Brother Tortured & Murdered by Federal Government
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Summary: Kenneth Michael Trentadue
was not only the victim of mistaken identity in the 1995
Oklahoma City Bombing investigation, but was tortured and
murdered in a federal prison.
This story uncovers the massive
abuse, perjury, lies, intimidation, additional murder, and
cover-up perpetrated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Civil Rights
Division, federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), federal courts, and
various U.S. senators including Orrin Hatch of Utah.
This information was compiled by
Kenneth's brother, Jesse Trentadue, who is committed to
bringing the perpetrators of this travesty to justice.
Jesse resides in Utah.
Part I. Torture & Murder
On August 21, 1995, Kenneth Michael Trentadue was supposedly
found hanging from a bed sheet in a SHU Unit (maximum custody)
cell at the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma. Trentadue was at the Federal Transfer Center as a
parole violator for failing to report to his probation
officer. The DOJ says that Trentadue was placed in the SHU
Unit at his own request for protective custody.
Mistaken Identity: Matched Description
of Timothy McVeigh's Accomplice
[Get details and pictures...
Also cover pathetic reasons he was in parole violation.]
Contacts Brother from Federal Prison
[Get details of phone
conversation the day before asking for money and planning to
talk again the next day...]
Supposed Cause of Death
September 1, 1995. The BOP
issues a press release announcing that Trentadue's death had
been "ruled a suicide by asphyxiation" and further stating
that "other cuts and abrasions found on... [Trentadue's]
body would indicate persistent attempts... to cause himself
serious injury or death." The ruling of "suicide " for the
manner of Trentadue's death will not occur until July 1998.
Pictures Tell Another Story
[Key pictures in this
Denied CPR for 7 Minutes
Eric Ellis, the guard who
supposedly discovered Trentadue hanging in his cell on the
morning of August 21, 1995, said that he was
"gurgling" but the
officer in charge of the institution that morning, Lieutenant
Lee, will not allow the door to the cell to be opened. Lee,
who admits he has been trained that it took "5-6 minutes" to
die from lack of oxygen, instructs Ellis and the other guards
to remove the key from the cell door and to wait "seven
minutes" before opening the door.
Lee then orders Groover to
videotape the body and cell and only after the videotaping is
completed does the physician's assistant, Carlos A. Mier,
examine Trentadue. Lee tells investigators that he "knew for
sure" that Trentadue "was dead and thus he was not concerned
with taking any immediate emergency action."
also admitted to investigators from the OIG that Lee knew
Trentadue was dead before he arrived at the cell.
No CPR or other resuscitative
efforts were performed upon Trentadue because,
according to Mier, between the delay in opening the cell door and
videotaping, "more than seven minutes had lapsed — that's the
time it takes to die." Nevertheless, Mier tells federal
investigators that he did perform CPR and other resuscitative
efforts and Mier even signs affidavits to this effect which he
later admits were not true. Mier likewise perjures himself in
front of the Grand Jury.
October 5, 1997: Kathleen
Timmons, Chief of the FBI's Color of Law Unit
memorandum to her superiors within the FBI, advising them that
"efforts had been underway at DOJ to advise Senator Orrin
Hatch of the press release before it is publicly announced."
More importantly, Timmons reports to Director Freeh and others
that she has viewed the "non-existent" Groover videotape (see
Part II below) and
that as a result of that viewing:
"There is a potential perjury
issue regarding a Bureau of Prisons paramedic who indicated he
administered CPR to the deceased Trentadue and the evidence of
a videotape does not indicate CPR was administered. Other
serious issues are involved in the case regarding BOP
personnel's alleged mishandling of the corpse and the
potential crime scene and the aftermath of Trentadue's death.
Timmons will later
memo to her superiors within the FBI expressing her fear that
because of the "lack of efforts to resuscitate the victim who
was left hanging for an extended period of time after being
found" Carlos Mier might face state criminal charges.
Part II. Evidence Hidden or Destroyed
What follows is a startling
account of some of the blatant whitewash perpetrated by the
federal government to obstruct truth and justice.
According to ???.
S.I.S. Lieutenant Kenneth W. Freeman took 35 mm photographs of
Trentadue's body and cell [when exactly?]. The
negatives of these 35 mm photographs mysteriously disappear
soon thereafter along with the photographs from one of the two
rolls of film Freeman used to photograph the body and cell.
That same morning, Operations Lieutenant Stuart A. Lee takes
Polaroid photographs of Trentadue's body and cell. Like the
Freeman negatives and 35 mm photographs, these Polaroid
photographs likewise mysteriously
After the conclusion of the
Grand Jury and other investigations into the circumstances of
Trentadue death, most of these photographs and negatives will
be mysteriously found by FBI Agent Tom Linn, some of which are
shown in the "Pictures Tell Another Story"
On the morning of August 21, 1995, Guard Roger T. Groover
allegedly uses a video camera to videotape Trentadue's body
and cell. Groover tells the FBI that he videotaped Trentadue
hanging in his cell. Groover will later tell the same thing to
the Grand Jury and Office of Inspector General ("OIG"). But
Groover will eventually admit that he
lied about having seen Trentadue hanging in the
cell and about having videotaped Trentadue's hanging body.
Groover likewise swears
the camera was functioning properly, but the
DOJ claims that the video
camera malfunctioned resulting in only a two or three second
videotape of no evidentiary importance. The OIG will later
have that tape examined by Norman I. Perle, a video forensic
expert who reports that the tape had
been erased. The OIG will then contact another
forensic video expert Bruce Koening, who happens to be a
former FBI employee, to give an opinion that the tape had not
been erased and that the camera must therefore have
As stated in the "Denied
CPR for 7 Minutes" section above, Kathleen Timmons, Chief
of the FBI's Color of Law Unit, claimed to have viewed this
"non-existent" Groover video in an October 5, 1997, memorandum
to her FBI superiors.
December 1, 1997: David L.
Russell, United States District Judge for the Western District
of Oklahoma finally igns an Order
releasing the Grand Jury evidence to the Oklahoma County
District Attorney, Robert H. Macy, for use in that office's
investigation of Trentadue's death.
December 5, 1997: The FBI
Oklahoma City Office sends an e-mail
communication to FBI Headquarters questioning
instructions they had received from Al Moskowitz, Deputy Chief
of the Civil Rights Division. Moskowitz had told the FBI not
to make "any release of file and/or evidence to Oklahoma
County District Attorney, Robert Macy,..." The Oklahoma City
FBI Office was asking why, since the DOJ had promised
cooperation and the Federal Judge had released the Grand Jury
evidence, Macy was not to receive the other FBI files and
evidence not presented to the Grand Jury.
April 2, 1998: The Polaroid
photographs taken of Trentadue's body and cell on the morning
of August 21, 1995, are discovered by FBI Agent Tom Linn. But
rather than being lost, these Polaroids photographs are in the
possession of Rita M. Sampson, Assistant General Counsel for
the FBI's Civil Litigation Unit in Washington, D.C. Sampson's
job is to oversee the defense of any civil lawsuit brought
against the FBI as a result of its handling of Trentadue's
case. Linn also learns from Sampson that the FBI obtained
these original Polaroid photographs from BOP Regional
Headquarters in Dallas, Texas (which just happens to be the
office of Michael D. Hood) in August of 1996. These original
photographs were never shown to either the Grand Jury or to
the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office's investigators
and for good reason: when the original photographs are
enlarged, they show blood spatter in cell 709A.
May 13, 1998:
DOJ lawyers produced a Privilege Log of the documents that
will not be given to attorneys for Trentadue's family's civil
law suit. On that Privilege Log appear entries such as "302
Re: Evidence Provided to DA Staff" and "Letter to Michael R.
Bromwich from J. Trentadue 3/12/98." Jesse C. Trentadue's
March 12, 1998 letter to Bromwich, head of the OIG, concerned
"false FBI interview reports." Jesse had been asked by
Bromwich to provide the OIG with evidence of wrong doing by
DOJ officials under the assurance that it
would not find its way into the hands of the DOJ attorneys defending the government against my family's
law suit. The free flow of information between the Torts
Branch attorneys defending the DOJ from Trentadue's family's civil suit and the OIG investigators.
June 8, 1999: The OIG retains
Norman I. Perle, a well-recognized expert on video/audio
authentication (Rodney King case, L.A. Riots, etc.), to
examine the Groover videotape and camera used by Groover and
to give the OIG an opinion as to whether the camera
malfunctioned as the DOJ claims or whether
the tape had in fact been intentionally erased. Perle
reports his initial findings to the OIG that: "The camera was
working on the date in question, 8/21/95," and that "there is
specific evidence of tampering [with the Groover videotape]
and the testing confirms that visual and audio material was
In other words, Perle reports to the
OIG that the camera did not malfunction, that Groover did
videotape Trentadue's cell, and that tape was subsequently
erased. OIG agents suddenly — without any explanation — take back
the videotape and camera from Perle before Perle has completed
his analysis. Nevertheless, by this date, Perle had completed
enough of an analysis of the videotape and camera to
conclusively say that the Groover video camera had functioned
properly and that the tape had been erased. The OIG then takes
the camera and videotape to another, more friendly analyst for
an opinion. This analyst is Bruce Koenig, who just happens to
be a retired supervisor of the FBI Crime Lab, and Koenig
opines that the tape had not been erased.
Cell Evidence Purged; Clothing
When Trentadue's body was
discovered, he was wearing blood-stained khaki pants and a
blood-stained T-shirt. But when his body is turned over to the
Medical Examiner at 7:00 a.m. that morning, he is wearing only
blood-stained boxer shorts. An
FBI Memorandum will later
reveal that FBI Agent Jeff Jenkins left the "clothing" in the
trunk of his car until it putrefied and that "Jenkins took the
smelly bloody clothing out of his car and now had it in the
FBI office." The clothing disappeared and has never been seen
since. Agent Jenkins denies this entire occurrence.
Under Oklahoma law, the death
scene was required to be preserved. Federal law likewise
required that any inmate suicide be investigated by a
"psychological reconstruction team" and that the death scene,
"...shall [be] handle[d]... with the same level of
protection as any crime scene in which a death has occurred
to insure that available evidence... is preserved... for
subsequent investigators doing a psychological
By law, a
"psychological reconstruction" must
be done of every inmate suicide. This psychological
reconstruction is an in depth investigation and report on the
alleged suicide, including method, means, motive, etc. Trentadue's alleged suicide is the only one for which the
BOP did not do a psychological
On the afternoon of August
21, 1995, the evidence in cell 709A where Trentadue's body was
supposedly discovered is destroyed when that cell is cleaned
by inmates and staff. In order to have the cell cleaned,
Freeman falsely tells his superiors at the Federal Transfer
Center that he contacted the FBI and that the FBI had released
the crime scene. Freeman would later admit that he lied about
having FBI approval to destroy the crime scene and boast that,
"if I have to take a hit for it so be it." But like Garza (see
"Guard Told: "Keep Mouth Shut"—or Else"
Freeman will insist that he was forced to lie by OIG Agent
The inmates barely managed to
finish cleaning Trentadue's cell before the arrival of the
Psychological Reconstruction Team at 2:00 p.m. on August 21,
1995. Trentadue's cell was cleaned even though the Federal
Transfer Center administration had known before 8:00 a.m. that
morning that the Psychological Reconstruction Team would be at
the facility that afternoon to investigate, including
examining the cell and they had been told by the Chief
Investigator for the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office
to preserve the crime scene.
Meanwhile, the Federal Transfer
Center psychologist, David Wedeking, meets with his superiors
and leaves that meeting to prepare a Suicide Watch Report
stating that Trentadue had been placed on suicide watch
shortly before his death. Wedeking later
admits under oath
that the Suicide Watch Report was false and that there had
been no suicide watch.
December 14, 1995: Rowland returns to Trentadue's cell. The
supposed suicide note on the wall of that cell had been
painted over (see "Supposed Suicide
Note Debunked" section).
February 6, 1996: Oklahoma City
Homicide Detective Tom Bevel
completes a review of second or third generation
copies of the existing crime scene photographs for the FBI.
Bevel has to review copies from copies of these photographs
because the negatives are missing. Bevel is not shown the
photographs from one roll of film taken by Freeman nor the Lee
Polaroids or Groover videotape. From this limited evidence,
however, Bevel concludes that, based upon the blood flow
pattern on the body, Trentadue had been wearing clothing at
the time of his death.
Bevel recommends to the FBI that
"the inmate's clothing should also be examined to determine
the type, location, and distribution of any blood stains."
Bevel was obviously never told of this missing evidence,
otherwise he would not have made that recommendation regarding
examining Trentadue's clothing. It will later come to light
that Bevel was also hired by the DOJ
to be an expert witness for the government in defense of
Trentadue's family's civil law suit.
April 4, 1996: BOP Assistant
Director Cheney writes to senator Feinstein to head off any
inquiry by the Senate Judiciary Committee into the manner of Trentadue's death. Cheney assures Feinstein that,
representative of the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office came
to the institution, reviewed Kenneth Michael Trentadue, and
examined the cell. The cell had not been disturbed except
for the removal of the body."
Cheney's representations to
Feinstein were not true. Trentadue's brother Jesse
subsequently wrote to confront Cheney about the fact that he
had lied to Senator Feinstein. DOJ records
reveal that upon receipt of that letter Cheney went directly
to Al Moskowitz, Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Division to
ask for help in "responding."
Falsified Phone Transcripts
March 12, 1996: Inmate
telephone calls at the Federal Transfer Center are recorded.
On the morning of August 19, 1995, Trentadue called his
brother Jesse's home and spoke with his sister-in-law Rita.
Rita was surprised to learn that he was in Oklahoma and asked
how that had happened to which Trentadue said: "It's that JET
Trentadue then explained to Rita how he had been
flown to Oklahoma for a probation hearing. The BOP obtained a
tape of that conversation and had it transcribed in September
of 1995. But to support its theory that Trentadue had
committed suicide out of fear that he had contracted AIDS, the
transcript of that discussion between Trentadue and his
sister-in-law was changed to read "It's that AIDS stuff" and
that false transcript was released on this date to
Part III. Murder & Intimidation of
Key witnesses in the
Trentadue murder reported being threatened, intimidated, and
punished. One key witness was found dead — likewise
hanging from the bed sheet in his cell — only days after
seeking witness help against threats by guards.
Threatened Medical Experts
Within approximately 24 hours
of Trentadue's death, on August 22, 1995, Kevin Rowland, Chief
Investigator for the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner
files a "murder" complaint with the FBI stating:
"That the authorities at FTC's version of victim's alleged
suicide is not consistent with Medical Examiner's report."
On this same date, the OIG
completes its first "investigation" concluding that no "prosecutable federal crime had occurred." That
investigation" was carried by many of the same individuals who
will conduct the "second investigation" which results in the
November 18, 1999, OIG Report with essentially the same
December 20, 1995: The
Medical Examiner meets with representatives of the DOJ who urge him to withhold release of his autopsy
report until the FBI can complete its investigation.
tells the Assistant United States Attorney from the Western
District of Oklahoma that, irrespective of the manner of Trentadue's death (homicide to suicide),
"Trentadue had been
abused and tortured..."
A few days before this meeting, the
Medical Examiner was allowed into the Federal Transfer Center
to examine Trentadue's cell. During that examination of the
cell, Jordan is threatened by guards. The threats are so
serious that Dr. Jordan reports them to the FBI, but nothing
is ever done about the matter.
July 1, 1997: Dr. Jordan
speaks with the Assistant United States Attorney for Western
District of Oklahoma. Jordan tells the Assistant United States
Attorney "that the federal Grand Jury is part of
and that he "feel[s] it is very likely this man was killed..." The Assistant United States Attorneys immediately conveys
Jordan's comments to the BOP even though the Trentadue had been
assured by Civil Rights Division attorneys that there would be
no such linkage or communication between those investigating Trentadue's death and the targets of that investigation
especially the BOP.
October 10, 1997: The Medical Examiner
[Dr. Jordan, right?] issues a
press release stating that he
personally found the results of the Grand Jury "disappointing,
but not surprising in view of the circumstances." He went on to say that:
"From the outset, the Federal
Government through its refusal to cooperate in allowing a
thorough technical scene investigation by a competent police
technical investigating unit assured that adequate scientific
answers to how Mr. Trentadue received his myriad of injuries
will never be available. The refusal further assured that we
will never be able to prove to a reasonable certainty if Mr.
Trentadue hanged himself or if another asphyxial mechanism
came into play. Since scientific scene investigation is the
hallmark of good death investigation in our country, one has
to wonder why the Government of the United States took the
action that it did in this death investigation."
October 22, 1997: Dr. Jordan
speaks with Senator Dorgan by telephone about Trentadue's
case. Jordan tells Dorgan his
"feelings that the investigation
was crippled, the decedent was at least beaten, we haven't
found the truth and probably won't." Jordan goes on to tell
the Senator about his,
"...lack of trust in the federal government...
and the DOJ in particular."
December 11, 2002: Dr.
Jordan, the Oklahoma Medical examiner
gives a deposition in
which he states under oath:
that in the Trentadue case he was
"harassed by the Department of Justice from the very
that Trentadue was "beaten"; and
that Trentadue's injuries were consistent with Trentadue having been in a
"altercation" prior to his death.
Dr. Jordan's Chief
Investigator, Kevin Rowland, is also deposed and
he believe the federal government had
"lied to the
medical examiner's office";
that the federal government had
been involved in a "cover-up"; and
that the FBI never told the
medical examiner's office that someone else's blood was found
in Trentadue's cell or that the noose around Trentadue's neck
had no cut marks even though the BOP guards all claimed that
Trentadue had been found hanging and cut down by them.
January 16, 1997: Dr. William Gormley, of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, completes
his review of the autopsy of Trentadue's body, which was done
at the request of Civil Rights Division Attorneys Kevin Forder
and Sheryl Robinson. Gormley tells the Civil Rights Division
attorneys that because of the destruction of the crime scene,
he agrees with the Medical Examiner's conclusion that the
manner of death should correctly be listed as "unknown." Gormley
goes on to say, however, that he believes
"the deceased was assaulted."
April 11, 1997:
airs a show on Trentadue's death, including
interviews with Utah senator Orrin Hatch (see previous "U.S.
Senators Feign Assistance," section) and the Medical
Examiner, Dr. Fred Jordan. When
asked if he had ever seen a "suicide" like this, Jordan
"No! Not only have I not seen it in 20
— almost 20
years of forensic practice,... and I presented this informally
to colleagues from other states and I have not encountered
one who had ever seen anything like this before in a — in a
More importantly, Jordan is asked whether
some of the trauma of Trentadue's body (i.e. bruising on the
underside of the arms) was self-inflicted, and he answers:
I think that was done by someone else."
Following the NBC
Dateline program, Jordan writes a memo to the file stating:
"The Dateline program on 11/8 Apr. 97 was completely accurate..."
July 3, 1997: The Medical
Examiner goes on national television and states that Trentadue
was "very likely murdered" but that because of Freeman's
destruction of the crime scene, "I am not able to prove it."
The Medical Examiner also says that the DOJ's destruction and loss of evidence in Trentadue's case
was incompetent or worse "planned."
March 31, 1998: Dr. Jordan
meets with Richard Wintory, the Assistant Oklahoma County
District Attorney conducting that Office's investigation into
the circumstances of Trentadue's death. This meeting took
place when the Oklahoma County District Attorney's
investigation was in its infancy. Yet Wintory tells Jordan
about his [Wintory's] "desire to hold a press conference
expressing, among other things, his regrets to the employees
of the FTC for the length of the investigation and problems it
may have caused them." Wintory is, in other words, going to
apologize to the DOJ for any embarrassment Trentadue's family may have caused by questioning the manner
of Trentadue's death and, more importantly, he is planning
this apology before he has even concluded his investigation.
According to Jordan's memorandum of that meeting, he tells Wintory that in his opinion
"the fact that the family of the deceased had to do the
initial investigation is perhaps where a real apology
July 10, 1998: Investigators
from the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office meet with
Dr. Jordan and convince him to change the manner of death from
"unknown" to "suicide." This same day, Jordan
releases a media
statement announcing his "suicide" determination explaining
that it was based upon the fact "that in the 17 hours before
his death, Mr. Trentadue was by himself" and the suicide note
written on the wall of that cell which had been identified as
being in Trentadue's handwriting. But neither of these facts
were true, especially the claim about the handwriting. The
handwriting theory was, in fact, supplied by OIG investigators
(see "Supposed Suicide Note Debunked"
December 9, 1999. Jesse
Trentadue receives a call from inmate Alden Gillis Baker, from
USP Lompoc, California. Baker was a violent psychopath and the
only witness to Trentadue's murder willing to testify.
records show that Trentadue was placed in the same cell with
Baker who, because of his violence and psychological problems,
was to be celled alone. The DOJ claims that
Baker and Trentadue never occupied the same cell and that
Baker was in fact celled in another part of the institution at
the time of Trentadue's death. But all permanent records that
would show Baker's exact location within the Federal Transfer
Center at the time of Trentadue's death
These records disappeared from widely dispersed locations, but
before they disappeared they were apparently in the possession
of the FBI because an FBI Memorandum states that
indicate that Baker and Trentadue occupied cell A709 on
8/20/95 and 8/21/95."
Baker telephoned Jesse
Trentadue to ask for help because he was being threatened by
guards at USP Lompoc. During that conversation, Baker told
Jesse that he had called DOJ Attorney Peter Schlossman, one of the attorneys representing the government
against my family's civil law suit, to tell Schlossman about
the threats he was receiving from BOP staff and to ask for
help. Baker went on to say that upon hearing this, Schlossman
asked Baker whether Baker was willing to say that his
deposition testimony about having witnessed Kenneth
Trentadue's murder was a lie. In response to that question,
Baker told Schlossman that his deposition testimony was the
truth. Upon hearing this, Baker said Schlossman responded, "I
have nothing further to say to you," and hung up the telephone.
August 3, 2000. Baker was
found hanging by a bed sheet in his SHU Unit cell at Lompoc.
The DOJ contends that Baker's death was a
suicide, but will not release any documents or evidence on the
matter. That telephone call was recorded by the BOP and it still
likely exists, but the DOJ will not turn over the
recording to Trentadue's family. Not only does Baker's death
mirror Trentadue's, but it is exactly what another inmate,
Nick Arcabasso, was told would happen to him if he told anyone
about having heard guard Rodney DeChamplain say that "he
killed Trentadue." Arcabasso was told if he said anything
about that admission, he would "just be found swinging from a bedsheet."
Guard Told: "Keep Mouth Shut"—or
Robert Garza was a guard on
duty at the time of Trentadue's death who
told his neighbor,
William Foster Garrett, that,
"guards out there killed this
old boy and then tried to hang him to cover it up."
Garrett, Garza also said,
"...if I didn't keep my
mouth shut, people were going to come burn my home down."
Garza's admissions to FBI Agent Linn, but Garrett is not even
called to the Grand Jury. Instead, Garza denies that he made
any such statement to Garrett. Garza will
later say that he
was instructed by OIG Agent Ronald Holland to perjure himself.
Witness Threatened & Punished
March 3, 1997: Shortly before
he is to appear before the Grand Jury and testify about having
heard guard Rodney DeChamplain admit to Trentadue's murder,
inmate Nick Arcabasso is confronted by agents from the BOP and
told that he had better not testify against DeChamplain.
Arcabasso refuses and is officially charged with
allegations against a staff member" and sent to the hole. Arcabasso is sent to the hole even though DeChamplain had
taken and not passed a polygraph examination on whether he had
in fact confessed to Trentadue's murder in the presence of
Family Also Targeted
March 25, 1997: Accusing Trentadue's brother Jesse of being on a
"campaign to discredit
the federal Government," the Civil Rights Division attorneys
conducting the Grand Jury and the FBI hold a meeting to
discuss the possibility of indicting Jesse C. Trentadue for
"obstruction [of justice] or fraud..." The consensus of
those present at that meeting is not to open a separate
investigation of Jesse C. Trentadue because he would have to
be notified that he was a "target."
The Civil Rights Division
attorneys and FBI, therefore, agree to secretly investigate
Jesse C. Trentadue under the guise of investigating Kenneth
Michael Trentadue's death and the DOJ will
enlist the aid of an inmate named James Hauser to help them
indict Jesse Trentadue. Hauser promises the DOJ to place a "yolk of silence" around Jesse C. Trentadue's neck by testifying that he paid inmates to perjure
themselves. Hauser was polygraphed, failed that polygraph, but
was nevertheless presented to the Grand Jury to give perjured
June 27, 1997: Jesse C. Trentadue receives a response from the FBI to a 1995 Freedom
of Information Act request he had filed asking for all records
which the FBI maintained on him. Jesse C. Trentadue is told
that his request was being denied because of the ongoing
investigation into the circumstances of his brother's death.
But more importantly, the FBI told Jesse C. Trentadue in that
letter that: "Please be advised that you are not the target of
this investigation." That comment, too, was untrue.
Part IV: Lies & Perjury
One by one, government witnesses, claims, and theories
vanished under the light of public scrutiny.
"Noose" Lie Exposed
August 11, 1997: The FBI
Crime Lab completes its analysis of the ligature which Trentadue was suppose to have used to have hanged himself. The
Crime Lab discovers that the noose portion of the ligature had
not been cut which means that Guard Eric Ellis was lying when
he appeared before the Grand Jury and testified that they used
scissors to cut Trentadue down after he was discovered hanging
was lying. This evidence, however, was not included in the FBI
Crime Lab's report of the ligature examination. This evidence
was likewise withheld from the Grand Jury.
November 13, 2000:
The Trentadue family's trial began against Oklahoma City against
the United States DOJ and Operations Lt.
Stuart A. Lee (who was in charge of the FTC at the time of Trentadue's death). J.
Douglas Perkins, a fabric expert employed by the Oklahoma
Bureau of Investigation, testified that agents
from the OIG were "involved in the investigation and normally
accompanied Oklahoma City Police Department" investigators.
Perkins had been asked to examine the
ligature and he made these findings from that examination:
that he could not tear the sheet into strips and fashion a
ligature because of a heavy hem;
that in several places
someone had used scissors or a knife to partially cut and then
tear this sheet into strips; and
that the noose portion of the
ligature had not been cut. Perkins told both the Oklahoma
County District Attorney's investigators, and also OIG agent
Carlos Capano of these crucial findings.
Neck wound matches plastic handcuff
used by federal prison guards.
(Click on picture to enlarge)
But Perkins' findings are never mentioned in the Oklahoma County
District Attorney's Final Report of its investigation or in
the OIG Report despite their obvious significance. More
importantly, the Medical Examiner is not told that someone
else's blood was found in Trentadue's cell and that the noose
around his neck had not been cut.
A second piece of crucial evidence was a Polaroid
photograph (see photo to the right) of the ligature mark on Trentadue's neck taken by
the Oklahoma Medical Examiner during the autopsy. This
photograph shows that the mark left by the ligature with which
Trentadue was strangled matched a plastic handcuff of the type
used by guards at the FTC.
Supposed Suicide Note Debunked
December 14, 1995: Again, when Rowland returned to Trentadue's
cell, the note on the wall of that cell had been painted over.
The FBI Crime Lab, left with nothing but several photographs
of the writing to analyze reported:
"Due... to the lack of detail in the submitted
photographs... [it] is doubtful is this handwriting will
ever be identified with hand printing of a known
Years later, however, the DOJ will
claim that the note was written by Trentadue to his
Hispanic wife and signed "love familia." In a July 19, 1998, Daily
Oklahoman article, Richard Wintory, the
Assistant Oklahoma County District Attorney, explains where the suicide note
theory originated. Wintory said that his "investigators
discounted the value of the note" until the "Office of
Inspector General... positively identified Trentadue's
handwriting using his past correspondence and confirmed that
the last word was the Spanish word for family."
But the OIG
never "positively" identified that writing as belonging to Trentadue. In fact, the OIG does not obtain an opinion from a
"handwriting expert" until August 20, 1998, and even that
opinion is suspect because it was rendered by Immigration and
Naturalization document examiner, Gideon Epstein (not a
handwriting expert) who could only say that the note was "probably" written by Trentadue.
Moreover, approximately one
year later on May 17, 1999, Jesse Trentadue
received a letter from the OIG
asking him for the original correspondence from Trentadue to
his wife and to our sister written shortly before his death.
The OIG was requesting these letters because,
found on the inside walls of cell 709A at the time your
brother's death deserve a careful and independent evaluation."
In other words, the OIG was not sure that Trentadue had
written that message. Yet, it had misled the Oklahoma County
District Attorney to believe so and the Oklahoma County
District Attorney in turn convinced the Medical Examiner to
change the manner of death based upon this non-existence
Witnesses Testify Despite Failed Polygraphs
May 29, 1997: Civil Rights
Division attorneys return to Gormley and ask him to "come to
Oklahoma City and testify before the Grand Jury in June."
Civil Rights Division want Gormley to testify that "it might
be possible these [Trentadue's] injuries are self-inflicted."
Gormley refuses and immediately notifies the Oklahoma Medical
Examiner's Office of this occurrence. Gormley
Medical Examiner's Office that he was now even more convinced
"that this man was murdered." Also on this date, the FBI Agent
Tom Linn interviews William Foster Garrett, who is a neighbor
of guard Robert Garza. Garrett tells the FBI that Garza told
"The guards accidentally
killed the inmate and then hung him to cover-up their
Garrett likewise tells Linn
that Garza said, "...this is not the first time and it will not be
the last." Garrett even tells Linn that Garza threatened to
kill Garrett and his entire family if he (Garrett) told anyone
about the matter. Garza was given a polygraph examination and
asked whether he in fact made these statements to Garrett.
Garza fails that polygraph examination. But Garrett is never
called to testify before the Grand Jury. Garza, however,
testifies before the Grand Jury and denies having made those
statements to Garrett. Garza later admits that he perjured
himself but claims he was instructed to do so by OIG Agent
June 10, 1997: Inmate Kerry
Binger writes to Attorney General Reno offering to help her
"quickly resolve" the Trentadue matter. Binger claims to be
Trentadue's best friend and is willing to testify that not
only was Trentadue homosexual but that Trentadue confided in
Binger that if ever returned to prison, he would commit
suicide. Neither the FBI nor the Civil Rights Division
attorneys ever asked Trentadue's family if any of these facts
were true. But the Civil Rights Division attorneys and FBI do
polygraph Binger and results of that examination show that he
was lying. Despite knowing that Binger was not telling the
truth on these matters, Civil Rights Division attorneys
present him to the Grand Jury and knowingly
[??? the word knowingly would is hard to
prove in court, unless you have some internal documentation
you can provide] allow Binger to
give perjured testimony.
Part V. Secret Cover-up Campaign
The federal government secretly orchestrated a broad-based,
disinformation campaign to minimize its actions and obstruct
Secret Federal Deception Campaign
August 13, 1997: The Grand
Jury investigating Trentadue's death concludes with a no bill
of indictment. The conclusion of the Grand Jury, however, was
kept secret by the DOJ in order to put into
place a "roll-out plan" which it termed the "Trentadue
mission." Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder
at which the roll-out plan was developed. The DOJ personnel in charge of implementing this roll-out plan
likened it to "coordinating the invasion of Normandy."
roll-out plan involved applying major spin treatment to
Senator "Hatch and possibly Dorgan," to dissuade them from
further questioning the circumstances of Trentadue's death and
to "reach out to the press before or at the same time that we
expect Trentadue to do so." More importantly, two key
components of this roll-out plan were follow-up investigations
by the OIG and Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office with
"6(e) [Grand Jury material] to go to DA."
Internal DOJ documents reveal that the
intended to use these "subsequent investigations" as an excuse
for not releasing information about Trentadue's death by
claiming that to do so would "impair" these investigations.
As part of the roll-out plan,
the DOJ asked the Court presiding over Trentadue's family's civil suit for a stay of discovery
alleging that making evidence available to my attorney's would
interfere with the ongoing Grand Jury. DOJ
Attorney Steven Snyder makes that Motion which he supports
with a sworn declaration from Isabelle Katz Pinzler, Acting
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. In
that declaration, Pinzler states that there is a
Grand Jury investigation" which "could be prejudiced" by
release of the evidence, which was not true.
DOJ documents also reveal that Snyder was involved in
implementing a roll-out plan.
October 9, 1997: The
DOJ releases a press statement announcing
the conclusion of the Grand Jury. But there is no mention in
that press release about the Grand Jury having secretly
concluded months earlier. The press release likewise falsely
"...this matter will now be referred to the Office of
Inspector General to determine whether the conduct of any
federal employee in connection with the death of Trentadue and
its aftermath may have violated Administrative Rules and
That statement was false because the matter had
already been referred to the OIG, as part of the roll-out
plan. The press release likewise went on to falsely state
"The Justice Department will also work cooperative with
state and local officials including the appropriate Oklahoma
State District Attorney in their efforts to determine whether
the state or criminal laws were violated."
This statement was
false because a determination had already been made by the
Civil Rights Division not to release non-Grand Jury evidence
to the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office. Because the
Grand Jury had concluded, Trentadue's brother Jesse renews his
Freedom of Information of Act Request to the FBI for the files
that the FBI had compiled in an effort to indict him.
November 13, 2000: The Trentadue family's trial commences in Oklahoma City against
the United States DOJ and Operations Lt.
Stuart A. Lee — who was in charge of the FTC at the time of Trentadue's death. Several crucial pieces of evidence develop
at trial related to Trentadue having been murdered.
First, it was learned that the
noose was a fabrication, as discussed in the "Noose" Lie
A final piece of crucial evidence
developed at trial was the fact that a person's blood other
than Trentadue's was identified in Cell A-709. But no one was
ever requested to provide a blood sample in order to determine
the origin of this blood. When asked why no blood sample was
obtained to identify the origin of this blood, the agent in
charge of the Trentadue investigation, Tom Linn, responded
that there were "no suspects."
Secretly Collaborates with Whitewash
July 14, 1998: Wintory makes
good on his promise to hold a press conference. He holds that
press conference at, of all places, the Federal Transfer
Center, which could not have been accomplished without the
assistance of the OIG. It would likewise have required some
time to obtain the high level DOJ clearance
needed for that press conference even if the request was
hand-carried by the OIG through the DOJ
bureaucracy. It is also obvious that the media conscious
DOJ would never have consented to such a
press conference at the Federal Transfer Center if Wintory
were going to voice any criticism of that agency.
that Wintory's suicide determination had been reached long,
long ago and that this press conference was designed to defuse
any criticism of the DOJ over its handling
of Trentadue's case. More importantly, Wintory even uses cell
709A within the Federal Transfer Center to stage or reenact
Trentadue's alleged suicide.
This reenactment is
filmed or videotaped for the DOJ by ABC
Nightline. The DOJ then takes the suicide
re-enactment videotape that ABC Nightline produced and sends
it to national media outlets telling recipients that:
"We trust the enclosed
material will assist your organization in correcting the
record and presenting a factual update of this story to your
ABC Nightline's involvement in
filming that suicide re-enactment would likewise have required
some time to put into place all of which means that this was a
well orchestrated media event as the roll-out plan had
Judge Seek Gag Order
August 18, 1998: Tim Leonard, United States District Judge,
Order in the Trentadue case prohibiting Kenneth Michael
Trentadue's family from going to federal prosecutors and/or
Congressional oversight committees with evidence of crimes
committed by DOJ Employees. Steven B.
Snyder, Assistant United States Attorney, requested that Order
on behalf of the DOJ.
January 26, 1999: Richard L. Huff, co-Director of the DOJ's Office of
Information and Privacy, tells Jesse C. Trentadue that,
"The Office of Inspector
General of the DOJ is still investigating the death of your
brother and has asked that the FBI not release any of the
records it maintains."
March 25, 1999: The negatives
from one roll of the two rolls of 35 mm photograph which the
BOP took of Trentadue's body and cell are
suddenly located in
the FBI Oklahoma City Office. FBI Agent Tom Linn "finds" the
negatives. But Linn does not find the missing photographs from
the second roll of film or the negatives from that second roll
of film. These negatives had remained "lost" throughout the
Grand Jury and Oklahoma County District Attorney's
investigation into the circumstances of Trentadue's death.
Without negatives, the Grand Jury and Oklahoma County District
Attorney's investigators were required to rely upon crime
scene photographs that had been made from copies of
photographs which were greatly distorted and could not be
enlarged to show more detail of the crime scene.
Interestingly, using these original negatives, the Trentadue
enlargements of the crime scene photographs that show blood
spatter [Need to add those pictures
here!], which the author of the OIG Report contends does not
exist or was never observed in cell 709A.
According to the FBI
photographer, Felicia Mussyal, she was "90 percent
certain that she saw Freeman's negatives sometime between
November 1997 and April 1998" in the possession of Tom Linn.
Investigatory Conflicts of Interest
August 24, 1995: BOP Director
Kathleen Hawk-Sawyer forms a Board of Inquiry to investigate
the circumstances of Trentadue's death. She appoints BOP
attorney Michael D. Hood to head that investigation, which is
a strange choice since Hood is also the man who will oversee
the defense of any civil suit brought by the Trentadue family. Director
Hawk-Sawyer instructs Hood to treat any report prepared by
that inquiry team as "attorney work product." The "work
product" designation means that this investigation was being
done to defend the DOJ against a civil
lawsuit instead of an official investigation to determine the
circumstances of Trentadue's death.
More importantly, the
DOJ was preparing to defend itself against a
future civil lawsuit when the Trentadue family had not even received
Kenneth's body home for the funeral and, therefore, were
unaware of the extensive injuries he had suffered prior to
death. Within days of Trentadue's death, Hood and his team go
to the Federal Transfer Center and spend approximately a week
there "preserving" evidence, including "eight (8) Polaroid
pictures of the inmate and cell."
This is the last reference
to the Polaroid photograph taken by Lee until they are
"rediscovered " years later. The BOP Board of Inquiry team
goes to Trentadue's cell, observes the note written on the
wall of that cell and reports that it reads as follows:
mind is no longer its friend, love Paul."
claims that that note was a suicide note written by Trentadue
to his Hispanic wife and that it read:
"My mind is no longer
its friend, love Familia."
August 30, 1995: Trentadue's
family hand-delivered to the BOP Regional Office in Dallas,
Texas, a letter accusing Federal Transfer Center guards of
murder. Enclosed with that letter were copies of the
photographs Trentadue's family took of his injuries once they
received his body home for the funeral.
October 12, 1995: The
Assistant Director and General Counsel of the BOP, Wallace H.
Cheney, sends an e-mail to the BOP Office of Internal Affairs,
which was also "investigating" the circumstances of Trentadue's death. The purpose of this e-mail is to warn the
BOP Office of Internal Affairs that "there is a great
likelihood of a lawsuit by the family of the inmate." In "lawyer speak," Cheney was instructing the Office of Internal
Affairs to be very careful about any findings it made with
respect to the conduct of DOJ employees in
the manner of Trentadue's death since those findings could be
used as evidence against the DOJ in any
civil suit brought by my family. At that point in time, Trentadue's family had never threatened any sort of legal
action against the DOJ.
November 16, 1995. BOP
attorney Ann Tran meets with FBI Agent Jeff Jenkins to discuss
the Medical Examiner's jurisdiction and control over the
investigation into the manner of Trentadue's death.
Jenkins that because the Federal Transfer Center was
federal ground," the DOJ was "obliged to
follow state law" and, therefore,
"the Medical Examiner is
entitled to all information and records pertaining to the
deceased in doing their investigation."
Jenkins' response to
Tran was to say that,
"he doesn't care about Oklahoma law... and that if the Medical Examiner is
investigation for Trentadue's brother, then he gets nothing."
That same day, the head of the BOP South Central Region,
Charles Turnbo, reports Tran's discussions with Jenkins to
Director Hawk at BOP Headquarters. Turnbo also tells Hawk that,
"we're continuing to ‘push'
the FBI to conclude the investigation on the suicide..."
This same day, Kevin
Rowland from the Medical Examiner's Office inspects Trentadue's cell along with Jenkins and the FTC
Administration. Rowland orders Jenkins to have the note on the
wall of Trentadue's cell analyzed by the FBI Crime Lab.
November 29, 1995: The first
major news story on Trentadue's death appears when CNN does an
8-minute story on its national news. Interestingly, the OIG
Report states that "the pace of the [FBI] investigation
increased significantly in December ."
December 6, 1995: Referring
to Dr. Jordan as a "loose cannon," The FBI Oklahoma City
Office reports to FBI Headquarters that,
"the Medical Examiner's
findings will probably rule that... [Trentadue's] death was
On this same day, FBI Agent
Jenkins reports to FBI Headquarters that
"the new Warden at the FTC will not allow any of the
guards/officials to take polygraph examinations. The prison
guards are represented by a strong union which will probably
also object to their members taking a polygraph."
July 6, 1996: The Grand Jury
convenes to investigate Trentadue's death. But unlike most
Grand Juries, this Grand Jury is conducted by attorneys from
Main Justice in Washington, D.C. instead of local United
States attorneys. The Main Justice attorneys in charge of that
Grand Jury are Kevin Forder and Sheryl Robinson.
January 28, 1997: The Deputy
Attorney General presides over a highly unethical, if not
illegal, meeting with the Civil Rights Division attorneys
conducting the Grand Jury and the Torts Branch attorneys who
will defend the DOJ against the civil
lawsuit. The subject of that meeting is "the Trentadue
matter." This meeting took place long before the Trentadue
family filed a lawsuit against the DOJ. Yet
the notes of that meeting are claimed to be privileged under
the "work product doctrine," which means the purpose of that
meeting was to defend a civil lawsuit.
In addition, as noted in the "Cell
Evidence Purged; Clothing Disappears" section, Oklahoma
City Homicide Detective Tom Bevel was also hired by the DOJ to
be an expert witness for the government in defense of
Trentadue's family's civil law suit.
November 17, 1999: The
Criminal Division of the DOJ tells the OIG
that none of the DOJ employees recommended
for prosecution by the OIG will be prosecuted. Prior to that
announcement, however, Glenn A. Fine, Director of the OIG
Special Investigations and Review Unit,
e-mails Lee J. Radek,
Chief of the DOJ Public Integrity Section,
regarding those prosecutions:
"Could you fax over either the
declination letter in the Trentadue case or the standard
language that is used in such a letter. I want to get the
wording right in our report."
Radek's reply to Fine's request
"The key words will be, ‘declined... for lack of prosecutive[sic]
merit' — our usual language."
documents reveal that the decision not to prosecute had
actually been made shortly after commencement of the OIG's
investigation. An FBI Memorandum dated June 30, 1998,
documents a meeting between the Agent in charge of the FBI's
Oklahoma City Office and Stephen Beauchamp of the OIG in which
Beauchamp states that he,
"had confirmed that the Civil Rights
Division of DOJ had formally declined prosecution with respect
to two FBI employees involved in the Trentadue investigation."
That same Memorandum states that during one interview of an
FBI agent by the OIG, "the agent was asked to surrender his
weapon before entering the interviewing location." According
to the author of this Memorandum, "the next agent to be
interviewed apparently heard from the other agent that the OIG
would be asking the agent to surrender his weapon, therefore
before entering the building where the OIG interviews were
taking place, this agent locked his weapon in the trunk of his
November 18, 1999: The OIG
releases the Report of its investigation into the
circumstances of Trentadue's death. The Report states that OIG
investigators found "no credible evidence that "BOP or FBI
officials conspired to cover-up the circumstances surrounding
his [Trentadue's] death." More than four years after it
concluded the "first investigation" of Trentadue's death, the
report of the second OIG investigation is completed. Unlike
the first investigation, however, the second investigation
does uncover "prosecutable federal crimes" committed by
DOJ employees. But no one is prosecuted for
those violations of federal law so the results of both
investigations are the same: NO PROSECUTABLE FEDERAL CRIMES.
It will later be discovered that
Tom Bevel, the DOJ's expert witness in the civil suit brought by Trentadue's family, helped write the OIG Report. The OIG also
sent that Report to the presiding judge over the Trentadue
civil suit, along with other evidence of an ex parte nature.
U.S. Senators Feign Assistance
April 11, 1997:
airs a show on Trentadue's death, wherein Utah
senator Orrin Hatch describes the DOJ's handling of Trentadue's
case as "colossal incompetence." The Senator goes on to say
that the "possibility of cover-up" is "certainly something you
can't ignore." Hatch states:
"There are a lot of things
that just are phony about this, that just don't add up....
There is no excuse for anybody covering this up. Now let me
tell you something. This case isn't going to go away. Congress
isn't going to go away. We want answers to this. We want to
know what happened. "
April 30, 1997: During
Judiciary Committee hearings, senator Hatch questions Attorney
General Janet Reno about Trentadue's death. Hatch informs Reno
"[I]t is apparent to me that
not only are the facts suspicious, it looks like someone in
the Bureau of Prisons or someone having relations with the
Bureau of Prisons has murdered the man."
October 10, 1997: Senator
Hatch issues a press release announcing his intention to:
an oversight hearing later this year to examine the facts
surrounding the death of the Mr. Trentadue and the
Department's handling of the matter to date."
December 4, 1997: The FBI
hurriedly schedules a meeting with Senator Don Nickels to
discuss Trentadue's case. In a communique to FBI Headquarters
reporting the results of that meeting at which Agent Linn was
in attendance, the agent in charge of the FBI Office states: "Senator Nickels advised that it would be his decision whether
a Senate inquiry into this matter would be conducted... [and
that] he was not inclined to initiate such a review."
January 17, 1998: The Fox
National News Channel does a story on Trentadue's death.
Senator Hatch is interviewed for that program and says that he
is "disappointed in the Grand Jury result," and because this
case has the "aroma of cover-up" Hatch promises Judiciary
Committee hearings. Hatch also tells the Fox National News
people that "somebody other than Trentadue beat Trentadue up."
Note: The tape of Senator Hatch's interview can be
heard under the "Trentadue" section at the following website:
January 23, 1998: The FBI
(including Agent Linn) meets again with Senator Don Nickles of
Oklahoma. The purpose of that meeting is to remind Senator
Nickles of his commitment to no oversight of the FBI by the
Senate Judiciary Committee with respect to the FBI's handling
of Trentadue's case. According to the
communique sent FBI
Headquarters of that meeting, Senator Nickles assured the FBI:
"That he had a significant
role in determining whether this matter would require
Congressional review, and that such action would most likely
not be necessary."
that assurance, however, Senator Nickles was obviously
troubled because he had several questions for the FBI
representatives present. Nickles, for example, wanted to know
if it was in fact true that evidence had been lost in
Trentadue's case, especially photographic evidence. The agents
tell Senator Nickles that there has been no mishandling or
loss of evidence, especially photographic evidence because,
"the Government has possessed and utilized [that photographic
evidence] throughout this investigation."
That statement was obviously not true. Similarly not true,
were the FBI representatives' response to Senator Nickles'
question about whether there was any truth to the "criticism
of the FBI, BOP, and DOJ regarding their
handling of this case" which was appearing in the press.
Again, the FBI agents assure Senator Nickles that there is no
basis for that criticism. Senator Nickles is told this by the
FBI despite the fact that there had been widespread
discussions within the FBI "regarding potential perjury by the
FBI Agent in Oklahoma City," as well as "BOP personnel's
alleged mishandling of the corpse and the potential crime
scene in the aftermath of Trentadue's death."
May 18, 2001: Senator Orrin
Hatch is contacted by the media and questioned about the
perjury, subordination of perjury and other acts of
obstruction of justice committed by DOJ
employees in the Trentadue case. Hatch's office
statement saying that "federal employees are to be completely
truthful when they testify or they are interviewed by
investigators." Hatch's office goes on to say that "the
Senator will pursue this matter in some way to insure that
this type of conduct does not happen again" and promised that
"something will be done."
June 20,2001: Inspector General Glenn A. Fine appears before
senator Hatch and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Fine touts the "Death of
Kenneth Trentadue" as a example of the "OIG[‘s] OVERSIGHT OF
FBI PROGRAMS." Fine tells Senator Hatch that the OIG's
investigation of the Trentadue case discovered,
"deficiencies in the FBI's
investigation... particularly its mishandling and misplacing
of several important pieces of evidence...."
Fine says nothing about the
intentional destruction of evidence or other acts of
obstruction of justice and perjury documented in the sealed
July 23, 2003: Senator Hatch
raises the death of Kenneth Trentadue with FBI Director Robert
Mueller at the conclusion of a Judiciary Committee over sight
hearing on the FBI. Hatch tells Director Mueller that:
"I want to follow up on an important issue that I am
personally interested in and I think it's important for the
FBI to answer and that issue is the death of Kenneth Trentadue."
Senator Hatch goes on to say:
"Mr. Trentadue's family
continues to raise questions that to me are indeed troubling."
The Senator then presented Director Mueller with written
questions related to Trentadue's death and asked the FBI to
information on Hatch and others backing off.]
Conclusion: You Can Help
State AG's Office Attacks Cover-up
March 12, 1998:
The DOJ's harassment and threats to the Oklahoma
State Medical Examiner and his staff reach the point that the
Oklahoma Attorney General's Office intervenes. On this date,
Assistant Attorney General Patrick Crawley
writes to DOJ attorneys stating:
"In the investigation into the
death of Kenneth Trentadue, all the rules seem to have been
set aside. In a sort of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass' set
of circumstances, the truth has been obfuscated by the agendas
of various federal agencies (mostly your clients)....
the process, your clients prevented the Medical Examiner from
conducting a thorough and complete investigation into the
death, destroyed evidence, and otherwise harassed and
harangued Dr. Jordan and his staff. The absurdity of this
situation is that your clients outwardly represent law
enforcement or at least some arm of licit government...
real tragedy in this case appears to be the perversion of law
through chicanery and the misuse of public trust under the
guise of some aberrant form of federalism. In the succession
of either illegal, negligent or just plain stupid acts, your
clients succeeded in derailing the Medical Examiner's
examination and, thereby, may have obstructed justice in this
[I]t appears that your clients, and perhaps others
within the DOJ, have been abusing the powers
of their respective offices. If this is true, all Americans
should be very frightened of your clients and the DOJ."
Family Awarded $1.1 Million
December 15, 2000. The jury
returns a verdict against Stuart A. Lee for having violated
Trentadue's civil rights under the Eighth Amendment to the
United States Constitution. The case against the United States
for assault, battery, conspiracy, spoliation and infliction of
emotional distress was taken under advisement.
January 12, 2001. The Court
enters a Judgment against former BOP employee Stuart A. Lee
for having violated Trentadue's civil rights. A similar ruling
is expected from the Court with respect to the assault,
battery and conspiracy claims against the DOJ. Altogether, the
DOJ expended in
excess of $5 million fighting the Trentadue family's lawsuit.
May 1, 2001. The Court enters
a judgment against the DOJ and in favor of Trentadue's family in the amount of $1.1 million. The judgment
was for the intentional infliction of emotional distress upon
Trentadue's family by the DOJ. Because of
perjury and destruction of evidence, however, the Court was
unable to find that Trentadue's death was a homicide. But in
that judgment, the District Court gave a scathing criticism
about several DOJ employees who testified at
The testimony of PA Mier, Lt.
Freeman and BOP Guard Robert Garza raise serious questions as
to their truthfulness and reveal a lack of respect for the
solemnity of sworn proceedings. From the time of Trentadue's
death up to and including the trial, these witnesses seemed
unable to comprehend the importance of a truthful answer.
The Court's assessment of Mier, Freeman and Garza's testimony was entirely accurate. Yet
that same assessment could have been made with respect to the
testimony of numerous other DOJ employees,
such as Roger T. Groover. At trial, Groover admitted that
although he had testified under oath before the federal Grand
Jury, the Office of the Inspector General and the BOP that he
saw and videotaped Trentadue hanging in Cell A-709. These
statements were not true. Groover confessed that "he did not
see Trentadue hanging" and that he "did not videotape Trentadue
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