UPDATE: Neilson reinstated into FBI, attorney says

By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal

OXFORD – Hal Neilson, former resident agent for the FBI’s Oxford office, was “fully reinstated” Monday, said his attorney, Christi R. McCoy.

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, which the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on 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,” McCoy noted Tuesday.

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 as of Dec. 31.

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.

They have declined to comment.

He also sued the book’s publisher, Pediment Publishing of Minnesota.

• For more details, read Wednesday’s Daily Journal.