Monday, April 25, 2005

The Exodus From DOJ

Head of the DOJ Criminal Division, Christopher Wray, is leaving the Department of Justice to return to the law firm of King and Spaulding. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chris Wray was the youngest chief of the Justice Department's criminal division since the Kennedy administration.  According to his DOJ bio:

"Christopher A. Wray was nominated by President George W. Bush on June 9, 2003, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 11, 2003, as the 33rd Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division. Prior to leading the Division, he was appointed by Attorney General John Ashcroft as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General in September 2001. Chris served as Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson's ranking deputy, having joined the Department as Associate Deputy Attorney General in May 2001. From 1997 to 2001, Chris was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in its Criminal Division. As a prosecutor in Atlanta, Chris handled a variety of federal cases and investigations, including securities fraud, public corruption, racketeering, murder-for-hire, arson, bank robbery, gun trafficking, counterfeiting, immigration, and others. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Chris practiced law in the Atlanta, Georgia office of King & Spalding, where he focused on white collar crime, complex civil litigation, and internal corporate investigations. He also served as a law clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1992 to 1993. Chris graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1989 and received his law degree in 1992 from Yale Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal."

Chris Wray will become the head of "special matters" at King and Spaulding.  (see more in the Atlanta Jrl Constitution here).

The NYTimes reports here that David N. Kelley will be leaving as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  It was this office and his administration that prosecuted cases such Martha Stewart, Bernard Ebbers, and Lynne Stewart.


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