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Atlanta U.S. Atty. Finds No Bias in Cases Stripper-Loving Fed Judge Handled

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jack Camp, you might recall, was the wild and crazy federal Atlanta judge who got busted with guns and buying drugs for a stripper he was carrying on an affair with.

He went off to prison for a very brief time — three weeks — and was set free in May 2011.

Long after he’d been released, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta continued to exam cases he had handled to determine if there was any racial bias or signs of mental impairment. There were allegations by the stripper, who cooperated with the FBI, that Camp made some racist remarks. There were also some who claimed his judgment might have been impaired following a serious bicycle accident and subsequent drug use.

Well, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the U.S. Attorney has now concluded that in 28 cases in which defendants had requested a second look at their cases before Camp, there was no evidence of racial bias or mental impairment in sentences or rulings.

“Today, the U.S. attorney has publicly confirmed what I never doubted throughout this ordeal,” Camp said Thursday in an emailed statement to the Atlanta paper. “I am pleased the report vindicates that my decisions were fair, impartial and true to the law.”

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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Sues Iowa U.S. Atty for Age Discrimination

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Iowa U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose, who is under consideration for a federal judgeship, is coming under attack by a former employee.

The Des Moines Register reports that former Assistant U.S. Attorney Martha Fagg, 53, has filed a lawsuit accusing Rose, 39, of age discrimination, harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

The suit, filed last week, alleges that Rose removed or demoted staff and attorneys who were over 40 years old. It also alleged that Rose, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, retaliated when she complained about possible discrimination.

Rose has called the suit baseless.

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Pres. Obama Filling Final U.S. Attorney Spots as 1st Term Draws to a Close

Patrick Miles Jr./law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

With just seven months to go until election time, President Obama is filling the final U.S. Attorney vacancies around the country.

In a White House press release issued late last week, the president announced the nominations of Patrick A. Miles, Jr. for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids and Danny C. Williams, Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma, respectively.

Miles, Jr., a Harvard Law School graduate, has been a partner with Dickinson Wright PLLC since 2006.

Williams has been a partner at the firm of Charney, Buss & Williams since 2003. From 1991 to 1993, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Atty. to Discuss Distribution of $500 Million from Google

U.S. Atty. Peter Neronha/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What’s $500 million for a corporate behemoth like Google?

Maybe a drop in the bucket, but for the government it’s a nice piece of change.

Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha plans to discuss at a press conference Monday afternoon how the money paid out to the Justice Department will be distributed, the Associated Press reported.

Google gave up the cash as part of a settlement after the Justice Department found it was distributing Google ads for Canadian pharmacies, which were selling drugs illegally.

 

Fed Prosecutor Used Alias to Bash People — Including Fed Judges — in Comments Section of New Orleans Paper

By Times-Picayune Staff

NEW ORLEANS — In a rare black eye for his office, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten confirmed Thursday that Sal Perricone, one of his top prosecutors, has been using the alias “Henry L. Mencken1951” to bash landfill owner Fred Heebe and a raft of other local and national figures, including federal judges, in the comments section on nola.com.

Perricone “readily acknowledged” using the pseudonym, and the matter has been referred to the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which will mete out any punishment following an investigation, Letten said.

Perricone — whom Letten called a “fine veteran attorney” — has been recused from all matters that he discussed in comments on nola.com, Letten said. He declined to confirm which cases that would include, citing the office’s policy to not discuss ongoing investigations.

“My overriding concern is dealing with this crisis, this issue, properly, dealing with it honestly and trying to get that message out there to the public to keep the trust people have placed in us,” Letten said.

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Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend May Cop a Plea in Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The girlfriend of James “Whitey” Bulger, who is accused of helping the Boston mobster elude authorities for more than 16 years, may end up pleading guilty, the Boston Globe reported.

Girlfriend Catherine Greig has indicated she wanted to cop a plea to harboring a fugitive, the Globe reported. Bulger, who was an FBI informant, is accused of murdering 19 people in the 1970s and 80s.

The Globe reported that the brother of one of those victims said that a victims’ advocated for the U.S. Attorney’s Office told him about Greig’s intentions. The Globe reported that it was unclear if she would be compelled to testify against Bulger, who goes to trial in November.

Greig and Bulger were captured last summer in California.

 

NY U.S. Atty. Bharara Telling Friends He Could Earn Up to $6 Million in Private Sector

By Charlie Gasparino
Fox Business News

All of the good publicity flowing from the crackdown on insider trading has one of the nation’s top law enforcement officials looking at what he might do in the future, and he’s seeing a lot of green.

Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the Southern District, is telling friends that if he should leave his job today, he could earn as much as $6 million in the private sector, according to people with direct knowledge of these conversations. Bharara’s private statements come as speculation grows in Washington that the politically savvy prosecutor might also replace his boss, US Attorney General Eric Holder, if President Obama wins re-election.

A spokeswoman for Bharara wouldn’t deny the conversations about Bharara’s private sector ambitions — or the possibility that he might replace Holder.

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Colo. Fed Prosecutor Bob Mydans, 64, Dies While Snowshoeing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal prosecutor in Colorado died Saturday while snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Denver Post reported.

Bob Mydans, 64, collapsed shortly after 3 p.m. and couldn’t be revived, the paper reported.

“Bob was a rock, a true mainstay of this office, and never hesitated to take on difficult work, and to do it extraordinarily well,” Denver U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in an email, according to Denver Post. “He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Judy, and his entire family.”

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