Email correspondence with the Dept. of Justice


Sorry not to get back to you earlier, but the prosecutionof Carlos Bledsoe was handled by state prosecutors in Arkansas, not the JusticeDepartment.{} Questions about why stateprosecutors may have used certain statutes to prosecute Bledsoe and not otherstatutes should be directed to the state prosecutors.{} Furthermore, questions about why DefenseDepartment regulations or policies may deny purple Purple Heart awards to someindividuals, but not others can only be answered by the Defense Department.

Thank you,

Dean Boyd


U.S. Department of Justice

(202) 514-2007



-----Original Message-----

From: Christina Munoz []

Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 6:21 PM

To: Oh, JeeYoung (OPA)

Subject: Little Rock shooting


Hi there!


My name is Christina Munoz and I work for KATV Channel 7News, the ABC

affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas.


I'm hoping you can help me out with a story I'm workingon.


The families of the two men that were shot while standingoutside a

recruiting office in Little Rock in June of 2009 (PrivateWilliam Long

was killed, Private Quinton Ezeagwula was injured) arehoping to get

Purple Heart awards for their loved ones.


I've been told the reason is because the incident wasconsidered

"criminal" and not an international act ofterrorism. So my question now

is... why?


The killer, Carlos Bledsoe aka Abdulhakim Muhammad,claimed to be a

terrorist (trained in Yemen) and shot the men in uniformbecause of

their uniforms and because of his hatred of the USmilitary. Is there a

set of guidelines used to determine whether an incidentis classified as

a terrorist attack? Or is it on a case-by-case basis?


I'd love to talk to you more about it... you can call me anytime.Or you can email a statement or any other information that can help us out.


The story will air Tuesday night (February 21) at 10pm.


Thanks so much for your help!!


Christina Munoz

Channel 7 News