Likely Promotion for Federal Prosecutor

A respected career prosecutor is expected to be nominated as the new U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.

The Bush administration appears poised to name Thomas O’Brien, now the chief of the U.S. attorney’s criminal division in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The move comes as the Justice Department faces accusations that it fired several U.S. attorneys for political reasons. The FBI is conducting a routine background check on O’Brien, usually an indication that a decision has been made.

District Attorney Steve Cooley told the newspaper that O’Brien is “probably the most apolitical person selected to that job for some time.”

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