We bring news of another possible U.S. attorney recommendation, this one from Missouri’s Eastern District. According to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Richard Callahan is widely believed to be Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-Mo.) choice for the post, which is based in St. Louis.
The two are longtime friends and have worked together on criminal justice issues since both served as prosecutors in the 1990s. Neither would comment on Callahan’s rumored candidacy, but several lawyers told the newspaper the FBI has conducted a background investigation of Callahan, a strong sign Callahan’s name has been forwarded to the White House.
Callahan spent 16 years as Cole County attorney, in Jefferson City, Mo., his tenure marked by several high-profile public corruption cases. He prosecuted a Missouri secretary of state, a state senator and several other legislators from both parties.
Callahan took the bench in 2003 and has since authored dozens of important decisions. He declared Missouri’s child abuse registry unconstitutional, threw out the state’s voter ID law and validated its $2.7 billion school funding plan.
Michael Reap, who has been the Eastern District’s first assistant since 1992, is acting U.S. attorney. He replaced Catherine Hanaway, who resigned in April to join former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s law firm.