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January 30, 2013

Who will (and who should) replace AAG Lanny Breuer has head of DOJ's Criminal Division?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this lengthy official DOJ press release, titled "Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer Announces Departure from Department of Justice." In addition to singing Breuer's praises, the press release explains that "Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division will leave the department on March 1, 2013," and it notes that AAG Breuer "was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 20, 2009, and is the longest-serving head of the Criminal Division in recent history."

This Main Justice story about the departure, as well as this piece at the Washington Post, provides a more balanced and dynamic account of Breuer's work as head of DOJ's Criminal Division.  But none of these pieces discusses who might get to be the next head of the Criminal Division.  The Main Justice story does note that Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara has garnered praise for being tough on the folks on Wall Street, and thus I have to guess that his name would not be on any short list for this new DOJ openning.  Complicating this inside-the-Beltway guessing game is the fact that AG Eric Holder has talked about staying in his job for another year and then moving on himself. 

So, dear readers, I am interested in hearing opinions not only concerning who you think will get to be the next head of the DOJ Criminal Division, but also concerning who you think should get this job.  Given some of the praise for former US Attorney, and now US District Judge, John Gleeson today on the blog, I am inclined to wonder whether any current federal district judges with DOJ history might have an interest in switching branches. 

January 30, 2013 at 02:42 PM | Permalink


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Bill Otis :)

Posted by: Steve Prof | Jan 30, 2013 8:22:46 PM

I cast my vote for Bozo the clown! He'd be a major upgrade

Posted by: rodsmith | Jan 30, 2013 8:48:21 PM

Somebody who will have the balls to go after the banksters on Wall Street, HSBC, etc.

Posted by: PDB | Jan 31, 2013 11:00:59 AM

J. Edgar Hoover's corpse.

Posted by: it lives | Jan 31, 2013 6:08:25 PM

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