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W. Va. Rep. Alan Mollohan Off the Hook: U.S. Atty Won’t be Filing Criminal Charges

Rep. Mollohan/gov photo

Rep. Mollohan/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W. Va.) got the word anyone sweating through a federal investigation loves to hear: No charges are going to be filed against you.

Reporter Paul Kane of the Washington Post reports that the Justice Department has shut down its criminal probe into the 14-term Congressman after nearly four years. It will not take any criminal action.

The Post reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. and the FBI had been looking into Mollohan, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, “for steering roughly $250 million in line-item expenditures to several nonprofit organizations run by close friends, who also were real estate partners with him.”

“We’re not going to get into any details, but I can confirm we’ve closed the investigation into Alan Mollohan,” U.S. Attorney spokesman Ben Friedman told the Post.

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Editorial: North Dakota Paper Criticizes Obama For Not Nominating U.S. Atty in N.D. and Other States

white house photo

white house photo

The Grand Forks Herald
Editorial Page
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Sure, the economy and health care reform hurt Martha Coakley in Massachusetts. But in her Senate campaign’s crucial last week, the Democratic candidate made a bad situation worse. Coakley angered Catholics, Red Sox fans and independent voters with her slips of the tongue; and after you’ve turned off those three groups in Massachusetts, you don’t have many people left.

The Obama administration’s “unforced errors” aren’t as bad as Coakley’s. But here’s one such error that the administration could and should correct:

The administration should nominate a U.S. attorney for North Dakota. For that matter, it should speed up a process that now is lagging badly and nominate more U.S. attorneys in other states.

“President Barack Obama enters his second year in office having filled only a third of the 93 top federal prosecutor spots in the nation,” the Houston Chronicle reported last week.

“The Obama administration is well behind where presidents Bush and Bill Clinton were at this point.”

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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Zane Memeger Expected to Get Philly U.S. Atty. Post; Charles Oberly Expected to Get Delaware

Zane Memeger/law firm photo
Zane Memeger/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –After months of speculation and uncertainty, it appears former federal prosecutor Zane D. Memeger, a partner in a big city law firm, is expected to be nominated as U.S. Attorney in Philly, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting.

The Inquirer reports that Memeger was a assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia for 11 years before joining the  law firm of Morgan Lewis in 2006 in its Philadelphia office.

The paper also reported that Charles M Oberly III, a former state attorney general, is likely to get the nod from President Obama for the U.S. Attorney job in Delaware.

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NY U.S. Attorney Merging Drug and Terrorism Units

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Terrorist groups in recent times have increasingly turned to drug trafficking to finance operations,  and the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan is responding.

The New York Times is reporting that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is merging the office’s international drug trafficking and terrorism units because he “wants to focus more on extremist Islamic groups whose members he believes are increasingly turning to the drug trade to finance their activities.”

In the past year, there have been reports of such groups as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Revolutionary Armed Forces in Colomobia trafficking in drugs to support operations.

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Politics Continues to Plague U.S. Atty Choice in Dallas

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson/gov photo
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Justice may be blind, but politics is not — particularly when it comes to the appointment of a new U.S. Attorney in Dallas.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the White House may not be any closer to appointing a new U.S. Attorney there than it was a year ago, thanks to the bickering between Republicans and Democrats.

Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson says Republicans need to accept that there’s a Democrat in the White House, the paper reported. Dems have suggested two candidates.

Meanwhile, Republican senators from Texas are pushing for a different candidate based on a bipartisan panel they appointed.

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Obama Nominates Defense Atty. for South Carolina U.S. Attorney Spot

Bill Nettles/law firm photo

Bill Nettles/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.como

The labor intensive effort to fill all the U.S. Attorney spots around the country continued Tuesday with President Barack Obama nominating defense lawyer William Nettles for U.S. Attorney in South Carolina, Main Justice news website reported.

Main Justice reported that Nettles of the law firm Sanders & Nettles in Columbia, S.C., was recommended for the post in August by Democratic Reps. John Spratt and Jim Clyburn. The website said Nettles is Obama’s 35th U.S. Attorney nominee and that 24 have been confirmed.

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Suspect in Chandra Levy Murder Charged With Threatening Witness

Chandra Levy

Chandra Levy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The man accused of killing intern Chandra Levy in 2001, has been charged with threatening a witness, a fellow inmate, from testifying against him, the Washington Post reported.

The U.S. Attorneys Office in Washington this week filed a superseding indictment against suspect Ingmar Guandique, 28, adding an obstruction of justice charge in connection with the threat.

The Post reported that authorities moved the the inmate who was threatened. In all, the prosecutor’s office added three new charges in the superseding indictment.

As a result, the trial will now begin in October instead of next month. Guandique is currently serving a 10 year sentence for attacking two female joggers in Rock Creek Park in Washington, not far from where Levy’s remains were found in 2002.

Senate Confirms 3 U.S. Attorneys: 2 in Iowa and 1 in Ala.

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The two U.S. Attorneys from Iowa who were recommended by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) were confirmed by the full Senate on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

The Senate also confirmed Kenyen Brown for the Southern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney post.

For Iowa, the Senate confirmed Stephanie Rose for U.S. Attorney for Northern Iowa and Nick Klinefeldt for U.S. Attorney for Southern Iowa.

Some 11th hours critics raised issues about Rose’s appointment, questioning her aggressiveness in prosecuting immigrant cases as an assistant U.S. Attorney. The New York Times reported on the matter.

And Klinefeldt got some interesting press when it was revealed that he father is  serving a 10-year prison term for drug trafficking. Main Justice reported on that matter.