Advertisement

The Nation

Bush fills No. 2 post at Justice Dept.

July 19, 2007|From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A federal prosecutor who helped put a former Democratic lawmaker behind bars was named Wednesday as the Justice Department's No. 2 official.

Craig S. Morford, the U.S. attorney in Nashville, Tenn., is President Bush's choice for acting deputy attorney general. In this capacity Morford will not require Senate confirmation. He will replace Paul J. McNulty, who announced his resignation in May.

Morford is a career prosecutor who has pursued organized crime and public corruption in Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee for the last 20 years.

He is perhaps best known for his case against former Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., an Ohio Democrat convicted in 2002 of accepting bribes and gifts from businessmen in exchange for intervening with government agencies. Traficant is serving an eight-year sentence at a federal prison in Pennsylvania.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|