NAFUSA 2010

With support from Ernst & Young, Main Justice is pleased to provide you with coverage of the 2010 National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys Annual Conference. This year’s conference was in New York City from October 7-9.


Photos by Andrew Ramonas, Main Justice

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Holder Rallies the Troops at Ex-U.S. Attorneys Gathering

Eric Holder (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

NEW YORK — Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday urged former U.S. Attorneys to find ways to make the U.S. justice system better.

Holder told about 100 ex-prosecutors gathered for the annual National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys conference that they are “highly and uniquely, uniquely qualified” to bring change through their casework, courtrooms or pro bono work.

“I’m counting on each of you,” said Holder, who was the conference’s keynote speaker. “Our nation continues to look to you.”

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Top U.S. Attorney Hints at DOJ Priorities Next Year

B. Todd Jones (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

NEW YORK — A senior U.S. Attorney on Saturday suggested that federal prosecutors will put an emphasis on fighting cyber crimes and enforcing environmental laws next year.

Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, who is the chairman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys, said U.S. Attorneys will meet in November to discuss efforts to target Internet criminals and violators of environmental laws, in addition to conferring about work on national security, civil rights and health care fraud issues. Read more.

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DOJ Official: ‘Very, Very Tight Times’ Expected in Fiscal 2012

H. Marshall Jarrett (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

NEW YORK — A top Justice Department official on Saturday said the outlook is bleak for U.S. Attorneys looking to have more funds at their disposal in the next fiscal year.

Director H. Marshall Jarrett of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys told members of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys that DOJ officials anticipate “very, very tight times” when President Barack Obama releases his proposed budget for fiscal 2012 in the coming months.

“The budget picture looks very, very tight and very austere, and depending on how the election turns out, [it] can even get worse or more austere,” Jarrett said, who appeared to hint at the potential effect of a Republican majority in the House or Senate. Read more.


Ex-U.S. Attorneys Bestow Award on Former Prosecutor

NAFUSA President Rich Rossman and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Mehltretter (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

NEW YORK — The National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys on Saturday bestowed its top honor to a former Assistant U.S. Attorney from the Western District of New York.

Kathleen Mehltretter, who was a top official in the Buffalo-based U.S. Attorney’s office, worked on several major prosecutions including the Oklahoma City bombing case, the prosecution of the “Lackawanna Six” on charges of providing material support to al-Qaeda and the high-profile case against a man who killed an Amherst, N.Y. doctor who performed abortions. She retired in April after more than 31 years as a federal prosecutor. Read more.


Former U.S. Attorneys Honor NYC DA Morgenthau

Robert Morgenthau (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

NEW YORK — Former U.S. Attorneys on Thursday paid tribute to former New York district attorney Robert Morgenthau, who stepped down last year after spending almost 35 years in office.

Former Southern District of New York U.S. Attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Otto Obermaier said Morgenthau was a role model to them. Morgenthau, 91, served as the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney during the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson administrations from 1961 to 1969 except for a brief period when he resigned in 1962 to stage an unsuccessful run for governor. He became district attorney in 1974, a post he held until 2009. He is now of counsel at law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. Read more.

The National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys honors its oldest member, Robert Morgenthau, former U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.


Christie: U.S. Attorney Was Best Job

Chris Christie (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

NEW YORK — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Friday told members of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys that he enjoyed being his state’s U.S. Attorney more than being governor.

Christie, who served as U.S. Attorney from 2002 to 2008, said at the group’s annual conference that the governor job isn’t bad, but “is worse in a few respects.” The governor said he particularly despises consulting the legislature, raising money and seeing negative press. Read more.


Fired U.S. Attorney ‘Struck’ by Holder Comment on Civilian Terrorism Trials

NEW YORK — A former Justice Department official who was among the nine U.S. Attorneys fired in 2006  said on Friday he wouldn’t be able to get away with giving remarks similar to an infamous comment Attorney General Eric Holder made about terrorism prosecutions in civilian court.

Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, a military prosecutor who is handling cases at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said at a panel discussion in New York that he was “struck” that the Attorney General said “failure is not an option” in the prosecution of terrorism suspects in federal courts. Read more.


Bush DOJ Officials Back Terrorism Prosecutions in Civilian Court

David Iglesias (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

David Iglesias (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

NEW YORK — Two former Justice Department officials from the George W. Bush administration on Friday said both military commissions and civilian courts should be on the table as venues for the prosecution of terrorism suspects.

Former Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein of the National Security Division said as a prosecutor he would take a pragmatic approach to deciding the proper location for terrorism prosecutions, weighing each case individually. Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, a military prosecutor who is handling cases at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said the Obama administration does not have a “silver bullet” that would eliminate either military tribunals or civilian courts from use in all terrorism cases. Read more.


Podcast: Jeffrey Taylor, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and NAFUSA member

Jeff Taylor, a member of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys, speaks to Main Justice reporter Andrew Ramonas about his time at the Justice Department, NAFUSA and his work as the Americas leader of the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services area at Ernst & Young.

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Podcast: Wayne Budd, NAFUSA Director

Wayne Budd, a director of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys, speaks to Main Justice reporter Andrew Ramonas about his time at the Justice Department, matters impacting the DOJ today and NAFUSA.

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Podcast: Rich Rossman, NAFUSA President

Rich Rossman, president of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys, speaks to Main Justice reporter Andrew Ramonas about his time at the Justice Department, the DOJ today and the upcoming NAFUSA conference.

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See our coverage of the 2009 NAFUSA conference in Seattle.

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