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Sen. Reid Recommends President Re-Appoint Fired U.S. Atty. Daniel Bogden in Nevada

Daniel Bogden/utlaw.edu photo

Daniel Bogden/ utlaw photo

Now when you talk about the Justice Department, here’s a little justice.  Daniel Bogden was one of the 9 U.S. Attorneys fired during the Bush regime. Now Sen. Reid wants to right a wrong and have him return. It’s a nice gesture to help patch up an ugly chapter in the Justice Department.

By Lisa Mascaro
Las Vegas Sun
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has recommended that the White House reappoint the former U.S. Attorney in Nevada who had been among nine prosecutors fired by the Bush administration in an unusual purge more than two years ago.

Daniel Bogden had been a career prosecutor with the Department of Justice before being ousted in the unprecedented firings in 2006. He is being vetted now for his old job, Reid’s office said.

Reid, in an interview this afternoon, said he put Bogden’s name forward after consulting with federal judges and those familiar with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Nevada.

“I didn’t just do this on a whim,” Reid said in his office with Nevada press. “I just think it’s so unfair what happened to him.”

Bogden and the other attorneys were dismissed in 2006 leading to widespread investigations of politicization within the Justice department. President George W. Bush’s Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, stepped down in 2007.

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Nevada U.S. Attorney Greg Brower Figures He’ll Get the Boot

U.S. Atty. Gregory Bower

U.S. Atty. Gregory Brower

Some U.S. Attorneys haven’t waited to get the boot. Some hope to stay. And some figure they’ll get the boot and are passing around resumes.

By MARTHA BELLISLE
Reno Gazette-Journal
RENO, Nevada — As the Obama administration takes over, Nevada’s U.S. attorney is looking for a new job, though he has not been asked to leave.

“It seems clear that the new administration will be making a change at some point, and in some districts, there have been resignations and vacancies, and names have already been forwarded to the White House,” said Greg Brower, who last year replaced Daniel Bogden, one of eight U.S. attorneys fired in December 2006 as part of a controversial purge that led to congressional investigations and ultimately the forced resignation of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Although Brower has not been told anything about losing his position, he said he expects that he’ll be out of office by fall.

“By the end of the summer, every district will have started or completed its own process,” he said. “I’m still enjoying the job, but I anticipate we’ll see a whole new batch of attorneys by the fall.”

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Departing Kansas City U.S. Atty. Remembered for His Visual Aids

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

He came into the job when the Justice Department was embroiled in controversy. But he managed to navigate in the job with skill.

By Mark Morris
Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY — John F. Wood loves visual aids.

If he left one lasting impression during his 22-month tenure as U.S. attorney in Kansas City, it was of him standing at a news conference, pointing to a map or chart that, depending on the case, showed how:

•Chinese women were trafficked into Johnson County massage parlors.

•Illegally obtained tax refunds traveled from bank accounts in Kansas City to Kenya.

•Contributions to a Columbia nonprofit purportedly supported a terrorist-linked orphanage in Pakistan.

•Raw materials from China allegedly contributed to an illegal scheme to make and sell anabolic steroids in the U.S.

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Terrorism Suspect Going to U.S. Court (Washington Post)

Washington State Gov’s Confidante Jenny Durkan Recommended For U.S. Atty. Post

Jenny Durkan

Jenny Durkan

When it comes to getting the nod for U.S. Attorney, it helps to know a governor. Jenny Durkan has figured that one out.

By Mike Carter and Jennifer Sullivan
Seattle Times
SEATTLE — Jenny Durkan, a prominent Seattle defense attorney and longtime friend and confidante of Gov. Chris Gregoire, has been recommended to the White House as the next U.S. attorney for Western Washington.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., sent Durkan’s name to the White House for consideration as the top federal law-enforcement officer for the district, a recommendation endorsed by fellow Democrat Sen. Maria Cantwell.

Durkan would replace Jeff Sullivan, who was appointed by the district’s federal judges after John McKay was fired in 2006 in a politically motivated purge that led to congressional hearings and the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
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At Least 10 People Vying For Philly U.S. Atty Job

A herd of candidates are trying to grab the U.S. Attorney post in Philly, but if history is any indication, there won’t be any decision made any time soon.

By KITTY CAPARELLA
Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — WANTED: U.S. Attorney with trial experience, possibly a career prosecutor, outstanding academic credentials and a fervor to tackle the pay-to-play culture, street violence and terrorism.
Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder named Laurie Magid as interim U.S. Attorney, but she is expected to hold that position only briefly. She had been the acting federal prosecutor since Patrick Meehan left the job last fall.
Meantime, at least 10 lawyers are known to be interested in the job as top federal prosecutor, who oversees 250 attorneys in nine counties of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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Vermont U.S. Atty. Thomas Anderson Will Step Down To Work for Justice in D.C.

U.S. Atty. Thomas Anderson/official photo

U.S. Atty. Thomas Anderson/official photo

It comes as no surprise that Anderson is stepping down. The new U.S. Attorney is expected to be Tristram Coffin.

Burlingt Free Press Staff
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s U.S. Attorney Thomas Anderson announced late Friday that he will leave his post Feb. 28. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Van de Graaf will serve as acting U.S. attorney on that date, according to a news release.
Anderson was nominated as U.S. attorney by President George Bush in 2006. Acting on the recommendation of Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., President Barack Obama is expected to name Burlington attorney Tristram Coffin as the new U.S. attorney soon.
Anderson has accepted a job with the Justice Department in Washington, the news release said.
The U.S. Attorney Office in Vermont has 18 assistant attorneys and is responsible for conducting all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation in Vermont involving the United States.
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Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Calls Sen. Roland Burris a “Lying Little Sneak”

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: Don’t Hire Political Hacks for U.S. Atty.

The jockeying for U.S. Attorney spots around the country is in full swing. The Editorial page of the Philadelphia Inquirer is asking the President to do the right thing.

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With the change in presidents, one of the key moves by the Obama administration regarding the Justice Department will be to fill the 93 U.S. attorney posts nationwide, including one in Philadelphia.
The selection process hasn’t received much attention given the focus in Washington on the stimulus and bailout measures, but there is much jockeying behind the scenes.
Unfortunately, politics often play a big role in who gets nominated for these coveted U.S. attorney posts. But that doesn’t mean the job should go to a political hack.
To understand how important it is for Philadelphia to have a strong and independent U.S. attorney who is not afraid to investigate sacred cows, one needs only to peek inside the federal courthouse at Sixth and Market Streets, where the lengthy criminal trial of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is nearing an end.
Federal prosecutors spent years building a detailed case against Fumo, perhaps the most powerful politician in Pennsylvania over the last three decades.
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Sen. Schumer’s Chief Counsel Expected To Get N.Y. U.S. Attorney Post

Of all the U.S. Attorney offices, this is one of the highest profile ones in the nation. The office is going after Bernie Madoff and Wall Street.

By AMIR EFRATI
Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration is expected to nominate Preet Bharara, who investigated the firing of eight U.S. attorneys by President George W. Bush, as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, several people familiar with the matter say.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District, who is based in Manhattan, has traditionally played the leading role in policing business-related corruption and white-collar crime and serving as Wall Street’s watchdog. The office is currently handling the investigation of Bernard Madoff’s alleged multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
The 40-year-old Mr. Bharara has yet to be nominated by President Barack Obama. If he is ultimately confirmed by the Senate, he would take over the post at a time of widespread anger at Wall Street, though few major criminal prosecutions.
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