Holder Names New Leader of DOJ Internal Ethics Unit
Posted Apr 8, 2009 1:42 PM CDT
By Sarah Mui
Updated: The Washington Post reports that as early as this afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to name Washington, D.C.-career prosecutor Mary Patrice Brown as the new head of the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility.
Brown is the chief of the criminal division at the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of Columbia, where has been working since 1989, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. From 1984 to 1989 she was an associate at what is now Dickstein Shapiro.
"I have had the privilege of working alongside of Mary Pat in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and she can always be counted on to do what’s right. I trust her sense of fairness and judgment implicitly," Holder said in the release.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan appointed Henry Schuelke III, a partner at Janis Schuelke & Wechsler, to investigate the prosecution team that had its corruption conviction of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens reversed over its repeated violation of court orders concerning exculpatory evidence and potential obstruction of justice, even though the Office of Professional Responsibility is already conducting an investigation.
The current chief of the ethics unit, H. Marshall Jarrett, will replace Kenneth E. Melson as director of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys, which liaises between the DOJ and the 94 U.S. Attorneys offices. Melson will become the acting chief of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Updated at 3:01 p.m. to include the information from the DOJ release.