Posts Tagged ‘Northern District of West Virginia’
Thursday, November 4th, 2010

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia took his ceremonial oath of office on Wednesday before friends and family at the Wheeling federal courthouse.

William Ihlenfeld II (DOJ)

William Ihlenfeld II, who officially became U.S. Attorney in August, said he would focus on fighting sex, environmental and drug crimes, reported WTRF-TV.

“I have a major initiative in the works that I hope to announce in the near future that will change the way we fight drugs in the Northern District of West Virginia,” Ihlenfeld told the television station. “We got an epidemic with pills and heroin that are being trafficked throughout our district, and we need to put a stop to it.”

The U.S. Attorney also said he would work to build relationships with local law enforcement.

Chief Judge John Preston Bailey of the Northern District of West Virginia administered the oath.

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Betsy Jividen (DOJ)

A veteran Assistant U.S. Attorney will serve again as the no. 2 prosecutor in the Northern District of West Virginia U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II, who has led the Wheeling-based office since August, tapped Betsy Jividen as his First Assistant U.S. Attorney. She previously held the post under Sharon L. Potter, who was U.S. Attorney from 2006 to 2009.

Jividen has worked in the office for 30 years, serving as the acting U.S. Attorney between Potter and Ihlenfeld.

The U.S. Attorney also announced other leaders in his office. They are:

  • Jane Mahlke, Administrative Chief.
  • Helen Altmeyer, Civil Division Chief.
  • Shawn Morgan, Criminal Division Chief.
  • John Parr, Senior Litigation Counsel.
  • Randolph Bernard, Deputy Criminal Chief.
  • Thomas Mucklow, Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Monday, August 30th, 2010

The new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia learned about his nomination from a person who would never see him take office.

William Ihlenfeld (DOJ)

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II told The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register in the article published Sunday that he received the news of his nomination via a surprise telephone call on May 27 from Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who died a month later.

“I was at work and received a phone call asking me to hold for Sen. Robert C. Byrd,” said Ihlenfeld, who was sworn in this month. “He got on the line and told me I was going to be nominated. It was really special because I had some great pictures in my office of [Byrd] and my grandfather, whom he knew very well.”

Ihlenfeld, 38, is one of the youngest U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama. Attorney General Eric Holder urged the U.S. Attorney to use his youth to rejuvenate his post.

“Here is a guy who was a young former U.S. Attorney who has gone all the way to the top,” Ihlenfeld told the newspaper. “It was really encouraging and motivating to hear that.”

The U.S. Attorney said he will work to improve communication between federal and local law enforcement. He said he will also focus on combating financial, drug and work-safety crimes.

Read more about him here.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

William Ihlenfeld II (DOJ)

William Ihlenfeld II (Ohio University, West Virginia University College of Law) is the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. He succeeds Sharon L. Potter, who was the district’s U.S. Attorney from 2006 to September 2009 when she joined the law firm of Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC.

His vitals:

  • Born in Wheeling, W.Va., in 1972.
  • Served as assistant prosecuting attorney in Brooke County, W.Va., from 2007 to 2010 and in Ohio County, W.Va., from 1997 to 2007.
  • Was a member/partner at Ihlenfeld Law Office PLLC from 1997 to 2010.
  • Was co-owner of Scholastic Sports Marketing LLC from January 2004 to March 2010 and Ohio Valley Jamboree LLC from March 2007 to March 2010.
  • Served on the boards of the Wheeling Touchdown Club Foundation, Seeing Hand Association Inc. for the blind, YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program and Mountaineers on Wall Street Investment Club.
  • Was a summer law clerk at the Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 1995 and 1996.
  • He tried about 50 cases to verdict, serving as counsel in about 40 cases and co-counsel in about 10 cases.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure, Ihlenfeld reported assets valued at $1.1 million, mostly from securities and real estate, and $232,000 in liabilities, primarily from mortgages, for a net worth of $890,700.

On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure Ihlenfeld reported draws and bonus from his law firm of $51,356, a $43,000 salary from the Brook County Commission, net distribution from Scholastic Sports Marketing LLC of $38,928 and net distribution from Ohio Valley Jamboree LLC of $11,869. He also reported a student loan of between $15,001 and $50,000.

Stephanie Woodrow contributed reporting.

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The Senate confirmed six U.S. Attorneys by voice vote Thursday night.

They are:

Stephen Wigginton (Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC)

- Stephen R. Wigginton (Southern District of Illinois): President Barack Obama tapped the partner and co-owner of the Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC law firm in Belleville, Ill., on April 14 to replace George W. Bush holdover A. Courtney Cox, who headed the Fairview Heights, Ill.-based office since November 2007. Read more about Wigginton here.

- Edward L. Stanton III (Western District of Tennessee): The president nominated the Federal Express senior counsel on April 14 to succeed David Kustoff, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about Stanton here.

Tim Purdon (Vogel Law Firm)

- Tim Purdon (North Dakota): The partner at the Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D., would succeed Drew Wrigley, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in Sept. 2009. Obama nominated him on Feb. 4. The president has been criticized for tapping Purdon, who was on the executive committee of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and has no prosecutorial experience. Read more about Purdon here.

John Walsh (Hill & Robbins)

- John F. Walsh (Colorado): The partner at Hill & Robbins PC will succeed Troy Eid, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. President Barack Obama nominated Walsh on April 14. Read more about him 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 Republicans alleged she asked employees of the Denver district attorney’s office to access a restricted government database in connection with the 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

- John Vaudreuil (Western District of Wisconsin): Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 1980 will succeed Erik C. Peterson, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in June 2009. Obama tapped Vaudreuil on May 27. Read more about him here.

- William Ihlenfeld II (Northern District of West Virginia): The partner at Ihlenfeld Law Office, PLLC, in Wheeling, W.Va., will replace acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Jividen. She has led the office since former U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter stepped down in September 2009. The president nominated Ihlenfeld on May 27. Read more about Ihlenfeld here.

UPDATE:

The Senate also confirmed three other U.S. Attorneys by voice vote Thursday night.

They are:

- Melinda Haag (Northern District of California): The partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe will replace George W. Bush U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello. President Barack Obama nominated her on March 25. Read more about her here.

Barry R. Grissom (Law Office of Barry R. Grissom)

- Barry R. Grissom (Kansas): The Overland Park, Kan., lawyer will succeed Eric Melgren, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Obama tapped him on April 28. Read more about him here.

David Hickton (Burns, White and Hickton)

– David J. Hickton (Western District of Pennsylvania): The founding member of Burns, White & Hickton LLC will succeed Mary Beth Buchanan, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in November 2009 to run for the House. But she didn’t win the Republican nomination in the race for the Western Pennsylvania seat held by Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire. Obama nominated Hickton on May 20. Read more about him here.

The Senate has now confirmed 66 U.S. Attorneys.  The body has yet to consider another 8 would-be U.S. Attorneys nominated by Obama. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed by voice vote three U.S. Attorney nominees at its meeting Thursday.

They are:

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. President Barack Obama nominated Walsh on April 14. Read more about him 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 Republicans alleged she asked employees of the Denver district attorney’s office to access a restricted government database in connection with the 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

- John Vaudreuil (Western District of Wisconsin): Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 1980 would succeed Erik C. Peterson, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in June 2009. Obama tapped Vaudreuil on May 27. Read more about him here.

- William Ihlenfeld II (Northern District of West Virginia): The partner at Ihlenfeld Law Office, PLLC, in Wheeling, W.Va., would replace acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Jividen. She has led the office since former U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter stepped down in September 2009. The president nominated Ihlenfeld on May 27. Read more about Ihlenfeld here.

The committee has now approved 63 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 57 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The panel has yet to schedule votes for another 11 would-be U.S. Attorneys. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on another U.S. Attorney nominee at its meeting Thursday.

The panel is slated to consider William Ihlenfeld II , who was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 27 to lead the Northern District of West Virginia U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The partner at Ihlenfeld Law Office, PLLC, in Wheeling, W.Va., would replace acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Jividen. She has lead the office since former U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter stepped down in September 2009.

Read more about Ihlenfeld here.

The committee also will consider on Thursday the nominations of John F. Walsh for U.S. Attorney in Colorado and John Vaudreuil for U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Wisconsin.

The panel has yet to schedule votes for another 11 would-be U.S. Attorneys. The committee has approved 60 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 57 of whom have won Senate confirmation. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Betsy Jividen (DOJ)

Northern District of West Virginia Acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Jividen can apply for new business cards on Monday.

Chief U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey for the Northern District of West Virginia swore in Jividen as U.S. Attorney Friday, The Associated Press reported. Jividen, a 30 year veteran of the office, is a career prosecutor who has led the office since September 2009, when Sharon L. Potter stepped down as U.S. Attorney. Under federal law, if the U.S. Attorney resigns, the First Assistant U.S. Attorney automatically becomes the Acting U.S. Attorney.

President Barack Obama hasn’t nominated a successor to Potter.

Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Sharon Potter (DOJ)

Sharon Potter (DOJ)

Northern District of West Virginia U.S. Attorney Sharon Potter on Wednesday announced her resignation from her post to join the law firm Spilman, Thomas & Battle, The Associated Press reported today. She will start her new job on October 6.

Potter was named to the position in 2006 by President Bush. Before heading the office, she worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District beginning in 1992.

During her tenure as U.S. Attorney, Potter headed several initiatives including Operation Pill Broker, directed at illegal prescription drug trafficking, and Project Safe Childhood, aimed at child pornography traffickers and producers, The Intelligencer of West Virginia reported.