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April 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
TERRELL, Texas -- A federal prosecutor has withdrawn from a sweeping racketeering case against a white supremacist gang for "security reasons," a defense attorney told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Atty. Jay Hileman announced his withdrawal from a racketeering case involving the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas on Tuesday in an email to defense lawyers, Houston attorney Richard O. Ely II told The Times. Investigators have scrutinized the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas in recent days after two Kaufman County prosecutors were killed in attacks that followed their office's assistance in a major federal indictment against 34 alleged leaders and members of the gang in November.
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April 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
TERRELL, Texas -- A federal prosecutor has withdrawn from a sweeping racketeering case against a white supremacist gang for "security reasons," a defense attorney told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Atty. Jay Hileman announced his withdrawal from a racketeering case involving the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas on Tuesday in an email to defense lawyers, Houston attorney Richard O. Ely II told The Times. Investigators have scrutinized the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas in recent days after two Kaufman County prosecutors were killed in attacks that followed their office's assistance in a major federal indictment against 34 alleged leaders and members of the gang in November.
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May 31, 2007 | Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writer
For more than 15 years, clean-cut, square-jawed Tom Heffelfinger was the embodiment of a tough Republican prosecutor. Named U.S. attorney for Minnesota in 1991, he won a series of high-profile white-collar crime and gun and explosives cases. By the time Heffelfinger resigned last year, his office had collected a string of awards and commendations from the Justice Department. So it came as a surprise -- and something of a mystery -- when he turned up on a list of U.S.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2009 | Stuart Pfeifer
The job: Assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the office's Major Frauds Section. He supervises 40 attorneys who prosecute mortgage, securities, corporate, government, investment and tax fraud in seven Southern California counties (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo). Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering from UCLA in 1991; law degree, UC Hastings College of the Law, 1994 Legal career: Admitted to State Bar of California, 1994.
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April 18, 1991 | JERRY HICKS
Deputy Dist. Atty. Guy N. Ormes, who has made a career out of prosecuting major fraud cases, will receive an award from the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday honoring him for "outstanding performance as a Special Assistant United States Attorney." Ormes is one of two prosecutors nationwide who will receive the award from Lawrence S. McWhorter, director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.
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January 25, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A veteran Little Rock, Ark., attorney has lodged the first constitutional challenge to the Bush administration's attempt to appoint a U.S. attorney without seeking Senate approval. John Wesley Hall alleged in a brief filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock that Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales' Dec. 20 appointment of Tim Griffin as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas violated the presidential appointments clause of the Constitution.
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July 7, 1991 | DAVID FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like their counterparts in the district attorney's office, federal prosecutors based in Los Angeles can bring criminal charges against police officers accused of using excessive force. But they almost never do. Over the last 10 years, the Public Corruption Unit of the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles has reviewed scores of allegations that individuals' civil rights were violated through police brutality. Officials, however, can only recall that three cases were prosecuted.
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November 4, 1993 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In response to a plea from U.S. Atty. Terree A. Bowers, a federal appeals court has removed the name of a young prosecutor from a decision accusing him of a major ethical violation in a drug case. But the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the government's request to soften language in the ruling, which criticized the U.S. attorney's office so severely that the case has been reviewed by Atty. Gen. Janet Reno.
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March 23, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Three weeks ago, Justice Department officials settled on a "talking point" to rebut the chorus of Democratic accusations that the Bush administration had wrongly injected politics into law enforcement when it dismissed eight U.S. attorneys. Why not focus on the Clinton administration's having "fired all 93 U.S. attorneys" when Janet Reno became attorney general in March 1993? The idea was introduced in a memo from a Justice Department spokeswoman. The message has been effective.
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March 23, 2007 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Congress called a timeout Thursday in its confrontation with the Bush administration after a Senate committee voted to authorize subpoenas to compel White House officials -- including political advisor Karl Rove -- to testify about why eight U.S. attorneys were fired last year.
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July 30, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
Five months after the sudden dismantling of the public corruption unit in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, questions are still being raised in Washington, D.C., about the controversial move. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has been exchanging letters with a top Justice Department official over the unit's disbanding, and the subject came up during a congressional oversight hearing late last month. In March, Los Angeles U.S. Atty. Thomas P.
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June 27, 2008 | Anna Gorman
A federal attorney was arrested Thursday on corruption charges; he is suspected of accepting bribes from immigrants seeking legal status in the United States, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Counsel Constantine Peter Kallas and his wife, Maria, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, bribery and making a false statement in an immigration application. According to federal authorities, Kallas formed two businesses and filed employment petitions with the Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on behalf of the immigrants.
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March 27, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called on Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey to explain the recent disbanding of a high-profile unit in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles that specialized in prosecuting public corruption cases. In a letter to the attorney general, Feinstein said she read about the shake-up in news accounts. The articles described how U.S. Atty. Thomas P.
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February 10, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
After his first job, which involved routinely breaking the sound barrier in an F-14, and once tangling with a Soviet MIG off the coast of Vietnam, Tom O'Brien was looking for a new challenge. And somehow, working as a stockbroker just wasn't cutting it. So O'Brien -- already a law school graduate -- landed a job as a prosecutor, embarking on a path that eventually led to his appointment last year as the Justice Department's top lawyer in Los Angeles. For years, the job of U.S.
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January 25, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Lawyers for former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona said Thursday that dozens of federal prosecutors have disqualified themselves from prosecuting his corruption case -- and the defense wants to know why. Carona's lawyers disclosed in federal court in Santa Ana that federal prosecutors in Los Angeles and Orange counties have declared an unspecified conflict of interest and said they could not be involved in Carona's prosecution.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2007 | Joseph Menn and Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writers
Three of the world's most-popular websites have agreed to pay a collective $31.5 million to settle allegations that they promoted illegal online gambling operations. The U.S. attorney in St. Louis announced the settlements Wednesday with Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc., which she accused of selling ads that steered U.S. Web surfers to offshore gambling websites. The Justice Department considers publishers of such gambling ads to be accessories to a crime.
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November 20, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. attorney in Minnesota, whose clashes with career prosecutors came to symbolize the problems of the Justice Department under Alberto R. Gonzales, resigned Monday to accept a less-visible post at Justice Department headquarters in Washington. The reassignment of Rachel K. Paulose, 10 days into the tenure of new Atty. Gen. Michael B.
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February 20, 2001 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She entered the courtroom quietly and sat alone in a back row. From her unassuming manner, she could have been a spectator who stood in line and was lucky enough to be admitted to opening arguments at the trial of four followers of Islamic extremist Osama bin Laden, accused of killing 224 people in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. If ever appearances were deceiving. Some prosecutors sweep into court surrounded by aides.
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December 9, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Daniel Bogden had just settled back into his office in Las Vegas early last December after a trip to Washington where he and dozens of other U.S. attorneys attended a conference at the Justice Department on protecting children from crime. It had been an upbeat occasion. The department's No. 2 official gave a rousing speech during a closed-door session in which he praised members of the group as among the finest and most able U.S. attorneys in the department's storied history.
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November 20, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. attorney in Minnesota, whose clashes with career prosecutors came to symbolize the problems of the Justice Department under Alberto R. Gonzales, resigned Monday to accept a less-visible post at Justice Department headquarters in Washington. The reassignment of Rachel K. Paulose, 10 days into the tenure of new Atty. Gen. Michael B.
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