Biden nominates 9 candidates for federal prosecutor posts

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President Joe Biden is nominating nine attorneys to run for US attorneys’ offices nationwide, a diverse group of candidates in the latest round for top law enforcement positions.

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The nominations, announced Tuesday by the White House, are expected to run through federal prosecutors’ offices in Hawaii, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, Vermont and the US Virgin Islands. The Biden administration said they would join several historic firsts, including the first black female lawyers to lead their districts.

The 93 US Justice Department attorneys responsible for federal criminal prosecutions in their respective districts are at the center of the Biden administration’s efforts to tackle violent crime.


The White House said the candidates were “selected for their “dedication to the enforcement of the law, their professionalism, their experience and credentials in the field, their dedication to equal justice for all, and their commitment to the independence of the Justice Department.” Was.” .

The announcement also means that Biden has now nominated 25 people to serve as US lawyers, positions that have been filled by US lawyers for months.

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Nominees include Claire Connors, who served as attorney general in Hawaii in 2019, and Sandra Hairston, who has been acting U.S. attorney in the Central District of North Carolina since March. If confirmed by the Senate, Hairston would be the first black woman to hold that position.

The White House is nominating Zachary Cunha as U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island, where he currently runs the civilian division of the office. Michael Easley Jr., a partner at law firm McGuire Woods, is being tapped to run an office in the Eastern District of North Carolina, located in Raleigh.

Cole Finegan, managing partner of the law firm Hogan Lovells in Denver, is being hired for the US attorney in Colorado, and Nicholas Kerrest, a longtime federal prosecutor in Vermont, is named to run for office there.

Other nominees include longtime federal prosecutors. Dena King, who has been in charge of prosecuting violent crime and narcotics cases in North Carolina’s Western District, is proposed to run for the US Attorney’s office there and will be the first black person to hold the position. And Kenneth Parker is being nominated for Ohio’s Southern District.

Administration Delia L. Smith to run for the US Attorney’s office in the US Virgin Islands. She has worked there as a prosecutor since 2005 and will be the first black woman to hold the position.


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