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Senate Committee Gives Joyce Vance Thumbs Up for Ala. U.S. Atty. Post

It’s a start, but the administration has a long way to go in filling all the U.S. Attorney spots. Unfortunately, there have been so many distractions since President Obama took office.alabama

MARY ORNDORFF
Birmingham News Washington correspondent
WASHINGTON – Joyce Vance had solid bipartisan support to become the top federal prosecutor in the northern district of Alabama as her nomination sailed through a Senate committee Thursday. The action sets the stage for her to become one of the first new U.S. attorneys to take office under President Barack Obama.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Vance and two nominees from Vermont and New York without debate. The full U.S. Senate could make it final next week.

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Utah U.S. Atty. Tolman on Way Out; Replacement Suggested

Whatever happened, it wasn’t likely that Brett Tolman was going to get to stick around under the Obama administration.

U.S. Atty. Brett Tolman

U.S. Atty. Brett Tolman

By Chris Vanocur
ABC 4
SALT LAKE CITY– – It looks like it may be more bad news for Brett Tolman.

Not only is he feeling the heat for those Native American artifact arrests in Southern Utah, but now ABC 4 News is being told that Tolman will be replaced as Utah’s U.S. Attorney.

ABC 4 is being told by multiple democratic and republican sources that:

1) Tolman will not be kept on as Utah’s U.S. Attorney.

2) A candidate to replace him has already been recommended to the White House.

That candidate is said to be David Schwendiman.

Schwendiman was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a key aide to then U.S. Attorney Scott Matheson.

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N.J. Nominee for U.S. Atty. Paul Fishman Refuses to Disclose Full Client List

This raises an interesting dilemma. Yes, we have a right to know as much about a U.S. Attorney candidate as possible. And yes, clients who are targets of grand juries have a right to privacy. What to do? We assume we can trust nominees like Fishman to recuse themselves in instances where there’s a conflict of interest. On the other hand, maybe we should just avoid appointing U.S. Attorneys who are criminal lawyers and have disclosure issues.

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

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

By Jim McElhatton
Washington Times
WASHINGTON — The criminal defense lawyer nominated by President Obama to be the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey is declining to identify more than half of his private clients on government forms designed to help the public guard against potential conflicts of interests.

Paul J. Fishman, nominated to serve as the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, is citing the privacy interests of the clients – an exemption that is permitted under federal ethics laws, but that leaves prosecutors on an honor system to police their own conflicts, ethics watchdogs say.

Mr. Fishman provided the names of 29 clients on the government disclosure form, including a convicted former New Jersey municipal official, a health care company and the former girlfriend of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.

But he withheld the names of “approximately 37 confidential clients,[“] saying they cannot be named because they are involved in grand jury or other secret investigations.

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Ala. U.S. Atty. Alice Martin Resigns Amid Criticism

U.S. Atty. Alice Martin/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Alice Martin/doj photo

By Brian Schott
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Atty. Alice Martin of Alabama, whose involvement in the prosecution of ex-Gov. Donald Siegelman has raised concerns of late, is resigning.

Martin, the U.S. Attorney for Northern Alabama, announced her decision Friday in a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, which was posted on the Department of Justice’s website. She cited the change in administration as the reason for her resignation.

Martin’s departure caps an eight-year career at the Department of Justice, where her office prosecuted several notable cases including terrorist bomber Eric Rudolph for four bombings, including the 1996 attack on Centennial Olympic Park. She also directed the prosecution of 15 HealthSouth employees involved in a $2.8 billion accounting scandal.

Recently Martin had come under fire for her involvement in the conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who is serving seven years in federal prison for a bribery conviction.

Forty Four former state Attorneys General have called for an investigation into the conviction amid charges that the prosecution was politically motivated, and The American Lawyer reports that the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is looking into whether Martin committed any misconduct in the case.

The Justice Dept. is also investigating Martin’s unsuccessful prosecution of a corporation charged with selling Blackhawk helicopter plans to China. The plans turned out to be publicly available on the Internet, according to The American Lawyer.

President Barack Obama has nominated Joyce Vance, chief of the appellate division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Northern Alabama, to replace Martin.

She has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate next week, The Birmingham News reports.

R.I. U.S. Attorney Robert Clark Corrente Stepping Down

Robert Clark Corrente
Robert Clark Corrente

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney Robert Clark Corrente of Rhode Island, whose office landed some high profile convictions of state lawmakers during his tenure, is resigning, effective June 26.

According to a press release issued by his office Monday, Corrente will join a private law firm on July 1. He was appointed U.S. Attorney by President Bush in 2004.

“It has been a great privilege to have served the country, the Department of Justice, and especially the people of Rhode Island,” he wrote in a resignation letter to President Obama and Atty. Gen. Eric Holder.

During his tenure, his office convicted state lawmakers John Celona and Gerard Martineau. The office also convicted Roger Williams Medical Center CEO Robert Urciuoli and executives from the former Lincoln Park slot parlor, according to the press release.

The state’s U.S. Senators have recommended that assistant U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha replace Corrente.

Ex-Fed Prosecutor Paul Fishman Returning to the Fold in New Jersey as U.S. Attorney

Paul Fishman, an ex-federal prosecutors has unquestionably been a formidable opponent for the government as a defense attorney. Now the government is bring him back on its side. Couldn’t hurt.

By Joe Ryan
Newark Star-Ledger
Paul Fishman for N.J. U.S. Atty.

Paul Fishman

NEWARK — In 2001, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark held a press conference trumpeting the arrests of three Chinese immigrants, saying their company stole software from Lucent Technologies in a major instance of high-stakes corporate espionage.

Yet after prosecutors spent four years working the case, it ended with a whimper. Charges were dropped against two of the men, including one represented by Paul J. Fishman, an ex-federal prosecutor with a reputation as one of New Jersey’s most erudite and aggressive attorneys.

“Paul was certainly a very, very important part of that defense team,” said Robert Fettweis, an attorney who worked alongside Fishman on the Lucent case. “He is a very smart lawyer.”

After 12 years as a white-collar criminal defense lawyer, Fishman is poised to become a prosecutor again. President Obama nominated him June 4 to become U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on his confirmation within weeks.

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Tulsa U.S. Atty. David O’Meilia Stepping Down

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Tulsa U.S. Attorney David E. O’Meilia is stepping down June 28, adding to the  growing number of  Bush-appointed U.S. Attorneys who have resigned in recent months,  the Associated Press reported.

The 57-year-old first served as acting U.S. Attorney in October 2001 and was confirmed in January 2002.tulsa He will return to private practice in Tulsa, the wire service reporter.

O’Meilia has been practicing law in Oklahoma for more than 30 years. He started out in October 1976 as an assistant public defender in Tulsa County, according to his biography posted on the U.S. Attorney website.

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B. Todd Jones Gets Second Chance to be Minnesota U.S. Atty

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President Obama is bringing back Todd Jones, a former U.S. Attorney and veteran of the first Gulf War, who served under Clinton. Considering that he was confirmed once before, he’s not likely to have many problems during the confirmation process.

By KEVIN DUCHSCHERE
Minneapolis Star Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS — B. Todd Jones, who was U.S. attorney in Minnesota during the last years of the Clinton administration, was nominated Thursday to return to the job by President Obama.

Jones was recommended for the position in March by Sen. Amy Klobuchar after his name rose to the top among members of a bipartisan advisory committee she had created. Klobuchar was Hennepin County attorney for much of the time Jones last served as U.S. attorney.

“I’m honored to be nominated by the White House and look forward to serving as the U.S. attorney in the district of Minnesota,” he told the Associated Press.

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