Justice Department's criminal division names new No. 2

WASHINGTON Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:00pm EDT

U.S. prosecutors Marshall Miller (C) and William Nardini (R) talk with a reporter at the end of a news conference in Rome February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

U.S. prosecutors Marshall Miller (C) and William Nardini (R) talk with a reporter at the end of a news conference in Rome February 11, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has named Marshall Miller as the new No. 2 official in its criminal division, after a spate of departures thinned its top ranks, according to an internal memo obtained on Wednesday.

Miller, who was most recently chief of the criminal division at the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, is now the deputy head of the 600-lawyer criminal division at department headquarters in Washington, said a DoJ memo dated April 17.

The division, which is deep into closely-watched investigations of the manipulation of interest rate benchmark as well as foreign exchange rates, has been without a Senate-confirmed head for more than a year and is still waiting for the Senate to vote on Leslie Caldwell, Obama's pick to lead it.

The division is also responsible for a range of high-profile investigations, including into foreign bribery and anti-money laundering violations.

Miller has been with the U.S. Attorney's office since 1999, prosecuting terrorism and other cases.

"He's done a great job in Brooklyn," said John Buretta, Miller's predecessor in the criminal division until last November when he joined the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

"He's always trying to just be the backstop for everything, which really makes him, for this job, perfect," Buretta said.

Miller's appointment was first reported by The New York Times.

(Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha, editing by G Crosse)

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njglea wrote:
Looks like the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore is systematically raiding Justice Department insiders to assist in their success. They just hired John Buretta and, according to Wikipedia, their most recent hires are also from OUR government. “In 2011, Cravath hired Christine A. Varney, a former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division for the Obama Administration. In 2013, the firm hired David Kappos, who served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.[11]” Perhaps they are going to help restore antitrust laws in America? Or is that just wishful thinking?

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