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U.S. DOJ finds ex-Milwaukee director Carlson used "poor judgement" in Slaby case

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog said former Milwaukee FBI office director Teresa Carlson used "extremely poor judgment" by influencing an employee's testimony in a disability trial.

The inspector general released its report on the matter Wednesday, after the Justice Department's Public Integrity unit refused to prosecute Carlson.

It all started when Oak Creek native Justin Slaby filed suit. He alleged that he was wrongly dismissed from a training academy for FBI agents, because he lost his left hand while serving in Iraq as an Army Ranger.

Slaby's attorney later said Carlson tried to get her former employee Mark Crider to testify against Slaby in a trial, claiming he was not qualified to be an agent due to his disability. Crider had previously supported Slaby, and he later testified to that effect at a trial last August in which Slaby won his right to train with the FBI.

Carlson's alleged influence was leaked out before the trial. Once that happened, she was transferred to Washington as a deputy assistant FBI director, a post she still holds.

She has not commented on the inspector general's findings.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)