Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) recommended that President Obama nominate John Belton, a veteran prosecutor in the 3rd Judicial District of Lincoln and Union parishes, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley, The News Star reported on Friday.
A bit more about Belton:
Belton is a career prosecutor who has served as a courtroom advocate for 16 years. Since 1992, Belton has worked as assistant district attorney based in Ruston. In this position, he has a 95 percent conviction rate in prosecuting felony, misdemeanor, juvenile and child support cases. He is also a practicing attorney at Belton & Belton and a legal instructor. Belton’s experience includes litigation in both criminal and civil courts. As a civil attorney, Belton was instrumental in negotiating the largest settlement against the Kansas City Southern Railroad Co.
And Finley, who is also a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves:
For the last 17 years, Finley has practiced law in the federal arena as a judge advocate and an assistant U.S. attorney. Finley has served as an attorney in the Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette and Lake Charles Division of the Western District for 13 years. She currently is the acting deputy chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lafayette.
For more on their bios, click here for a news release from Landrieu’s office. Belton or Finley would replace current U.S. Attorney Donald Washington.
Landrieu has recommended that Obama nominate former Rep. Don Cazayoux (D-La.) as the next U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, and she has said she wants Jim Letten to stay on as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.