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December 22, 2014

Prez Obama to nominate Atlanta US Attorney Sally Yates to Deputy AG position

As reported in this Wall Street Journal article, President Obama is apparently going to make some more history with his nominee to take over the number two position at the US Department of Justice.  The headline and subheadline of the article explains: "Obama to Nominate Atlanta U.S. Attorney Yates to No. 2 Justice Department Job: Justice Set to Be Led by Two Women Elevated Directly From U.S. Attorneys’ Offices." Here is more on this notable news:

The expected nomination of Ms. Yates, 54 years old, to serve as deputy attorney general means the Justice Department is set to be led by two women who came straight from running powerful federal prosecutors’ offices outside of Washington. Mr. Obama has already nominated Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, and the Senate is expected to consider her early next year.

Ms. Yates, who must also be confirmed by the Senate, would succeed Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who has said he plans to leave the department after having served in the No. 2 role for most of the Obama administration. An official announcement of Ms. Yates’s nomination could come as soon as this week....

If Ms. Lynch and Ms. Yates are confirmed, the Justice Department would for the first time in history be run by two people elevated directly from U.S. attorneys’ offices. And though both were nominated by Mr. Obama to serve as U.S. attorney, neither is particularly close to the president. That marks a departure from Mr. Holder, a confidant of the president who worked on his 2008 campaign.

But like Ms. Lynch, Ms. Yates isn’t a stranger to Washington. Both held leadership positions on a committee of U.S. attorneys that advises Mr. Holder and have overseen major prosecutions that drew attention from the Justice Department. And both have won convictions of Democrats in high-profile public corruption cases. Ms. Yates led the prosecution of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell on charges related to corruption. He was acquitted of some of the charges, but convicted of tax evasion.

A graduate of the University of Georgia law school, Ms. Yates has 2½ decades of experience as a federal prosecutor. Her career includes the prosecution of Eric Rudolph, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to bombing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics....

But Ms. Yates’s career as a prosecutor could help her win confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate. ”I know Sally Yates well and she has been an outstanding U.S. Attorney,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican from Ms. Yates’s home state of Georgia. “She will have my full support.”

Ever the federal sentencing reform optimist, I am eager to assert that this nomination could provide still further help for getting serious sentencing reform moving forward in the final years of the Obama Administration. Assuming that nominees Lynch and Yates have been supporters of AG Holder's reform efforts to date, I expect that will (if confirmed) look to continue and expand upon his initiatives designed to reduce the federal system's reliance on lengthy terms of incarceration for most offenses.

UPDATE:  I just noticed this post at Crime & Consequences by Kent Scheidegger about this nomination, which adds this interesting point:

There is an important diversity aspect to this nomination.  Ms. Yates is breaking the "glass ceiling" that irrationally tends to keep people who went to non-big-name law schools from being considered top-tier lawyers throughout their career.  There is no rational basis for considering long-ago school attendance to be even a significant criterion, much less a primary one, once lawyers have a decade or more of performance in the profession to be judged on, yet people still do it.

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Just another vile feminist lawyer, big government CCE elite, pro-criminal rent seeker, running her con. One nice thing, not an Ivy grad. The DOJ will do nothing to protect the nation, will just plunder productive corporations and drive them off shore.

I am thinking of busting up their little scam. These are horrible people, and they give no quarter to any productive male. I am considering personally filing writs of habeas and intervention claims, then I get to do discovery on this person's computers. I am on the verge of suing the lot, and inducing their firing as their costs exceeds their values to government. It would be them, from the Twilight Zone, up against points made from down here on earth. Federal judges at the Circuit level would enjoy seeing her struggle with some real facts. I may take this act on the road. My intact high school knowledge against their sicko law school doctrines.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 22, 2014 6:07:21 PM

SC:
Better have your ducks in a row, go off half cocked and these vile feminist rent seeking lawyer chicks will take you down for the count.

In a new york heart beat. Let me know, so I can sell tickets, maybe Bill Otis will help peddle them for me.

Posted by: 187Midwest Guy | Dec 22, 2014 8:03:00 PM

Federal judges are an intellectual bunch. They like facts, logic, policy arguments. I am sure the feminist lawyers can stymie my claims on procedure, but I will appeal to the judge as a pro se litigant.

The biggest hurdle will be standing. There must be some injury to get it. The lawyer has done nothing but enrich me. Morally, I am arguing against interest and stand on high moral ground. Legally, I am dead in the water. That is the toughest hurdle, where they will blast me out of the water, while still at the dock. I walk in and say, the lawyer idiocy and obstructionism have delayed progress and increased my work and earnings in a worthless government make work kind of way. The judge, after two years to generate briefs, will say, get the hell out, and do not come back with you whining.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 22, 2014 9:33:47 PM

Amicus briefs have little influence unless the judges are pre-disposed and looking for an excuse to rule a certain way.

So Gideon writes his appeal in pencil, it gets enshrined like the remains of a Saint at Constitution Hall. The judges wanted to generate $billions in new lawyer business. Go visit Constitution Hall, it will make you sick. Naturally his slick lawyer got a guilty man off the second trial, except he served longer waiting for it than if he had accepted the correct jury verdict. The judges want to legalize abortion, they plagiarize word for word the AMA resolution supporting it. So those briefs are mostly a waste of time.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 22, 2014 9:44:09 PM

@SC:
I agree that the legal beagles have created an extremely inefficient system.
My main gripe is Federal. Obviously by my posts.
There sentences are gross. They take your history back forever and add up the points.
Then comes the enhancements, and judges raise it from a perponderance of evidence.
My all time favorite is Duck hunter gets 30 yrs.
30 yrs for hunting ducks as a felon. Of coarse he had lots of history apparently sent his ex girl pipe bombs. But still the main topic was Acca. He was a nasty guy, yes, but 30 yrs worth.

With Grassley heading up the senate judiciary, he will sit on the MM therefore any further
Federal reform will have to come from the Ussc, a dabble at a time. They are good and have a smart team, but Congress needs to get ut together.

Ok, have I babbled enough for you to forget on trying to go after the new Federal judges
SC. Hopefully. Aunty M Aunty M its a twister..

Posted by: 187Midwest Guy | Dec 23, 2014 12:42:03 PM

Mid. I have to respectfully disagree.

First, the guidelines increased incarceration, and immediately dropped crime 40%, across the board, through incapacitation.

The later aims at the person.

In 123D, which I favor as the best incapacitation, a murderer may go home, if shown to be safe. A shoplifter gets the death penalty if he a dangerous guy, a member of a cartel that has killed hundreds of people. Al Capone outraged the nation after his Valentine's Day massacre. He got incapacitated on an income tax beef, for bad paper work. Do you think that was unfair, given the impossibility of an indictment on mass murder charge?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 23, 2014 3:26:05 PM

When Kent says it, it becomes an addendum.

From the first comment:

"One nice thing, not an Ivy grad."

Kent and I agree on many policies and could help each other. He does not want my comments on his blog unless I am willing to change my tone. I am not willing to change my tone until the CCE stops betraying the nation.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 23, 2014 3:29:31 PM

Yates will be a good fit of this job. However I really don't see how she got the nomination since she has been blocked several times for promotions by democratic Rep. John Lewis. Great post! Merry Christmas!

Posted by: John Carter | Dec 23, 2014 5:39:39 PM

As I said, a horrible vile feminist lawyer on a tear, with the witch hunt on for the productive male. No defense lawyer will properly attack her personally owing their jobs to her and not to the client.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 23, 2014 10:55:49 PM

A bit more on "Rep. John Lewis" blocking Yates' nomination:

http://www.mainjustice.com/2009/09/19/rep-lewis-tried-to-scuttle-atlanta-us-attorney-choice/

As to diversity, perhaps eventually the USSC will have more diversity in that respect. No Protestants, two law schools (maybe 2.5 with RBG) and five from the NY/NJ area. Alito isn't from Staten Island (which would make it one for each NYC boro) but he very well could have been with his overall views.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 24, 2014 11:53:46 AM

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