 0.

Battle 4: DOJ’s pending appeal of their loss in Battle 1: To Be Determined.

The War (my effort to expose the corruption that infects DOJ and ATF): The scorecard on this will be held by the American people whose hard earned money is collected every April 15 to pay for DOJ’s shams. Win or lose, I will not give up.

The appeal process will continue. Likely for several more years. Millions more of your dollars will be spent by DOJ in the process.

DOJ’s trial appeal is not about their loss during the case-in-chief. It is not about the $173K judgement against them. It is a personal and vindictive persecution of me. This is about a message that DOJ intends to send to all of us, whistleblower protection laws be damned – ‘You take us on, you point out our flaws, you dare make public allegations of corruption? Even when true, we will ruin and punish you to such an extent that anyone down the road who even thinks of doing the same, won’t.”

Congress is watching. To date, they appear to be OK with DOJ’s position. The Whistleblower Laws?  They are a joke. Our country is run by attorneys and even when adversarial they like each other more than they like us.

So back to my opening…

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DOJ has treated this situation and my life like a card game.  They think we are playing poker.

It’s not and I’m not. I am a wounded lion.




For those following my war and expecting a conclusion on the government fraud allegations to be delivered today – stand by.

A thorough examination of the allegations of fraud and misconduct leveled against DOJ’s attorneys in their handling of my lawsuit remains ongoing. To date, the process has been both extreme and complex. My arguments with DOJ over their production of relevant documents can mildly be described as heated.

To get this right and to drill down for the whole truth is neither an easy nor quick undertaking. When facing DOJ you have to fight for every millimeter of progress, facts, evidence and truth. Those types of things are not the concern of DOJ or ATF. I have learned a valuable lesson in patience through all of this – one I badly needed. The truth will survive to the end, even when the evidence gets hidden.

Today, trial Judge Francis Allegra issued an Order granting a time extension to Special Master Judge John Faciolla allowing him room to properly complete his inquiry:

“On February 23, 2015, the Chief Judge appointed John Michael Facciola as a special master in this case (Doc. 334). Later that day, this court issued an order (Doc. 335) describing the procedures that govern the special master’s appointment, and requiring the special master to provide the assigned judge with a report on or before May 29, 2015. Today, Special Master Facciola filed a request for an extension of that deadline due to complicated privilege issues that have arisen in the case. Pursuant to this court’s February 23, 2015 order (Doc. 335, paragraph 23), the special master’s deadline to file his report is hereby extended to July 17, 2015.”

I am continuing to trust the judicial process as I have since my fight with ATF and DOJ began in 2005 – ten years and running. My fight has now spanned the tenure of two Presidents (George W. Bush and Barack Obama) and five Attorney Generals (John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales, Michael Mukasey, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch). None have shown the integrity to deal with this in an honest or open manner.

If it takes another ten years, ultimately, the truth will see sunlight. I hope I am around for it.

When this broke bad I asked God for help. I was expecting a “K Street” law firm to rescue me. Instead He sent me James Reed, a disability rights and construction law attorney. I could not have done any better in anyone else’s hands. God’s perfect plan is demonstrated in remarkable ways. We are the Odd Couple.

The below picture (2009) demonstrates how the truth-seeking process has aggressively aged Jimmy and I. We weren’t ‘all that’ to begin with but, those who know us or see us daily will attest to how our appearances have sharply declined. It also represents one of our many victories. ATF and DOJ sued me for my book (No Angel). They lost.

I’m now uglier, wrinklier and fatter; Jim has less hair (that has not been an issue for me). We both have added physical ailments that come with long term exposure to stress, harassment and danger. I’m not looking for sympathy or concern. It is what it is. I’d do it all again. But, if anything should happen to either one of us, you will know where to start looking.



A development in current events makes this matter even more interesting. Yesterday an indictment of former House Speaker/Congressman Dennis Hassert was announced. One of the charges filed against him stemmed from his lying to federal agents.


“Hastert, 73, was charged with one count each of structuring currency transactions to evade currency transaction reports and making a false statement to the FBI.”

Even the stories headline can be compared to my situation:

Indictment Taints Former Speaker Dennis Hastert’s ‘Clean as a Whistle’ Reputation

We want to believe our government, our Department of Justice, the leadership of our federal law enforcement agencies is ‘clean as a whistle’. They want you to believe it too. They are not.

When you lie to federal agents, when you cheat and create false documents and mischaracterize and cover up and deceive; the price to pay is heavy, regardless of who you are. Lady Justice is blind to titles, reputation, position or career.

Its called 18 U.S.C. § 1001 – or False Statements (but it goes further):

(a) . . . [W]hoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States,[ 1 ] knowingly and willfully —

(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;

(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or

(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; …shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years. The maximum fine under Section 1001 is at least $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations.

Ask Scooter Libby, Bernie Madoff, Jeffery Skilling, Martha Stuart or Rod Blagojevich if the statute is hallow or unenforceable.

For my adversaries who may read this, I am providing you the courtesy of posting this article. Take it to heart.  It is entitled How to Avoid Going to Jail under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 for Lying to Government Agents.


Uh oh!

112 Order continuing Report submission deadline


April 19: An Untold Personal ATF Story

In the early 1990’s an extremist militia movement was flourishing in the United States – Michigan, Texas, Idaho, and Arizona were strongholds. The common denominator of core beliefs for these groups was an anti-American government sentiment, Christian identity, the mentality of a coming “doomsday” apocalypse and survivalism. These groups often used explosives, firearms and violence in the advancement of their causes – each squarely in the wheelhouse of ATF’s investigative jurisdiction.

April 19 became an important date representing the ideologies and events of those causes. For me, April 19 is a day on the calendar that holds sadness for the friends I would lose or find injured and for the other victims who would be killed and murdered on that date, but, it also represents the joy of befriending and working alongside some of the bravest ATF Agents ever to carry the badge.

A brief history.

On April 19, 1775, the opening shots are fired during battles of Lexington and Concord, the first in the American Revolution. Those first shots were fired by American militiamen.

On April 19, 1861, a mob of radicals holding a desire to succeed from the Union attacked United States Army troops as they marched through Baltimore.

On April 19, 1865, the funeral of Abraham Lincoln was held.

On April 19, 1985, ATF Agents captured and contained the Arkansas training compound of a white-supremacist group calling themselves the The Covenant, The Sword and The Arm of the Lord. The CSA held close ties to the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nations. The CSA drew ATF’s direct attention based on their illegal acquisition of an anti-tank rocket and large amounts of assault weapons. Focus on the CSA increased when member Richard Snell murdered a pawn store owner believing the victim was Jewish and then later, an African American Arkansas State Trooper.

Later, during training related to survival of combat shootings, I would become friends with ATF Agent Bill Buford who led the CSA raid.

In the late 1980’s ATF surged in hiring new agents. They were men and women each young and eager to be involved in the most dangerous aspects of the job. We wanted in the mix and made up the core of our Special Response Teams (SWAT) and undercover operators, mentored by our experienced veterans. Training and working together, they would become some of my most beloved friends and trusted partners.

In 1992, in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, ATF arrested a survivalist named Randy Weaver for his possession of a sawed-off shotgun. The initial capturing of Weaver was performed using the undercover ruse of a broken down vehicle, bluffing the dangerous Weaver into assisting so the arrest could be made safely without a raid. My classmate, mentor, friend, and eventual undercover partner Steve Gunderson pulled that off without incident. Weaver was released on bail but failed to appear for his court hearings. The second attempt to capture Weaver resulted in the murder of United States Marshall William Degan, who I had met during an earlier undercover operation, and the deaths of Weaver’s wife and son.

On April 19, 1993, 51 days after ATF had attempted to raid the compound of the Branch Davidian’s in Waco, Texas, the siege ended when fire broke out during a second attempt to secure the structure and occupants. Tragically, 81 people were killed.

During the initial raid four ATF Agents and friends were murdered – Steve Willis, Robert Williams Todd McKeehan and Conway LeBleu. We were friends as a part of the same hiring and training cycles. Bill Buford was again involved, this time suffering significant gunshot injuries.

ATF Agent Pete Mastin, who had investigated my second combat shooting and with whom I had become close, was a team leader that day. On Pete’s team was ATF Agent Kenny King, yet another friend. Kenny was severely wounded in the assault suffering near-fatal gunshot wounds and falling from a roof inside the compound walls. With Kenny trapped and immobilized, Pete quickly organized a rescue party of my young peers to save him. With Pete leading the way, not a man to ask any young agent to do anything he wouldn’t first do himself; together they placed their lives in real-time risk to retrieve a fallen brother. Kenny was saved, survived by a shoestring and later recovered to lead one of the most remarkable “beating-the-odds” stories in ATF history. Heroism, loyalty, dedication and love were put on full display. My very limited involvement in the event helped me form friendships that have lasted a lifetime and set for me an example of our commitment to each other.

The event.

In 1995, a home-grown terrorist named Timothy McVeigh held a burning hatred for ATF behind the Waco and Ruby Ridge events. His mission was to identify a location for attack, one that housed ATF. A potential target he scouted was the United States Federal Building in Tucson, Arizona, where my office was located.

On April 19, 1995, having determined his prime location, McVeigh detonated a weapon of mass destruction at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 168 innocent American’s died that day. 19 were children. 3 were pregnant women. It was a manufactured device of scale and power that America had never seen on our own soil.

untitled2My friend, ATF Agent Luke Franey, was inside the building at the time of the bombing and somehow, both remarkably and miraculously, survived.

This date also marked the execution of the CSA’s Richard Snell for the murders he had committed.

The investigation.

ATF’s overt involvement in the bombing was clear and easily seen. ATF investigates bombs and bombings. Alongside the nation’s local, state and federal law enforcement, ATF Agents across the country mobilized chasing any lead into any cranny.

Another friend, ATF Agent Lowell Sprague (below, sunglasses) was ordered not wear his ATF raid jacket or anything identifying him as an ATF Agent as he helped lead McVeigh from the jail in Perry, Oklahoma. The FBI wanted to make sure they got all the credit. Lowell had covered me as a Sniper on many undercover operations.

images2(Of Note: Oklahoma State Trooper Charlie Hanger made the actual arrest. And, unrelated but very telling, when the first World Trade Center attack occurred, ATF Agents were slung on a makeshift rig and lowered into the deep blast seat searching for evidence. They recovered the van part that was stamped with the VIN of the bombs delivery vehicle only to lift the evidence out of the hole, hand it to waiting FBI Agents waiting in a safe and stable location and then held up for cameras to display their success, but I digress.)

Investigation into McVeigh’s co-conspirators was intense. A nationwide “all-hands-on-deck” call went out. The investigation took the umbrella operational name of OKBOMB.

Terry Nichols helped McVeigh build the bomb. Michael Fortier helped him devise the plan and scout locations. Both Nichols and Fortier were McVeigh’s Army buddies. Fortier was his roommate.

McVeigh and Fortier had lived in Kingman, located in the northwest corner of Arizona. This area, in addition to the southern tip of Nevada, was a hotbed for militia groups and training. Intelligence quickly developed that indicated McVeigh had associated with some of those groups.

The untold story.

At the time of the bombing I was working undercover in Las Vegas, a mostly uninteresting and mundane investigation into militias. Some gun and drug buys had been the result but, nothing that would raise anyone’s eyebrow. After OKBOMB, that quickly changed. The possibility that one of my targets might have been involved or have information related to the bombing became hot.

Unlike the massive blue-wave that worked in plain view to figure out the who, how and why, this covert phase of the investigation would stay quiet.

ATF Las Vegas Agents Terry Clark – the case agent, Ed Verkin – the supervisor (below), and Darrin Gil – himself a phenomenal undercover operator but unable to use that tactic on this case due to his potential previous exposure to those groups in the area, formed the core.



ATF San Francisco Agents Frank Wandell and Dave Loftus were brought in for support and surveillance.

ATF Explosives legend Jerry Taylor was our device expert.

Las Vegas Metro Officers Gayland Hammack, Pat Fielding and Eric Cruse joined the team and mission.

ATF needed an undercover “hitter” for me to work alongside with. They got ATF Atlanta Agent Vince Cefalu. The first time I met Vince we were both peeing off the second story balcony of a favorite bar near our academy.

The team was set and the pace for an undercover operation was unusual. It was characterized as “urgent, as in right now!”

With that we all went to work. During the months that followed my wife became upset. Not because I was working away from home again but because our baby boy took his first steps in Tucson while I was likely sitting in some broke-dick bar trolling for terrorists.



I introduced Vince to the targets I had met and we cast our nets outward. We ultimately infiltrated and joined a group calling themselves the “Nevada Volunteers”.

turner diariesThey were a hodgepodge cluster of people ranging from paramilitary types, to bikers, to the common man but all holding a shared viewpoint that a Zionist Occupational Government, or ZOG, was nearing. They feared an economic and world police takeover that would disarm the citizenry. Some stockpiled weapons. Others lined their bomb shelters with canned peas and MRE’s. Still others did both while cashing in their savings for gold coins. Their bible was the Turner Diaries, a novel describing a violent citizen revolution, government takeover, the bombing of FBI headquarters and race purification created with the extermination of Jews, gays and anyone “non-white”.

The book was found alongside McVeigh in his get-a-way car.

Vince and I dove in. Our personal base of operations – our office – was the tavern at the Glass Pool Inn just outside McCarron airport on Las Vegas Boulevard. We operated from there buying machine guns, sawed off shotguns, homemade nitroglycerin and entertained as our “friends”; anyone who hated America and wished for her destruction.









We befriended “all-stars” of the movement like Johnny Bangerter, leader of the neo-Nazi’s in Utah whose plan was to turn the Zion National Park into a whites-only skinhead compound. He wore military camo that had American, Confederate and Nazi flags sewn on the breast and held a plan to assassinate Utah Senator Orrin Hatch. His bodyguards slung M-16’s on their backs. We briefly trained with Bangerter and the members of his Army of Israel.

Another high profile target we got close to was Bo Gritz, a highly decorated Special Forces vet from Vietnam and Vice-Presidential candidate running mate of Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.

We had the opportunity to get much closer to both but were stood down and told to “disengage the target”. When we asked if the FBI was making that call the answer was “higher”. When asked if it was Attorney General Janet Reno, the answer was the same, “even higher, and don’t ask again.” Our only conclusion was the direction was coming from the White House or CIA.

Our efforts to work on the “shotcallers” were shortstopped but it unwittingly led us to a much more dangerous target. His name was Jeffery James “J.J.” Tenpenny. Vince and I quickly abandoned JJ as his moniker and affectionately nicknamed him “The Dime.”

As it turned out The Dime was only loosely affiliated with the militia cause but was greatly inspired by their effectiveness. After buying guns and drugs from him at his home on several occasions, gaining his trust and confidence, he revealed his plan – implode three Las Vegas Casinos and brutally murder a corporate attorney. Coming from such a low-level target it was simply not believable.

The Dime explained that he had a deep-seated hatred for Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas mogul known as King of the Strip. Wynn owned and operated the Mirage, Treasure Island and Golden Nugget casinos, each an anchor and landmark representing everything Vegas. The Dime had a legal dispute the Wynn Corporation and wanted to create “Oklahoma City Part II” as a part of his payback.

But, there was an evil twist, not before Vince and I were to splash Wynn’s attorney in the face with acid and shoot her to death in front of her children as she delivered them to school. “I want those kids to see her face melt off first.”

We confronted The Dime with the senseless brutality of his proposed crimes. We tried to give him an out and call his bluff. This was so dynamic and extreme that even a hack defense attorney would have a good shot to defend his client by alleging entrapment. How would a nobody like Tenpenny ever orchestrate such a massive attack let alone ever pull it off? It had to be a scapegoat setup? That question at trial would be the first and most obvious to come.

The Dime fixed that for us. Vince asked him, “Do you realize that you are going to kill thousands of innocent people? Grandma’s and Grandpa’s and babies?”

The Dime pulled back his shirt and revealed a solid black tattoo of a heart on the left side of his chest. “You see that? That heart is black. I have a black heart and I don’t give a fuck.”

Dime 2


Problem one solved. He was committed and predisposed. The second problem was the one that we were sure would make his claims nothing more than street talk. How?

Tenpenny fixed that for us as well. He introduced us to an associate who held a reported degree in chemical engineering. Together they had calculated the amount of C-4 it would take to implode the casinos. Unbelievably he also had blueprint diagrams of the casinos themselves. He spread them out on a table at the Glass Pool for us to examine. Later, he walked us through the target locations and casually pointed out where the devices would be placed to create maximum structural damage. As he did I saw a toddler doing a babies “Frankenstein” style walk and thought of my boy.

The Dime sunk himself still further when he ordered the devices with specific detail.

Jerry Taylor in a mad-scientist way that only Jerry could pull off, built actual functioning devices to fit the request. One was disguised inside a picnic cooler. The other in a briefcase. Even more C-4 was provided for the third location. Each were built to be detonated using a model airplane hobbyist’s remote control and servos.



The reality is that even a bomb of that power would not, in and of itself, compromise the structural integrity of a Las Vegas casino. Not to the likes of the Murrah Federal Building but, the death volume in a location of that type would be catastrophic.

To build a solid and prosecutable case the devices had to be real. No fakes. The last potential criminal defense of such an outrageous scheme would be to argue in court that although Tenpenny may have talked a good game, the actual devices he received were not real bombs and therefore had not committed a real crime. Jerry made sure they were real. No dummy bricks of plastic explosive for anything Mr. Taylor was going to put his name on.

On takedown day Vince and I delivered the bombs to Tenpenny in his darked-out garage. It was truly creepy as hell. Vince may not admit it but I know I was uncomfortable and it wasn’t the heat mirages coming off the street as we moved out of the sunlight. In near total darkness The Dime examined the devices with a flashlight. An ATF cover team make up of our ATF and Metro partners staged in the alley. This was at a time when Agents were still allowed to handle their own business without engaging a major SWAT operation to put handcuffs on a suspect. A lot of long days and nights had come to pass for this moment.

Vince was to deliver the bust signal. Because of the sensitivity of the devices and our proximity to the C-4, we didn’t wear body wires that day. A jump-over signal from our transmitter to the remote detonating servo would make sure that the only thing blown up was Tenpenny’s garage, and us.

Prominent in the news at that time was the name Joey Buttafuoco whose 16-year-old girlfriend shot his wife in the face after confronting her on their affair. The bust signal was set.

The Dime gave us the plan. He would place the devices and leave the casinos in a timed coordination with Vince and I murdering the attorney. Everything was agreed to.

Vince was determined to have Tenpenny call in his own assault. He’s crazier than most of the suspects we worked. That’s a part of what made him great. He started to light a cigarette but I waved him off, eye-shrugging at the bombs.

“Dime, what’s the name of that guy who had the affair with the little girl and then she blasted his old lady in the head?”

Tenpenny was clearly not the brightest of bulbs. “John Bobbitt.”

I tried to fix the answer for The Dime. “No that’s the guy whose wife cut his dick off and then threw it in the woods.” The Dime just couldn’t come up with the code. We could hear footsteps from the bust team approaching anxious to make the arrest and put an end to our games.

In frustration Vince gave in. “Joey Buttafuoco you idiot.” “BUTTAFUOCO!” That was all it took. Doors unhinging, glass breaking and me ready to wet myself again alongside my partner. “Please don’t detonate. Please don’t detonate.”

Moments later Tenpenny was proned out, Taylor de-activated the devices and unfortunately, The Dimes loyal and massive Rottweiler, Bear, laid dead on the driveway after attacking an Agent trying to protect his beloved master.

The subsequent search of Tennypenny’s house found a copy of the Turner Diaries in his nightstand.

Tenpenny was indicted and convicted on explosives charges. At his sentencing and in an attempt to clear his conscience when the Judge asked him if he had anything to say The Dime offered, “Your honor, I might as well get this out. I sold those guys some sawed-offs and a bunch of meth too.”

This portion of the OKBOMB story has never been fully told and it’s not fully told here. The Las Vegas media knows where their bread is buttered. The case was buried deep in the local paper and described only in minor detail.

Vegas Article



Ed Verkin received a very nice fruit and nut basket from the Wynn Corporation in gratitude.

After a cumulative years’ worth of investigation, ATF awarded Vince and I $300.00 dollar cash bonuses. $167.73 after tax and withdrawals. We were grateful and likely took our cash to a bar.

Vin and Bird in LV001




On April 19, 2013, as ATF Agents assisted in the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and worked to identify the bomb itself, bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police.



The Death of Justice


The schedule for the Special Master inquiry into alleged fraud by government attorneys during Dobyns v. USA has been set.

In mid-May I will be in Washington, D.C., taking depositions of critical key witnesses. The time to expose more truths has grown close.

During the trial on my  case-in-chief, I won on the facts and evidence. DOJ and ATF’s legal counsel tried very hard to disprove the truth. But, truth-be-told (play on words)  they won as well, having defeated my claims for millions of dollars in damages.

I believed that I deserved a higher judgment, but I believed even more in the system and respected Judge Allegra’s award. I was at peace after my day in court. DOJ should have also respected the system and celebrated their financial victory. What they would have had to pay for what they did to me and my family was their equivalent of a single, lost french fry at the bottom of a Happy Meal bag. The arrogance of Eric Holder’s DOJ and ATF could not accept that.

Soon after the trial Opinion was published, the revelations of how low the governments lawyers had stooped trying for victory was exposed – which brings us to the here and now.

I intend to prove that DOJ’s attorneys were intentionally and willfully fraudulent in their conduct during the trial.  DOJ will defend that conduct and work to convince us otherwise.

Accountability is right around the corner. If I am successful, I will let it be known. If I fail, I will let that be known as well. When the details are ultimately made public it will turn your stomachs. They are not as good at cover-ups as they think they are.

If you are a ‘bettin’ man’, lay your chips on Jay Dobyns and Jim Reed. We may not get to their money but we will get to the truth and that truth is priceless.

The name of the header picture is titled: The Death of Justice