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Four names forwarded for U.S. attorney opening

Wisconsin’s Federal Nominating Commission is recommending four people as possible candidates for an opening as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

The group announced that it has forwarded to U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold for consideration. The list of candidates includes three department veterans, Richard Glen Frohling, Mel S. Johnson and James L. Santelle. The fourth candidate is Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Maxine A. White.

The 12-member commission, chaired by Marquette University Law School Professor Michael O’Hear, developed its recommendation after reviewing .

Former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic stepped down in January in anticipation of Barack Obama’s inauguration as president. Biskupic was appointed to the position by President George W. Bush.

A total of 10 people applied for the position, including five assistant U.S. attorneys.


  1. The first three candidates all are very qualified, with the experience needed to do the job.

  2. “Mary” is totally clueless. Judge Maxine White is more qualified than the any of the other three candidates. She was an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1985 to 1992. Since becoming a circuit court judge in 1992, she was named “Judge of the Year in 2001 by the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is very intelligent, hard working and one of the few judges in Milwaukee County that makes an effort to reach out to the public and educate them on our legal system. To say she is not qualified is beyond absurd. It’s far past the time that we had an African-American US Attorney in Wisconsin.

    Just what the heck is a “department veteran?” If it means the “Justice Department,” I think seven years of service qualifies one as a “veteran.” How man years do the other candidates have there?

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