Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Deputy Attorney General

Barack Obama's choice for Deputy Attorney General, David Ogden, may actually have greater impact on the exercise of the pardon power than the confirmation of Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General. The Deputy Attorney General has been the functional head of the pardon program for some time now. Indeed, this was the exact position Mr. Holder occupied in the Clinton administration, when he so well facilitated the pardons of Marc Rich and the FALN terrorists. This article at Law.Com provides some interesting background on Ogden, who is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. To date, however, the focus of the confirmation process has been Ogden's previous work as an appellate advocate. No attention seems to have been given to how he would perform his duties as the Deputy Attorney General, much less the head of the pardon program.

The Ogden Resume:

1981, J.D. Harvard (Harvard Law Review)
1981-1982, Clerk, U.S. District Court (NY)
1982-1983, Clerk, U.S. Supreme Court
1994-1995, Deputy General Counsel, Department of Defense
1995-1997, Associate Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice
1999 - Attorney Generals Medal, U.S. Department of Justice
1999-2000, Acting Assistant Attorney General
2000-2001, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, Department of Justice
2006 - National Law Journal, Pro Bono Award

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