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June 2021


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Ill. U.S. Attorney Rodger Heaton Steps Down

Rodger Heaton/doj photo

Rodger Heaton/doj photo

By Allan Lengel

U.S. Attorney Rodger Heaton of Springfield, Ill., who has been a federal prosecutor since 1991, stepped down Monday, the Associated Press reported.

His assistant Jeffrey Lang takes over as the acting U.S. Attorney.

The wire service said Heaton planned to practice law in the private sector.

Heaton had been U.S. Attorney since 2005. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has recommended that the post be filled either by attorneys Gregory Harris or James Lewis.

N.Y. Acting U.S. Atty. Andrew Baxter Named U.S. Magistrate

syracuse-mapIf you’re going to land somewhere, this is not a bad place to land.

By Jim O’Hara
The Post-Standard
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Veteran federal prosecutor Andrew T. Baxter has been selected to succeed U.S. Magistrate Judge Gustave J. DiBianco upon DiBianco’s upcoming retirement.

Baxter, 43, has been the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York since September when former U.S. Attorney Glenn Suddaby was appointed a U.S. District Judge.

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Ex-FBI Clerk Margaret “Marjorie” Cannon Who Married FBI Agent Dead at Age 94

fbi-logoBy Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Margaret “Marjorie” Cannon, 94, a homemaker and a former FBI clerk who was married to an FBI agent, died in Burtonsville, Md., on Aug. 23, the Washington Post reported.

The long-time District resident died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, the paper reported.

In 1942, she joined the FBI as a clerk in the Washington Field Office and was eventually promoted to assistant chief clerk, the paper said. In 1951, she married FBI agent Joseph R. Canon, who later on became a Justice Department attorney.

A few years later, she became a homemaker, the paper reported. When he husband died in 1973, she took an she took an administrative job for two years with Riggs National Bank in Tenleytown neighborhood in Upper Northwest Washington before retiring, the Washington Post reported.

FBI Chief Intelligence Officer Don Van Duyn Retiring

Don Van Duyn
Don Van Duyn

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON – Don Van Duyn, the FBI’s chief intelligence officer who regularly briefed FBI Director Robert Mueller III, is stepping down, the FBI confirmed Friday.

Van Duyn, who was appointed to the post of Chief Intelligence Officer for the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence in Sept. 2008, is retiring at the end of the month, the FBI said.

He joined the FBI in 2003 after working as an analyst for the CIA  and  as the agency’s liaison to the FBI.

A 2008 FBI press release said he started his FBI career in 2003 as the chief of the Counterterrorism Analysis Section where he  “shaped the early development  of the FBI’s Intelligence Program.”

FBI spokesman Paul E. Bresson said no replacement has been named.

Head of LA FBI Salvador Hernandez to Retire

Salvador Hernandez/fbi photo
Salvador Hernandez/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Salvador Hernandez, who has headed the FBI in Los Angeles since October 2007, is retiring, according to two people familiar with his situation.

Hernandez, the assistant director in charge of the L.A. office,  is expected to take a job in the private sector. He first joined the FBI in 1984.

Born in Mexico City, he moved at an early age to St. Louis where he earned a bachelors degree in history and a law degree from St. Louis University.

UPDATE:  Wed. 1:20 p.m. — Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman for the Los Angeles office, said Hernandez will be departing “toward the end of September”  to take a position as Director of Security at Enterprise Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, National and Alamo, in St. Louis.

Chief FBI Spokesman John Miller Stepping Down

John Miller/fbi photo

John Miller/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — John Miller, the chief FBI spokesman who enjoyed the confidence of FBI Director Robert Mueller III, announced Tuesday that he is stepping down to join the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to people familiar with his situation.

Miller, a former anchor and reporter for ABC News, announced that he was stepping down at a meeting at headquarters Tuesday morning. He is expected to leave the bureau at the end of September to become assistant deputy director of intelligence analysis for the Office of Director of National Intelligence.

In 2003, after leaving ABC, Miller became chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. In August 2005, he became the FBI’s first non agent to head up the public affairs office.

In 1994, he served as New York Police Department deputy commissioner and was the chief spokesman. He did not immediately return a phone call for comment

Miller was known as a colorful and powerful personality, who had plenty friends, but also some critics. On the upside, he had the confidence of the director, his opinion was valued at headquarters and according to one person, he contributed far beyond the media job, helping the FBI evolve as a counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism agency.

But there were critics within the FBI, some who thought he was too much of a “wannabe” who tried too hard to act like an agent.

Ex-FBI Agent Jack Borden Going Strong as Private Atty at Age 101


Jack Borden, who was an FBI agent in the 1940s, is still going strong as a private attorney at 101. Impressive feat. Impressive man.

The Dallas Morning News
WEATHERFORD, Tex. – At 101 years old, Jack Borden often gets asked two questions: What’s the secret to a long life? and When are you going to give up chewing tobacco?

He dismisses the first (“Not dying”) and simply ignores the second.

“I’ve been hearing for 91 years that it’s going to kill me,” he said, projecting juice into a brass spittoon by his desk. “When you’re old, you have to have something to give you pleasure.”

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U.S. Atty. David Nahamias Appointed to Ga. Supreme Court

David Nahamias/doj photo

David Nahamias/doj photo

By Allan Lengel

U.S. Attorney David Nahamias of Atlanta, a Bush appointee, has been handed a nice parachute.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday appointed Nahamias to the Supreme Court of Georgia. He had served as U.S. Attorney since December 2004.

“His integrity, commitment to public service and strict adherence to the law as written will make him an excellent Justice,” Perdue said in a prepared statement.

Nahmias graduated second in his class at Duke University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor of Harvard Law Review, according to the governor’s press release.

After graduation, he clerked for U.S. Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the press release said. He later worked at a law firm with John Roberts, now a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by Governor Perdue’s selection of me to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, a position that is so important to protecting the rule of law and the democratic system of government in this state,” Nahamias said in a prepared statement.


*WBZ-tv reported that John Kacavas was set to be sworn in Thursday afternoon as U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire. He replaced Tom Colantuono, who stepped down in March.

U.S. Atty. Greg Lockhart/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Greg Lockhart/doj photo

*The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Greg Lockhart will step down Aug. 31 as the U.S. Attorney for Southern Ohio. He has held the job since 2001.

*The Denver Post reported that Acting U.S. Attorney David Gaouette of Colorado has been appointed to the job for another 120 days. He has served in that post since Jan. 10, and replaced Troy Eid, who resigned. Gaouette is not expected to get the permanent assignment.