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Former Detroit U.S. Atty and Justice Dept. Official James K. Robinson Dead at Age 66

James K. Robinson

James K. Robinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James K. Robinson, who became the Detroit U.S. Attorney in the late 1970s at age 34, and later became a high-ranking Justice Department official, died Friday at age 66, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

The Grand Rapids native died at his vacation home in Park City, Utah, the Grand Rapids Press reported. He had suffered from gastrointestinal cancer.

Up until the time of his death, he was a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Washington, the paper reported.

Robinson was dean and a professor at Wayne State University School of Law from  1993 to 1998, the paper reported. He went on to serve as an assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division during the Clinton administration and later returned to private practice.

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Sen. Judiciary Gives Nod to U.S. Atty. Nominees in Calif., Pa. and Kan.

Melinda Haag/law firm photo

Melinda Haag/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary on Thursday gave the nod to U.S. Attorney nominees in California, Kansas and Pennsylvania, the website Main Justice reported. The matter now goes before the full Senate for a vote.

The nominees include: Melinda Haag for the Northern District of California; Barry R. Grissom for Kansas and David J. Hickton for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Main Justice, which closely tracks nominations for the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved 66 nominees so far. Of those, 57 have won Senate confirmation.

Pres. Nominates 2 U.S. Attys and 2 Marshals

Scott Bowen/gov photo

Scott Bowen/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday nominated U.S. Attorneys for the Middle District of North Carolina and the Western District of Michigan along with Marshals for the Northern District of Georgia and the Central District of California.

For the U.S. Attorney post in Grand Rapids, Mi., the President nominated M. Scott Bowen, the Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery.

In North Carolina, he nominated Ripley Rand, a North Carolina Superior Court judge.

For the U.S. Marshal Post in Georgia, the President nominated Beverly Joyce Harvard, who works at the United States Transportation Security Administration as the Director of Transportation Security Coordination.

For the Marshal position in California, he nominated
David Mark Singer, Chief of Police for Whittier, Calif.

D.C. U.S. Atty. Names Vincent Cohen Jr. to #2 Spot

Vincent H. Cohen Jr./law firm photo

Vincent H. Cohen Jr./law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Vincent H. Cohen Jr. has left private practice to return to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington as the number two person, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.  announced Monday.

Cohen, 39, a partner in the D.C. law firm Schertler & Onorato, served as an assistant U.S. Attorney from 1997 to 2003. He worked cases involving bribery and gratuities, embezzlement, false claims, theft of government property, Worker’s Compensation fraud and violent crimes including murder, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

Cohen also worked on the civil side in the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Beloved FBI Organized Crime Fighter Gino Lazzari Dies at Age 85

fbi photo

fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired Philly FBI agent Gino L. Lazzari, who worked organized crime cases, and was beloved by colleagues and mobsters alike, died on Saturday at age 85 in a suburb of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Lazzari, who was an FBI agent for 25 years, went on after he retired to become  an investigator for the Pennslyvania Crime Commission, the paper reported. He worked a variety of FBI offices and arrived in Philly in the 1960s.

“Anybody who worked in organized crime, knew and loved Gino,” Andrew Sloan, a retired FBI agent who worked with Gino in organized crime told the Daily News. “Nobody was more liked than Gino.”

“He was a terrific human being. Even the mob guys liked him.”

The paper reported that he was a man of detail. He knew “the pedigrees of every mob figure, who their parents were, who their children were, and what their connections were among themselves in the criminal organization” the paper reported.

“In the days before computers, we used to refer to him as our computer,” said Jack Howell, a former supervisor on the organized crime squad told the paper. “We would be chasing Bruno or some mob figure and Gino would remember all the license numbers. He knew how to tie people together in the mob.”

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Diego Rodriguez Named NY SAC for Criminal Division

Rodriguez Diego/fbi photo

Rodriguez Diego/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Native New Yorker Diego Rodriguez is leaving the mothership at FBI headquarters to return home as special agent in charge of the criminal division in New York, the agency announced Thursday.

Rodriguez, the section chief of the Domain and Collection Management Section in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters, started his FBI career in 1990 in New York.

He was a member of the SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, which was responsible for investigations involving South American and Mexican drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, the FBI said.

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Sen. Judiciary Gives Nod to Deputy Atty. Gen. Nominee James Cole

James Cole/law firm

James Cole/law firm

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General nominee James Cole cleared a major hurdle Tuesday and got the nod from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the website Main Justice reported. The vote now goes before the full Senate.

The website reported that the vote was 12-7, along party lines.

Main Justice reported that GOP members had expressed concern about Cole’s support of terrorism trials in civilian court and his tenure as an independent monitor for insurance giant AIG, which was rescued by a Federal Reserve bail out.

“I’m concerned about Mr. Cole’s ability because in his position as Deputy Attorney General, he would be in a position to influence future compliance monitors appointed under settlements between Justice Department, [Securities and Exchange Commission] and other corporations that have violated the law,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), according to Main Justice.

Obama Nominates U.S. Marshals for N.M., Ky., Del. and Utah

marshalsBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – President Obama on Wednesday nominated four people to fill U.S. Marshal posts in New Mexico, Kentucky, Delaware and Utah.

The nominees included Conrad Ernest Candelaria for New Mexico; James Edward Clark for the Western District of Kentucky; Joseph Anthony Papili for Delaware and James Alfred Thompson for Utah.

“These individuals have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service throughout their careers,” President Obama said in a statement. “I am proud to nominate them to serve and protect the American people as U.S. Marshals.”

The bios are as follows, according to the White House Press release:

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