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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

SDNY Michael Garcia Out, Lev Dassin Takes Over

NY Chief Prosecutor Steps Down, Joins BigLaw
The New York Law Journal by Mark Hamblett - November 18, 2008

Southern District U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia informed the Justice Department yesterday that he will step down effective Dec. 1. Mr. Garcia, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005, will join Kirkland & Ellis. Mr. Garcia, 47, told his staff of his decision to depart at a late afternoon meeting yesterday. Deputy U.S. Attorney Lev Dassin will head the office until President-elect Barack Obama names a successor. Mr. Dassin, 43, a 1990 graduate of New York University School of Law, served as a Southern District prosecutor from 1992 to 1998 and helped prosecute Ramzi Yousef for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. A former Kaye Scholer partner, Mr. Dassin returned to the Southern District in 2005, serving as head of Mr. Garcia's criminal division for three years until his recent elevation to deputy.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

not sure about this gentleman but a lot on his plate for sure

i knew folks who had offices in the Trade Center in 1993 and read some article over the years that claimed that a Host of FBI agents that otherwise would have been assigned to Counter Terrorism and perhaps could have prevented that Bombing instead were out Chasing around Sol Wachtler from the Court of Appeals who was a political threat to Senator D'Amato at that time for Governor the following year - always hoped that was a false rumour but D'Amata is known for the strings he pulls and his $500,000 fees for a single call out of the rolodex and much more.

wonder if the new guy will change any of this in NY??

Luisa Castagna Esposito said...

Wow, I would love to know where my Certified Mail, Restricted Signature Package is. This package was personally addressed to the U. S. Attorney, Michael Garcia. It completely fell off the RADAR and is no where to be found. I reported this disappearance to the U. S. Inspector General's Postal Office.. and amazingly never heard back from anyone.

Since 2006, and for the past (2) years,I submitted evidence, tapes, and transcripts pertaining to criminals acts that had been committed within NYC and pertaining to a "Powerfull" and "Politically Connected", Wall Street Lawyer. I never received not a single letter in response from the U. S. Attorney, Michael Garcia. In addition, I also faxed Mr. Garcia my letters and still never received a response.

Do you think now that Mr. Garcia's gone, these serious matters are going to be addressed?

Anonymous said...

Go for the Big Bucks Michael Garcia, you've done enough damage by your inaction and buddy-protecting. Hope you sleep well with all that money, you have disgraced the rule of law and you know it.

Anonymous said...

yeah Garcia turned out to be a big joker and huge disappointment when it comes to corruption. but maybe all of his other staff need to be questioned or should come forward about what was going on in the office or more accurately what was Not going on as it relates to corruption.

was Garcia holding boyd johnson back from taking action on state judicial corruption or senator bruno from upstate or was johnson able to make his own arrests without garcia's approval?

the article indicates that none of the senior attorneys needed approval from DC on Spitzer so how did it work for the rest of the cases?

either way, the public should know.

the whole notion of exercising discretion not to prosecute public corruption will have an entirely different and positive meaning again when there is some wholesale changes and reforms made first to a system out of control and unaccountable at most every level.

until that time the exercise of discretion for better or worse looks like a calculated action designed to permit or achieve a favorable private position in the next round of of government and political Musical Chairs

Anonymous said...

yeah Garcia turned out to be a big joker and huge disappointment when it comes to corruption. but maybe all of his other staff need to be questioned or should come forward about what was going on in the office or more accurately what was Not going on as it relates to corruption.

was Garcia holding boyd johnson back from taking action on state judicial corruption or senator bruno from upstate or was johnson able to make his own arrests without garcia's approval?

the article indicates that none of the senior attorneys needed approval from DC on Spitzer so how did it work for the rest of the cases?

either way, the public should know.

the whole notion of exercising discretion not to prosecute public corruption will have an entirely different and positive meaning again when there is some wholesale changes and reforms made first to a system out of control and unaccountable at most every level.

until that time the exercise of discretion for better or worse looks like a calculated action designed to permit or achieve a favorable private position in the next round of of government and political Musical Chairs

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