R. Booth Goodwin (West Virginia University, Washington & Lee University School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. He would replace Kasey Warner, who was the U.S. Attorney from November 2001 until July 2005. The district’s current U.S. Attorney is Charles T. Miller.
- Born in Charleston, W.Va., in 1971.
- Has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district since 2001.
- Was an attorney at Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP in Charleston, W.Va., from 1996 to 2001. Worked as a summer law clerk for the firm in 1994 and 1995.
- Tried 15 cases to verdict and served as lead or co-counsel in each.
Click here for his full questionnaire.
UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure he reported assets of $590,100 mostly from his personal residence valued at $425,500. Goodwin also reported liabilities of $387,000 for a net worth of $203,100.
On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure Goodwin reported earning $32,911 in trustee fees from JN Berthy Heirs Trust for 2008 and most of 2009.
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President Barack Obama tapped five lawyers to lead U.S. Attorney’s offices in Louisiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and New York, the White House announced today.
-Stephanie Finley (Western District of Louisiana): She has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana since 1995. Finley would succeed Donald Washington, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney this week to enter private practice.
-R. Booth Goodwin (Southern District of West Virginia): He has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia since 2001. Goodwin would replace U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller.
-David Hale (Western District of Kentucky): He has been an attorney at Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice since 1999 Hale previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Hale would succeed David Huber, who resigned as U.S. Attorney in January 2o09. Read more about the nominee here.
-Kerry Harvey (Eastern District of Kentucky): He has been the general counsel and acting inspector general of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services since 2008. He previously was a partner at Owen, Harvey, and Carter.
-Loretta Lynch (Eastern District of New York): She is a former U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of New York. She served from 1999 to 2001, after nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She is currently a partner at Hogan & Hartson. Read more about her here.
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Democratic Sens. Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller recommended federal prosecutor R. Booth Goodwin to President Obama to replace Charles T. Miller as the U.S. Attorney for Southern District of West Virginia, The West Virginia State Journal reported this morning.
He is currently the office’s Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of economic crimes.
“While much of my eight years with the office has been devoted to prosecuting public corruption and substantial fraud cases, I have prosecuted about every sort of case this office handles,” Goodwin wrote in an e-mail to The State Journal. “I’d certainly like the opportunity to continue this office’s focus on prosecuting child exploitation and other violent crime, while continuing to expand our efforts to combat financial crimes and violations of the public’s trust.”
If confirmed by the Senate, Goodwin could be forced to recuse himself from some U.S. District Court cases because his father is U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, The State Journal said.