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50th Annual Ceremony Commemorating Charles J. Bonaparte held at the U.S Department of Justice

10|06|09 - Italian Americans gathered in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice today, June 9, 2010, to join the Italian Historical Society of America in commemorating for the fiftieth year, Charles J. Bonaparte, the 46th Attorney General of the United States and the founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Featured as the keynote speaker, was Thomas Perrelli, Associate Attorney General of the United States. Perrelli was introduced by federal Judge Francis Allegra, who as former Deputy Associate Attorney General had planned many of the annual Bonaparte ceremonies. Perrelli, whose father's roots are in Sicily and Calabria, noted in his speech that much of what Bonaparte did during his tenure as Attorney General continues to be the agenda for today’s Department of Justice, from bringing to justice those who profit by defrauding the government, to Bonaparte’s commitment to eliminating politics from any aspect of the civil service hiring system. 

Also speaking at the event were John Di Cicco, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division who gave welcoming remarks, John LaCorte Jr., President of the Italian Historical Society of America, and Cristiano Maggipinto, First Counselor for Social and Consular Affairs at the Embassy of Italy in Washington. Francesco Isgro, of the Department of Justice, was the master of ceremonies,

Read the prepared remarks of Thomas Perrelli.
(Pictured above, Thomas Perrelli)


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