is one of the most decorated supervisory agents in the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration. A US Law Enforcement Procedure Expert
, Mr. Levine has over 45 years of courtroom experience (civil & criminal) as a Trial consultant and Expert Witness, including 25 years of service with DEA, Customs, BATF, and the IRS Criminal Investigations Division.
Mr. Levine's supervisory experience includes being in command of task force units combining officers of FBI, BATF, IRS, Customs, NYPD and other local police agencies. His demonstrably effective expert testimony has been accepted in excess of 300 occasions in federal, state, local and international courts in the areas listed below. Depending on the facts, he accepts both plaintiff and defense cases. Mr. Levine's testimony, affidavits and reports have also been used effectively in the civil defense of numerous police agencies including but not limited to New York Police Department, Steuben County Sheriffs Department, Homeland Security, Washington DC Hospital Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Sarasota Sheriffs Department, Elmira City Police Dept (and more). He has been reviewing Police Involved shootings for the Atlanta District Attorneys office, since 2008.
Michael Levine's widely published articles and books include the New York Times & national best-sellers Deep Cover; The Big White Lie
; and Fight Back
, the community anti-drug plan recommended by the Clinton Administration Drug Policy Office, “BLIND MULES-FICTION OR FACT?
and “The Weakest Link,”
a paper based on Michael Levine’s presentation before the Defense Intelligence College, Southern Command, analyzing the devastating effect of unqualified management in law enforcement and military on public safety. While still serving as a DEA supervisory agent in 1988, he was the subject of A Random House/Times Books biography, Undercover
, by Donald Goddard.
Michael Levine is currently lecturing on Undercover Tactics and Informant Handling for the US State Department in Brazil.
In 2012, (Japan v Goldstein) Michael Levine became the first US police procedural expert whose expert testimony was accepted by a Japanese court, in a blind mule defense case after which the defendant, Joel Goldstein was found Not Guilty on all charges.
During Michael Levine’s Department of Justice service, he served as an OPR (Office of Professional Responsibility) Inspector during which time he was trained in the reliable methods of investigative file review in affixing management responsibility for operational failures; tactics which he has continued to use in the analysis of cases and the testimony related thereto.
- Case analysis including the vital recommendations for Discovery
- Assessing Management responsibility for operational failures as per his DOJ training in Office of Professional Responsibility, Reliable Methods of Investigative File Review
- Investigations: Michael Levine is a licensed NYS Investigator with a staff of international investigators
- Formulating cross-examination menus consistent with and complementary to expert testimony
- Reports and Affidavits
- Expert Testimony at Trial and Deposition
Areas in which Michael Levine’s Expert Testimony has been accepted by Federal, State, local and foreign courts:
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- Affixing Management Responsibility for Operational and Tactical Failures (excessive use of force, abuse of authority, substandard oversight and supervision, etc) on the Basis of Reliable Methods of Investigative File Review
- Undercover and Informant Entrapment
- Police Involved Shooting
- Use of Force
- Financial Investigations(including money laundering)
- Informant Handling
- Consistency with Search for Truth Investigative Procedures
- Undercover Tactics and Procedures
- Smuggling Investigative Procedures including Blind Mules, (unwitting involvement in crime)
- RICO (civil and criminal)
- Complicated Conspiracy
- Asset Forfeitures
- Title III
- Interviews and Interrogations
- Crime Scene Analysis
- Police Training; Narcotic Enforcement, Undercover and Informant Handling Tactics
Relying on data taken from 45 years of professional experience as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) supervisory agent, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) expert on undercover and informant handling procedures, trial consultant, expert witness, and police instructor, the author details the evolution of the Reverse Sting operation and its related informant-handling practices, from a once valuable and effective investigative tool to a headline grabbing scam that has severely damaged our system of justice by obliterating the entrapment defense and turning the Reverse Sting into a way to make money for criminal informants.
"Gentlemen, in this business, you're only as good as your rats."-Lecture on the Handling of Criminal Informants (CIs) from U.S. Treasury Law Enforcement Academy, August, 1965
The rules governing the use of deadly force by law enforcement are as easy to understand as the rules for three-card monte but about as difficult to apply as brain surgery.
Law enforcement agencies call them CIs (Cooperating Individuals, Confidential Informants, and/or Criminal Informants). Cops who use them call them stoolpigeons, stools, rats, chotas, etc. Intelligence agencies (Central Intelligence Agency [CIA], Defense Intelligence Agency [DIA], etc.) call them "assets" or the more confusing "agents."
On January 12, 2000, Gloria Cespedes-Cano and her teenaged daughter Sandra1 stepped through the doors of the LACSA (Costa Rican national airline) baggage department at John F. Kennedy International Airport and into a nightmare
During my 25-year career in Law Enforcement, working for four Federal law enforcement agencies - IRS Intelligence, BATF, Customs and DEA - I never lost a prosecution case. Here's the "secret" to my success