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Barnes & Thornburg First Major Firm to Have 3-Ex-U.S. Attorneys As Partners Who are African Americans

(L-R) Mike Battle, Roscoe Howard, Patrick Miles

(L-R) Mike Battle, Roscoe Howard, Patrick Miles

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Barnes & Thornburg, based in Indianapolis, is the first major law firm to have three former U. S. Attorneys  as partners who are African American.  The firm has 13 offices and is among the 100 largest in the U.S.

The former U.S. Attorneys include Mike Battle, who served in the Western District of New York (Buffalo) under President George W. Bush; Roscoe Howard who served in D.C. under Bush and Patrick Miles, who served in the the Western District of Michigan (Grand Rapids) under President Barack Obama.

Howard and Battle work in the D.C. office and Miles is based in Grand Rapids.

President George W. Bush Paved Way for Weakened Secret Service

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Secret Service’s ability to carry out its duties to protect the president was compromised by the expansion of duties in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Washington Post reports.

That explains the recent string of embarrassing security lapses, the Post reported, citing interviews and government documents.

Under expansions approved by Congress and President George W. Bush, the agency began stretching responsibilities to include more monitoring of large sporting events and other big gatherings. The agency also took charge of tracking cyberthreats against U.S., and around-the-clock protection was extended to more people.

Those responsibilities came even as the agency’s ranks were diminished by early retirements.

“We are not the Super Bowl team we once were,” Dan Emmett, a former Secret Service supervisor, said in a recent interview with The Washington Post.

Senate Panel Explores Effectiveness of Homeland Security Department on Sept. 11 Anniversary

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

How prepared is Homeland Security to handle terrorism threats?

On the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a Senate panel will ask that question as it examines the department and interviews former lawmakers and past DHS officials, including the first Homeland Security secretary, Tom Ridge, the Washington Post reports.

The panel plans to review issues ranging from cybersecurity to disaster preparedness.

DHS was created by President Bush and Congress in 2003 in response to the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.

Ex-Miss. U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton Dies at 60; Office Prosecuted Old Civil Rights Era Cases

Dunn Lampton

By Allan Lengel ticklethewire.com

Former Jackson, Miss. U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton, who was appointed by President Bush in 2001,  and led the prosecutions in some old civil rights case,  died Wednesday of  natural causes, the station WAPT reported. He was 60.

While serving as U.S. Attorney, his office led the prosecution of once-dormant civil rights cases against reputed Ku Klux Klansmen Ernest Avants and James Ford Seale, the station reported.

His office also prosecuted  hundreds of fraud cases after Hurricane Katrina. He retired in 2009.

Senate Confirms U.S. Attys for N.C., Ala., Miss, Virgin Islands; Obama Nominates Miss. U.S. Attorney

Thomas Walker

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed  Thomas Walker for U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, N.C., according to WRAL.

Three other U.S. Attorneys were also confirmed, according to the website Main Justice: George Beck for the Middle District of Alabama; Felicia Adams for the Northern District of Mississippi; and Ronald Sharpe for the Virgin Islands.

Walker, who was in private practice, and was  previsously an assistant U.S. Attorney and an  assistant district attorney in Mecklenburg County, N.C., replaces  Bush-appointee George Holding who announced earlier this month that he will step down on July 8.

Holding stayed in office to oversee the criminal investigation into ex-Sen. John Edwards, who was recently indicted for alleged campaign fund irregularities.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday President Obama nominated Gregory Davis for the U.S. Attorney spot in Southern District of Mississippi.

He has been a member of the law firm Davis, Goss & Williams, PLLC since 1989. From 1987 to 1989, he was an associate attorney for the law firm Stamps & Stamps.

Ex-Seattle U.S. Atty. John McKay Backs Push to Legalize Pot

John McKay

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Granted, the irony is rich. But ex-Seattle U.S. Attorney John McKay, a President Bush appointee, says he has his reasons for joining a coalition that’s pushing an initiative to legalize marijuana in the state of Washington.

McKay, 55, contends that criminalizing marijuana creates a black market that benefits  international cartels and crime rings, according to an article in the Seattle Times.

“That’s what drives my concern: The black market fuels the cartels, and that’s what allows them to buy the guns they use to kill people,” McKay said, according to the Times.  “A lot of Americans smoke pot, and they’re willing to pay for it. I think prohibition is a dumb policy, and there are a lot of line federal prosecutors who share the view that the policy is suspect.”

The group is being led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. The group decided to push for the initiative after Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed most of a medical-marijuana bill that had passed the state Legislature, the paper reported.

The paper reported that the group will have until  the end of this year to gather more than 240,000 signatures to get the initiative before the Legislature, which could approve it or let it go before the voters.

McKay was one of eight U.S. Attorney’s fired by the Bush administration in 2006 in what became a highly controversial matter.  Critics accused the administration of playing politics. The administration claimed the firings were based on performance.

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U.S. Atty. Holding to Stay on the Job Until John Edwards Case Resolved

U.S. Atty. George Holding

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

George E.B. Holding’s remaining time as U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, N.C.,  hinges on what happens to ex-Sen. John Edwards.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Holding, appointed by President Bush in 2006, will be replaced at the conclusion of the case against Edwards, 57, who is expected to get indicted (possibly as soon as this week) or arrange a plea agreement on violations of campaign finance laws involving the cover up of an extra-marital affair.

North Carolina’s two senators had agreed to leave Holding in the post until the conclusion of the case to avoid accusations of politics and any attempt to slow the probe.

President Obama has nominated Thomas Walker of Charlotte to be the new U.S. Attorney. He has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

Ala. U.S. Atty. Leura Canary Steps Down on Friday

U.S. Atty. Leura Canary/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary of Montgomery, Ala., who was appointed by President Bush in 2001, will step down on Friday, her office announced.

Canary has served with the Justice Department since October, 1990 when she was hired as a trial attorney. In November 1994,  she became an assistant U.S. Attorney  for the Middle District of Alabama in Montgomery. She later served as a civil chief.

On Sept. 4, 2001, she was appointed interim U.S. Attorney in Montgomery. She was later nominated by President Bush and confirmed on Nov. 6, 2001.

Canary’s office convicted former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, which triggered cries from Democrats that the prosecution was political.

President Obama has nominated George Beck Jr., a white-collar defense lawyer at Capell & Howard, to step in.