FBI fully reinstates Agent Hal Neilson

Patsy Brumfield reports the good news on NEMS360.com:

Hal Neilson, former resident agent for the FBI’s Oxford office, has been “fully reinstated,” his attorney says.

Neilson, 50, a 20-year-plus FBI employee, was acquitted Nov. 20 of two federal charges that he lied about his financial interests in the University Avenue building where he worked.

A few days later, prosecutors dismissed three other counts when the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict against him.

They said that they were doing so because they could no longer prove their case “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Neilson “picks up his badge and gun on Monday in Jackson,” his attorney, Christi R. McCoy, noted Tuesday.

So, will Neilson retire?

Neilson was indicted Jan. 13 and suspended from active duty with the FBI soon after, but he had been under a legal cloud for even longer because of a federal investigation about his business dealings.

Moments after all charges were gone against him, he indicated he was likely to retire around the end of the year.

Neilson also has a lawsuit pending against Tom Dawson of Oxford, a former assistant U.S. attorney, and Jackson blogger Alan Lange, whom Neilson claims libeled him in a book they co-wrote about the Scruggs judicial bribery scandal. Continue reading “FBI fully reinstates Agent Hal Neilson”

“Merry Christmas” Grady – FBI agent Hal Neilson files suit against authors of “The Kings of Tort”

The prosecutors, who had concealed the investigation carefully, felt it would be important to go public with a post-indictment press conference to maintain an advantage in the running narrative…At the press conference, U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee elaborated on a few details of the case…

One of those attending the press conference was not a reporter at all, but Scruggs’s adversary Grady Tollison, who listened with satisfaction as the prosecutors tightened their grip on Scruggs.  At one point, Dawson, the lead prosecutor, leaned toward Tollison and whispered, “Merry Christmas“. (Page 243, Fall of the House of Zeus)

This past Wednesday, SLABBED reported Patsy Brumfield’s breaking news NEMS360 reports a Merry Christmas for FBI Agent Hal Neilson and followed with the update It’s Official – Government files Motion to Dismiss case against FBI Agent Hal Neilson.

“Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” until Neilson filled in for Santa and filed suit against Grady’s buddy Tom Dawson – Neilson sues Dawson, Lange, ‘Tort’ publisher for alleged lies in book..

Specifically, the book claims that Plaintiff Neilson was untrustworthy and Defendant Dawson, in agreement with two co-conspirators Jim Greenlee and John Hailman, conspired to have Neilson removed from an important case because of his untrustworthiness.

This “important case” was the Government’s case against Dick Scruggs that eventually became know as not one but two – Scruggs I (USA v Scruggs) and Scruggs II (USA v Delaughter).

Not even Santa could make up what’s likely to turn up during the discovery phase of Neilson v Dawson! Continue reading ““Merry Christmas” Grady – FBI agent Hal Neilson files suit against authors of “The Kings of Tort””

It’s Official – Government files motion to dismiss case against FBI Agent Hal Neilson

A re-examination of the case in preparation for the re-trial of those remaining counts, including a consideration of the jury’s partial verdict and the testimony of certain individuals at trial which was inconsistent with statements previously provided during the investigation, has resulted in a finding by the United States that it now can not meet its burden of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt in the prosecution against the defendant on those remaining counts.

WHEREFORE pursuant to Rule 48(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedureand with leave of Court, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana hereby dismisses the Indictment against PHILIP HALBERT NEILSON.

A very Merry Christmas to Lady Justice and Hal Neilson.

NEMS360 reports a Merry Christmas for FBI Agent Hal Neilson – Government to drop remaining charges

NEMS360.com is reporting FBI agent Hal Neilson may indeed be a free man shortly

Just minutes ago, his attorney Ronald Michael of Booneville told the Daily Journal remaining charges against Neilson will be dropped in the next few minutes.

Neilson, 49, of Oxford was indicted Jan. 13 on five counts that he lied to federal investigators about his fiinancial interests in the FBI’s Oxford Office.

A federal jury in Aberdeen found him not guilty on two of those counts Nov. 20, but couldn’t reach a verdict on the other three. Sources said the jury’s vote to acquit was 10-2 on them, although that could not be confirmed.

Soon after the verdicts, Judge Sharion Aycock re-set a January trial date on the rest of the charges.

SLABBED will follow the breaking story.  Stay tuned.