Get Our Newsletter



Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

January 2020
S M T W T F S
« Dec    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Tag: U.S. Attorneys

DEA Spokesman David Ausiello Named Assist. Director for Communication at Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DEA Public Affairs Specialist David Ausiello is making a switch.

Ausiello has been named Assistant Director for Communication and Law Enforcement Coordination at the Executive Office for the U.S. Attorneys.

“Staying in the DOJ family…but moving up, over, and out,” Ausiello said in an email to members of the media on Thursday.

GAO Report Finds U.S. Attorneys Declined 50% of Cases in Indian Country

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A government report found that U.S. Attorney’s Offices declined 50 percent of the cases from American Indian reservations from 2005-2009, the Associated Press reported.

The Government Accountability Office report found that Federal prosecutors resolved 9,000 of the 10,000 cases they got during that period. Half were declined for prosecution and the others were prosecuted or administratively closed, AP reported.

“The most frequent reason for declining cases was weak or insufficient admissible evidence, followed by no evidence of a federal crime, witness problems and a lack of evidence that a suspect had criminal intent,” AP reported.

AP reported that the report came as a result of congressional inquiries in the declination rate.

AP reported that H. Marshall Jarrett, director of the Department of Justice’s executive office of U.S. attorneys, said the declination rates was not indicative of the efforts to imrpove public safety in Indian Country.

“Each case must be evaluated on the evidence available to the prosecutor,” he said in a letter responding to the findings. “Accordingly, it would not be appropriate to use the data contained in this report to promote any kind of prosecutorial quota system or incentives to prosecute a higher number of individuals.”

U.S. attorneys in Arizona, South Dakota, New Mexico, Montana and North Dakota received 73 percent of all Indian Country criminal matters, AP reported.

To read report click here.

Former U.S. Attorneys in Republican Party Victorious in Penn., Wyoming, Arkansas

Patrick Meehan/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former U.S. Attorneys from the Republican party sailed to victory Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Arkansas in an election that appeared to be a resounding referendum on the Obama administration.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, a former U.S. Attorney under George H.W. Bush, won the governorship in Pennsylvania, the website Main Justice and local newspapers reported. He defeated Democrat, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.

Also in Pennsylvania, former Harrisburg U.S. Attorney Tom Marino, who served under President George W. Bush, won a Congressional seat, defeating Democratic Rep. Chris Carney.

And Patrick Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney under George W. Bush, captured the 7th Congressional seat in Pennsylvania, defeating Democrat Bryan Lentz.

In Arkansas, former interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin, who headed up the Little Rock office for a brief span from December 2006 to January 2007, defeated Democratic state Sen. Joyce Elliott for a Congressional seat.

Tom Corbett/ pa. state photo

And in Wyoming, former U.S. Attorney Matt Mead, who served under George W. Bush, won the governor’s race, defeating Democrat Leslie Petersen.

Obama Lagging Behind Clinton and Bush on U.S. Attorney Appointments

The President in Louisiana/white house photo
white house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama is lagging behind his two predecessors Bill Clinton and George W. Bush when it comes to installing U.S. Attorneys.

The news website Main Justice reports that both Bush and Clinton had installed 81 U.S. Attorneys in their first 19 months compared to Obama’s 66. Obama does, however, have 10 U.S. Attorneys waiting to get confirmed, Main Justice reported.

There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts in the country.

Rich Rossman, president of the National Association of former U.S. Attorneys, called the situation “very discouraging” and said he was disappointed with the Senate and the White House over the pace of the appointments, according to Main Justice.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) told Main Justice that the Republicans are to blame, saying they’ve held up some nominees for “months and months and months.”

Probe into Bush U.S. Atty Firings Finds Nothing Criminal

David Iglesias

David Iglesias

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A lengthy criminal investigation into the controversial firings of U.S. Attorneys during the Bush years ended with a whimper Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported that no criminal charges were warranted in the two-year probe that began looking at the firings of 9 U.S. Attorneys, but ended up honing in on the highest profile firing involving New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias in 2006.

The probe concluded that the actions behind Iglesias’ firing were politically inappropriate, but not criminal.

The probe, headed by career Justice Department prosecutor Nora Dannehy, concluded, according to a letter from the Justice Department to lawmakers:

“Evidence did not demonstrate that any prosecutable criminal offense was committed with regard to the removal of David Iglesias. The investigative team also determined that the evidence did not warrant expanding the scope of the investigation beyond the removal of Iglesias.”

To read more click here.

Read Letter From Justice Department

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Atty. Gen. Holder to Visit Gulf and Meet With U.S. Attorneys

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — With the Obama administration seething over the Gulf oil spill, a criminal probe may be one way to express anger against BP.

The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will visit the out-control spill in the Gulf on Tuesday and meet with U.S. Attorneys from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi and state law enforcement officials from those areas.

The Los Angeles Times over the weekend reported that a team of federal prosecutors  and investigators are gathering information and exploring the possibility of launching an all out criminal probe into whether BP “skirted federal safety regulations and misled the U.S. government by saying it could quickly clean up an environmental accident.”

Read Washington Post Story

Read LA Times Story

President Nominates 5 More U.S. Attorneys

Loretta Lynch/law firm photo
Loretta Lynch/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — With still plenty slots to fill nationwide, President Obama on Wednesday nominated lawyers for U.S. Attorney posts in Louisiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and New York, the website Main Justice reported.

The nominees, according to Main Justice, include Stephanie  Finley for the Western District of Louisiana;  R.  Booth  Goodwin for the Southern District of West Virginia; David Hale for the Western District of Kentucky; Kerry Harvey for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Loretta Lynch for the Eastern District of New York.

More Bush U.S. Attys. Clinging to Office Longer than Predecessors in Clinton Admin.

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

At this point, there may be far more Bush holdovers serving as U.S. Attorneys than there were during the Clinton regime. Still,  the current selection process for U.S. Attorneys remains, in most instances, very political and partisan. Too bad. It would be nice, and better for the sake of justice, if that weren’t the case.

By Andrew Ramonas
Main Justice
WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Bush are clinging to office longer than their predecessors in the Clinton administration did, according to Justice Department and Senate data.

More than eight months after Democrat Barack Obama took office, 23 Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorneys from the Bush administration remain in office. Another eight U.S. Attorneys who were appointed during the Bush administration, but not confirmed by the Senate, are also still in office.

That makes a total of 31 Bush-era appointees who are still running the top federal prosecuting offices around the country, out of 93 U.S. Attorney positions nationwide.

For Full Story