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Agent Who Infiltrated Hells Angels Wins Key Ruling in Complaint Against ATF

February 11, 2010  | 

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One of the most decorated undercover agents in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has won a key ruling in a civil complaint against his own agency, only to be hit with a government countersuit claiming his autobiography and a planned movie have harmed the United States.

Jay Dobyns, an ATF agent in Arizona for 22 years, contends in U.S. Court of Claims papers that his bosses failed to uphold an agreement to protect him after he received death threats from the Hells Angels.

Last month, Judge Francis Allegra ruled that Dobyns' complaint must proceed, and he rebuked government lawyers for their dismissal arguments.

The agent's victory was short-lived, however. Days after Allegra's Jan. 15 decision, federal lawyers filed a counterclaim accusing Dobyns of harming his country by publishing an autobiography, "No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels," and entering a deal to sell the book's movie rights.

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