November 17, 2008
Notable US Attorney transitions and the Obama administration
Though not a core sentencing issue, who serves as the US Attorney in a federal district certainly can have an impact of a variety of sentencing issues. Thus, I am intrigued to see this news from the WSJ Law Blog that the US Attorneys for New Jersey and for the Southern District of New York are announcing their resignations.
Few should be surprised that a new incoming federal administration is prompting some old US Attorneys to head for the door. And everyone should get in the game of predicting who might take over these local federal "top cop" spots in the future. Also, I encourage readers to opine on whether and how any particular US Attorney transition might have a particular impact on particular federal sentencing issues under an Obama Administration.
Some recent related posts:
- Predictions and recommendations for AG and SG?
- Looking at control of federal prosecutors as we look toward a new administration
- How a new administration is likely to impact federal sentencing practice
- Why federal sentencing reformers must focus on the USSC and lower courts
- Are we on the verge of a new changed era concerning federal sentencing law and policy?
- "Smart on Crime: Recommendations for the Next Administration and Congress"
- A criminal justice blueprint for the new Prez that I hope gets followed
- What might a new administration mean for the federal death penalty?
- FSR publishes issue on "American Criminal Justice Policy in a 'Change' Election"
November 17, 2008 at 01:33 PM | Permalink
TrackBack URL for this entry:
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Notable US Attorney transitions and the Obama administration:
Doug, perhaps I am wrong here, but isn't it standard policy that all US Attorneys resign at the end of the administration? While the incoming administration may invite some to return, I thought it is expected that every USA turns in a resignation. But, perhaps I am wrong.
Posted by: | Nov 17, 2008 3:21:16 PM
While I understand Obama's desire to break from the politics of the past, I hope he realizes that if Bush appointed US Attorneys are not asked to resign, he is, in some cases, forcing career prosecutors at the district level, to further endure the policies and politics of the former administration. While I don't believe in change for change's sake, I do believe that many career federal prosecutors would welcome a break from the policies and POLITICS of the last eight years, particularly when politics guides policy and at a level that affects everyday people the most.
Posted by: Lisa | Jan 18, 2009 10:04:06 PM