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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Ind. Courts - "Timothy M. Morrison begins serving as acting U.S. state's attorney for the Southern District of Indiana this week"

Kate Braser's report today in the Evansville Courier & Press continues:

On Monday, the Bloomington, Ind., resident stepped into the role, taking over as the federal district's chief law enforcement officer.

His appointment comes in the wake of an announcement by former U.S. States Attorney Susan Brooks, who said last month she was leaving the Southern District of Indiana position after nearly six years to serve a dual role as general counsel and vice president of workforce development at Ivy Tech.

Morrison, 58, will oversee federal law enforcement for the state's southern 60 counties. He will be in charge of a staff of 30 lawyers and another 40 professionals.

He has served as the First Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana for the past 19 years. During that time, he has served twice before as interim U.S. Attorney. * * *

Morrison said it is unlikely Bush will appoint a U.S. Attorney for the district before his term expires.

According to federal guidelines, Morrison became acting U.S. Attorney after Brooks left because he was second in command. Morrison said he can serve in this role for 210 days. After that period, the Department of Justice can appoint an interim U.S. Attorney to serve for 120 days. After the 120 days, district court judges can select a replacement until the president appoints a new one. * * *

Morrison is a 1974 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington and previously worked as a supervising deputy prosecuting attorney in both Marion and Monroe counties, serving as chief deputy in Monroe County between 1975 and 1981.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 2, 2007 07:23 AM
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