Although former Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Coleman had primary responsibility at the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Manhattan for white collar crime, especially that committed within the concrete canyons of Wall Street, his tenure in New York would have placed him front and center in the Justice Department’s investigation of suspicious stock “puts” on the stocks of United and American Airlines before the 9/11 attack.
Coleman was the Justice Department’s “go to” prosecutor for white collar crimes. As the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Manhattan from 1997 to 2005, Coleman prosecuted major white collar crimes cases including Adelphia Communications and Vivendi Universal.
While serving as counsel and senior counsel to the Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, Coleman oversaw the work of the Enron Task Force and the Criminal Fraud Section, which prosecuted Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations; stock fraud; procurement fraud, such as that involving U.S. contractors in Iraq; and a wide range of other cases, any one of which, alone, would have created enemies for the federal prosecutor. While in Manhattan and Main Justice, Coleman worked alongside current FBI director James Comey who was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan followed by Deputy Attorney General.
After leaving Justice, Coleman practiced law for Dewey & LeBoeuf and, most recently the London-based law firm of Freshfields, Bruckhaus, and Deringer. Coleman reportedly excelled in investigating “complex multijurisdictional” cases in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia.”
Coleman would be the most unlikely person to throw himself out of the window of his 10th floor Freshfields law office at 700 13th Street, NW, in Washington, DC. Yet, at 8:15 am on the morning of November 3, people heading to work in Washington saw a man plunge to his death from the 13th Street building next to a Metro Center elevator and across the street from Macy’s. Police claim that Coleman committed suicide in yet another suspicious defenestration, an act that has plagued Washington, especially since 9/11. Without even so much as a preliminary autopsy, DC Metropolitan police concluded that Coleman committed suicide by jumping from the building.
Former CIA official Gus Weiss, State Department intelligence officer John Kokal, and Air Force veteran Stephanie Huebner all met their deaths after supposedly jumping from DC buildings. Congressman Paul Gillmor (R-OH), ranking Republican on the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, is said to have fallen down the stairs at his Alexandria, Virginia townhouse and died from blunt force trauma to his neck and head due to the “accidental” fall. Gillmor was investigating the sub-prime mortgage scandal at the time of his death.
Within a two week period from April to May 2009, there were two high profile attorney deaths in the DC area.
The CIA’s assassination manual, released in the 1980s, favors falls from the tops of tall structures, as the optimum method to dispatch someone and then call it a suicide or accident. The manual states, “The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. Elevator shafts, stair wells, unscreened windows and bridges will serve.” On April 30, 2009, former Justice Department attorney Mark Levy, a partner with the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton, is said to have shot himself in his office on the 11th floor of 607 14th Street, just across the street from the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Levy was a Yale Law classmate and friend of Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito. David Kellermann, Chief Financial Officer of Freddie Mac, was reported to have hanged himself at his Vienna, Vriginia home on April 22. Earlier in April, Freddie Mac arranged to have a private security guard posted at Kellermann’s home.
Coleman’s suspicious defenestration will be just another suicide statistic in the nation’s capital. However, like the others of a similar nature, there is more to this story.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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