Judges: Ex-Marshal's Prison Placement 'Disturbing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A federal appeals court in Chicago is criticizing the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for sending a convicted former U.S. deputy marshal to the same prison where his father died decades ago.

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued the scolding in a ruling Thursday that upheld the 2009 conviction of John Ambrose.

Ambrose was convicted of leaking information to the mob that a hit man was cooperating with authorities.

Ambrose's father, Thomas, was a former Chicago police officer who was convicted of corruption in 1982. He died in 1986 while jogging at the Seagoville, Texas, prison where his son is serving a four-year sentence.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the three-judge appeals panel has encouraged prison officials to re-think the placement, calling it "outright disturbing."

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