Potential candidates line up for U.S. Attorney position

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - They are jockeying for position for the title of U. S. Attorney here in Baton Rouge. Since Don Cazayoux resigned in July, the lawyers interested in the post have begun the nomination process.

The process for selecting a U.S. Attorney of the Middle District of Louisiana begins with Senator Mary Landrieu. She has appointed a search committee made up of legal experts.

Former U.S. Attorney L.J. Hymel, who is not on the committee, says that is the best way to go about it.

"There is a committee put together by our senior senator and the members of that committee are interviewing lawyers who are competent lawyers who are interested in that position," says Hymel.

In alphabetical order, the potential candidates are:

- Current assistant U.S. Attorney Cory Amundson, an experienced prosecutor currently in the office.  Amundson prosecuted the Operation Blighted Officials case.

- 19th Judicial District Court Judge Richard D. Anderson, who presided over the Derrick Todd Lee case.

- Well-known experienced defense attorney Marcie Blaize.

- Longtime State District Court Prosecutor Prem Burns.

- Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell.

- Sitting 19th Judicial District Court Judge Mike Erwin.

- Walt Green is the interim U.S. Attorney and may very well finish out the Obama term.

- Former legislator Michael Jackson.

- Well-known defense attorney Jimmy Manassa.

- Former prosecutor Glen Peterson.

- Defense attorney Mike Walsh.

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