Federal prosecutors should be involved in crime prevention before crimes are committed, a young Ronald Machen, told his soon-to-be boss in the 1990s, according to a Washington Post profile of the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia published Monday.
When Machen first interviewed with Eric Holder for a job in the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office that Holder then led, Machen said that federal prosecutors spent too much time working and not enough time in the community.
“He had such fully formed ideas,” Holder, now the Attorney General, told the Post of Machen. “He knew that it wasn’t enough to just show up at a crime scene, but to be there to explain what the office was about in non-stressful times. He had a vision then, and now his time has come.”
Machen’s desire for involvement and the variety of cases he has handled has contributed to Machen’s versatility, according to the Post. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who recommended Machen for his current post said, “He has to be able to relate to the community, because you cannot deal with crime in a community if people feel estranged from the U.S. attorney here.”
Read the full profile of Machen here.
Ronald Machen, the newly confirmed U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, took his oath of office Thursday evening in a private ceremony, a spokesman said.
Machen, a former partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, replaced Channing Phillips, now the office’s Principal Deputy, who had served as acting U.S. Attorney since May.
The Senate confirmed Machen by unanimous consent on Feb. 11. A former federal prosecutor in D.C., Machen returned to the nation’s largest U.S. Attorney’s office on Thursday, completed his paperwork, and later headed a few blocks south to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to take the oath.
Chief Judge Royce Lamberth, also a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C., administered the oath in his courtroom. A group of judges, supervisors in the U.S. Attorney’s office and Machen’s friends and family were on hand.
A second, larger swearing-in ceremony is in the works, though a date has not been announced. One likely guest of honor: Attorney General Eric Holder. The commute is a breeze, and Holder is a former U.S. Attorney in the District.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee has added six nominations to the agenda for its Thursday business meeting — three U.S. Attorney nominees and three controversial figures nominated to be Assistant Attorneys General.
The three U.S. Attorney nominees are Andre Birotte Jr. (Central District of California), Richard Hartunian (Northern District of New York) and Ronald Machen (District of Columbia). All three were nominated Dec. 23. Read more about Birotte here. Read more about Hartunian here. Read more about Machen here.
The agenda also includes three high ranking Justice Department appointees whose nominations were not acted on by the Senate last year and whose nominations were returned to the White House at the end of last year’s session — Mary L. Smith to head the Justice Department’s Tax Division, Christopher Schroeder to head the Office of Legal Policy and Dawn Johnsen, to head the Office of Legal Counsel. President Obama re-nominated the three earlier this month.
Although the names of Smith, Schroeder and Johnsen were placed on this week’s agenda, committee Republicans have the right to delay action for a week.
The panel’s top Republican, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has formally asked committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to schedule another hearing on the Johnsen nomination. Leahy sent a letter to Sessions regarding the Republican’s request, a Senate aide told Main Justice. It is unclear what the letter said.
Sessions also said Republicans would likely support additional hearings on Smith and Schroeder as well, although he has not formally made such a request.
Andrew Ramonas contributed to this report.
This post has been updated from an earlier version.
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President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent seven U.S. Attorneys nominations to the Senate.
The year-end cluster of nominations brings the number of U.S. Attorney nominations Obama has made this year to 42.
In comparison, President George W. Bush had nominated more than 60 U.S. Attorneys and President Bill Clinton more than 70 U.S. Attorneys by this time in their first terms.
Here are the nominations, from the White House news release:
André Birotte Jr.: Nominee for the Central District of California
Birotte works for the Los Angeles Police Commission, where he has been Inspector General since 2003 and served as an Assistant Inspector General from 2001 to 2003. From 1995 to 1999, Birotte served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He started his legal career as a Deputy Public Defender in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, serving from 1991 to 1995. Birotte graduated from Tufts University in 1987 and Pepperdine University School of Law 1991.
David A. Capp: Nominee for the Northern District of Indiana
Capp has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana for 24 years and has served as Interim United States Attorney since 2007. He previously served as interim United States Attorney in 1993 and from 1999 to 2001. Prior to his federal service, he worked as an associate at Cohen and Thiros from 1977 to 1985, becoming a partner in 1984. Capp graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1972 and the Valparaiso University School of Law in 1977.
Richard S. Hartunian: Nominee for the Northern District of New York
Hartunian has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York since 1997. From 1990 to 1997, Hartunian worked both as an Assistant District Attorney for the Office of the District Attorney in Albany County, N.Y., and as a partner at Hartunian and Clark. Prior to that, he was an associate attorney at Devine, Piedmont and Rutnik. Hartunian graduated from Georgetown University in 1983 and the Albany Law School of Union University in 1986.
William J. Hochul Jr.: Nominee for the Western District of New York
Hochul has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of New York for 18 years, serving as Chief of the National Security Division since 2007 and Chief of the Anti-Terrorism Unit from 2002 to 2007. From 1981 to 1991, he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Prior to that, Hochul was an associate at Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley & Casey from 1985 to 1987. Following law school, he was a law clerk for Judge James F. Couch Jr., of the Maryland Court of Appeals from 1984 to 1985. Hochul graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.
Ronald C. Machen, Jr.: Nominee for the District of Columbia
Machen, whose nomination we reported yesterday, is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he has worked since 2001. From 1997 to 2001, Machen served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Prior to that, Machen was a law clerk for Judge Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals, for the Sixth Circuit, from 1995 to 1996. Immediately following law school, he was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering from 1994 to 1995. Machen graduated from Stanford University in 1991 and Harvard Law School in 1994.
Anne M. Tompkins: Nominee for the Western District of North Carolina
Tompkins is a partner at Alston & Bird, LLP, where she has worked since 2005. From 2000 to 2005, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, serving as Deputy Criminal Chief from 2002 to 2004 and on detail in the Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2004 to 2005. Tompkins graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1984, the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina in 1989 and the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992.
Sally Quillian Yates: Nominee for the Northern District of Georgia
Yates is the Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, where she has worked since 1989. She served in that office as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1989 to 1994, Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Unit from 1994 to 2002, and First Assistant United States Attorney from 2002 to 2009. She had a previous stint as Acting United States Attorney in 2004. From 1986 to 1989, she was an associate at King & Spalding. Yates graduated from the University of Georgia in 1982 and the University of Georgia School of Law in 1986.
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