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Senate Confirms ex-U.S. Attorney and Atlanta Fed Judge Beverly Martin to Court of Appeals

atlanta-map1By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination  of U.S. District Judge Beverly Martin, a former U.S. Attorney, to the  federal court of appeals judge in Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Martin joins the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

“It is humbling that President Obama and his administration thought of me for this job,” Martin, 54, said shortly after the vote, according to the newspaper.

In 1998,  President Clinton appointed her as the U.S. Attorney in Macon, Ga., and two years later he made her a U.S. District Court judge.


Officials Regret Curbs on Adding to No Fly List ( NY Times)

President Nominates 5 More U.S. Attorneys

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

By Allan Lengel

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.

Atty. Gen. Holder Swears in Mass. First Woman and Hispanic U.S. Attorney

Carmen Ortiz

Carmen Ortiz

By Allan Lengel

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black Attorney General, on Monday swore in Carmen Milagros Ortiz as Massachusetts’ first woman and Hispanic U.S. Attorney.

The two first met 30 years ago when Holder was a young lawyer in the Justice Department and Ortiz was a law student serving an internship in his unit, the Boston Globe reported.

“Have we come a long way, huh?” Ortiz said to Holder, drawing a hearty applause from the packed courtroom, the Globe reported.

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Michael Ward Named Head of Newark FBI

Michael Ward/fbi photo

Michael Ward/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Michael B. Ward has been plucked from the FBI mothership to head the agency’s  Newark Division, starting in March.

Ward, currently the assistant director of Counterrorism Division’s Operations Branch II at headquarters, started his FBI career in 1988 and spent the first nine years in the Dallas office dealing primarily with violent crime, interstate theft and criminal enterprise investigations, the FBI said.

In July 1997, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI Headquarters. Nearly two years later, he was named assistant inspector in the Inspection Division.

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Cybersecurity Expert Shawn Henry to Head FBI D.C. Field Office

Shawn Henry/fbi photo
Shawn Henry/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Shawn Henry, a cybersecurity expert from FBI headquarters, is the new head of the FBI Washington field office, the Washington Post reported.

Henry replaces Joseph Persichini Jr., who stepped down  on Christmas Day. John Perren, special agent in charge of the office’s counterterrorism division, had been named the interim replacement following Persichini’s departure.

Henry started his FBI career in 1989 and was first assigned to the Washington field office where he focused primarily on public corruption, according to the FBI.

In 1996, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Public Corruption Unit at FBI Headquarters “with program management oversight for public corruption investigations nationwide,” the FBI said.

After several more career moves, he was named deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Divison in 2007.

The following year he was named assistant director of that division.

Shreveport’s First African American U.S. Atty. Donald Washington Stepping Down

Donald Washington/gov photo

Donald Washington/gov photo

By Allan Lengel

Donald W. Washington, the first African American to serve as U.S. Attorney in Shreveport, La.,  is stepping down,  effective Jan. 18.

“It has been a high honor and great privilege to serve as United States Attorney, and to work alongside so many talented and dedicated professionals in service to our country and the cause of justice,” Washington said in a statement.

He was appointed by President Bush in 2001, just six days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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New Orleans FBI Agent Tapped for Police Chief of Small Community

Mandeville_LABy Allan Lengel

A veteran FBI agent in New Orleans has been tapped as the new police chief for the city of Mandeville, a suburb of New Orleans, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting.

Percy “Rick” Richard III, who has served a special agent in New Orleans since 1991, supervises 15 agents and five surveillance specialists, the Times-Picayune reported.

He had served on a task force in Afghanistan and is a former state trooper, the paper said. He is a resident of Mandeville, a city of about 12,000 people.

Interim Mayor Edward “Bubby” Lyons announced Richard’s selection at a 2 p.m. news conference at City Hall.

The Mandeville Police Department has been without a chief since former Chief Tom Buell stepped down a year ago. Since then, Capt. Ron Ruple has served as the ranking officer in the agency. Ruple initially applied for the chief’s position but said he withdrew his name last week after the city’s Civil Service Board declined to offer strong enough protections for a chief that was dismissed.

Houston U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson Resigning to Join Private Firm

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Houston U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson announced his resignation Wednesday, effective Feb. 13.

Johnson will join a private law firm in the Houston area, according to a press release issued by his office.

Johnson has served as U.S. Attorney since November 2008. He replaced U.S. attorney Don DeGabrielle.