By Patsy R. Brumfield
OXFORD – Former FBI chief Hal Neilson of Oxford is back in federal court claiming various federal employees, including a former U.S. attorney, conspired to deprive him of constitutionally protected rights.
The lawsuit filed Friday claims Jim Greenlee, the former U.S. attorney, and others conspired “to bring about the fall of Neilson.”
Last September, a Department of Justice report stated that Greenlee wrongly retaliated against Neilson in 2007 and 2008 after Neilson complained to the DOJ about what he termed questionable activities by the region’s chief prosecutor.
Later, a federal grand jury indicted Neilson over some real estate transactions. His FBI career was essentially over but later he was acquitted by a jury on some counts and saw others dismissed because of an inability to prove the claims.
Defendants in the new lawsuit with Greenlee are former FBI agents Matthew Bulwinkel and Michael Turner, investigator Susan Howell and John Does 1-15, whom Neilson may name later after more information is gathered.
Earlier this year, Neilson’s lawsuit against only Greenlee was moved from circuit court to federal court. Greenlee ultimately was dismissed from the suit, and then the suit was dismissed because Neilson had failed to go through channels to press his issues first.
The new lawsuit expands Neilson’s targets to others in their official capacities and individually.
It seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as pre-judgment interest, attorneys fees and costs.
No responses have yet been filed to Neilson’s claims by any of the defendants.