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    Federal Court Executive Sidesteps Queries About ‘Fat Leonard’ Escape

    Federal Court Executive Sidesteps Queries About ‘Fat Leonard’ Escape

    Federal court administrators have conducted a “review” of some of the circumstances behind the escape of Leonard Francis last September from a luxury home detention setup in   but declined to provide additional details about the stunning breakout to a Republican senator.

    A Dec. 19 letter to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley from U.S. District Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf, who also serves as the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, continues a months-long pattern of federal officials refusing to provide details behind the escape of Francis, a Malaysian businessman known as “Fat Leonard” who has pleaded guilty to bribing dozens of U.S. Navy officials in a years-long fraud scheme.

    Francis cut off a monitoring bracelet on Sept. 4 inside a Carmel Valley-area mansion where he was living under a highly unusual medical furlough leave from federal jail. He was captured 14 days later in , where he remains as the U.S. seeks to extradite him and as Francis simultaneously pursues asylum.

    Mauskopf responded to a Nov. 1 letter from Grassley — the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee — that asked for specific information about Francis' escape, as well as the conduct of both the U.S. District Court in San Diego and the Pretrial Services agency that was tasked with monitoring him. One of the conditions of his furlough, granted in late 2017 because Francis had serious…

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