NPR : News

Prosecutor David O'Neil To Head Justice's Criminal Division

Longtime prosecutor David O'Neil will become the acting head of the criminal division at the Justice Department, a position that puts him in charge of a vast portfolio ranging from financial fraud investigations to public corruption and kleptocracy among foreign leaders.

O'Neil had most recently worked as chief of staff to the Deputy U.S. Attorney General, focusing on oversight of criminal cases and white collar fraud investigations as well as the fallout from cascading leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. In January, O'Neil brokered a deal with technology companies that paved the way for them to report how many times the government had requested sensitive national security information about subscribers and customers.

His history with the Justice Department, though, stretches back to 2006. He started as an assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan, moved to the Solicitor General's office and argued three cases before the Supreme Court before joining the staff of Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole to work on national security issues. O'Neil previously worked as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and at the law firm WilmerHale.

He'll replace Mythili Raman, who left the department yesterday after quietly playing a central role at the criminal division through most of President Obama's time in office.

"Dave is an exceptional lawyer and I am confident that his experience, judgment and integrity will serve him extraordinarily well in leading the Criminal Division," Raman said.

O'Neil, like Raman before him, is taking over the role temporarily, while President Obama nominee Leslie Caldwell awaits a confirmation vote by the Senate.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Hieronymus Bosch Died 500 Years Ago, But His Art Will Still Creep You Out

Known by some as "the Devil's painter," Bosch depicted imaginary animals and souls being violently tortured. At least one critic believes he's the father of modern art.
NPR

With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?
WAMU 88.5

Analysis Of The Last Supreme Court Decisions Of The Term

Supreme Court decisions are expected soon on issues that include access to abortion and limits on executive power: Analysis of major decisions at the end of the term and the impact of a vacant seat on the court.

NPR

President Obama Acknowledges 'Brexit' To Silicon Valley Crowd

President Obama delivered a speech Friday at Stanford University, and remarked on the Brexit vote in front of a crowd of young, tech-forward, pro-globalization attendees from 170 countries.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.