Posts Tagged ‘Carter Stewart’
Monday, November 30th, 2009

The new U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio plans to ramp up his office’s work on white-collar, drug, gang and child exploitation prosecutions, The Columbus Dispatch reported today.

Carter Stewart (DOJ)

Carter Stewart (DOJ)

U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart, who was confirmed by the Senate in September, told the newspaper he is moving some of his office’s resources away from terrorism cases.

“While terrorism remains our No. 1 priority, we need more resources on our bread-and butter cases — financial crimes, public corruption, high-level drug and gang cases, and child exploitation,” Stewart told The Dispatch.

He told the newspaper that the Southern District has received the resources necessary to bring on an Assistant U.S. Attorney that will handle mortgage-fraud cases.

“This area has been hit hard by the mortgage crisis,” Carter told The Dispatch. “Some of it has been exacerbated by fraud.”

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Carter Stewart (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease)

Carter Stewart (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease)

A second ceremony marking the swearing-in of Carter M. Stewart (Stanford University, Columbia University, Harvard Law) was held in the Lincoln Theater in downtown Columbus today, a month after Carter took the oath of office before a federal judge, a local NBC affiliate reported today.

In remarks delivered by video tape, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said: ”How we earn the public’s trust, or how we seek justice – as Carter explained to me – free of bias and fairly based in law – is the great challenge of public service.”

Brown added: “The pursuit of justice, based on the merits and devoid of ideology or hidden agenda, is part of an honored profession.”

The Southern District of Ohio office has a staff of 108 and covers 48 southern Ohio countries, NBC reported.

Stewart, formerly an associate at law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 15, taking over for Bush appointee Gregory Lockhart. He was first sworn in by U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. on Sept. 30.

Before he joined the law firm in 2005, Stewart served in the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Jose, Calif., where he prosecuted gangs, drug violations, gun possession, social security fraud, obstruction of justice, environmental crime and illegal immigration.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

President Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees are turning out to be a diverse bunch in terms of race, gender — and net worth.

Of the 29 U.S. Attorney candidates who have been confirmed or nominated so far, reported net worth ranges from nearly $6 million to less than $10,000, according to an analysis of financial disclosure data filed with the Senate Judiciary Committtee.

Jenny Durkan is the wealthiest of President Obama's U.S. Attorney picks announced so far.

Jenny Durkan is the wealthiest of President Obama's U.S. Attorney picks announced so far.

The wealthiest include recently confirmed U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan of the Western District of Washington ($5.9 million) and Paul Fishman of New Jersey ($5.1 million).

Four nominees reported net worth of less than $200,000. They are Stephanie Rose, nominated to lead Iowa’s Northern District; Richard Callahan, nominated for Missouri’s Eastern District; Carter Stewart of Ohio’s Southern District; and Nick Klinefeldt, of Iowa’s Northern District.

Both Rose and Klinefeldt are under 40. Moreover, Rose has spent most of her career in government, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Iowa. Klinefeldt, meanwhile, reported little equity in his personal residence and student loan debt for both himself and his wife.

Before taking on the Western Washington job, Durkan ran her own law firm in Seattle and worked at a number of other law firms, including Williams & Connolly. She donated $288,205 to Democratic candidates, causes and organizations on the state and federal levels from 1998 to 2008, election records show.

Fishman was a partner at Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman in New York, specializing in white-collar defense, corporate investigations and complex civil litigation.

Below is a ranking of the U.S. Attorney picks by net worth. We’ll update the table as more nominees for the 93 federal prosecuting jobs are announced.

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Carter Stewart (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease)

Carter Stewart (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease)

Carter M. Stewart this morning took the oath of office as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, The Dayton Daily News reported. He was sworn in by U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.

The Senate confirmed Stewart by unanimous consent on Sept. 15. He replaces Gregory Lockhart, who resigned last month.

Most recently, Stewart was an associate at the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease law firm. Before joining the firm in 2005, Stewart joined the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Jose, where he prosecuted gangs and handled general crimes, including drug and gun possession, social security fraud, obstruction of justice, environmental crimes, and illegal immigration. While working in the office, Stewart helped investigate and prosecute Victor Conte and others at Balco Laboratories for peddling anabolic steroids.

He also has worked as an associate in Bingham McCutchen’s San Francisco office. In the early 1990s, Stewart was an analyst in the New York City Office of Management and Budget.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The Senate confirmed six U.S. Attorneys this afternoon by unanimous consent.

They are:

Steven Dettelbach (ohio.gov)

Steven Dettelbach (ohio.gov)

Carter Stewart (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease)

Carter Stewart (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease)

-Steven Dettelbach (Northern District of Ohio): The partner at the Baker & Hostetler law firm was nominated July 14. Dettelbach will replace Gregory White, who resigned in 2008. Read more about Dettelbach here.

-Carter Stewart (Southern District of Ohio): The associate at the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease law firm was nominated July 14. He will replace Gregory Lockhart, who resigned last month. Read more about the appointee here.

Peter Neronha (DOJ)

Peter Neronha (DOJ)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

-Peter Neronha (Rhode Island): The Rhode Island Assistant U.S. Attorney was nominated July 31. Neronha will replace Robert Clark Corrente, who resigned June 26. Read more about the appointee here.

-Daniel Bogden (Nevada): The former Nevada U.S. Attorney, who was fired during the 2006 U.S. Attorney purge, was re-nominated July 31. Bogden will replace Gregory Brower, whose resignation is effective Oct. 10. Read more about Bogden here.

Neil MacBride (Business Software Alliance)

Neil MacBride (Business Software Alliance)

-Dennis Burke (Arizona): Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s senior adviser on border security and law enforcement was nominated July 14. Burke will replace Diane Humetewa, who resigned Aug. 2. Read more about the appointee here.

-Neil MacBride (Eastern District of Virginia): The Justice Department Associate Deputy Attorney General was nominated Aug. 6. MacBride will replace Chuck Rosenberg, who resigned in October 2008. Read more about MacBride here.

The Senate has now confirmed all 11 U.S. Attorneys that have been reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

On Thursday, the panel is slated to consider U.S. Attorney nominees Jenny Durkan for the Western District of Washington and Paul Fishman for New Jersey. After the committee votes on Durkan and Fishman, it will still have to consider five more U.S. Attorney nominees. The panel has not announced when it will vote on the five nominees.

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Gregory Lockhart (DOJ)

Gregory Lockhart (DOJ)

Gregory Lockhart, who recently stepped down as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, has joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister , reports the Dayton Business Journal. (Click here for our post on his resignation.)

Lockhart, who had been U.S. attorney in the Columbia-based office since 2001, will join the Dayton office as a partner in the Taft’s litigation practice, focusing on commercial litigation and white-collar crime.

“Greg Lockhart has been an outstanding public servant for many years and is known and respected throughout the region as a superior trial lawyer,”said Thomas Terp, managing partner of the Cincinnati-based firm, in a news release.

Lockhart (Wright State, OSU Law) was an assistant U.S. attorney for 14 years before his appointment as U.S. attorney. He has also taught courses at the University of Dayton College of Law and Wright State University.

President Barack Obama nominated Carter M. Stewart of Columbus-based Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease to replace Lockhart. The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Stewart earlier this month.

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

U.S. Attorney nominees Steven Dettelbach for Ohio’s Northern District and Carter M. Stewart for Ohio’s Southern district were nominated July 14. The Senate Judiciary Committee announced today that the Ohio nominees will come before the panel for a vote this Thursday.

Paul Fishman (Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman)

Paul Fishman (Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman

Jenny Durkan (Law Offices of Jenny A. Durkin)

Jenny Durkan (Law Offices of Jenny A. Durkin)

But Washington state Western District U.S. Attorney nominee Jenny Durkan and Paul Fishman, President Obama’s choice to be New Jersey’s top prosecutor, were announced May 15. They still haven’t come before the committee for a vote.

What gives? Are Republicans objecting to Durkan, who is openly gay and a confidante of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire? Did one of those clients Fishman declined to reveal publicly turn out to be controversial? Write us at tips@mainjustice.com or click here to ensure total anonymity.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

President Obama sent six more U.S. Attorney nominations to the Senate on July 14 — which means six more Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaires for Main Justice readers to chew over. We post the highlights below.

A note about transparency: The committee has begun posting U.S. Attorney questionnaires online, after previously making only hard-copies available through its office. The panel, however, has removed from the on-line versions the attachment showing details of the nominees’ personal finances. The financial information is a public record, and we have reported it in our profiles, which you can read here:

  • Steven Dettelbach, Northern District of Ohio. Click here.
  • Carter M. Stewart, Southern District of Ohio. Click here.
  • Brendan Johnson, District of South Dakota. Click here.
  • Karen Loeffler, District of Alaska. Click here.
  • Florence Nakakuni, District of Hawaii. Click here.
  • Dennis K. Burke, District of Arizona. Click here.


Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Carter Stewart (Columbia, Harvard Law) is nominated to replace Gregory Lockhart.

His vitals:

  • Born in 1969 in Boston, Mass.
  • Since 2005, Stewart has been an associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus, Ohio. His practice is general commercial litigation, but he lists his focus as white collar defense.
  • Began his legal career in California, as an associate at based in Bingham McCutchen’s San Francisco office. After leaving the firm in 2002, he joined the U.S. attorney’s office in San Jose, where he prosecuted gangs and handled general crimes, including drug and gun possession, social security fraud, obstruction of justice, environmental crimes, and illegal immigration. Stewart helped investigate and prosecute Victor Conte and others at Balco Laboratories for peddling anabolic steroids.
  • Has prosecuted seven trials, six of them as lead counsel.
  • Was an analyst in the New York City Office of Management and Budget in the early 1990s.
  • In 2008, he made Columbus Business First’s Forty Under 40 Leaders to Watch and won the John Mercer Langston Bar Association’s Emerging Leader Award.
  • Lists no speeches, testimony, policy statements, or reports on his questionnaire.
  • Was an Ohio representative to Democratic National Committee for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and an at-large delegate for Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

Click here for his full questionnaire.

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

President Obama sent the following U.S. Attorney nominations to the Senate today:

Dennis K. Burke, of Arizona, to be United States Attorney for the District of Arizona for the term of four years, vice Diane J. Humetewa.

Steven M. Dettelbach, of Ohio, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio for the term of four years, vice Gregory A. White, resigned.

Brendan V. Johnson, of South Dakota, to be United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota for the term of four years, vice Martin J. Jackley.

Karen Louise Loeffler, of Alaska, to be United States Attorney for the District of Alaska for the term of four years, vice Timothy Mark Burgess, resigned.

Florence T. Nakakuni, of Hawaii, to be United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii for the term of four years, vice Edward Hachiro Kubo, Jr.

Carter M. Stewart, of Ohio, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio for the term of four years, vice Gregory Gordon Lockhart.

You can read our previous report on the six nominees here.

You can see how Obama’s performance in filling up the U.S. Attorney’s Offices stacks up against President Bush’s here.