Arkansas Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Democrats, have settled on their recommendations for the state’s two U.S. Attorney slots.
For the Eastern District of Arkansas, the recommendations are Michael D. Barnes, a civil litigation specialist at Little Rock’s Wright, Lindsey & Jennings firm; Christopher R. Thyer, a trial lawyer with Stanley & Thyer in Jonesboro; and Edward O. Walker, who appears to be an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District. (We couldn’t find much on Walker by Googling, and the news release issued by Pryor and Lincoln doesn’t give biographical information).
Thyer, an Arkansas state representative, also appears to be a stickler for ethics; read here how he sought state guidance on reimbursement for using campaign funds to pay for driving his car to various events.
For the Western District of Arkansas the recommendations are William Conner Eldridge, Jr., Shawn J. Johnson, and Christopher D. Plumlee, chief of the criminal section in the Western District.
We couldn’t find much on the Web about Eldridge and Johnson. But perhaps this blog post on the Arkansas Times from a commenter who calls himself “Large Ass” explains why:
These nominations make Tim Griffin look like David Souter. Conner Eldridge is 31 correct? AND Shawn Johnson 32? Sounds more like the nominations for Alumni advisor to the Sigma Chi house at Fayetteville NOT U.S. Attorney???
We don’t vouch for the comment; just passing it on.