Another Tennessee U.S. Attorney Frontrunner Emerges
By Andrew Ramonas | March 23, 2010 1:23 pm

A senior attorney with FedEx Corp. is the leading candidate for the Western District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney nomination, an individual with knowledge of the nomination process told Main Justice Tuesday.

Edward L. Stanton III, a senior counsel with FedEx’s commercial litigation team, is going through a FBI background check, the individual said. The background check is typically the last step for a U.S. Attorney candidate before nomination. We reported Monday that Nashville, Tenn., lawyer Jerry Martin is also undergoing his FBI background check for the Middle District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney nomination.

Stanton has been with FedEx since 2002 and previously served as an assistant city attorney for Memphis, Tenn. The senior FedEx counsel, a Democrat, also ran for Congress in 2006.

He declined to comment to Main Justice.

If nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate, the senior FedEx counsel would succeed Lawrence J. Laurenzi. The last Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney in the district was David Kustoff, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney for the Memphis-based office in May 2008.

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