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Finally:Pres. Obama Nominates 4 to Fill U.S. Attorney Spots in Texas

John Malcolm Bales/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Better late than never.

After taking criticism for taking so long, President Obama on Tuesday nominated people to fill the four U.S. Attorney spots in Texas.

The White House nominated Kenneth Magidson for the southern district, Sarah Ruth Saldaña for the northern district, Robert Lee Pitman for the western distirct and John Malcolm Bales for the eastern district.

The following is bios as written in a  White House Press release:

Malcolm Bales is the interim United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, a position he has held since 2009. Over the course of his career, Mr. Bales served within the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas as the Chief and Deputy Criminal Chief for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (2009; 1992-1995), Assistant U.S. Attorney for Special Prosecutions (2006-2008), Chief of the Criminal Division (2003-2006), Attorney-in-Charge (1995-2003), and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (1989-1992). Mr. Bales also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado in 1995. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Bales was a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Bales was an attorney for Hancock, Piedfor, Galton, McGill from 1981 to 1982. Mr. Bales graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1980.

Kenneth Magidson has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas since 1983, serving as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Regional Coordinator since 1987, and as the Chief of the Narcotics Section from 1987 to 1989. From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Magidson was the Director of the Executive Office for OCDETF in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Magidson has served Harris County, TX as the District Attorney in 2008, as an Assistant District Attorney from 1977 to 1983, and as the Chief Felony Prosecutor from 1981 to 1983. Prior to this, Mr. Magidson was an attorney for the U.S. Customs Service from 1976 to 1977. Mr. Magidson graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973 and the South Texas College of Law in 1976.

Robert Pitman is a Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, a position he has held since 2003. Previously, Judge Pitman served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1990 to 2003, serving as Division Chief from 1997 to 2001, interim U.S. Attorney in 2001, and Deputy U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2003. From 1996 to 1997, Judge Pitman was an Attorney Advisor for the General Counsel’s Office of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. Judge Pitman was an Associate at Fulbright and Jaworski, LLP, from 1989 to 1990. Following law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable David O. Belew, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas, from 1988 to 1989. Judge Pitman graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1985 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1988.

Sarah Saldaña has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas since 2004, serving as Deputy Criminal Chief for Fraud and Public Corruption since 2009. Ms. Saldaña was an attorney for Baker Botts, L.L.P, from 1987 to 1998, and Haynes Boone, from 1985 to 1987. Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas, from 1984 to 1985. Ms. Saldaña graduated from Texas A&M University in 1973 and from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1984.


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