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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.

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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

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