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Last-Minute Objections Being Raised About Iowa U.S. Atty. Nominee Stephanie Rose

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some last-minute objections have surfaced against Stephanie Rose, who has yet to be confirmed by the Senate for the  U.S. attorney’s post in northern Iowa, the New York Times is reporting.

Some defense attorneys are voicing concern about assistant U.S. Attorney Rose’s  leading role in the prosecution of  hundreds of illegal immigrants busted in May 2008 raid at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, the Times reported.

“But some defense and immigration lawyers have said that felony identity-theft charges against the immigrants were excessively harsh, that immigration lawyers were not given adequate access to their clients, and that improper contact took place between prosecutors and one judge. They contend that possible civil rights and ethical violations by prosecutors should have been investigated,” the Times reported. She has been confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Alaska U.S. Attorney Opens Juneau Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska, the Frontier State, is spreading its wings.

Come next month, it will open a new office in Juneau, the state capital, the Juneau Empire reports.

Former Juneau Assistant District Attorney Jack Schmidt, 38, was recently hired to work in that office, which will be housed in the Federal Building. Meanwhile, Schmidt is working out of the FBI office, the Empire reported.

“He’s already working, we just don’t physically have the space yet,” Alaska U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler told the Empire.

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D.C. Delegate Pushes for Creation of DA to Take Away Local Duties From D.C. U.S. Attorney

Eleanor Holmes Norton/official photo

Eleanor Holmes Norton/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Under the category of “things that won’t go away” comes another bill to try and get a local prosecutor for the District of Columbia. Right now the U.S. Attorney handles both federal and local crimes.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has once again introduced a bill  that would create a local district attorney post, according to BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes.

“There is no law enforcement issue of greater importance to our residents, or on which we have less say, than the prosecution of local crimes here,” the legal blog quoted Norton as saying in a statement while introducing the bill last week.

“A U.S. Attorney has no business in the local criminal affairs of a local jurisdiction,” she added. “This bill simply would make the District’s prosecutor accountable to the people by electing him or her, as elsewhere in the nation.”

BLT says Norton introduced similar bills in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

Controversial Pitts. U.S. Atty. Mary Pat Buchanan to Step Down Nov. 16

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan
Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Mary Pat Buchanan, who  bumped up against her share of controversy during her eight-year reign, and gained notoriety for prosecuting comedian Tommy Chong’s drug paraphernalia shop, is stepping down Nov. 16, the Associated Press reported.

The news agency said Buchanan, a Bush appointee who was going to be replaced anyways by the Obama administration, was looking forward to the next chapter in life, whatever that may be.

Last year, Buchanan  had expressed a desire to stay on as U.S. Attorney, but that never seemed like a possibility. The Justice Department recently launched an investigation into complaints of  improper behavior after she stated publicly that a local medical examiner was guilty of various charges even after her office dropped the charges.

E-mails to WH Contained Assassination Threats, Racial Slurs

obama-official-photoBy Caitlin Osborne
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President Obama continues to be the target of racially motivated hate.

The lastest reminder comes, compliments of Huntsville, Ala. resident Charles Thurman II, 54, who was sentenced last week to four months in jail for reporting false threats to the president.

Turns out, according to his plea agreement, Thurman sent threatening e-mails about the president under the fictitious names  “Wayne Noke” and “Tim Walker” to the White House and FBI earlier this year.

One email said that a process server named  “Jerry Partridge vowed to kill n—- president Barack Obama sometime in 2009. Jerry has numerous guns and will kill the President.”

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Bosnia Prosecutor Likely to Get U.S. Atty. Post in Utah

utahBy Allan Lengel
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WASHINGTON — David Schwendiman, a war crimes prosecutor in Bosnia, is expected to get the nomination from President Obama for the U.S. Attorney post in Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune is reporting.

Citing political and legal insiders, the paper said Schwendiman will likely replace his former boss U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman who announced on Wednesday that he would step down Dec. 31.

He  briefly worked for Tolman before assuming the prosecutor post in Bosnia, the paper reported.

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Senate Confirms N.J. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

Paul Fishman for N.J. U.S. Atty.

Paul Fishman for N.J. U.S. Atty.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s official. Defense attroney and former former federal prosecutor Paul J. Fishman is the new U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.

The U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment Thursday night, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Fishman, 52, will replace Ralph J. Marra, who has been acting U.S. Attorney since Chris Christie stepped down to run for governor, the paper reported.

“I’m delighted, and I’m looking forward to going to work,” Fishman told the Star-Ledger. “I am very grateful to Sen. (Frank) Lautenberg and Sen. (Robert) Menendez for their confidence and their support.”

Wisconsin Sens. Nominate 2 Names for U.S. Atty Post in Madison

wisconsin-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Wisconsin’s U.S. Senators have have nominated two finalists for the U.S. Attorney post in Madison.

Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold have forwarded to the White House the names of Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil and former Assistant Attorney General Eric J. Wilson, according to the Associated Press.

The post was filled by Erik Peterson, who left in June. He had served in that position since 2006.

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