Saturday, January 27, 2007

US Attorney to SU; Interim US Atty

John McKay, who just left his post as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, will be a visiting professor at Seattle University Law School. U.S. Attorney McKay to become professor at Seattle University, Seattle Times, Jan. 25, 2007. McKay's press release is here.

Nationally, a number of U.S. Attorneys have been asked to resign. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee that it was because of performance issues, not politics. Gonzales says U.S. attorneys didn't lose jobs over politics, Seattle Times, Jan. 19. This article doesn't say that McKay was in the group that was asked to resign -- but the article is reprinted from the Washington Post, so the reporter might not have thought that the Western District of Washington was as newsworthy as we do.

McKay's successor (interim) is Jeffrey C. Sullivan, who has been chief of the office's Criminal Division since 2002. For 27 years he was the Yakima County prosecutor. Interim U.S. Attorney to Be Sworn in Today, Seattle Times, Jan. 27, 2007.

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