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4 Ex-U.S. Attys. Win Republican Primary Bids; Fifth Gets Trounced

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Four ex-U.S. Attorney’s won Republican primary bids Tuesday for public office. But perhaps in the most interesting race,  a  fifth ex-U.S. Attorney, Republican Mary Beth Buchanan —  a controversial figure during her reign as the top Pittsburgh prosecutor — got trounced in a contentious battle for the 4th Congressional District seat.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Buchanan was defeated by a relative unknown, attorney and ex-Bush official Keith Rothfus. The paper called it an upset that “was the culmination of a surprising campaign characterized by stinging attacks on both sides.”

Buchanan blamed her defeat on the anti-incumbent sentiment in the nation, even though she was not an elected official, the Post-Gazette reported. She was appointed by President Bush and stayed on for a while under the Obama administration. She got about a third of the votes.

Tom Corbett/ pa. state photo

Tom Corbett/ pa. state photo

Elsehwere around the country, according to the website Main Justice, which closely tracks U.S. Attorneys, former Arkansas U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin won the Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District in Arkansas.

Three former Pennsylvania U.S. Attorneys won their contests in that state, according to Main Justice.  Pennsylania Attorney General Tom Corbett, a former U.S. Attorney,  won the Republican bid for Pennsylvania governor; Pat Meehan was unopposed in the Republican primary for a Congressional seat held by Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak, who defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the primary; and  Tom Marino won his bid in the Republican primary for a Congressional seat.

Va. U.S. Atty. Wants to Run With the Big Dogs in Securities Fraud Crack Down

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Is the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Va., trying to run with the big dogs in New York in the area of securities fraud?

A Wall Street Journal report gives a resounding Yes to that question.

The paper’s Law Blog reports that U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride of Virginia “is assembling a new, investigative task force of federal, state and local entities to crack down on financial crime and securities fraud. He has hired several new prosecutors to focus on white-collar crime—and is targeting high-profile cases.”

“We’re stepping up our game, working in close partnership with the Securities and Exchange Commission and others to really make a push to focus on significant, national-impact securities-fraud cases,” Mr. MacBride told the Journal.

The Journal says the Virginia office can claim jurisdiction over such cases because the Securities and Exchange Commission data base is located in Alexandria, “meaning every publicly traded company technically files their accounts in his district.”

Sen. Judiciary Gives Nod to Jerry Martin for Nashville U.S. Atty

Jerry Martin

Jerry Martin/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary on Thursday gave the nod to private attorney Jerry E. Martin for the U.S. Attorney post in Nashville, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote on the matter.

Martin will replace U.S. Attorney Edward Yarbrough, who was appointed by President Bush in 2007.

Active in the Democratic politics, Martin has been working for the law firm of Barrett, Johnson & Parsely in Nashville, focusing on complex litigation, including class and collective actions.

Senate Gives Nod to New Philly U.S. Atty. Zane Memeger and Conn. U.S. Atty. David Fein

Zane Memeger/law firm photo

Zane Memeger/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday gave the final nod to Zane D. Memeger to become U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia and David Fein to become the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut.

Memeger replaces interim U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy, who had been in that position since 2009. Levy will work for Memeger as an assistant U.S. attorney. The confirmations were reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Hartford Courant.

“I am honored and excited to be returning to the office that I proudly served as an assistant, engaging again with respected colleagues, and helping the Eastern District build even further on its reputation of excellence,” he said in a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

David Fein/law firm photo

David Fein/law firm photo

Memeger has been a partner in Philly firm Morgan Lewis and has worked in the Litigation Practice section. He has also been a member of the firm’s Corporate Investigations and White Collar Practice.

Fein is a former assistant U.S. Attorney and White House lawyer under the Clinton administration.

U.S. Attorney For Western District of Pa. Could Be Nominated Soon (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fed Prosecutors Open Preliminary Probe into Goldman Sachs

goldman-sachs-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened a preliminary investigation into Goldman Sachs, the poster child for greed in America.

The New York Times, citing “people familiar with the matter’, said the Securities and Exchange Commission, which has filed a civil fraud suit against the financial giant, Goldman, referred the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

The company has denied claims by the SEC that it defrauded investors.

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Former Idaho U.S. Atty Sidney Smith Dies at Age 95

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire

Sidney Smith, a World War II vet and Nixon-appointed U.S. Attorney in Idaho, died on April 23 at the age of 95, The Associated Press reported.

Born in the Midwest, he graduated from the University of Colorado law school, AP reported. In 1970, President Nixon appointed him deputy general counsel for the General Services Administration before appointing him U.S. Attorney in Idaho.

He served in that post from 1971 to 1975.

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.”

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Visits the Heartland

Robert Mueller III / file fbi photo

Robert Mueller III / file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It never hurts for the officialdom of Washington to go beyond the Beltway and see the the rest of the country.

FBI Director Robert Mueller on Monday did just that, and headed to the heartland to visit the FBI’s Springfield, Ill. office to thank employees and reiterate his agenda, the Associated Press reported.

The AP reported that he talked specifically about priorities protecting the nation from terrorist attacks, foreign intelligence threats and cyber attacks.

Mueller’s visit was part of a tour of the FBI’s regional offices, the AP reported. He also met with U.S. Attorneys in central and southern Illinois, the news service reported.

Mueller’s 10 year term ends next year.