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Ex-Washington Post Reporter and Editor Bill Miller Becomes Spokesman for D.C. U.S. Attorney

Bill Miller/linkedin photo

Bill Miller/linkedin photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Bill Miller, a former reporter and editor at the Washington Post,  who specialized in law enforcement coverage, is crossing over to the other side.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. announced Monday that Miller will take over as the public information officer for the busy office.

A veteran reporter, Miller worked for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Philadelphia Inquirer before coming to the Washington Post.

Miller, who had a reputation as an affable person, and top notch and meticulous  reporter and editor, worked for 10 years as a reporter for The Post, mostly covering the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the local and federal courts.

From 2002 to 2009, he worked as an editor on the city desk, and supervised criminal justice coverage. In 2009, he took a buyout from the Washington Post.

Miller replaces Ben Friedman, an assistant U.S. Attorney who had taken over the public affairs duties from Channing Phillips. Phillips had been named interim U.S. Attorney and subsequently went to work at the Justice Department.

He has a masters degree in Justice  from American University.

Miller has two children and is married to Doreen Gentzler, a news anchor for the Washington,D.C., NBC affiliate WRC-TV.

D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office #2 Prosecutor Channing Phillips Off to the Justice Dept. to Help With Diversity Management

Channing Phillips/doj photo

Channing Phillips/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Channing Phillips, the number two person in the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office, is heading off to the Justice Department several blocks away to become Deputy Associate Attorney General for Diversity Management.

A Justice Department memo announcing the move said Phillips will be responsible for the implementation  of Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.’s Diversity Management Plan, which calls for greater diversity in such areas as hiring, promotions and retention at the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney’s Offices and agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF and Marshals.

Phillips will also serve as Executive Director for the Attorney General’s Diversity Management Advisory Council.

Phillips first joined the Justice Department in 1990 and was hired by then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder Jr. in 1994 as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the D.C. office. He held a variety of posts over the year, including chief of staff,  but was best known to reporters as the affable and very able person who dealt with the media.

Last May, he was appointed interim U.S. Attorney and tossed his hat into the ring to be considered for the permanent post, which is a presidential appointment.  But he lost out to a private attorney and former federal prosecutor Ronald Machen, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in February.  Phillips subsequently became the second in command of the office.

Many believed that Phillips was clearly capable of handling the U.S. Attorney job, but because he had been a career prosecutor, he wasn’t able to build up the political capital necessary to close the deal.

Other Shoe Drops: 2nd NBA Player Jarvaris Crittenton Pleads Guilty of Gun Charge

Javaris Crittention

Javaris Crittention

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The other shoe dropped Monday in the gun drama involving suspended Washington Wizards’ star Gilbert Arenas.

The other figure in the scandal, Wizards player Jarvaris Crittenton, 21, who has been injured all year, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of an unregistered Firearm and was sentenced to one year probation, D.C. U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips announced.

D.C. Senior Superior Judge Bruce Beaudin  also ordered Crittenton to perform community service through the NBA’S Haiti project, and perform community service with a children’s organization in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities say Crittenton had brought a firearm to the Verizon Center in the Chinatown district of downtown in December 2009 following an argument with Arenas on a plane two days earlier.

According to a U.S. Attorney press release:

“The factual proffer presented at the plea hearing, on December 19, 2009, into the early morning hours of December 20, 2009, Crittenton and Arenas became involved in a verbal exchange following a card game.

“In a heated exchange, Arenas stated he was too old to fistfight and threatened to shoot Crittenton in the face. Crittenton responded that he would shoot Arenas in his surgically-repaired knee. On the shuttle bus from the airplane to the terminal, Arenas further stated that he was going to burn or blow up Crittenton’s car when they came to practice the following Monday. According to Crittenton, he believed that Arenas intended to harm him.”

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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Emerges As Lead Contender For D.C. U.S. Atty Post

Ronald Machen

Ronald Machen

All across the country candidates are emerging for the many U.S. Attorney posts that need to be filled. In Washington, D.C., former federal prosecutor Ronald Machen has emerged as the likely person to become the next U.S. Attorney, according to the Washington Post. The position is currently being filled by interim U.S. Attorney Phillip Channing, a career prosecutor who was among the candidates being considered for the permanent post.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Ronald C. Machen, a former federal prosecutor, has emerged as the leading contender to be the next U.S. Attorney in the District, according to sources close to the selection process.

Machen was the top choice of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) when she submitted the names of three candidates to President Obama several weeks ago, sources said.

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