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U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to Stay on the Job in Chicago

By Allan Lengel and Jon Perkins
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — As expected, Chicago’s U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald will stay on the job even though he’s a Bush appointee.
NBC’s Pete Williams reported that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recommended that the newly minted Atty. Gen. Eric Holder keep Fitzgerald.
NBC reported that the suggestion was “positively received”, according to Durbin’s office and the Justice Department.
In the past, presidents have replaced all 93 U.S. Attorneys. But President Obama has indicated that some Republican-appointed U.S. Attorneys might stay on.
In the halls of the Justice Department, there had long been speculation that Fitzgerald would either stay on as U.S. Attorney in Chicago or get a high-ranking job at the Justice Department.
Fitzgerald, 48,  has prosecuted a number of high profile cases. As a special prosecutor temporarily on assignment in Washington, he convicted Scooter Libby. More recently, he filed public corruption charges against the now ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Around the country, the native New Yorker is regarded as a “prosecutor’s prosecutor” among his peers.  Bush appointed him U.S. Attorney in 2001.

Two Ex-Fed Prosecutors Among Those Vying for Miami U.S. Atty. Job

U.S. Atty. R. Alexander Acosta/ gov photo

U.S. Atty. R. Alexander Acosta/ gov photo

Along with Washington and New York, the Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office is considered one of the higher profile offices in the country. The race is on for the seat.

BY JAY WEAVER
MiamiHerald.com
MIAMI — Unlike the Bush and Clinton administrations, President Barack Obama isn’t immediately pushing the U.S. attorneys in Miami and 92 other offices out the door.
The new president has asked the top federal prosecutor in South Florida, R. Alexander Acosta, and his colleagues around the country to “continue to serve for the time being.”
In Acosta’s case, that could be until the spring. The Bush-appointed U.S. attorney is rumored to be considering a job in a law firm or academia. His only comment is that he’s committed to staying in South Florida.
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New Mexico U.S. Attorney Would Like to Stay

Interestingly, this office was at the center of the U.S. Attorney firing controversy. And now the office is involved in a pay-to-play investigation into state government and Gov. Bill Richardson. Will any of this make a difference in the Obama Justice Department’s decision whether to keep the U.S. Attorney?

By TIM KORTE
Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.– Greg Fouratt hopes to stay in place. But with a new administration in Washington, the U.S. attorney in New Mexico is realistic and knows he could be changing jobs soon.
It’s likely President Barack Obama will appoint someone else to serve as the chief federal law enforcement official in New Mexico. In that scenario, Fouratt would go back to carrying a briefcase to represent the government in court.
“There’s a lot to like about this job,” Fouratt said in an interview with The Associated Press. “If I could be helpful staying in this position, then I would be privileged to stay. If it is the plan that I return to life as a line prosecutor, then I’ll help from that position.”
Yet there are a few complexities surrounding the situation.
First, Fouratt took over last year but wasn’t appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush, blunting the argument that political influences determine who fills the post.
Fouratt, 44, got the job in January 2008 when a panel of New Mexico federal judges, addressing a vacancy, determined a presidential appointment wasn’t imminent and exercised its authority to seat the position.

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Burlington Lawyer Tristram Coffin Nominated For Vermont U.S. Atty.

The mass replacement of U.S. Attorneys is underway across the country. Here’s the latest.

Tristram Coffin

Tristram Coffin

By Sam Hemingway
Burlington Free Press
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Friday he has nominated Burlington attorney Tristram J. Coffin to become Vermont’s next U.S. attorney.
“Tris Coffin is a perfect fit for a difficult job,” Leahy said in a statement released by his office. “He has a wide range of investigative and courtroom experience that will allow him to hit the ground running.”
The Free Press reported earlier this month that Coffin was a finalist for the job.
Coffin’s name will now be forwarded to the White House, and he will undergo a background check by the FBI. His appointment becomes official once the background check is completed, and President Barack Obama formally appoints him to the position.
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Fired U.S. Atty. David Iglesias Prosecuting Guantanamo Detainees

David Iglesias

David Iglesias

David Iglesias, the former U.S. Attorney, who became the poster child for what was wrong with the U.S. Attorney system in the U.S. under Bush, is working for the government again.

By Zachary Roth
TPM Muckraker

David Iglesias — the former US Attorney who was fired in 2006 for failing to prosecute politically motivated cases as aggressively as the Bush administration and its allies wanted — has a new job.
Iglesias, a member of the US Naval Reserve JAG corps, has been reactivated as part of a special prosecution team for Guantanamo detainees, he told a New Mexico news station this morning.
“One hundred percent of what I’m doing is prosecuting terrorist cases out of Guantanamo,” he said.
Igleisas explained that he had already begun the work, having travelled to the facility once, and expecting to go back.
“It’s the most significant set of orders I’ve had in my 24 years of navy service,” he added. “The level of detail that I’m looking into some of these terrorist groups, it just takes my breath away.”
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Race is On For U.S. Atty. Job in Charlotte

All around the country ambitious attorneys are throwing their names into the race for U.S. Attorney. Here in Charlotte the race is on.

Attorney Anne M. Tompkins

By Gary L. Wright
Charlotte Observer
CHARLOTTE — Three former federal prosecutors from Charlotte – Pete Anderson, Anne Tompkins (photo to left)  and Thomas Walker – are among at least four people hoping to become the next U.S. attorney for Charlotte and the Western District of North Carolina.
Each would have to gain the support of incoming Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan to have a chance of replacing Republican U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert, who was selected for the post in 2003 by President Bush.
Hagan will recommend Shappert’s successor to President Obama. The Democratic president will nominate the replacement, who must then be confirmed by the Senate.
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Va. Gov’s Brother-in-Law Candidate for U.S. Attorney Post

Gov. Kaine/official photo
Gov. Kaine/official photo

Candidates around the country are floating their names and vying for the dozens of U.S. Attorney jobs. In Virginia, the governor may have a particular interest in the Alexandria position.

By Jerry Markon and Tim Craig
Washington Post Staff Writers
ALEXANDRIA — Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s brother-in-law is among the candidates for U.S. attorney in Alexandria, a key law enforcement job that is supposed to be free of political considerations, legal and political officials said yesterday.
Kaine (D) said he has discussed the position with Dwight C. Holton, an assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon and the brother of Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton. Dwight Holton also is the son of former governor A. Linwood Holton Jr.
Kaine said he referred his brother-in-law to U.S. Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), whose office will help recommend candidates to the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama. At least five other current or former prosecutors are candidates for the job, officials said.
“All I have done with him is to say there is a process and that process involves getting hold of the senior senator,” Kaine said. The governor added that Holton “is very qualified” and “has had some significant experience” in more than a decade as a federal prosecutor.
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