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Obama Nominates 4 U.S. Attorneys Including One Whose Father is in Prison

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday nominated  four U.S. Attorneys including Nicholas Klinefeldt, whose father is in  prison.

Klinefeldt, the U.S. Attorney nominee for the Southern District of Iowa, has a father serving a 10-year sentence for a methamphetamine conviction. The story of his possible nomination and his father’s problems were reported earlier this month on the website Main Justice.

Obama on Friday also nominated   Judge Richard Callahan for the Eastern District of Missouri;  Michael Cotter for Montana and Stephanie Rose for the Northern District of Iowa, the White House said.

“These nominees have displayed an unyielding dedication to serving the public good,” President Obama in a statement. “They are some of the most diligent, judicious and well-respected legal minds in the country. I am confident that, as U.S. Attorneys, they will be relentless in their pursuit of justice and serve the American people with distinction.”

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Michael Moore for U.S. Attorney? Say What?

Michael Moore/

Another Michael Moore/

By Allan Lengel

Michael Moore for U.S. Attorney. What’s this world coming to?

Well, it’s not actually the Michael Moore of “Roger and Me” fame, the target of the right.

It’s the other Michael Moore, a former Georgia state senator and a former chief assistant district attorney. He is currently a private attorney.

President Obama has nominated him to be the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, according to the Macon Telegraph.

In other moves, President Obama nominated Ed Tarver for the U.S. Attorney job in the Southern District of Georgia and Carmen Ortiz for the Boston U.S. Attorney post.


Ex-Philly U.S. Atty Worker Pleads to Stealing Defedants’ Info for Online Loans

philadelphia-mapBy Allan Lengel

A different kind of payday is coming for Shakila Nakia Wallace — and it may be in the form of a prison sentence.

Wallace, 25, a former office automation clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s financial litigation unit in Philadelphia,  pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to using personal identification info from sentenced defendants to collect about $34,000 in online payday loans from January 2005 until March 2008, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. District Judge Mary. A. McLaughlin is scheduled to sentence her Dec. 15. She faces up to seven years in prison.

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Kansas City Acting U.S. Atty. Matt Whitworth Named Maigistrate Judge

By Allan Lengel

Matt J. Whitworth

Matt J. Whitworth

Kansas City Acting U.S. Attorney Matt J. Whitworth has been named a U.S. Magistrate Judge, the U.S. District Court in Western Missouri announced.

Whitworth, who became acting U.S. Attorney on March 1,  has been a federal prosecutor in the Kansas City office since 1988. He is a 1983 graduate of the Univerity of Arkansas School of Law.

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Fla. Prosecutor Tries To Derail Ex-Boss’s Chance For U.S. Atty. Post

Harry Shorstein/law firm photo

Harry Shorstein/law firm photo

Simply put: politics ain’t pretty.  The current state attorney Angela Corey is trying to derail her ex-boss’s bid to be U.S. Attorney. Corey has apparently written Florida’s two senators discouraging the appointment of ex-boss Harry Shorstein, who once fired her when he  was state attorney.  Shorstein is one of three candidates being considered for the job.

By Paul Pinkham
Florida Times-Union
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A year after her landslide election victory, State Attorney Angela Corey and many of her employees still appear preoccupied with her predecessor and his administration, interviews and interoffice e-mails suggest.

In June, Corey’s chief assistant sent an e-mail urging key office employees to avoid long conversations with former State Attorney Harry Shorstein at the Duval County Courthouse because they might appear disloyal to Corey. The e-mail noted Shorstein fired Corey two years ago and appeared in a commercial opposing her election.

Two days later, after The Times-Union reported Shorstein was seeking appointment as U.S. attorney, Chief Assistant State Attorney Dan McCarthy circulated another e-mail listing negative remarks from readers about Shorstein on the newspaper’s Internet site.

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Shorstein Campaigned Against Angela Corey in 2008


Fired N.M Prosecutor David Iglesias Suggests 6-year U.S. Atty Terms

This may be a good idea to have U.S. Attorneys serve six year terms, but this still wouldn’t have stopped the Bush administration from firing nine U.S. Attorneys. Iglesias also suggests that U.S. Attorneys be removed only for misconduct. That would make it tough to remove those who are actually incompetent. Perhaps the solution would be for an impartial panel to decide on firings.

David Iglesias

David Iglesias

By The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- David Iglesias says U.S. attorneys should be appointed for 6-year terms that overlap administrations to minimize the influence of politics on what should be an independent federal office.

The former U.S. attorney for New Mexico was 1 of 9 federal prosecutors fired in a series of politically tinged dismissals in 2006. Iglesias spoke Friday at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s annual conference in Albuquerque.

Iglesias said in an interview that U.S. attorneys should only be removed for misconduct to ensure that politics stay out of federal prosecutions.

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Ex-U.S. Atty. Christie Failed to Report $46,000 Loan to Top Aide

When you run as a law and order guy, when the issues are public corruption in New Jersey, every little bit of news like this hurts.

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

New York Times

In 2007, while he was New Jersey’s ranking federal prosecutor, Christopher J. Christie – now the Republican candidate for governor – lent one of his top aides $46,000. But he failed to report the loan as required under federal and state ethics rules.

The aide, Michele A. Brown, borrowed the money from Mr. Christie while he was United States attorney for New Jersey and she was his executive assistant and counsel, according to mortgage records in Morris County, N.J.

Ms. Brown was promoted to first assistant United States attorney after Mr. Christie resigned last December to begin his campaign for governor.

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Philly Prosecutors Files Papers to Try and Get Big-Time Politician Vincent Fumo More Prison Time

If ever there was a sentence that irked the Philly feds in recent times, this is it. Prosecutors and agents alike were appalled by what they considered a lenient sentence. They want this big-time politician who was well known as a shakedown artist, to serve more time.

Ex-Sen. Vincent Fumo

Ex-Sen. Vincent Fumo

By Emilie Lounsberry
Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — Federal prosecutors took a first step yesterday toward appealing the 55-month prison sentence given to former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, who is scheduled to report to prison this month.

In a one-sentence court filing, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert A. Zauzmer and John J. Pease submitted a “notice of appeal” of the sentence imposed last month by U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter.

The prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of more than 15 years.

They already have called the prison term “unduly lenient” and said the sentence, which triggered widespread public criticism, had done “grave damage to the public’s respect for the law and expectation of justice.”

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