Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Counsel’s Statement Draws Terse Rebuke from DOJ Inspector General
By Mary Jacoby | March 16, 2022 5:13 pm

The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General has taken issue with a statement by counsel for embattled Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall, who is reportedly under investigation for allegedly stalking one of her subordinates.

Charese Rohny, an employment lawyer representing Marshall, asserted that Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin is the focus of the investigation. “I was told by the OIG they’re investigating Scott,” Rohny told the newspaper. “That’s what initiated the investigation.”

In a terse statement oozing extreme annoyance, the office said Monday that statements in a March 13 article by The Oregonian “attributed to a lawyer” for Marshall “do no accurately represent the position of the OIG.”

Marshall announced she was taking leave last week to deal with her health. In fact, according to numerous reports, she was put on leave while the OIG examined allegations she had crossed certain boundaries with Kerin who, like Marshall, is married.

While the exact nature of the relationship isn’t clear, The Oregonian, citing “numerous sources,” said it had become weird enough that Kerin reported it to the Justice Department.

Marshall was “reportedly driving by his home and sending multiple texts, including several she sent telling him she knew what he was doing at the time,” The Oregonian reported.

Kerin remains on the job, though he has reportedly been reassigned from the office’s narcotics unit.

Marshall was a surprise pick in 2010 to succeed interim U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton. With backing of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore), Marshall was “plucked” from a child advocacy job inside the Oregon Department of Justice and had no prior federal prosecuting experience, the newspaper said.

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