- Main Justice - http://www.mainjustice.com -
‘Demoralizing’ Recommendation in Nevada
Posted By Andrew Ramonas On June 15, 2009 @ 1:00 pm In News | Comments Disabled
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received some flak in the Las Vegas Sun  over the weekend for his decision to recommend that Daniel Bogden come back as the Nevada U.S. Attorney.
The Nevada Democrat urged President Obama in March to reinstate the former U.S. Attorney who was fired during the 2006 Bush White House purge. “I just think it’s so unfair what happened to him,” Reid told the Sun  in March.
But the Sun said Saturday that Reid’s decision has “demoralized some prosecutors in the office and astonished other members of the legal community.”
Many of the prosecutors interviewed by The Sun said Bogden was aloof, had poor management skills and failed to diversify his staff at the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office.
One of the 50 prosecutors in the office told The Sun that the move was “disheartening.”
“It’s not what Obama is all about,” the lawyer told The Sun.
D.C. attorneys were also skeptical of Bogden. One “beltway-connected lawyer” told The Sun that many veteran Justice Department lawyers were “flabbergasted” by Reid’s recommendation.
“People in Washington don’t quite get it,” the lawyer told The Sun. “The career guys at the Justice Department who have been around a long time have never seen this happen before.”
Bogden told The Sun he “certainly would be willing to address those matters” after the fate of his recommendation is decided.
“But right now is not the best time to talk,” Bogden said.
The Sun does point out that Bogden has some other backers besides Reid including Las Vegas FBI chief Ellen Knowlton, U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben and attorney Craig Denney, who worked in the Nevada U.S. Attorney office.
“I never saw any instances of him being unfair,” Denney told the Sun. “He was always committed to doing justice, and that’s what the top federal prosecutor of the state should do.”
Article printed from Main Justice: http://www.mainjustice.com
URL to article: http://www.mainjustice.com/2009/06/15/reid-gets-flack-over-nevada-us-attorney-recommendation/
Copyright © 2009-2012 WDC Media LLC. All rights reserved.