Daniel Bogden, District of Nevada
By Joe Palazzolo | August 13, 2009 2:12 pm

Daniel Bogden (Ashland University, University of Toledo Law) is nominated to replace Gregory Brower, who took the baton from First Assistant United States Attorney Steven Myhre who — follow us here —  acted as a stopgap after Bogden was fired in 2006 as part of the U.S. Attorney purge.

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

So, the former Bush-era U.S. Attorney is among a select few, including Patrick Fitzgerald in the Northern District of Illinois and Jim Letten in the Eastern District of Louisiana, who may cross the partisan divide. He has a certain amount of street cred: Bogden was one of the fired U.S. Attorneys who testified before Congress in 2007 about politicization of the Bush DOJ. But his nomination has raised hackles in the Silver State. Prominent Nevada Democrats have voiced concerns about the selection, and some prosecutors in the office, who chafed at his management style, have said they will leave if Bogden is confirmed.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he never had a second-thought about recommending Bogden for the post, and the nominee is also close to Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), whose messy extramarital affair has created another possible pitfall. Bogden could end up presiding over a criminal investigation involving Ensign or his family, creating a potential conflict of interest. (We assume he would recuse himself, but appearances are everything, as they say.)

In any event, Bogden is back.

Check out his vitals below:

  • Born in Detroit in 1956.
  • Is currently a Reno-based partner at McDonald Carano Wilson, practicing business law and business-related litigation. In 2008 and 2009, he received $208,586 in partnership draws, equity point distributions and bonuses from the firm. Upon his resignation, Bogden will receive a final draw for legal services performed in addition to a $7,349 partner equity point distribution from McDonald Carano Wilson.
  • Was U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada from Aug. 18, 2001 to Feb. 28, 2007.
  • Was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Nevada from 1990 to 2001, assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). He spent four of those years as chief of the district’s Reno office.
  • Served as an assistant staff judge advocate in the Air Force from 1982 to 1987, primarily focusing on criminal work.
  • Spent the summer of 1979 working as a security patrolman at an Ohio amusement park, and was a security guard for Ford Motor Co. in the summer of 1978.
  • Went to Ashland University on a football/baseball athletic scholarship and was First Team NCAA Academic All-American (football).
  • Has never held a position or played a role in any political campaign.
  • Has tried 110 cases to verdict as an assistant staff judge, deputy district attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney.
  • Has a mortgage on his rental property of between $50,001 and $100,000

Click here for his full questionnaire.

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