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Friday, July 17, 2009
BREAKING -- U.S. Attorney finalists announced
Willy Ferrer David Buckner Daryl Trawick
Congrats to the finalists!
(And thanks to the many tipsters who emailed me with the names!)
Way to miss 2/3 of the important interviews!
Actually, go back and read, Vanessa got em...thank God for Vanessa!
Senate Republicans will tear Ferrer apart for his role as Deputy Chief of Staff to Janet Reno. The attacks may be scurrilous, but they'll play to their base.
Good choices I think.
Don't know Trawick. Ferrer and Buckner are solid choices. Good judgment, well liked, smart, and hard working. There were a number of other good candidates, but these two make sense. As for number of trials, that measurement standing alone is not dispositive. If Ferrer had none, that would be one thing, but he was in the office for a number of years, has tried cases, and understand the challenges faced by AUSAs, as well as the important discovery obligations required to ensure the proper administration of justice. Best of luck to all.
Just heard the names for U.S. Marshal. They are:
David C. Nieland
Off the subject of law for a minute. Farah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Steve McNair, Ed McMahon, Billy Mays, and Walter Cronkite . . . and only two of these died at a nice, old age. It's interesting to see how the media distribute their coverage of celebrity and non-celebrity deaths. CNN will probably continue to cover the Michael Jackson death for the rest of this year. Yet few people even knew about the death of infomercialist Billy Mays.
Judge Trawick's nomination is very encouraging. The man is not the least bit political, but anyone who has appeared in his court knows that he is extremely fair, willing to make tough calls that could result in a lot of criticism if they went South, and who is not the least biased in favor of State or Defense. He would be a terrible loss to the state bench, but there could be no better custodian of the public trust than this man. The office would be conducted with dignity, ability, and talent. The man has great reserve and judicial temperment. He would make a great U.S. Attorney.
His courtroom is run efficiently and is very much like a federal courtroom, yet the judge does not take himself too seriously, utilizes counsel well, and is well-liked by his staff, court personnel, the State and Defense -- not an easy task. Even if he likes you, you have to tow the line.
Berger applied in all 3 districts. Quite apparent he's just looking for whoever will hire him. That should have removed him from the list. And where is the current marshal? She's done a great job.
I don't see why applying in all three Florida districts (or for that matter in every district in the country) should have anything to do with consideration of Berger's application. He is a smart guy and a former Judge. If all you have on him is that he has also applied for work elsewhere, I would say it sounds like he is a shoe in.
Darryl Trawick would be a great choice. He has great experience as a former AUSA and current state judge. He is fair and balanced!
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