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Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Comery plans to run for one of two open judgeships on the York County, Penn., Court of Common Pleas, the York Dispatch reported.

Comery currently serves both as a special prosecutor in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and as the York County’s chief deputy prosecutor for litigation.

In her federal role, she has tried four or five York County defendants in federal court, , all of whom were convicted, she told the newspaper.

She previously worked for the county as an adult probation officer, a case manager for Mental Health-Mental Retardation and an intake caseworker for the Office of Children, Youth and Families, according to the York Dispatch.

“My entire career has been devoted to public service,” Comery told the newspaper. “I feel I have the relevant experience and have the proven results. … The next logical progression is to be a judge.”

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

A former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is projected to succeed a two-term Democrat in the House, CNN reported Tuesday night.

Tom Marino (Tom Marino for Congress)

 

Republican Tom Marino, who led the Harrisburg, Pa.-based U.S. Attorney’s office from 2002 to 2007, is poised to replace Democratic Rep. Chris Carney. With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Marino secured 55 percent of the vote for the seat in northeast Pennsylvania, while Carney received 45 percent of the vote.

The race for the House seat was a bitter one. Carney made a major campaign issue out of Marino’s decision to be a business reference for a man under investigation by federal prosecutors while he was U.S. Attorney.

Marino told a radio station in April that the Justice Department permitted him to serve as a business reference for Louis DeNaples, who sought a casino license. But the former U.S. Attorney later said he did not obtain written permission from the DOJ to be a reference.

The Allentown Morning Call reported that Marino resigned as U.S. Attorney while under investigation by the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility for the business reference. Marino told The Scranton Times-Tribune that he was unaware of the probe, adding that allegations of impropriety surrounding the business reference are “a pack of lies.”

Marino went on to work as a lawyer for DeNaples Management following his resignation.

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

A George W. Bush U.S. Attorney who is the Republican nominee for a House seat in northeast Pennsylvania said he didn’t know about an internal Justice Department probe into his decision to be a business reference for a man under investigation by federal prosecutors, The Scranton Times-Tribune reported Tuesday.

Tom Marino (Tom Marino for Congress)

Former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino of the Middle District of Pennsylvania told the newspaper’s editorial board that he “would certainly be one of the first ones to know” if he was under investigation by the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility for serving as a business reference for Louis DeNaples, who sought a casino license. Marino resigned during the 2007 DOJ probe, according to the Allentown Morning Call, which first reported the investigation.

Marino told a radio station in April that the DOJ permitted him to be a reference for DeNaples. But he later said he did not obtain written permission from the DOJ to serve as a reference.

Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.), who is running against Marino, has made the former U.S. Attorney’s business reference a major campaign issue. The House member has questioned Marino’s honesty in campaign ads.

The former U.S. Attorney refused to go into detail about himself and DeNaples, who hired Marino as a lawyer for DeNaples Management following his resignation, according to The Scranton Times-Tribune. Marino told the newspaper that allegations swirling around the business reference are “a pack of lies.”

“I’m a decorated U.S. Attorney,” Marino said, according to The Scranton Times-Tribune. “I left that office with distinction. There was nothing unethical or illegal. I was asked to stay. I prosecuted cases myself, and we did a great job. We were rated as one of the best offices around. So I’m not chasing lies.”

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

A George W. Bush U.S. Attorney who is the Republican nominee for a House seat in northeast Pennsylvania now says he did not obtain written permission from the Justice Department to be a business reference for a man who federal prosecutors were investigating.

Tom Marino (Tom Marino for Congress)

Former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino of the Middle District of Pennsylvania told The Daily Item, a newspaper in Sunbury, Pa., that he did not request authorization from the DOJ to be a business reference for Louis DeNaples, who sought a casino license. Marino told a radio station in April that the DOJ permitted him to be a reference for DeNaples.

Marino told The Daily Item that there was an understanding that he could be a business reference for anyone as long as he didn’t promote his staffers or use his job title. He told the news website he allowed people to use him as business references “all the time.”

Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.), who is running against Marino, has made the former U.S. Attorney’s business reference a major campaign issue.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

A George W. Bush U.S. Attorney who is the Republican nominee for a House seat in northeast Pennsylvania was on the list of prosecutors who were slated for removal in 2006, Times-Shamrock newspapers reported Thursday.

Tom Marino (Tom Marino for Congress)

Former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino of the Middle District of Pennsylvania “was not leading his office,” Kyle Sampson, the chief of staff to then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, said in a Justice Department report obtained by the newspapers. Sampson then put him on the controversial purge list. Nine U.S. Attorneys were ousted in late 2006, but Marino was not among the group. He resigned in September 2007 and went to work as an attorney for DeNaples Management, owned by Pennsylvania businessman Louis DeNaples.

Sampson said he couldn’t recall exactly why he put Marino on the list. The former DOJ official also said he couldn’t remember if Marino’s inclusion on the list had to do with the former U.S. Attorney’s relationship with DeNaples, who sought a casino license while Marino was the top federal prosecutor in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Marino allowed himself  to be a business reference on the casino application for DeNaples, who the U.S. Attorney’s office was investigating at the time. Marino told a radio station in April that the DOJ permitted him to be a reference for DeNaples. But the DOJ doesn’t have any record of the authorization. Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.), who is running against Marino, has made the former U.S. Attorney’s business reference a major campaign issue.

“It’s ancient history,” Sampson told the Times-Shamrock newspapers. “Obviously he wasn’t removed [in 2006], and I wish him all the best.”

According to the report, Sampson decided against calling for Marino’s resignation because he said he wanted to avoid a “brush fire” with then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time.

Jason Fitzgerald, Marino’s campaign spokesman, dismissed the disclosures in the report.

“We’re really not going to play in the mud on this stuff,” Mr. Fitzgerald told the Times-Shamrock newspapers. “Those claims are totally without merit. Tom Marino was a distinguished prosecutor.”

Friday, September 17th, 2010

A George W. Bush U.S. Attorney who is running for a House seat in northeast Pennsylvania is the subject of a growing controversy surrounding his relationship with a casino owner when he was the top federal prosecutor in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Tom Marino (Tom Marino for Congress)

Tom Marino, a Republican who served as the Scranton-based U.S. Attorney from 2002 to 2007, is the subject of a recent campaign ad that attacks his relationship with Louis DeNaples, who sought a casino license while Marino was the top federal prosecutor in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Marino agreed to be a business reference on the casino application for DeNaples, who was under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office at the time.

Marino told a radio station in April that the Justice Department allowed him to be a reference for DeNaples. But the DOJ doesn’t have any record of the authorization, The Associated Press reported.

The former U.S. Attorney said he has evidence that he received authorization from the DOJ. But Marino told the AP he was not allowed to make public “documents related to my service as United States Attorney.”

“Marino says he was authorized to give the felon a reference and has a letter to prove it, but he refuses to release the letter,” says the narrator of the ad put out by the reelection campaign of Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.). “Marino — what’s he hiding?”

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

A federal prosecutor in the Middle District of Pennsylvania left his job last week after 30 years focusing on drug cases, The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported Sunday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCann started his job at the Williamsport branch of the Middle District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s office in 1992 after serving more than a decade in the Syracuse and Albany branches of the Northern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s office.

McCann initially handled organized crime and white collar prosecutions in Syracuse before turning his attention to drug cases in 1983 when he started work in Albany.

He told the newspaper he handled about 500 successful prosecutions during his tenure. The prosecutor was noted for his ability to elicit cooperation from defendants and make them witnesses.

“Once they go to jail, they hate (and blame) their lawyers … even though the evidence against them is overwhelming,” McCann told the Sun-Gazette.

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Pennsylvania’s mostly recently confirmed U.S. Attorney plans to start his new job this week, The Times-Tribune of Scranton, Pa., reported.

Last week, the Senate confirmed Peter J. Smith as the new U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Smith, who has been retired since April 2, 2009, previously was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The newspaper highlights the priority in the district of prosecuting white collar crime, which Smith has experience in. Read more about Smith’s background here.

Smith replaces Martin C. Carlson who resigned Aug. 10, 2009. The district’s current interim U.S. Attorney is Dennis C. Pfannenschmidt.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The Senate confirmed by voice vote two more of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees late Tuesday night.

They are:

Pamela C. Marsh (Akerman Senterfitt)

– Pamela C. Marsh (Northern District of Florida): An of counsel for Akerman Senterfitt LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marsh succeeds George Miller, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about her here.

– Peter J. Smith (Middle District of Pennsylvania): The former deputy state treasurer for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania succeeds Martin C. Carlson, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. Read more about Smith here.

Senate has now confirmed 57 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, including four confirmed earlier on Tuesday. The chamber has yet to consider another 15 U.S. Attorney nominees who are waiting for votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed by voice vote two more of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees at its meeting Thursday.

They are:

Pamela C. Marsh (Akerman Senterfitt)

– Pamela C. Marsh (Northern District of Florida): An of counsel for Akerman Senterfitt LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marsh would succeed George Miller, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about her here.

– Peter J. Smith (Middle District of Pennsylvania): The former deputy state treasurer for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania would succeed Martin C. Carlson, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. Read more about Smith here.

The panel has now approved 57 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 51 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 15 would-be U.S. Attorneys. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.