Utah is still short a US attorney since Brett Tolman stepped down at the end of 2009. This blog has reported on this issue previously, noting that the Obama Administration has been looking at appointing a Republican in place of the Democrat proposed by Rep.e Jim Matheson. With Rep. Matheson failing to get any traction, and in the midst of a challenge for his seat, Rep. Jason Chaffetz has urged President Obama to act so that the seat does not remain empty.
“While the acting (now interim) U.S. Attorney has by all accounts done an admirable job filling in, the fact remains that the position is vacant and has been for nearly a year,” Chaffetz wrote. “Simply put, the people of the State of Utah need and deserve a U.S. Attorney.”
- SL Tribune:Chaffetz pushes White House on federal prosecutor (chaffetz.house.gov)
- The next US attorney for Utah: a Republican? (lawafterthebar.wordpress.com)
- Matheson out of loop on Utah’s US Attorney (lawafterthebar.wordpress.com)