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Senate Confirms a Whole Lot of U.S. Attorneys; 6 in One Night

John Malcolm Bales/doj photo

By Allan Lengel

A whole lot of U.S. Attorneys were confirmed Monday night on Capitol Hill.

The U.S. Senate confirmed six U.S. Attorneys — four in Texas, one in Oregon and one in Utah.

The Texas U.S. Attorney’s included: John Malcolm Bales for the Eastern District of Texas; Kenneth Magidson for the Southern District of Texas; Robert Lee Pitman for the Western District; Sarah Ruth Saldana for the Northern District of Texas.

The Senate also confirmed David B. Barlow for U.S. Attorney in Utah and S. Amanda Marshal for the state of Oregon.


Senate Confirms Only 1 of 5 U.S. Attorney Nominees Before Heading Home

Christopher Thyer

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Just before heading home for the holidays, the U.S. Senate confirmed only one of five pending nominees for U.S. Attorney, the news website Main Justice reported.

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed by unanimous consent Christopher Thyer for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The others were sent back to President Obama the remaining names which must now be renominated for the new Congress, Main Justice reported. The site said 76 U.S. Attorneys have been confirmed so far, two years into the Obama administration.

The people who did not get confirmed included S. Amanda Marshall of Oregon, M. Scott Bowen of the West District of Michigan, John B. Stevens Jr of the Eastern District of Texas and Thomas Gray Walker of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

ATF Busts Texas Cop for Selling Guns From Evidence Room

texasBy Allan Lengel

A 55-year-old Texas cop had a nice little thing going — that is until he got busted by ATF and the Texas Rangers.

Authorities charged that Harry Leroy Kelly, as a cop with the Cleveland Police Department in Liberty County, Tex., sold guns and ammunition from the evidence room. He is currently a captain with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities alleged that Kelly had control over the evidence room and was responsible for destroying items.  As part of his scheme, Kelly drafted papers showing he destroyed firearms, when in fact he had not.

He faces 103 counts of possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm without a serial number, one count of possession of stolen ammunition and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Texas said.

“Sometime in 2007, Harry Kelly began taking firearms from the evidence room and traded or bartered them to his friend, who in turn gave Harry Kelly credits for the merchandise that Kelly brought, which Kelly used to buy his own firearms for his own firearm business,” U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said, according to TV station KPRC.