Criminal Division’s No. 2 Is Headed Back to SDNY
By Joe Palazzolo | September 2, 2009 9:19 pm

The Criminal Division bade farewell on Tuesday to veteran prosecutor Rita Glavin, who had been acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General since 2008, a Justice Department official told us. Glavin intends to return to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as a line prosecutor, ending a 15-month detail in Washington.

Mythili Raman, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer’s chief of staff, has taken over Glavin’s duties as principal deputy, according to the Justice official. Raman joined the division last summer, leaving her post as appellate chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. The front office is rounded out by Steve Fagell, the division’s deputy chief of staff and counselor to Breuer, and five deputies: John KeeneyKenneth BlancoGary GrindlerBruce Swartz and Jason Weinstein.

As the division’s No. 2, Glavin oversaw a range of high-profile matters, from the successful prosecution of former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) to the department’s bungled case against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. Her tenure was also framed by the financial crisis, which prompted swift action from the department and from Congress. Glavin, who briefly served as acting Assistant Attorney General between Matthew Friedrich and Breuer, helped shepherd through anti-fraud legislation that strengthened the department’s hand in combating financial crime.

After five years as a trial lawyer in the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, Glavin joined the Southern District’s office in 2003. She’s prosecuted a wide range of criminal matters, including public corruption, financial crime, federal campaign finance law violations and civil rights violations.

She is married to Matthew Amatruda, a prosecutor in New York’s Eastern District.

This post has been updated.

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