- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A former investigator for Federal Public Defenders is suing the agency, saying it has left her vulnerable after providing a violent criminal with her address and other personal information.

The Register-Guard reports (https://goo.gl/IVNxxb ) Toni Pisani filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Eugene Tuesday. She says the agency’s mistake will cost her some $19,000 over the next decade for personal protection including a home security system.

Pisani investigated former Coos Bay resident Thomas William Cornelius, who is serving 50 years in prison for attacking two inmates and possessing guns. The agency allegedly gave Cornelius documents that included Pisani’s address, birth date and other information.

Documents say in February, she came into contact with Cornelius who let her know he has the information.

The agency didn’t immediately return a call from the Register-Guard for comment.

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