*This official report was sent today to the US Marshal Service Internal Affairs and Department of Justice*
US Marshal Martin J. Pane, Middle District of Pennsylvania
United States Marshals ServiceOffice of Professional Responsibility, Internal Affairs
2604 Jefferson Davis Highway
Alexandria VA 22301
RE: US Marshal Martin J. Pane
We are requesting that Martin J. Pane, US Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, be investigated for his actions between the dates of November 21 through November 28, 2012 and his leading of the Middle District of PA Fugitive Task Force in the ruse he developed to make our son Shawn Richard Christy, into an alleged fugitive from justice when he never was.
Specific Points we want Investigated
1) Why Marshal Pane took 7 days from the issuance of an arrest warrant (November 21, 2012) until November 28, 2012, when a Marshal team arrived to arrest our son Shawn Christy. According to Marshal Pane’s press release (attached), the Marshals in Alaska sent an investigative lead to the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of PA. Marshal Pane did not need this because:
a) Shawn was on courtesy supervision with US Probation in the Middle District of PA. His USPO was Robert Comine and Supervisor Gerald Dempsey. The arrest warrant was for a probation violation. Marshal Pane in his press release admits he knew Shawn’s probation was in PA. Why didn’t Marshal Pane contact these USPO’s in the Middle District of PA?
b) On November 20th our son, Shawn Christy, was discharged from the half way house, namely the Scranton Catholic Social Services Residential Program. Shawn called us that morning and wanted us to pick him up. He was released from the half way house and received no release paperwork. We called Shawn’s USPO Robert Comine, who had just previously left our house with USPO Cynthia A. Kozel. USPO Comine told us to bring Shawn home and we could put him on our car insurance so he could look for work here in our area. USPO Comine said he would notify us on any decisions about Shawn that the District of Alaska made in his case. Alaska was Shawn’s jurisdiction and USPO Comine was doing a courtesy supervision for Alaska. Did Marshal Pane contact USPO Robert Comine or Supervisor Gerald Dempsey (Dempsey was overseeing Shawn’s stay at the half way house in Scranton PA), as to Shawn Christy’s whereabouts on November 21, 2012, the day his arrest warrant was issued? Was Marshal Pane supplied with this information at any time?
c) On November 19, 2012 Shawn Christy left the Catholic Social Services Residential Program, the half way house he was residing at since mid July 2012. He spent the night in the woods but returned to the half way house the next morning to make amends. Later that morning a Scranton Police officer returned his duffle bag that he lost that night. The Scranton Police were dispatched that night and were searching for Shawn. Were Marshal Pane and the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force of the Middle District of PA notified as to Shawn’s leaving the Scranton half way house on the night of November 21, 2012? Did US Probation Officer Gerald Dempsey only call the Scranton Police to look for Shawn because if Shawn returned to the half way house, Dempsey could have him sent home and make it look as if he were a fugitive from the law?
d) The afternoon of November 21, 2012, both Shawn Christy and his father Craig Christy, were interviewed by Andy Mehalshick from WBRE News, the local NBC affiliate in front of their home in McAdoo, the same day Shawn’s arrest warrant was issued. This news story aired locally that night on the 6:00 news. (Copy of the story enclosed) This proves that Shawn had been home at that time and we were awaiting USPO Robert Comine’s word on any actions being taken in Alaska concerning Shawn and Shawn was waiting to appear in court if needed. Did Marshal Pane and the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force see this interview on the news? WBRE also airs in the Scranton PA and surrounding areas. If so, they would have seen that Shawn was not a fugitive. Did Marshal Pane contact USPO Robert Comine or Supervisor Dempsey of US Probation for the Middle District of PA about Shawn being on the news?
2) Marshal Pane mentions in his press release on November 21, 2012 that victims in the underlying case included Sarah Palin and that the telephone calls made in this case threatened Sarah Palin. Our son, Shawn Christy as well as his father Craig Christy, were mentioned in this statement as making those calls. Shawn Christy and Craig Christy were charged with Title 47 USC 223 (a)(1)(d) Harassing Telephone calls, letting the phone continually ring, one count each. (Copy of Indictment attached). Furthermore, the charges stem from both Shawn and Craig acting pro se and communications with a law firm in Alaska which Sarah Palin uses, not with Sarah Palin. AUSA Retta-Rae Randall of the US Attorney’s Office in Alaska states in a Alaska Bar filing on September 1, 2014 that Sarah Palin is not a victim or a witness in Shawn and Craig Christy’s case. (Copy attached). Was Marshal Pane working to create a federal hoax (Title 18 USC 138) with USPO Robert Comine and Supervisor Gerald Dempsey of US Probation in the Middle District of PA, to make Shawn Christy appear as a fugitive when he was not, to gain career benefits and personal gain by using Sarah Palin’s name and reputation for national news attention?
We feel Marshal Martin J. Pane’s actions are criminal and we allege that:
1) Marshal Pane conspired with US Probation in the Middle District of PA, specifically USPO Robert Comine and his Supervisor Gerald Dempsey in creating a federal hoax (Title 18 USC 1038) to make it appear that our son, Shawn Christy, was a fugitive when he was not.
2) Marshal Pane falsified information in a government matter (Title 18 1008) by claiming in an official US Marshal press release that Sarah Palin was a victim in a case involving Shawn Christy and his father Craig, when she was not.
These untruths which Marshal Martin J. Pane announced in his US Marshal Press release on November 28, 2012 have caused great financial hardship on the Christy family and have defamed our personal reputations. Karen Christy, Shawn’s Mom, has not been able to find work since the time of this press release. Craig Christy even had a Social Security Administrative Law Judge enter into court record that Craig Christy was arrested for harassing phone calls to Sarah Palin which is not true. This was caused by Marshal Pane’s press release and the main stream media followed his lead.
We ask for a complete investigation into these matters and that all of our questions be sufficiently be answered. We ask for criminal charges for those involved and full restitution for damages both to our finances and personal reputations. We demand a full retraction of all the untruths in Marshal Pane’s US Marshal press release to be made available to our local and national press affiliates, stating Sarah Palin was not a victim or a witness in Shawn and Craig Christy’s case and that it was with an Alaska law firm in 2011. Karen Christy will provide “links” to news stories to show the damage that has been done due to Marshal Pane’s press release. We do expect that you make this an urgent matter.
Craig & Karen Christy
Links to News Articles
Copy of Andy Mehalshick’s interview on WBRE on November 21, 2012