U.S. Atty David Kelly To Be Replaced
The Southern District of New York will be losing David Kelly, a well-respected prosecutor who has shunned publicity and politics, because he's a Democrat.
Mr. Kelley, 45, is drawing attention now because the Bush administration is about to replace him. The White House has let it be known that President Bush plans to nominate Michael J. Garcia, the immigration and customs chief for the Department of Homeland Security, according to Senator Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat of New York, who has been monitoring the process.
According to Mr. Schumer and several justice officials, Mr. Kelley was not tapped to continue in his job because he is a registered Democrat. "The virtually universal view is that he's done an excellent job," Mr. Schumer said.
Among the successful prosecutions the office yielded under Kelly's stewardship: Martha Stewart, the Rigas family of Adelphia Communications, WorldCom's chief Bernard J. Ebbers, and the defense lawyer Lynne F. Stewart.
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