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William Steele Sessions (b. May 27, 1930 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is a civil servant who served as a judge and director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sessions served as FBI Director from 1987 to 1993, when he was fired by President Clinton.



In 1987 Sessions was nominated to succeed William H. Webster as FBI director by President Ronald Reagan and was sworn in November 2, 1987.



Sessions was applauded for pursuing a policy of broadening the FBI to include more women and minorities. He was viewed as combining tough direction with fairness and was respected even by the Reagan administration痴 critics, although he was sometimes ridiculed as strait-laced and dull.



Sessions became associated with the phrase "Winners Don't Use Drugs", which appeared on idle arcade game screens during demos or after a player finished playing a game. By law it had to be included on all imported arcade games and continued to appear long after Sessions left office. The quote normally appeared in gold against a blue background between the FBI seal and Sessions' name.



Sessions was FBI director during the controversial 1992 confrontation at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, at which the unarmed Vicky Weaver was shot dead by an FBI sniper. This incident provoked heavy criticism of the Bureau as did the deadly assault on the Branch Davidian church February 28, 1993. These incidents were also related to the discovery of severe procedural shortcomings at the FBI's crime laboratory.



Following the inauguration of William J. Clinton as the 42nd president of the United States on January 20, 1993, allegations of ethical improprieties were made against Sessions. A report presented to the Justice Department that month by the Office of Professional Responsibility included criticisms that he had used an FBI plane to travel to visit his daughter on several occasions and had had a security system installed in his home at government expense. Janet Reno, the 78th Attorney General of the United States, announced that Sessions had exhibited "serious deficiencies in judgment." Although Sessions denied that he had acted improperly, he was pressured to resign in early July and when he refused to do so he was fired on July 19.



Clinton nominated Louis Freeh to the FBI directorship at a Rose garden ceremony on July 20. Former Deputy Director Floyd I. Clarke served as Acting Director until September 1, 1993 when Freeh was sworn in.



The ethical complaints against Sessions were widely criticized as politically motivated and he was cleared of any actual wrongdoing. He returned to Texas where on December 7, 1999 he was named the state chair of Texas Exile, a statewide initiative aimed at reducing gun crime.



Judge Sessions is a member of the American Bar Association and has served as an officer or on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association of San Antonio, the American Judicature Society, the San Antonio Bar Association, the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, and the District judges' Association of the Fifth Circuit. He was appointed by President Reagan as a Commissioner of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday Commission, and was a Delegate for The Americas to the Executive Committee of ICPO-Interpol. He is also a member of the Constitution Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee.



In 2006, Mr. Sessions also was present on the American Bar Association task force examining the constitutionality of controversial presidential signing statements, which concluded that the practice "does grave harm to the separation of powers doctrine, and the system of checks and balances that have sustained our democracy for more than two centuries".


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A May 30, 1990, memo - from the Atlanta office to then-FBI director William Sessions - notes that agents had an informant.
A May 30, 1990, memo - from the Atlanta office to then FBI director William Sessions - notes that agents had an informant.

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The committee also included a former FBI Director and federal judge, William S. Sessions. Coincidentally, the Justice Department on May 22 announced that the FBI and other agencies will be required to record all interviews of federal suspects who are ...
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An FBI memo dated May 30, 1990, from the Atlanta field office to then-FBI director William Sessions about Mandela's upcoming visit noted that the bureau had cultivated a confidential informant close to his entourage, who had provided logistical ...
A memo dated May, 30, 1990, from the Atlanta office to the then FBI director William Sessions confirms the FBI had an informant. Nelson Mandela stands with his wife Winnie (left) after placing a wreath at the grave of Martin Luther King Jr on June 27 ...
A May 30, 1990, memo - from the Atlanta office to then FBI director William Sessions - notes that agents had an informant.
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A May 30, 1990, memo - from the Atlanta office to then FBI director William Sessions - notes that agents had an informant.
Former FBI director William Sessions is 84. Author John Barth is 84. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 79.
Former FBI director William Sessions is 84. Author John Barth is 84. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 79.

Former FBI director William Sessions is 84. Author John Barth is 84. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Actor Louis Gossett Jr.
Clinton, July 19, 1993, William Sessions, FBI director, July 9-11, 45%, Aug. 8-10, 44%. Dec. 15, 1993, Les Aspin, SEC.
Former FBI director William Sessions is 84. Author John Barth is 84. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 79.
Former FBI director William Sessions is 84. Author John Barth is 84. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 79.
Former FBI director William Sessions is 84. Author John Barth is 84. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 79.
Clinton, July 19, 1993, William Sessions, FBI Director, July 9-11, 45%, Aug. 8-10, 44%. Dec. 15, 1993, Les Aspin, SEC.
Former FBI Director William Sessions is 84. Author John Barth is 84. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 79.
Former FBI Director William Sessions is 84. Author John Barth is 84. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 79.
Local Actors continue to share casting news for the film online. William Ambrose Kennedy, who had small roles in "Clear History" and "The Heat," reported via twitter on Wednesday that he'll be in "Black Mass" playing former FBI director William Sessions.
The panel included former FBI director William S. Sessions and several prosecutors and judges, as well as death penalty opponents.
The panel included former FBI director William S. Sessions and several prosecutors and judges, as well as death penalty opponents.
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"As a leader in Congress for nearly twenty years and the son of former FBI director William S. Sessions, Congressman Sessions fully appreciates the importance of our justice system and has a deep respect for the rule of law," Branch said via news release.
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