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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said during his ceremonial investiture last week  that he will “not bend to power,” The West Virginia Record reported Thursday.

B. Booth Goodwin, who was officially sworn in May 27, took the oath of office again on Friday with West Virginia leaders and his supporters looking on.

R. Booth Goodwin (DOJ)

The Charleston, W.Va.-based U.S. Attorney said he would improve efforts to combat illicit prescription drug distribution, fraud and workplace safety crime.

“The strong shouldn’t be able to take from the weak,” Goodwin said. “Our most vulnerable fellow citizens should be protected from exploitation. Workers shouldn’t be forced to earn their living in illegal, unsafe conditions. And everyone—rich or poor, man or woman, old or young, elected official or citizen, from the CEO to the minimum wage earner—should play by the same set of rules.”

The ceremony included the presentation of Goodwin’s presidential commission from H. Marshall Jarrett, director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) and U.S. Appeals Judge Robert B. King of the 4th Circuit also spoke at the event.

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who died Monday, was not in attendance at the event.

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The Senate confirmed by voice vote Tuesday night the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.

R. Booth Goodwin was nominated to lead the Charleston, W.Va.-based U.S. Attorney’s office on Jan. 20. He has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 2001. Goodwin will replace U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller. Read more about Goodwin here.

The Senate now confirmed 49 of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees. The chamber has yet to consider another 17 would-be U.S. Attorneys who are waiting for votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved by voice vote President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia at its meeting Thursday.

R. Booth Goodwin was nominated to lead the Charleston, W.Va.-based U.S. Attorney’s office on Jan. 20. He has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 2001. Goodwin would replace U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller. Read more about Goodwin here.

The panel has now approved 49 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 48 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 17 would-be U.S. Attorneys.

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia at its meeting Thursday.

R. Booth Goodwin was tapped to lead the Charleston, W.Va.-based U.S. Attorney’s office on Jan. 20. He has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 2001. Goodwin would replace U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller. Read more about Goodwin here.

The panel has yet to schedule votes for another 17 would-be U.S. Attorneys. The committee has approved 48 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 47 of whom have won Senate confirmation.

Friday, February 12th, 2010

R. Booth Goodwin (West Virginia University, Washington & Lee University School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. He would replace Kasey Warner, who was the U.S. Attorney from November 2001 until July 2005. The district’s current U.S. Attorney is Charles T. Miller.

His vitals:

  • Born in Charleston, W.Va., in 1971.
  • Has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district since 2001.
  • Was an attorney at Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP in Charleston, W.Va., from 1996 to 2001. Worked as a summer law clerk for the firm in 1994 and 1995.
  • Tried 15 cases to verdict and served as lead or co-counsel in each.

Click here for his full questionnaire.

UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure he reported assets of $590,100 mostly from his personal residence valued at $425,500. Goodwin also reported liabilities of $387,000 for a net worth of $203,100.

On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure Goodwin reported earning $32,911 in trustee fees from JN Berthy Heirs Trust for 2008 and most of 2009.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

President Barack Obama tapped five lawyers to lead U.S. Attorney’s offices in Louisiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and New York, the White House announced today.

They are:

-Stephanie Finley (Western District of Louisiana): She has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana since 1995. Finley would succeed Donald Washington, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney this week to enter private practice.

-R. Booth Goodwin (Southern District of West Virginia): He has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia since 2001. Goodwin would replace U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller.

David Hale (Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice)

-David Hale (Western District of Kentucky): He has been an attorney at Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice since 1999 Hale previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Hale would succeed David Huber, who resigned as U.S. Attorney in January 2o09. Read more about the nominee here.

-Kerry Harvey (Eastern District of Kentucky): He has been the general counsel and acting inspector general of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services since 2008. He previously was a partner at Owen, Harvey, and Carter.

Loretta Lynch (Hogan & Hartson)

Loretta Lynch (Hogan & Hartson)

-Loretta Lynch (Eastern District of New York): She is a former U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of New York. She served from 1999 to 2001, after nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She is currently a partner at Hogan & Hartson. Read more about her here.

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Democratic Sens. Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller recommended federal prosecutor R. Booth Goodwin to President Obama to replace Charles T. Miller as the U.S. Attorney for Southern District of West Virginia, The West Virginia State Journal reported this morning.

He is currently the office’s Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of economic crimes.

“While much of my eight years with the office has been devoted to prosecuting public corruption and substantial fraud cases, I have prosecuted about every sort of case this office handles,” Goodwin wrote in an e-mail to The State Journal. “I’d certainly like the opportunity to continue this office’s focus on prosecuting child exploitation and other violent crime, while continuing to expand our efforts to combat financial crimes and violations of the public’s trust.”

If confirmed by the Senate, Goodwin could be forced to recuse himself from some U.S. District Court cases because his father is U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, The State Journal said.