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Federal Bureau of Investigation Authority to Investigate a Killing in the Virgin Islands

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Under 28 U.S.C. § 533(3), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has authority to conduct an investigation of any “official matters under the control of the Department of Justice.” Since, under 48 U.S.C. § 1617, the United States Attorney for the Virgin Islands is empowered to prosecute serious offenses against local law, including murder, the murder of an immigration judge in the Virgin Islands is within the FBI’s investigative jurisdiction.

Updated July 9, 2014