Saturday, February 17, 2018 … 7:57 A.M.

In a White House announcement late yesterday, President Donald J. Trump nominated Lafayette attorney David C. Joseph to be the U. S. Attorney for our forty-two parish U. S. Western District of Louisiana.

Here is that announcement, including that the choice is not final until it is confirmed by the United States Senate, which is assumed:

“If confirmed, David C. Joseph will serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. Mr. Joseph currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Louisiana, where he prosecutes a wide variety of offenses, with a focus on fraud, public corruption, white-collar crime, and crimes committed on the district’s military installations. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Joseph served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, as an attorney in the Professional Liability & Financial Crimes Section of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and as an associate in the law firms of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan, PC. Mr. Joseph clerked for Judge Jeffrey P. Victory of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Judge John V. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. He received his B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and his J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.”

The U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana has courthouses in Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette and Lake Charles.

As noted in the White House announcement, Mr. Joseph currently serves as an Assistant U. S. Attorney in the Lafayette office.

Since former U. S. Attorney Stephanie Finley, the choice of ex-U. S. Senator Mary Landrieu and President Barack Obama, stepped down more than a year ago, long-time prosecutor Alexander Van Hook has served as interim U. S. Attorney from the Shreveport office.

It is my strong belief that this appointment may well prove to be the most important one in modern Shreveport and Caddo Parish history.

Absent a decision by our U. S. Attorney to soon indict public officials and others guilty of headline criminal acts in Shreveport City Hall, public corruption will all but own our place … and any pretense to the contrary will be laughable.

© 2018 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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