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Senate Confirms 6 U.S. Attys.; Total Up to 72

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Senate on Wednesday night confirmed six U.S. Attorneys, upping the total number to 72, with five nominees still awaiting confirmation by the full Senate, the website Main Justice reported.

The U.S. Attorneys who got the nod from the Senate include: Joseph Hogsett for the Southern District of Indiana; Michael J. Moore for the Middle District of Georgia; Robert E. O’Neill for the Middle District of Florida; William C. Killian for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Mark Green for the Eastern District of Oklahoma; and Michael C. Ormsby for the Eastern District of Washington.

Conner Eldrige Nominated for U.S. Atty in Arkansas

arkansas-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON– As part of what seems like a never ending process of filling the U.S. Attorney posts nationwide, President Obama on Wednesday nominated Conner Eldridge to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

Eldridge has served as a Special Deputy Prosecutor for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of Clark County, Ark. since 2009, the White House said.

He previously worked for Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp, Inc., from 2004 to 2010 in various senior management positions and was ultimately named Chief Executive Officer in 2008, the White House said.

Obama Nominates Ken Bohac for U.S. Marshal in Ill.

u.s. marshal patchBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON– President Obama on Wednesday nominated Kenneth F. Bohac to serve as a U.S. Marshal for the Central District of Illinois.

“I am proud to nominate this dedicated public servant as a United States Marshal,” President Obama said in a statement.

Ken Bohac became a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Chicago in 1995, and was promoted to the position of Senior Investigator in the Urbana Office in 1998. He most recently served as a Judicial Security Inspector with the Marshals Service in Lexington, Ky.

Longest Serving Fed Prosecutor Stepping Down After 59 Years

justice dept. logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — There’s longevity on the job, and then there’s John “Jack” C. Keeney.

On Friday, the Justice Department held a retirement ceremony to mark the end of his 59-year career as the longest serving federal prosecutor in U.S. history.

According to a Justice Department account of the event, as Keeney “walked on stage at 3:09 p.m., the sea of Justice Department employees past and present leapt to their feet and did not stop applauding for a full minute. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer set the tone for what he called a ‘remarkable’ day and an historic Justice Department ‘homecoming’.”

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Debra Evans Smith to Head Administrative Division at FBI’s D.C. Field Office

Debra Evans Smith/fbi photo
Debra Evans Smith/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Debra Evans Smith, who worked on the high-profile  spy case involving FBI agent Robert Hanssen, was  named special agent in charge of the Administrative Division at FBI’s Washington Field Office, the agency announced Monday.

Smith most recently served as a special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III.

Smith started her career with the FBI in May 1984 as a professional staff employee and in 1987 completed new agents’ training and was assigned to the New Orleans Field Office, where she worked different cases in such areas as civil rights and white-collar crime.

In 1989, she attended the Foreign Service Institute in Rosslyn, Va. and studied Russia. She later went to the Los Angeles FBI office to worked Russian Foreign counterintelligence and Russian organized crime.

In 1996, she went to the Washington Field Office, where she worked Russian foreign counterintelligence investigations.

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George Venizelos to Head Up Philly FBI Office

Acting Head Venizelos at gang arrests in Newburgh, N.Y./fbi photo

Acting Head Venizelos at gang arrests in Newburgh, N.Y./fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — George Venizelos will take over the FBI’s Philadelphia office, replacing Janice Fedarcyk who recently took over the New York FBI Office, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Venizelos is the special agent in charge of the Administrative Division for the FBI’s New York Division and temporarily filled in for a while as head of the New York office.

He joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Boston Division working white-collar crime, the FBI said. In 1997, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Russian Organized Crime Unit at FBI Headquarters.

In September 1999 he served as supervisory senior resident agent for the Philadelphia Division’s Harrisburg Resident Agency and was promoted in 2002 to assistant special agent in charge of the New York criminal division.

In 2003, he was became the assistant special agent in charge of New York’s Counterterrorism Division.

Two years later, he became an inspector at FBI headquarters and led inspection teams at FBI field offices and overseas legal attaché offices.

He became the special agent in charge of the New York Field Office’s Administrative Division in November 2006.

Prior to joining the FBI, he was a DEA agent.

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Obama to Nominate Stacia Hylton to Head up Marshals Service

u.s. marshal patchBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced that he plans to nominate Stacia A. Hylton, a former U.S. Marshals Service official, to head up the agency.

A White House press release issued Friday said that Hylton currently run a consulting company, Hylton Kirk & Associates.

Hylton served in law enforcement positions in the Justice Department for 29 years including acting deputy director, assistant director prisoner operations, chief deputy in the District of South Carolina and Chief of Judicial Security Programs.

She attended Northeastern University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1983. She would replace John Clark, who was appointed by President Bush in 2006.

Sen. Judiciary Gives Nod to 2 U.S. Attys and 4 Marshals

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary on Thursday gave the  nod to two U.S. Attorneys and four U.S. Marshals.

The U.S. Attorney’s who passed that hurdle in the long process were Michael J. Moore (not to be confused with the filmmaker) for the Middle District of Georgia and Joseph H. Hogsett for the Southern District of Indiana.

The U.S. Marshals who got the go ahead included:

Michael R. Bladel for the Southern District of Iowa; Kenneth J. Runde for the Northern District of Iowa; James E. Clark for the Western District of Kentucky; Beverly J. Harvard for the Northern District of Georgia.