Posts Tagged ‘Diane Humetewa’
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The Senate confirmed six U.S. Attorneys this afternoon by unanimous consent.

They are:

Steven Dettelbach (ohio.gov)

Steven Dettelbach (ohio.gov)

Carter Stewart (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease)

Carter Stewart (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease)

-Steven Dettelbach (Northern District of Ohio): The partner at the Baker & Hostetler law firm was nominated July 14. Dettelbach will replace Gregory White, who resigned in 2008. Read more about Dettelbach here.

-Carter Stewart (Southern District of Ohio): The associate at the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease law firm was nominated July 14. He will replace Gregory Lockhart, who resigned last month. Read more about the appointee here.

Peter Neronha (DOJ)

Peter Neronha (DOJ)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

-Peter Neronha (Rhode Island): The Rhode Island Assistant U.S. Attorney was nominated July 31. Neronha will replace Robert Clark Corrente, who resigned June 26. Read more about the appointee here.

-Daniel Bogden (Nevada): The former Nevada U.S. Attorney, who was fired during the 2006 U.S. Attorney purge, was re-nominated July 31. Bogden will replace Gregory Brower, whose resignation is effective Oct. 10. Read more about Bogden here.

Neil MacBride (Business Software Alliance)

Neil MacBride (Business Software Alliance)

-Dennis Burke (Arizona): Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s senior adviser on border security and law enforcement was nominated July 14. Burke will replace Diane Humetewa, who resigned Aug. 2. Read more about the appointee here.

-Neil MacBride (Eastern District of Virginia): The Justice Department Associate Deputy Attorney General was nominated Aug. 6. MacBride will replace Chuck Rosenberg, who resigned in October 2008. Read more about MacBride here.

The Senate has now confirmed all 11 U.S. Attorneys that have been reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

On Thursday, the panel is slated to consider U.S. Attorney nominees Jenny Durkan for the Western District of Washington and Paul Fishman for New Jersey. After the committee votes on Durkan and Fishman, it will still have to consider five more U.S. Attorney nominees. The panel has not announced when it will vote on the five nominees.

Monday, September 14th, 2009

A former Arizona U.S. Attorney joined the Native American law practice of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, the Cleveland-based firm announced today.

Diane Humetewa

Diane Humetewa

Diane Humetewa, the first American Indian woman to be a U.S. Attorney, will work on natural resources, energy, water and real estate issues out of the firm’s Washington and Phoenix offices. She resigned as U.S. Attorney last month after serving almost two years as the top federal prosecutor in Arizona. Humetewa was nominated in 2007 to replace Paul Charlton, who was forced out during the 2006 U.S. Attorney purge.

Click here for our previous report about attempts by Bush White House officials to sink her nomination in 2007.  But Humetewa’s sponsor and former boss, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), refused to budge, and she was appointed to the U.S. Attorney post.

“Diane is joining us at an opportune time, given the increasing Native American demand for legal and legislative services in the Southwest and in Washington, D.C.,” Phoenix office managing partner Robert L. Matia said in a statement. “Her extensive background in these areas complements our existing practices. We are very excited to welcome her to Squire Sanders.”

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Dennis Burke, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s senior adviser on border security and law enforcement, to be the next Arizona U.S. Attorney. The Senate has yet to schedule a floor vote on the Burke nomination.

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee reported four U.S. Attorney nominees out of committee today by voice vote.

They are:

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

-Daniel Bogden (Nevada): The former Nevada U.S. Attorney, who was fired during the 2006 U.S. Attorney purge, was re-nominated July 31. Bogden would replace Gregory Brower. Read more about Bogden here.

Neil MacBride (Business Software Alliance)

Neil MacBride (Business Software Alliance)

-Dennis Burke (Arizona): Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s senior adviser on border security and law enforcement was nominated July 14. Burke would replace Diane Humetewa, who resigned Aug. 2. Read more about the nominee here.

-Neil MacBride (Eastern District of Virginia): The Justice Department Associate Deputy Attorney General was nominated Aug. 6. MacBride would replace Chuck Rosenberg, who resigned in October 2008. Read more about MacBride here.

-Peter Neronha (Rhode Island): The Rhode Island Assistant U.S. Attorney was nominated July 31. Neronha would replace Robert Clark Corrente, who resigned June 26. Read more about the nominee here.

“I think they are nominees worthy of confirmation,” Judiciary Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said at the meeting today.

The panel has now endorsed a total of 11 U.S. Attorney nominees, including five who were confirmed by the full Senate last month. Another seven U.S. Attorney nominees have yet to be considered by the committee.

Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) criticized Senate delays on DOJ nominees in prepared remarks for the confirmation hearing of Environment and Natural Resources Division nominee Ignacia Moreno and four federal judges.

DOJ nominees who are still awaiting Senate confirmation include Dawn Johnsen for the Office of Legal Counsel, Thomas Perez for the Civil Rights Division, Mary L. Smith for the Tax Division, and Christopher Schroeder for the Office of Legal Policy. In addition, two U.S. Attorney nominees — Steven M. Dettelbach for the Northern District of Ohio and Carter M. Stewart for the Southern District of Ohio – have already been reported out of committee and “deserve prompt consideration by the full Senate,” Leahy said.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider three U.S. Attorney nominees at a Sept. 10 meeting, the panel announced today.

Peter Neronha (DOJ)

Peter Neronha (DOJ)

They are:

-Peter Neronha (Rhode Island): The Rhode Island Assistant U.S. Attorney was nominated July 31. Neronha would replace Robert Clark Corrente, who resigned June 26. Read more about the nominee here.

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

Daniel Bogden (Getty Images)

-Daniel Bogden (Nevada): The former Nevada U.S. Attorney, who was fired during the 2006 U.S. Attorney purge, was re-nominated July 31. Bogden would replace Gregory Brower. Read more about Bogden here.

-Dennis Burke (Arizona): Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s senior adviser on border security and law enforcement was nominated July 14. Burke would replace Diane Humetewa, who resigned Aug. 2. Read more about Burke here.

Of the 20 Obama administration U.S. Attorney nominees so far, five have already been confirmed.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Diane Humetewa

Diane Humetewa

Senior Bush administration officials balked at nominating Diane Humetewa as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona two years ago, even though she had the support of both home state senators, according to emails released by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Scott Jennings, then the special assistant to President Bush, was unsparing in a Feb. 16, 2007 e-mail to Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, calling Humetewa “simply unacceptable.”

The e-mail, which was also sent to Rove’s executive assistant Taylor Hughes, said, “DOJ believes (and we concur) that Humetewa is not a viable candidate to be the U.S. Attorney for the following reasons.” (Oooh! What? Damn. The next page of the email giving the explanation is blacked out, we presume because it was a gratuitous trashing of Humetewa.)

Rove’s response?

“Replace Blanquita.” (Apparently intended as a racial epithet for the Hispanic-looking Humetewa.)

But Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), for whom Humetewa once worked on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and who had been unable to mask his contempt for Bush after losing to him in the 2000 Republican presidential primary, refused to submit other names for the post, according to the e-mail. Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R) joined his home state colleague in his recommendation.

Jennings wrote in an email that the White House counsel’s office and the Justice Department were asking Rove to “personally engage to move this process along.” Rove failed, apparently.

Humetewa, the first female Native American U.S. Attorney, was sworn in Dec. 17, 2007.  She replaced Paul Charlton, who was among the U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration in 2006. Daniel Knauss served as interim U.S. Attorney for one year between Charlton and Humetewa.

The emails were released as part of the House panel’s investigation of the Bush administration’s politicized firings of six U.S. Attorneys in late 2006.

In June, Humetewa received the “Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation President’s Award” — the highest award given by the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. McCain and Kyl had said they hoped President Obama would keep her on. They also said they would work with the Obama administration to select a new U.S. Attorney.

Humetewa resigned earlier this month. Dennis K. Burke, a senior advisor to former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who is now the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, has been nominated to replace her.

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

John Tuchi will take the reins of the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office until the Senate confirms a new U.S. Attorney for the district, The Arizona Daily Star reported this afternoon.

He was named the interim U.S. Attorney after Diane Humetewa stepped down yesterday. Read our post on her resignation here. The Senate has yet to consider President Obama’s nominee for the post, Phoenix lawyer Dennis Burke, a senior advisor to Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Click here to read more about Burke.

Tuchi, a federal prosecutor since 1998, was the office’s criminal division chief.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Dennis K. Burke (Georgetown, University of Arizona Law) is nominated to replace Diane J. Humetewa as U.S. Attorney in the District of Arizona, who steps down on Aug. 2.

Burke has a political background. From 2003 to 2008, he was then-Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s (D) chief of staff, and he followed her to Washington when she became secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Burke gave $2000 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in January 2008, election records show.

In the 1990s, he worked on Capitol Hill and in the White House, and served brief stints at Main Justice.

His vitals:

  • Born in Chicago in 1962.
  • Is currently Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s senior adviser on border security and law enforcement.
  • Was Napolitano’s chief of staff from 2003 to 2008, when she served governor of Arizona. Was also Napolitano’s chief deputy and a special assistant attorney general during her tenure as state attorney general.
  • Was a member of Barack Obama’s presidential transition team, specializing in homeland security.
  • From 1997 to 1999, was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Arizona, prosecuting drug cases. (He has tried four cases to verdict, one as lead counsel.) He was briefly detailed to Main Justice as acting head of the Office of Legislative Affairs, where he had worked as a special counsel earlier in his career.
  • Was a senior policy analyst in the Clinton White House from 1995 to 1994, working on the Domestic Policy Council.
  • In his first major assignment as lawyer, Burke was majority counsel to the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on patents, copyrights and trademarks from 1989 to 1994. He also worked on the confirmations of three Supreme Court Justices — David Souter, Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Has served on the boards of several non-profits, including the Arizona Economic Resource Organization, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the Center for Law in the Public Interest.
  • Has received accolades from a range of groups, including Arizona Latino Research Enterprise (2008 Exemplary Leadership Award), Equality Arizona (2008 Individual Award) , Planned Parenthood (2007 Public Service Award), Arizona National Guard (2006 Minuteman Award), and the National Association of Police Organizations (1997 Supporter of the Year).
  • In 2004, joined the Phoenix Country Club, which has a history of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and religion. That was “many years before I became a Member, and it is quite clear no vestiges exist in policy or practice,” Burke wrote in his committee questionnaire. Except for the gender part, that is. The club was embroiled in a controversy over its separate dining facilities for men and women. Burke said he wrote to the club, voicing his objections, and lobbied to have the policy changed. He “submitted his resignation” to the club in 2008, though he said he is still technically a member until someone else buys his share. (The club recently settled a lawsuit filed by the Arizona attorney general, putting an end to separate dining.)
  • Has never held a formal role in a political campaign but he has “volunteered in different capacities for numerous candidates at all levels and assisted in other party activities involving elections.”
  • Lists a net worth of $576,000. He owns two rental properties and an undeveloped plot worth $260,000. And he has about $15,000 tied up in securities.

Click here for his full questionnaire.