Julie Myers Wood Featured in NYT

Julie Myers Wood at the Atlanta conference in 2012

Julie Myers Wood at the Atlanta conference in 2012

Julie Myers Wood, C.E.O of NAFUSA sponsor Guidepost Solutions, is featured in today’s New York Times column in the Sunday Business Section, Corner Office by Adam Bryant: Eat Your Sushi, and Expand Your Horizons. Wood served as the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nearly three years in the Bush administration and previously as the assistant secretary for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce, chief of staff for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, and deputy assistant secretary at the Treasury Department. She also served as an assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Wood was a participant on the panel on immigration at NAFUSA’s Atlanta conference in 2012 and is married to NAFUSA member John Frederick Wood, who served as the United States Attorney in the Western District of Missouri, 2007-2009. She will be attending  the Boston conference in October.

 

Morgenthau’s Wife Publishes Memoir of Their Marriage

The secret to NAFUSA’s member Robert Morgenthau’s long life may have been disclosed. The 95 year old former United States Attorney in the Kennedy Administration who served 34 years as the Manhattan district attorney, is the subject (or co-subject) of his wife’s new book, Timeless Love, Morgenthau, and Me, by Lucinda Franks. Sara Crichton Books/ Farra, Straus & Giroux. $28.

Franks and Morgenthau were married in the 70s, when Franks was a 26 year old former New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner. As Kati Marton put it in her book review, May Loves December in The New York Times, “The secret to a long and passionate union is to marry someone almost 30 years your senior.”

Gina Bellafante also discusses the book and the couple in An Original Power Couple, From a Much Different Time, in today’s Times.

Katherine Taylor For The New York Times

Katherine Taylor For The New York Times

NAFUSA Foundation Raising Funds to Augment DOJ Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest and Conviction for the Murder of Seattle AUSA Thomas C. Wales

Tom Wales

Tom Wales was a celebrated and very well-regarded Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Washington who was murdered on the evening of October 11, 2001 as he sat working at his computer in the basement of his residence in Seattle. A gunman standing in the yard fired into the basement window of Tom’s home office in what can only be characterized as an assassination. Tom was hit with multiple rounds, but managed to phone 911 before losing consciousness.

The killer was familiar with both Tom’s property and his work habits, and was careful to avoid setting off floodlights in the yard that were attached to motion detectors, leading investigators to conclude that it was a carefully planned execution. One investigator observed that, “This may be as close as you come to a perfect murder, . . . the only physical evidence left behind was the bullets and shell casings, and nothing else.” The only witnesses to the crime heard several shots and then saw a man walk quickly down the sidewalk in front of the Wales house, get into a parked car, and drive away. It is widely believed that the murder was in retaliation for Tom’s work as an Assistant United States Attorney and was perpetrated or arranged by the target of a criminal investigation. If so, Tom would be the first AUSA in the history of our country to be killed in the line of duty.

Most media reports indicate that the focus of the criminal investigation of Tom’s murder is on someone he had prosecuted for a white collar crime, an individual who was accused of falsifying aviation records submitted to the FAA. The Wales’ case has not been solved and the prosecutors believe that until someone comes forward and talks, the case will never be prosecuted.

Shortly after AUSA Wales’ murder, DOJ offered a reward of $1,000,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who committed this crime. The NAFUSA Foundation is leading a drive to raise another $1,000,000 to match the reward offered by the Department of Justice. The Foundation has been working closely with the head of the FBI task force, Special Agent Russell E. Fox, who says that should the Foundation be able to raise an additional $1 million for a reward, his efforts will be greatly enhanced.

The Foundation has set a goal of raising $1 Million in pledges by December 31, 2014. More than $360,000 has already been pledged by prominent firms, including Williams & Connolly ($100,000), DLA Piper ($100,000), Perkins Coie ($100,000), as well as NAFUSA ($25,000). Several NAFUSA board members have made individual pledges. These are just pledges.  Payments will be made only if someone comes forward with information leading to the arrest and conviction of Tom’s murderer(s) and only after the DOJ determines that the person providing the information qualifies for payment of the reward funds put up by the United States government.  And if this occurs, payments will be made through the NAFUSA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity.

We encourage your firm or company to make a pledge, or make an individual pledge. Foundation President Mike McKay (U.S. Attorney, WDWA, 1989-1993) is happy to answer any questions and provide pledge forms (mdm@mckay-chadwell.com).  Special Agent Fox is also available to talk about how an increased reward fund would help his team’s efforts to find the person or persons behind AUSA Tom Wales’ murder.

Relevant articles:

New Push for Help in Solving a Prosecutor’s 2001 Murder (New York Times)

An Unsolved Killing (The New Yorker)

Continued resolve to find Thomas Wales’ killer (Seattle times)

Holder reiterates resolve to find Thomas Wales’ killer (Seattle Times)

Daughter to Seattle fed prosecutor’s killer: ‘I’m not afraid of you’ (Seattle P.I.

 

NAFUSA Members Remember Johnnie Mac Walters

As reported here on June 26, 2014, long time NAFUSA member Johnnie Mac Walters died on June 24. NAFUSA arranged for an American flag to be flown over the Department of Justice in Mac’s honor, and NAFUSA member Walt Wilkins (South Carolina 2008-2010), currently the Circuit Solicitor in Greenville, presented the flag to Mac’s four children at a memorial service in Greenville, South Carolina on July 19. Walt reports that the children were very grateful and sincerely appreciated the gift from NAFUSA. Letters to the family were also sent by NAFUSA members Bill Sessions and John Clark.

Clark shared his “refreshed recollections” contained in his letter. He recalled the assistance Walters gave to Sessions and Clark in ensuring that their requests for timely decisions on matters crucial to their 1972 grand jury investigation did not get bogged down in the bureaucracy. Clark’s reference to “George” refers to George Parr, the notorious South Texas political boss under investigation for income tax evasion. The reference to “my book” refers to Clark’s non-fiction book The Fall of the Duke of Duval (Eakin Press, 1995), chronicling the year-long grand jury investigation and the multiple prosecutions that grew out of it.

Clark writes:

After re-reading the Times piece and thinking further about the chronology of events, it’s my recollection that Scott Crampton succeeded Johnnie as Ass’t AG – Tax Division in 1971, when Johnnie became IRS Commissioner. We knew Johnnie, of course, as well as Scott.  We knew at the outset of our investigation in the Spring of 1972 that we had a tight Statute of Limitations deadline for George’s 1966 tax year ; and when we needed an expedited decision on an immunity grant for Karl Stautz to help us meet that deadline, Scott (at DoJ), and Johnnie (at IRS) helped to accomplish getting the facts reviewed and the decision made promptly.  When we needed assurance a little later in 1972 that the mandatory review by IRS Regional Counsel of the proposed indictment wouldn’t get bogged down in needless bureaucratic delays, Johnnie assured us that it wouldn’t, and it didn’t.  Johnnie believed in us and in the validity of our investigation, and he was helpful to us in ensuring that key decisions were made after proper review and without unnecessary delay. As you may recall, we were concerned because Regional Counsel reviews and decisions had a reputation among US Attorneys’ offices as needlessly slow, as did immunity requests at DoJ. Our District Director, Bob Phinney, was also concerned about the potential delay we might encounter at Regional Counsel level.  I.A. Filer told me that he thought George Stephen (the Chief of Intelligence in Phinney’s office) was the one who selected the team of agents that was assigned to our investigation.  We had three Special Agents (I.A. Filer, Jerry Culver, and Charlie Volz) and crack Revenue Agent Ed Watts. As I wrote in my book, I never worked with a more professional or a more capable team of investigators.

John

 

At the time of the Parr investigation, Sessions was the United States Attorney for the WD of Texas (1971-1974) and Clark was the First Assistant. Sessions later became a United States District Judge for the WD of Texas and the Director of the FBI. Clark succeeded Sessions as U.S. Attorney (1975-1977) and is currently of counsel with the San Antonio law firm of Goode Casseb Jones Riklin Choate & Watson. He is also a past president of NAFUSA and one of the founders. Sessions is currently a partner at Holland & Knight in Washington.

Clark says, “Johnnie Mac Walters truly believed, as the oft-quoted maxim puts it, that ‘A public office is a public trust.’ I felt privileged to know him.”

Johnnie Mac Walters