NAFUSA Foundation President Mike McKay announces Wales Reward Enhancement
On February 21, 2018, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reaffirmed the commitment of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI to bring to justice those responsible for the October 11, 2001 murder of AUSA Tom Wales in Seattle. He also included a reminder that DOJ will pay a reward of up to $1 million to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those behind the Wales murder.
“Any attack on a law enforcement officer is an attack on our entire justice system,” Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein said. “The Wales family has shown incredible strength, courage, and devotion. As Deputy Attorney General, I intend to see that we leave no stone unturned in the search for the killer who murdered Tom Wales. We will continue to pursue this case for as long as it takes to achieve justice. The killer will be held accountable.”
National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys (NAFUSA) Foundation President Mike McKay (U.S. Attorney for Western District of Washington, 1989-93) announced that, in addition to the reward offered by DOJ, the Foundation is putting up $525,000 to complement that already available (when DOJ pays out its reward, the NAFUSA Foundation will do the same). Joining McKay were NAFUSA members:
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (U.S. Attorney, WDWA, 2009-14)
Hal Hardin (U.S. Attorney, MDTN, 1977-81), President of NAFUSA
John McKay (U.S. Attorney, WDWA, 2001-07)
Bill Hyslop (U.S. Attorney, EDWA, 1991-93)
Jim McDevitt (U.S. Attorney, EDWA, 2001-10)
“Every U.S. Attorney in the country from every administration dating back to President Carter is committed to support DOJ and the FBI to make sure that those behind Tom’s murder are brought to justice,” said former U.S. Attorney Mike McKay. “We hope that this increased reward, and the publicity it generates, helps in finding that citizen who will provide the last evidentiary link so that charges may finally be brought.”
“This case is so important to every former U.S. Attorney in the country,” said Hal Hardin, President of NAFUSA and former U.S. Attorney in Nashville, TN. “If this murder is connected with Tom’s work, he will be the first Assistant U.S. Attorney killed in the line of duty. Indeed, it’s was an attack on our country,” he said.
“Our experience is that the amount of a reward can make a difference in cases like this,” said Bill Hyslop, former U.S. Attorney from Spokane. “We therefore hope that by increasing the reward by more than 50% and generating this publicity, a good citizen will come forward with new, helpful information about the Wales case.”
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