Monday, July 13, 2009

State Senator Ed Tarver (D-Augusta) is on the short list of candidates for U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Georgia.

Here are pieces of the article from the Augusta Chronicle.

It's become an open secret that state Sen. Ed Tarver is on the short list to be appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia by President Obama.

If he gets the job, he'd be the first black to serve in the post and would go from representing the core of Richmond County on the state level to being the top federal prosecutor for a district covering 43 counties, stretching from Thurmond Lake to the Florida border with offices in Augusta, Savannah, Statesboro, Brunswick, Dublin and Waycross.

The job pays about $150,000 a year, with oversight of 26 assistant U.S. attorneys -- 19 of them handling criminal cases and seven for civil matters.

But for a top prosecutor, Mr. Tarver would come into the job with little prosecution experience. According to his biographies on his law firm's and the Georgia Senate's Web sites, he's been a trial attorney since 1992 and primarily deals with civil cases, with an emphasis on employment discrimination and public finance law.

After graduating from Augusta State University in 1981, Mr. Tarver spent seven years as an Army field artillery officer. After earning his law degree from UGA in 1991, he clerked for Dudley Bowen Jr., a former chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. He now serves on the U.S. District Court's Attorney Advisory Committee.

Mr. Tarver has handled at least one high-profile criminal case: the defense of Augusta garbage contractor Kester Uzochukwu, who pleaded no contest to theft by dodging landfill tipping fees and was sentenced to eight years' probation in 2003.

Mr. Tarver was someone who I thought would be a fine candidate for Lt. Governor early in the year but I hope he does egt picked by Pres. Obama for the position.

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