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Tag: David Dugas

James Lemelle Named Interim U.S. Atty. in Baton Rouge

baton rouge mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James Stanley “Stan” Lemelle announced Monday that Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. has named him interim U.S. Attorney in Baton Rouge. He replaces David Dugas, a Bush appointee,who stepped down last week.

“I have been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District for 31 years,” Lemelle said in a statement. “For the past 16 years, I’ve served as Criminal Chief and supervised the office’s Criminal Division.”

Dugas was appointed U.S. Attorney on Oct. 17, 2001, five weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Baton Rouge U.S. Atty. David Dugas Stepping Down This Week

baton rouge mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Baton Rouge U.S. Attorney David R. Dugas, a Bush appointee who took office five weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, announced he is stepping down at the end of the week to join a national law firm with offices in Louisiana.

“Serving as United States Attorney has been the greatest honor and most rewarding experience of my professional career,” Dugas said in a statement. “I have had the privilege of serving alongside dedicated and professional public servants in the United States Attorney’s Office and in the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in this district and across the country. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to President Bush and to President Obama for allowing me to serve the cause of justice in their administrations.”

Duggas noted in his press release that he was appointed Director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud (formerly the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force National Command Center) in December of 2005 “and personally directed the design, creation and operation of the Command Center since its inception.”

Dugas also noted that “he spearheaded the creation of a dedicated FBI Public Corruption squad in Baton Rouge as well as the FBI’s Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Task Force.”