Posts Tagged ‘Northern District of Florida’
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The Senate confirmed by voice vote two more of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees late Tuesday night.

They are:

Pamela C. Marsh (Akerman Senterfitt)

- Pamela C. Marsh (Northern District of Florida): An of counsel for Akerman Senterfitt LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marsh succeeds George Miller, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about her here.

- Peter J. Smith (Middle District of Pennsylvania): The former deputy state treasurer for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania succeeds Martin C. Carlson, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. Read more about Smith here.

Senate has now confirmed 57 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, including four confirmed earlier on Tuesday. The chamber has yet to consider another 15 U.S. Attorney nominees who are waiting for votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed by voice vote two more of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees at its meeting Thursday.

They are:

Pamela C. Marsh (Akerman Senterfitt)

- Pamela C. Marsh (Northern District of Florida): An of counsel for Akerman Senterfitt LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marsh would succeed George Miller, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about her here.

- Peter J. Smith (Middle District of Pennsylvania): The former deputy state treasurer for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania would succeed Martin C. Carlson, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. Read more about Smith here.

The panel has now approved 57 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 51 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 15 would-be U.S. Attorneys. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to consider two more of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees at its meeting Thursday.

They are:

Pamela C. Marsh (Akerman Senterfitt)

- Pamela C. Marsh (Northern District of Florida): An of counsel for Akerman Senterfitt LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marsh would succeed George Miller, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about her here.

- Peter J. Smith (Middle District of Pennsylvania): The former deputy state treasurer for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania would succeed Martin C. Carlson, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. Read more about Smith here.

The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 15 would-be U.S. Attorneys. The panel has approved 55 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 51 of whom have won Senate confirmation.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Pamela C. Marsh (Akerman Senterfitt)

Pamela Cothran Marsh (Georgetown University, Georgetown University Law Center) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. She would replace George Miller, who headed the district from 2002 to 2008, as the Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney for the district. The district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Thomas F. Kirwin.

Her vitals:

  • Born in Atlanta in 1965.
  • Attended but did not graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant County Junior College (now known as Tarrant County College) in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Has been of counsel at Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee, Fla., since July 2006. Was an associate with the firm’s Tampa office from August 1997 to June 1999.
  • Was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Florida from June 1999 to July 2006.
  • Was an associate at the now defunct law firm Annis, Mitchell, Cockey, Edwards & Roehn in Tampa from September 1996 to August 1997.
  • Clerked for Judge Jane R. Roth in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia from August 1995 to August 1996.
  • Was an associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C., from January 1995 to August 1995. Clerked for the firm from September 1994 to January 1995.
  • Worked as a summer associate at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 1994. During this time also worked at the D.C. Public Defender’s Office, sponsored by the firm.
  • Was managing editor of Georgetown Law Journal from June 1993 to June 1994.
  • Worked as a research assistant at Georgetown Law Center from January 1993 to June 1994.
  • Clerked at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., from September 1992 to January 1993.
  • Danced professionally with the Fort Worth Ballet in the mid-1980s.
  • Has participated in 17 trials that resulted in a verdict or final judgment. Tried 15 cases to guilty verdict as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, serving as sole counsel in eight of those trials, associate counsel in four trials and lead counsel in three trials. In private practice, tried two cases to final judgment, serving as associate counsel in one case and lead counsel in the other.
  • Assisted in drafting an amicus brief filed by the National Defense Industrial Association in the Supreme Court case University of Phoenix v. United States ex reI. Mary Hendow and Julie Albertson.

Click here for her full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On her Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Marsh reported assets valued at $1.1 million, mostly from securities and real estate, and $421,200 in liabilities, mostly from a mortgage, for a net worth of $640,700. On her Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure she reported her salary for 2009 and three months of 2010 was $158,541.75.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Tallahassee, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service have launched a probe into the Republican Party of Florida’s use of credit cards, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Federal investigators are looking into whether Republican Party officials misused tax-exempt funds by charging personal expenses to party credit cards.

Jim Greer, the former chairman of the Republican Party of Floriday (rpof.org)

According to the Herald, the probe began as an investigation into former House Speaker Ray Sansom, who has been charged with theft and conspiracy for directing money in the state budget to an airplane hangar requested by a developer.

Individuals with knowledge of the investigation told the Herald that law enforcement are examining the use of credit cards by former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer, former Florida GOP executive director and top fund-raiser Delmar Johnson and Marco Rubio, the former state House speaker who is leading in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

If federal investigators determine that the credit cards were improperly used, the officials could face charges of tax evasion and making false statements on tax returns.

Earlier this month, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) asked Thomas Kirwin, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, to take over a separate but related criminal investigation being conducted by the  Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Crist faces a Rubio for the GOP Senate nomination, but he lags far behind the Tea Party favorite. There has been that the governor may run as an independent.

That investigation centers on Greer, who allegedly awarded a lucrative contract to Victory Strategies, a fund-raising company in which he owned a majority stake. Under the contract, the company — which Greer owned along with Johnson — would receive a 10 percent commission on major donations to the party. Both Greer and Johnson have left their positions with the state party.

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The White House announced seven new U.S. Attorney nominations Wednesday night.

They are:

Don Cazayoux (Gov)

- Don Cazayoux (Middle District of Louisiana): The former U.S. House member would replace Bush holdover David R. Dugas, who has served as U.S. Attorney since 2001. Read more about him here.

Pamela C. Marsh (Akerman Senterfitt)

- Pamela C. Marsh (Northern District of Florida): An of counsel for Akerman Senterfit and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marsh would succeed George Miller, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about her here.

Zane D. Memeger (Morgan Lewis)

- Zane D. Memeger (Eastern District of Pennsylvania): The partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney would succeed Pat Meehan, who resigned as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about Memeger here.

- Peter J. Smith (Middle District of Pennsylvania): The former deputy state treasurer for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania would succeed Martin C. Carlson, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. Read more about Smith here.

- Edward L. Stanton III (Western District of Tennessee): The senior counsel for Federal Express would succeed David Kustoff, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about Stanton here.

John Walsh (Hill & Robbins)

- John F. Walsh (Colorado): The partner at Hill & Robbins PC would succeed Troy Eid, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. Read more about Walsh here.

Stephanie Villafuerte, the deputy chief of staff to Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) for community outreach, was Obama’s first nominee for the Colorado post, but she withdrew her nomination after coming under fire for reportedly asking employees of the Denver district attorney’s office to access a restricted government database in connection with the 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

Stephen Wigginton (Weilmuenster & Wigginton)

- Stephen R. Wigginton (Southern District of Illinois): The Assistant State’s Attorney in Madison County, Ill., and partner at Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC would replace Bush holdover U.S. Attorney A. Courtney Cox. Read more about Wigginton here.

Obama has now made 67 U.S. Attorney nominations, 36 of whom have already won Senate confirmation.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder called on panel members to move “more expeditiously” on U.S. Attorney nominees. He said the number of would-be U.S. Attorneys stalled in the Senate is “unusual.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the committee’s ranking Republican, responded Wednesday that the panel shouldn’t be faulted for failing to get more U.S. Attorneys through the Senate. He said there is a “lack of nominations” coming out of the White House.

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) on Monday sent a letter to Thomas Kirwin, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, asking him to conduct a “full, independent investigation” into a fund-raising scandal involving the Republican Party of Florida, The Orlando Sentinel reported. Kirwin, who is one of three finalists for the permanent position of U.S. Attorney in the Tallahassee-based district, has headed the office since last year.

On Friday, Crist sent a letter to state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sinksaying that federal prosecutors should take over the investigation because of the “IRS implications” arising from the probe of potential credit card abuses and financial irregularities.

Last week, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened a criminal investigation into former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer for his part in awarding a lucrative contract to Victory Strategies, a fund-raising company in which he owned a majority stake. Under the contract, the company — which Greer owned along with former Florida GOP executive director and top fund-raiser Delmar Johnson — would receive a 10 percent commission on major donations to the party.

GOP party leaders denied knowing about Greer’s ownership in Victory Strategies, and Greer filed a lawsuit Thursday against the party, accusing it of smearing him and violating the terms of his severance agreement. Greer was selected as party chairman in 2007 by Crist and stepped down from his position in January amid complaints of lavish spending by the party.

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) said Friday that a probe into a fundraising scandal involving the Republican Party of Florida should be handled by the Tallahassee U.S. Attorney’s office rather than the state law enforcement.

In a letter dated Friday to state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, Christ said federal prosecutors should take over the investigation because of “the potential IRS implications.”

Earlier this week, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened a criminal investigation into former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer for his part in awarding a lucrative contract to Victory Strategies, a fundraising company in which he owned a majority stake. Under the contract, the company — which Greer owned along with with former Florida GOP executive director and top fundraiser Delmar Johnson — would receive a 10 percent commission on major donations to the party.

GOP party leaders denied knowing about Greer’s ownership in Victory Strategies, and Greer filed a lawsuit Thursday against the party, accusing it of smearing him and violating the terms of his severance agreement. Greer was selected as party chairman in 2007 by Crist and stepped down from his position in January amid complaints of lavish spending by the party.

An audit of the party’s finances found several people with party credit cards charged entertainment and other expenses that may not have had a legitimate business purpose,The Orlando Sentinel reported. Individuals with party credit cards included Greer and Johnson; former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R), who will face Crist in the Republican Senate primary; House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon; and Senate President Jeff Atwater (R), who is running for CFO. Crist has said he did not have a card, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Both Rubio and Cannon have been accused of using the party cards for personal expenditures.  Cannon reportedly spent $175,000 over two years on charter planes, expensive dinner and other items he claims were related to “party business,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Earlier Friday, Sink, a Democrat, called for the investigation to be transferred to either the Leon County state’s attorney or the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Northern District of Florida. In a letter to state Attorney General Bill McCollum (R), Sink requested transfer because of the potential impropriety of Republican administration officials investigating the Republican Party.

“It is only through a completely independent investigation that Floridians can have confidence that any criminal activity that may have occurred in the Republican Party will be properly addressed,” Sink wrote.

In his letter to Sink, Crist wrote while he has “tremendous confidence in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement … I do believe [the case] should be referred to the [U.S. Attorney's office].”

The current acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida is Thomas F. Kirwin. He also is one of three finalists for the permanent position.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

A Florida screening committee submitted three finalists for Northern District U.S. Attorney to Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), the News Service of Florida reported today.

The finalists are:

Thomas M. Findley (Messer Caparello & Self)

Thomas M. Findley (Messer Caparello & Self)

-Thomas M. Findley: He is a lawyer at Tallahassee law firm Messer, Caparello & Self, where he specializes on white-collar criminal defense, antitrust litigation and the False Claims Act. Findley previously served as a Middle District of Florida Assistant U.S. Attorney and as a clerk to U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Hatchett.

-Thomas F. Kirwin: He is the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District.

-Pamela C. Marsh: She is a lawyer at the Tallahassee office of the Akerman

Senterfitt law firm, where she focuses on white-collar criminal defense and government investigations. Marsh previously served as a Middle District of Florida Assistant U.S. Attorney and as a clerk to U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Jane R. Roth.

The senators will likely recommend that President Obama nominate one of the finalists. The Senate must approve Obama’s appointee before the nominee can become a U.S. Attorney.

The screening panel has also named finalists for the Florida Southern District and Middle District. Read our posts here and here.