Lizama: No evidence of FBI probe of court marshals

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John Lizama, the Administrator of the Courts,said he met with the FBI on several occasions and the Judiciary conducted its own internal investigation. But he found no evidence of an active FBI investigation.
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John Lizama, the Administrator of the Courts, told a legislative oversight committee this morning that the Judiciary has found no evidence that any court marshals are the subject of an active investigation into the allegations raised in the federal case against Yona Mayor Jesse Blas.

Blas is facing extortion and bribery charges in federal court related to allegations that he sold cluster mailboxes to an FBI informant who posed as a drug dealer.

At a hearing in District Court last month, an audio recording of Blas was played in which he boasted of having connections with marshals at Superior Court.

An FBI agent also testified that there was an investigation involving court marshals who were allegedly having sex with women with active warrants.

When asked about the allegations today, Lizama said he met with the FBI on several occasions and the Judiciary conducted its own internal investigation. But he found no evidence of an active FBI investigation.

“We have not been advised of or informed of any specific investigation regarding any allegation against any of our marshals, our current marshals, or any active employee of the judiciary. We did do an internal investigation. We did meet with the FBI. We are not aware of any investigation regarding any allegations against any of our marshals,” Lizama said.

However, Kristina Baird, the staff attorney for the Judiciary, told senators that the internal investigation is not closed yet.

She said the Judiciary’s internal investigation will remain open until the case against Mayor Blas is closed.

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