The new Eastern District of Michigan U.S. Attorney vowed to “bring some urgency” to her Detroit-based office, which is poised to play a leading role in the prosecution of the Nigerian man who allegedly tried to blow up an airplane on Christmas Day, The Detroit News reported today.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, who was sworn in Monday, will help oversee the case against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly hid explosives in his underwear in a failed attempt to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit.
We reported last month that then-nominee McQuade said the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office had a productivity problem. She has been a prosecutor at the office since 1998.
McQuade told the newspaper she met with lawyers and law enforcement officials when she was a nominee. “[O]ver and over I heard that the office sort of lacks a sense of urgency,” McQuade said.
“The world can’t always wait,” she told The News.