Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Pence Drops U.S. Attorney Bid
The Indianapolis Times blog reports on Linda Pence's withdrawal from consideration as the next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Pence, who boasts of being a Super Lawyer, lost last year's race for Indiana Attorney General to Republican Greg Zoeller. The post has been vacant for more than two years after Susan Brooks left to become general counsel for Ivy Tech. It's a shame that the Obama administration has wasted so much time in appointing a new U.S. Attorney. If the past is prologue, we can expect another political hack as opposed to a professional prosecutor to eventually be named to the post. Federal law enforcement officials have been thwarted for many years from policing public corruption in the Southern District by political prosecutors of both parties. In Chicago, the Bush administration made the deliberate decision to appoint an outsider professional prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, to weed out systemmic public corruption in Illinois. So far Obama's Justice Department has allowed Fitzgerald to continue his work, which includes the prosecution of former Govs. Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan and high-ranking members of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's administration.