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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Former Nevada U.S. Attorney Gregory Brower is running in the special election for the House seat that is vacant now that Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), has been appointed to the Senate, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Brower, a Republican, filed paperwork to run for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District, which covers most of the state and includes Reno and part of Las Vegas. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) appointed Heller to serve  the remainder of outgoing Republican Sen. John Ensign’s term, which ends January 2013. Ensign announced his resignation last week. The special House election has not yet been scheduled.

“As a proud Republican, I am excited and humbled to enter the race for CD2.,” Brower said, according to KOLOTV.com. “I do not take this step lightly and want to be very clear that I am in this important race to win. I believe Nevada is best represented by a strong conservative voice in Washington, DC, and I am committed to see that we have it.”

Brower served as U.S. Attorney from 2007 until 2009. He became U.S. Attorney after U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden was fired along with eight other U.S. Attorneys in late 2006.

He has served in the state Senate since January, representing Reno.

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Monday, February 28th, 2011

A former FBI agent has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison for killing his son’s former girlfriend with a hammer, The Law Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Edward Preciado-Nuno, 63, was sentenced last Wednesday in Las Vegas for killing Kimberly Long on Nov. 13, 2008. Originally charged with murder, Preciado-Nuno was convicted in December of voluntary manslaughter.

The killing occurred at the home the defendant’s son, Jeffrey Preciado-Nuno, had shared with Long. The defendant claimed that Long attacked him with a hammer when he tried to get her to leave the house and end the turbulent relationship with his son, and that he wielded another hammer in self-defense.

In imposing sentence, Judge Donald Mosley said the self-defense claim was hard to believe, given that the victim was struck on the head 13 times, including once on the back of the head.

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Nevada Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval (R) on Wednesday named former Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucas Foletta to be his general counsel, the Associated Press reported.

Foletta worked as a prosecutor in the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s office focusing on mortgage fraud and identity theft cases. He previously clerked for Sandoval when the incoming governor was a federal judge.

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Monday, October 5th, 2009
Greg Brower (USDOJ)

Greg Brower (USDOJ)

Former Nevada U.S. Attorney Gregory A. Brower next week will become a partner at the Las Vegas-based Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., the law firm announced today. Brower resigned Thursday as Daniel Bogden was sworn in as the district’s new U.S. Attorney. Bogden, who was confirmed Sept. 15, was fired in 2006 as part of the Bush administration’s U.S. Attorney purge.

Brower had served as the district’s head prosecutor since December 2007. As a partner in the firm, Brower will focus on complex civil litigation, criminal investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, corporate compliance matters, internal investigations and administrative law issues, according to the firm.

Brower has been mentioned as a possible Republican opponent for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2010 or as a Nevada attorney general candidate.

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.

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee reported four U.S. Attorney nominees out of committee today by voice vote.

They are:

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

-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 would replace Gregory Brower. 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 would replace Diane Humetewa, who resigned Aug. 2. Read more about the nominee here.

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

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

“I think they are nominees worthy of confirmation,” Judiciary Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said at the meeting today.

The panel has now endorsed a total of 11 U.S. Attorney nominees, including five who were confirmed by the full Senate last month. Another seven U.S. Attorney nominees have yet to be considered by the committee.

Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) criticized Senate delays on DOJ nominees in prepared remarks for the confirmation hearing of Environment and Natural Resources Division nominee Ignacia Moreno and four federal judges.

DOJ nominees who are still awaiting Senate confirmation include Dawn Johnsen for the Office of Legal Counsel, Thomas Perez for the Civil Rights Division, Mary L. Smith for the Tax Division, and Christopher Schroeder for the Office of Legal Policy. In addition, two U.S. Attorney nominees — Steven M. Dettelbach for the Northern District of Ohio and Carter M. Stewart for the Southern District of Ohio – have already been reported out of committee and “deserve prompt consideration by the full Senate,” Leahy said.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider three U.S. Attorney nominees at a Sept. 10 meeting, the panel announced today.

Peter Neronha (DOJ)

Peter Neronha (DOJ)

They are:

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

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

-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 would replace Gregory Brower. Read more about Bogden here.

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

Of the 20 Obama administration U.S. Attorney nominees so far, five have already been confirmed.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Yes, it’s pathetic. But we’re still chewing over the 5,000 or so pages of e-mails, testimony and other documents released by the House Judiciary Committee last week relating to the Bush administration’s 2006 firings of U.S. Attorneys.

Among the items: handwritten notes by an unidentified staffer in the Bush White House that appear to document discussions with Justice Department political appointees about why the administration fired the prosecutors. From the dates on the notes and other references, the discussions appeared to be in preparation for House and Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that were held on March 6, 2007 to investigate the firings. They appeared to be the Bush staffers’ candid assessments of the fired U.S. Attorneys, not talking points being prepared for the press and Congress.

Most of the gripes about the other U.S. Attorneys centered on politics (“[Former Sen. Pete] Domenici [R-N.M.] said he bad U.S. Aty,” one note said of fired New Mexico prosecutor David Iglesias) or policy disagreements (“never sought death penalty,” notes about fired Arizona U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton read.)

But here’s what we found interesting: The apparently low opinion everyone had of Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden.

In one set of notes that appear to reflect a conversation with then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General Paul McNulty, the White House note-taker wrote that Bogden was so “low key – so low key that (he) shows no initiative/leadership.”

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Bogden and eight other U.S. Attorneys were part of the 2006 purge. President Obama nominated Bogden last month for his old post after he was recommended by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in March.

While the Bush DOJ tried to portray the prosecutor firings as rooted in performance issues and not politics, management problems actually might have been the case with Bogden. The views apparently expressed by McNulty were not too different from complaints of  prosecutors who Bogden supervised in the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s office. We previously reported that many of the office’s 50 prosecutors  were dismayed by Reid’s decision to recommend Bogden. They told the Las Vegas Sun that Bogden was aloof and had poor management skills.

Bogden does have the support of Reid, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Las Vegas FBI chief Ellen Knowlton, U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben and attorney Craig Denney, who worked in the Nevada U.S. Attorney office.

The White House notes that apparently came from a conversation with McNulty added that Bogden was a “less severe” problem for the Bush administration than the other soon-to-be dismissed U.S. Attorneys and he we was not “defiant or insubordinate.”

McNulty was not immediately able to comment on the White House notes.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

The most surprising name in the White House announcement Friday of new U.S. Attorney nominees was Daniel Bogden. One of six prosecutors fired by the Bush White House in 2006, Bogden was recommended for his old job by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

Harry Reid (gov)

Harry Reid (gov)

It might sound inspiring: prosecutor wronged by the Bushies made right by the Obama team. But it’s a little more complicated. Reid faces an uphill battle for re-election next year. And in a Western state like Nevada, being leader of the Senate Democrats is more of a liability than advantage. Think: Tom Daschle.

So, by asking the White House to appoint Bogden, Reid is able to score points with Republicans in Nevada, portray himself as a centrist, and tell liberals he was doing it to right a wrong of the Bush era. The only problem, as we have previously reported here and here: line prosecutors in Nevada don’t much like Bodgen, whose most prominent local case was known as “G-Sting” because it involved bribery allegations at a strip club.

 

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Anonymous prosecutors used words like “demoralizing” and “disheartening” and “It’s not what Obama is about” in a June story in the Las Vegas Sun.

The New York Times has a story today on the Bodgen controversy  here. There have been complaints in the past about a lack of diversity in the office, and the Times quotes F. Travis Buchanan, president of the Las Vegas chapter of the National Bar Association, a professional group for African-American lawyers, as saying: 

“We just don’t understand, why him?”…. “Who else was considered? If no one else was considered, why wasn’t anyone else considered?”

 

The Times reported that Buchanan’s group was drafting a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to express “reservations” about the intended nomination. The Times said it could not reach Bogden for comment Friday.

 

Undoubtedly the White House took into account that Nevada’s Republican senator, John Ensign, supports Bodgen. The White House has been very solicitous of GOP senators’ wishes in the U.S. Attorney process — apparently regardless of whether they’re involved in a sex scandal – and has even delayed a fully vetted candidate for the Middle District of Alabama because Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) is objecting.

Friday, July 31st, 2009

President Obama nominated four lawyers to be U.S. Attorneys today, according to a White House news release.

They are:

-Daniel Bogden, Nominee for U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Bogden is currently a partner in the Nevada law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson.  Bogden previously served as United States Attorney for the District of Nevada from 2001 to 2007.  From 1998 to 2001, Bogden served as the Reno Division Chief in the United States Attorney’s Office.  From 1990 to 1998, he was an Assistant United States Attorney and member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.  From 1987 to 1990, Bogden was a deputy district attorney with the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.  Bogden graduated from Ashland University and the University of Toledo’s College of Law.  He served in the United States Air Force on active duty from 1982 to 1987 and remained on inactive reserve until his honorable discharge in March 1995.

Deborah Gilg (Gilg, Kruger & Troia)

Deborah Gilg (Gilg, Kruger & Troia)

-Deborah Gilg, Nominee for U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska

Gilg is the president of Gilg, Kruger & Troia P.C. L.L.O. in Omaha, Neb., where she has worked since 2005. Gilg has also been the Saunders County, Nebraska Attorney since 2003 and previously served as the County Attorney for both Arthur and Keith County. She began her legal career as a partner in the Beal, Jensen, Cecava and Gilg Law Firm. Gilg graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska College of Law.

-Timothy Heaphy, Nominee for U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia

Timothy Heaphy (McGuire Woods)

Timothy Heaphy (McGuire Woods)

Heaphy is a partner at McGuire Woods, LLP, where he has worked since 2006. From 1994 to 2003, Heaphy was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. He then served as Deputy Managing Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia until 2005. Prior to that, Heaphy worked as a litigation associate for Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, California and a law clerk for Justice John A. Terry of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia Law School.

-Peter Neronha
, Nominee for U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island

Neronha has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Rhode Island for the past seven years. Prior to that, Neronha served in the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General as special assistant attorney general from 1996 to 2001 and assistant attorney general from 2001 to 2002. Following graduation from law school, he worked as an associate at Goodwin Proctor, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Neronha graduated from Boston College and Boston College Law School.

(Biographies are from the White House.)