William Steele Sessions

William Steele Sessions

Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Death 12 Jun 2020 (aged 90)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 211352749 · View Source
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US jurist, FBI Director. Sessions served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court, Western District of Texas, and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sessions was nominated by Ronald Regan to replace William Webster as FBI director, and served from 1987 to 1993. Under Sessions, the FBI expedited the adoption of DNA testing as a crime-detection tool, computerized its collection of fingerprint cards which reduced turnaround time for fingerprint searches from months to hours, and pushed a policy of broadening the FBI to include more women and minorities. While serving as Director, Sessions and the FBI received heavy criticism for the 1992 confrontation at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, where an unarmed woman was killed by a FBI sniper, and for the 1993 assault on the Branch Dividian compound at Waco, Texas, in which 82 civilians died. In January, 1993, a report was issued by Attorney General William P. Barr accusing Sessions of travel and expense abuses and serious deficiencies in judgment. Sessions was asked to resign by President Bill Clinton but refused to do so until his replacement was confirmed. On July 19, 1993, Sessions was dismissed by President Clinton.

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