Posts Tagged ‘James P. Lynch’
Friday, February 12th, 2010

The Senate yesterday confirmed, by unanimous consent, Susan Carbon, President Obama’s pick to lead the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women.

Susan Carbon (National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges)

Obama tapped Carbon on Oct. 5 for the directorship of the office that handles grants to combat violence against women. She succeeds Cindy Dyer, who resigned in January.

Carbon previously served as the supervisory judge of the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Family Division. Read more about Carbon here.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said on the Senate floor yesterday that “anonymous” Republicans were to blame for delaying a vote on Carbon, who was reported out of committee by voice vote on Dec. 3.

“I ask Senators who think about blocking such nominations in the future to imagine what it is like to explain to a nonpartisan, earnest public servant, eager to assume a new position of national leadership, that her confirmation is being blocked because one or two anonymous Senators want a new Federal building or some other project in their States or want a defense contract awarded to a certain company or because they are mad at Attorney General Eric Holder for some unrelated issue,” Shaheen said.

The Senate has yet to consider two more directors of DOJ divisions that have won Judiciary Committee approval.

They are:

  • John Laub for the National Institute of Justice. He was reported out of committee on Dec. 3.
  • James P. Lynch for the Bureau of Justice Statistics. He was reported out of committee yesterday.

The panel has yet to consider Bea Hanson, who was nominated on Dec. 23 to lead the Office for Victims of Crime.

This report has been updated from an earlier version.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee today again did not act on President Obama’s pick to lead the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel, according to a panel spokesperson. She was held over from the committee’s meeting last week.

Dawn Johnsen (Indiana University)

The committee lost its quorum — and its ability to conduct business — before it could vote today on OLC nominee Dawn Johnsen, committee spokesperson Erica Chabot said. The panel will likely consider her nomination again on Feb. 25. The Senate will not be in session next week for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

James P. Lynch (City University of New York

Johnsen has been on the panel’s agenda since Jan. 28. Her nomination was held over once at the request of panel Republicans. She was held over for a second time at the committee’s meeting last week because the panel lost its quorum. Panel Republicans have voiced concerns about Johnsen’s vocal opposition to the Bush administration’s national security policies and her past work for an abortion rights group.

Obama said earlier this week that he might make appointments during next week’s Senate recess for nominees who are being held up by Senate Republicans. Panel chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) told Politico today that he hasn’t talked to the administration about appointing Johnsen without Senate confirmation. But the Democratic senator said Johnsen “should probably be one they would” appoint during the recess.

Though the committee didn’t consider the OLC nominee, it approved DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics nominee James P. Lynch today by voice vote, according to Chabot. Lynch was held over from last week’s meeting at the request of panel Republicans. Committee members can ask to postpone a vote on a nomination for one week.

This report has been updated from an earlier version.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider President Obama’s pick to lead the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics at its meeting Thursday, according to the panel’s Web site.

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

BJS nominee James P. Lynch was tapped for the post on Oct. 29. He is a criminal justice professor at John Jay College at the City University of New York. He also serves as the American Society of Criminology’s vice president-elect.

Lynch told panel members at a confirmation hearing last month that he would ensure that the statistical body was independent and free from political manipulation. He sat on a National Research Council panel that recommended last July that the BJS become independent of the Office of Justice Programs in the DOJ hierarchy to avoid political pressures. Read the National Research Council report, which was sponsored by the DOJ, here.

Read more about Lynch here and read information the committee received about him here.

If confirmed, he would replace acting director Michael Sinclair. Lynch would be the first presidentially appointed bureau director since Jeffrey Sedgwick resigned in 2008 to lead the Office of Justice Programs.

The panel is also scheduled to vote on DOJ nominees Dawn Johnsen (to head the Office of Legal Counsel), Mary L. Smith (to lead the Tax Division) and Christopher Schroeder (to head the Office of Legal Policy) during its business meeting tomorrow. Their nominations were held over from last week.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

James P. Lynch, President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today that, if confirmed, he would ensure that the statistical body was independent and free from political manipulation.

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

The bureau, which serves as a clearinghouse for crime and criminal justice statistics, came under scrutiny in 2005, when its director, Lawrence A. Greenfeld, was allegedly demoted after he complained about a decision by the Justice Department to play down statistics on the hostile police handling of black and Hispanic drivers. Read the New York Times article on the dismissal here.

Lynch sat on a National Research Council panel that recommended last July that the BJS become independent of the Office of Justice Programs in the DOJ hierarchy to avoid political pressures. Read the National Research Council report, which was sponsored by the DOJ, here.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary panel, said he didn’t support the recommendations. He said putting the BJS directly under the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General would not help keep politics out of the bureau.

“The more you get prominent, the more you get politicized,” Sessions said at the nomination hearing.

Lynch said at the hearing that he would make certain that the bureau can be trusted. “The way you do that is the same way you always do that: You provide accurate, timely and useful data,” the nominee said.

Obama tapped Lynch for the post on Oct. 29. He is a criminal justice professor at John Jay College at the City University of New York. He also serves as the American Society of Criminology’s vice president-elect. He has published numerous articles and books on criminal justice statistics.

If confirmed, he would replace acting director Michael Sinclair. Lynch would be the first presidentially appointed bureau director since Jeffrey Sedgwick resigned in 2008 to lead the Office of Justice Programs.

Read more about Lynch here and read information the committee received about him here.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Justice Department Bureau of Justice Statistics, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee Web site.

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

Obama tapped James P. Lynch for the post on October 29. He is a criminal justice professor at John Jay College at the City University of New York. He also serves as the American Society of Criminology vice president-elect. He has published numerous articles and books on criminal justice statistics.

Read more about Lynch here and read information the committee received about him here.

He would replace acting director Michael Sinclair. Lynch would be the first presidentially appointed bureau director since Jeffrey Sedgwick resigned in 2008 to lead the DOJ Office of Justice Programs

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

President Obama intends to tap a criminal justice professor as the next Bureau of Justice Statistics director, the White House announced today.

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

James P. Lynch (City University of New York)

James P. Lynch is a criminal justice professor at John Jay College at the City University of New York. He also serves as the American Society of Criminology vice president-elect. He has published numerous articles and books on criminal justice statistics. Read more about him here.

He would replace acting director Michael Sinclair. Lynch would be the first presidentially appointed bureau director since Jeffrey Sedgwick resigned in 2008 to lead the Office of Justice Programs. The statistics bureau is part of the Justice Department.