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Old September 3, 2011, 08:00 AM   #952
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Originally Posted by aaalaska
Jimbob do you really think this is punishment? This is simple payoff for taking the fall.
Melson was a career civil service employee before he was plugged into the political appointee position of Acting ATF Director. Melson didn't 'take the fall' for Fast and Furious by resigning like a 'good' political appointee would have done. Instead, he spilled the beans on the Justice Department to Issa's committee and essentially dared Justice to fire a whistleblower. Justice's solution was to reassign him back to a career civil service job where he will finish out his time to retirement (the earlier of when he has 30 years of government time in 2013, or when he turns 60).

Originally Posted by hardcase
Ken Melson is now a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy. In that capacity, he'll advise the Justice Department on forensic science policies and developments.
Melson appears to have strong qualifications in the field of forensic science. From George Washington University:

Mr. Melson is a co-chair of the Subcommittee on Forensic Science, Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council within the Executive Office of the President. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and in 2006, became Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.

He currently represents DOJ as a board member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, on the Ethics Committee for the AAFS, and on the Advisory Council of the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law.

Mr. Melson has been an adjunct professor at The George Washington University for over 30 years, teaching law and forensic science courses at both the law school and the Department of Forensic Sciences, and publishes in both scientific texts and legal journals.
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