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Obama Nominates 4 U.S. Attorneys Including One Whose Father is in Prison

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday nominated  four U.S. Attorneys including Nicholas Klinefeldt, whose father is in  prison.

Klinefeldt, the U.S. Attorney nominee for the Southern District of Iowa, has a father serving a 10-year sentence for a methamphetamine conviction. The story of his possible nomination and his father’s problems were reported earlier this month on the website Main Justice.

Obama on Friday also nominated   Judge Richard Callahan for the Eastern District of Missouri;  Michael Cotter for Montana and Stephanie Rose for the Northern District of Iowa, the White House said.

“These nominees have displayed an unyielding dedication to serving the public good,” President Obama in a statement. “They are some of the most diligent, judicious and well-respected legal minds in the country. I am confident that, as U.S. Attorneys, they will be relentless in their pursuit of justice and serve the American people with distinction.”

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Las Vegas U.S. Atty. Gregory Brower to Resign in October

By Allan Lengel

U.S. Atty. Gregory Brower

U.S. Atty. Gregory Brower

Las Vegas U.S. Attorney Gregory  Brower announced Tuesday that he’ll resign on Oct. 10.

“It has been a privilege to serve my fellow Nevadans as U.S. Attorney over the last two years,” he said in a prepared statement. “I am extremely proud of our accomplishment sin support of the mission of the U.S. Department of Justice in Nevada.”

Brower, who began serving as U.S. Attorney in January 2008. Previously, he had served as General Couhnsel to the Government Printing Office and as the agency’s Inspector General.

K.C. FBI Agent Bob Herndon Will be At NY Movie Premiere of “The Informant”– And for Good Reason

Many dream of having an aspect of their life made into a movie. FBI agent Bob Herndon can stop dreaming and down some popcorn as he sees one of his cases go Hollywood.

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Matt Dameon in The Informant

Matt Dameon in The Informant!

KANSAS CITY –– There’s reality. And there’s Hollywood  reality.

The difference was only too clear to FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon as he settled into his seat at an Olathe movie theater the other day to watch “The Informant!”, the new Matt Damon film directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh.

This was more than a movie to Herndon. It was his story.

And he was concerned about what Hollywood had done to it.

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Daniel McMullen to Head FBI’s Jackson, Miss. Division

Daniel McMullen/fbi photo

Daniel McMullen/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Daniel McMullen, FBI special agent in charge of criminal matters in Los Angeles, has been named the top agent for the Jackson, Miss., division. He replaces Frederick T. Brink, who retired.

McMullen began his career in 1991 and was first assigned to the Shreveport, La. office. In 1995, he went to the L.A. office where he investigated violent crime, organized crime, and drug matters.

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Sen. Judiciary Committee Oks 4 U.S. Attorneys

By Allan Lengel

Daniel Bogden/utlaw-edu

Daniel Bogden/utlaw-edu

WASHINGTON — Four U.S. Attorney nominees moved one giant step closer Thursday to final confirmation by the Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted the nominees out of committee by a voice vote.

The U.S. Attorney nominees included: Peter F. Neronha of Rhode Island; Daniel G. Bogden of Nevada, who had been fired while serving under the Bush administration; Dennis K. Burke of Arizona and Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia.

The committee is expected to vote  Sept. 17 on nominees Paul Fishman of New Jersey and Jenny Durkan of  Washington state.

Richard McFeely to Head FBI Baltimore Division

Richard McFeely/fbi photo

Richard McFeely/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Richard A. McFeely, who has a law degree and was the FBI’s deputy assistant director of the Finance Division, has been named special agent in charge of the bureau’s Baltimore Division.

McFeely replaces Amy Jo Lyons, who was recently named assistant director of the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

McFeely joined the FBI in 1990 and was first assigned to the Buffalo office, where he worked violent crimes and street gangs, the agency said.

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W. Va. U.S. Attorney Sharon Potter Stepping Down

U.S. Atty. Sharon Potter/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Sharon Potter/doj photo

By Allan Lengel

West Virginia U.S. Attorney Sharon Potter is stepping down after three years on the job, following many other Bush-appointed U.S. Attorneys who have quit in this transitional year, the Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register reports.

“When the opportunity to serve arose in 2006, I was honored to take on that role and hope that my tenure has been marked by a sense of fair, but firm, prosecutions,” she said, according to the paper. “We have focused on aggressively prosecuting cases involving illegal drugs, firearms, child pornography and tax fraud, and the caseload for this district has steadily increased over the past several years.”

Potter will be honored at a farewell event on Sept. 25 at the Federal Building in Wheeling, W. Va., the paper said.

John V. Gillies Who Headed St. Louis FBI to Head Miami Office

John V. Gillies/fbi photo

John V. Gillies/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — John V. Gillies, who headed the FBI’s St. Louis office, has been named special agent in charge of  the Miami division, the FBI announced Friday. He replaces Jonathan I. Solomon, who retired.

Gillies, a Chicago native,  started his FBI career in 1983 as a financial analyst. Two years later, he became a special agent and worked in the  Albany Division investigating white collar and public corruption cases, the FBI said.

In 1989, he went off to New York and in 1993 was transferred to the San Diego Division where he where he investigated bank failures and also  judicial corruption, which resulted in the conviction of three California Superior Court judges.

He eventually went to the Honolulu Division in 1996 and six years later was promoted to unit chief of the Financial Institution Fraud (FIF) unit of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters, the FBI said.

In 2004,  he became assistant special agent in charge in Detroit and in 2006 he returned to headquarters as the section chief of the violent crimes section of the Criminal Investigative Division. the FBI said. Three years later he was named special agent in charge of the St. Louis Division.

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