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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Ashcroft Appointee Arrested: Kidnapping, Meth

Dehl An Idaho criminal justice activist appointed by Attorney General John Ashcroft to the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women has been charged with kidnapping and methamphetamine trafficking.  Barbara Dehl became radicalized after her daughter died in a car crash, allegedly at the hands of an abusive boyfriend who was driving. 

Dehl allegedly conspired with fellow meth traffickers to kidnap a couple believed to have stolen some of their drugs.  Ms. Dehl was a guest at the White House in 2003 when the President announced some anti-crime initiatives. Here's her biography on her foundation's website. Here's the story she wrote in Good Housekeeping Magazine about her daugther's death; here's a rebuttal from her late daughter's ex-boyfriend's family. [Jack Chin]

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