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Pres. Obama Nominates No. 2 Justice Official James Cole

James Cole/law firm

James Cole/law firm

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —  As predicted, President Obama nominated attorney James M. Cole as deputy attorney general Friday, filling  the number two spot left vacant by the resignation of  David Ogden, who stepped down after less than a year, the Washington Post reported. Ogden and Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. did not get along all that well.

Cole, 58, a defense attorney, had spent 13 year in the Justice Department and is a longtime friend of Holder’s. The pick comes at a time of intense pressure to battle terrorism and Republican criticism of President Obama and the Justice Department.

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Obama Administration Ready to Name James Cole as New Dep. Atty. General

James Cole/law firm

James Cole/law firm

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration, which still has more vacant positions to fill than a department store chain before Christmas, is apparently getting ready to name a new deputy attorney general.

The investigative news website ProPublica reports that the administration is ready to nominate white collar defense attorney James A. Cole, 57 a partner at Bryan Cave, a D.C. law firm. He would replace David Ogden who stepped down last February. He didn’t appear to be a good fit.

Cole previously served as deputy chief of the Justice Department’s public integrity section, ProPublica reported. He was special counsel to the House ethics committee in 1997.

Ex-Dep. Atty General David Ogden Said Dropping Ted Stevens Case Was “Painful”

Who will replace ex-deputy David Ogden?

Who will replace ex-deputy David Ogden?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ex-Deputy Attorney Gen. David Ogden, who returned to private practice after a brief stint in the Obama Justice Department, said Tuesday that the government’s decision to drop the Sen. Ted Stevens case in 2009 after he’d been convicted was “painful”, according to the website The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.

Speaking at American University Washington College of Law, he said the department had “abandoned a case it believed in on the merits” and it hurt morale.

But he defended the decision, the website wrote.

“I believe it was the right thing to do based on the circumstances of that case,” he said. Ogden said the action showed that the Justice Department will respect the rights of defendants at all costs.

ex-Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

ex-Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

Stevens was convicted in October 2008 of failing to report roughly $250,000 in gifts.  The Justice Department found that the prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense during trial and moved to dismiss the case. An FBI agent in the case also raised allegations of government misconduct.

Indecision Hampering Pick For No. 2 Spot in Justice Department

Who will replace ex-deputy David Ogden?

Who will replace ex-deputy David Ogden?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Indecision in Washington? Hard to believe.

Washington Post columnist Al Kamen reports that there’s “still no decision on a deputy attorney general. Apparently the powers that be cannot agree on a candidate.”

“A new name has emerged, our colleague Carrie Johnson reports,” Kamen reports. “It’s American University law school professor Dan Marcus, a former Justice Department official and White House lawyer who also worked on the 9/11 Commission.”

Kamen said other candidates include: Acting Deputy Atttorney General Gary Grindler, Associate AG Tom Perrelli and Assistant AG for National Security David Kris.”

Deputy Attorney Gen. David Ogden stepped down earlier this year. Media reports said he was a poor fit for the job and created tension within the Justice Department.

Now That Wasn’t Very Long: Deputy Atty. Gen. David Ogden Stepping Down

People inside the department complained of low morale and too much politics. Interestingly, it’s not a very long time to stick around. Then again, better to go now if it’s not working out instead of dragging it out and creating more problems.

David Ogden/law firm photo

David Ogden/law firm photo

By Joe Palazzolo
Main Justice

WASHINGTON — After less than a year as the Justice Department’s No. 2 official, David Ogden is returning to private practice, the department announced Thursday. His resignation will take effect on Feb. 5, allowing the Obama administration time to nominate his successor.

Ogden, 56, co-chaired President Barack Obama’s Justice Department transition team and was confirmed as Deputy Attorney General in March. He is expected to return to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he was co-chair of the government and regulatory litigation practice group.

Rumors had circulated for weeks that Ogden was on his way out amid reports of bad morale at the Justice Department and displeasure with his management style.

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International Law Enforcement Including Justice Dept. Call For Global Effort to Battle Organized Crime

We’ve acknowledged that we have a global economy. But that’s not the only thing that’s global these days. We need to acknowledge and do much more to address the global crime syndicates, which are ruthlessly cashing in on violent drug trafficking and money laundering while helping terrorist networks. This gathering is a step in the right direction.

David Ogden/doj photo
David Ogden/doj photo

By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — International law enforcement officials, including deputy U.S. Atty. Gen. David Ogden, called today for a far more coordinated global response to the growing threat of organized crime syndicates, which they said are increasingly teaming up with terrorist networks and drug traffickers to pose an unprecedented national security threat to the United States and its allies.

Speaking at the 78th general assembly of the global police agency Interpol in Singapore, Ogden and some of his counterparts acknowledged that they need to do much more to work together on many fronts, including attacking the money laundering pipelines that are enabling the crime syndicates to flourish in terror hot spots such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and other strategic locations such as Europe, Africa and Latin America.

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Justice Dept. Moving Some Operations to South Carolina

Not a bad idea to spread some part of the Justice Dept. around the country. It helps provide another perspective, plus if Washington is ever under a terrorist attack it doesn’t hurt to have a part of Justice Dept. that can maintain operations without worrying about getting out of Dodge. Dep. Atty. Gen. David Ogden made the announcement in South Carolina.

map-south-carolina

By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice is relocating some of its U.S. attorney operations from Washington to South Carolina under a 20-year lease agreement with the state’s flagship university, officials announced Monday.

The federal agency will be relocating its Executive Office for United States Attorneys to the building that now houses the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden said during a news conference in Columbia.

“I think it’s a good thing to get government out into the rest of the country,” Ogden said.

The move will bring more than 250 high-paying jobs to Columbia, a small fraction of the roughly 100,000 who work at the Department.

The effort, known as the Palmetto Project, will consolidate much of the DOJ’s attorney training program for the whole country in South Carolina. In 1996, the Department broke ground on the National Advocacy Center, a $26 million facility in Columbia where federal, state and local prosecutors participate in a variety of training programs. Since it opened two years later, more than 170,000 prosecutors and law enforcement officials have received training at the center, officials said.

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GOP Examining Dep. Atty. Gen. Nominee David Ogden on Issues Including Obscenity, Abortion and the Death Penalty

David Ogden/law firm photo

David Ogden/law firm photo

The GOP is examining David Ogden’s work as a private lawyer and conservatives are questioning his legal work defending the adult entertainment industry in First Amendment cases. Still, his confirmation seems to be a sure thing.

By David Ingram
Legal Times
WASHINGTON — The nomination of David Ogden to be deputy attorney general has given senators a chance to revisit some of most controversial Supreme Court decisions of the last two decades.
During a two-hour confirmation hearing last week, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Ogden about his work on cases involving abortion, the death penalty, foreign law and obscenity, repeatedly asking whether he personally holds the views that he argued on behalf of his clients. The partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr replied that in many cases he does not, and that in others he would still enforce the law if confirmed as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.
Anti-pornography activists have been among the most vocal critics of Ogden’s nomination because of his work on behalf of the adult entertainment industry in First Amendment cases.
“A lawyer in private practice does not sit in judgment of his clients. His job is to present their view as persuasively as possible,” Ogden said at the Feb. 5 hearing.
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