Double Duty for U.S. Attorneys

Six U.S. attorneys are pulling double duty, filling Washington, D.C.-based positions while keeping their day jobs.

The reliance on U.S. attorneys to perform other jobs is causing concern among judges and prosecutors, the Washington Post reports.

For example, one U.S. attorney, Michael J. Sullivan of Boston, has been acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for six months. Another, William W. Mercer of Montana, has been acting associate attorney general for almost two years.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse says double duty is unremarkable and beneficial.

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