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Archive for January 17th, 2009

A.G. Nominee Holder Picks Up Backing of Another Republican

The backing of another Republican lawmaker should boost Eric Holder’s chances of confirmation, which  already seems very likely.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Attorney general nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. won support yesterday from another Republican lawmaker, all but ensuring his candidacy will proceed smoothly and not fall to a GOP filibuster.
Holder, a former judge and U.S. attorney in the District, met Friday morning with Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and picked up his endorsement a day after a grueling confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Eric Holder understands the unique role of the Attorney General and further, I think he’s qualified to serve in that role,” Martinez said in a written statement. “Therefore, I intend to support Mr. Holder’s confirmation and urge my colleagues to do the same.”
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Mobster Gotti To Remain a Jailbird Pending Trial

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

Apparently John Gotti Jr.’s rep is doing him no good. A federal judge just didn’t buy the assertion by the defense attorneys that he’s a great and trustworthy guy.

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK – Mob scion John A. “Junior” Gotti should stay behind bars while awaiting trial on charges he was involved in three gangland murders and cocaine trafficking, a judge ruled today.
The charges against Gotti “are serious,” U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel said at the conclusion of a hearing in Manhattan federal court. “They provide a motive to flee.”
It was the first court appearance for Gotti in the city since his latest criminal case was transferred from Tampa, where a racketeering indictment against him was unsealed last year. Gotti, looking fit and upbeat, smiled broadly at his younger brother in the audience and pumped his fist as he entered the courtroom.
“I feel good,” the 44-year-old son of late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti said when the judge asked if he was prepared to decide whether to keep his lawyer.
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Prosecutors Get OK From A.G. Mukasey to Seek Death Penalty in 2008 Slaying of UNC-Chapel Hill Student

Eve Carson/university photo

Eve Carson/university photo

By Anne Blythe
Raleigh News&Observer
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Four days before the presidential transfer of power, the U.S. attorney general authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in their carjacking and firearm cases against Demario Atwater.
Atwater, 22, is one of two suspects accused of kidnapping and murdering Eve Carson, the admired UNC-Chapel Hill student body president found shot to death in March of last year.

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