Meet the Whistleblower
Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Jane Turner led efforts to force the FBI to provide protection for child sex crime victims on North Dakota Indian Reservations. In retaliation for exposing FBI failures within its child crime program, Ms. Turner was removed from her position. A federal jury vindicated her in a historic 2007 verdict in her Title VII discrimination case.
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto won a five year legal battle against the FBI in which a jury awarded Ms. Turner the maximum compensatory damages permitted under Title VII. The total recovery, costs, fees and damages awarded exceeded $1.5 million.
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto also assisted Ms. Turner in raising allegations of theft at the World Trade Center Ground Zero by FBI agents. These allegations led to an investigation by the Department of Justice Inspector General. The IG Investigation Report found that there had been misconduct by FBI agents and led to new agency regulations preventing the taking of souvenirs from crime scenes.
Read an extensive interview with Ms. Turner here.
Articles from the Archives:
Timberjay: FBI whistleblower recounts her experiences
City Pages: Special Agent Jane Turner vs. The FBI – interview
Star-tribune: Ex-agent wins lawsuit against FBI
Pioneer Press: Whistleblower awarded $565,000 in 2001 sexual discrimination case
Star Tribune: Senator demands FBI explain actions against St. Paul whistleblower
Pioneer Press: The Open case of agent Turner
Turner v. Gonzales 421 F.3d 688
Turner v. Gonzales 01-1407 JMR/ AlB
For more about Jane Turner, visit her page at Whistleblowers.org here.