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U.S. Attorneys, Political Control, and Career Ambition$
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Banks Miller and Brett Curry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190928247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190928247.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
U.S. Attorneys, Political Control, and Career Ambition

Banks Miller

Brett Curry

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter provides background on the working environment of U.S. Attorneys (USAs), including the formation of the Department of Justice and the recent expansion of federal criminal law. Chapter 1 briefly introduces Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) and the concept of prosecutorial discretion. We explore the expansion of the U.S. criminal code and growth in the number of AUSAs employed in USA’s offices, focusing on how the increasing scope of the criminal code has made control of U.S. Attorneys potentially valuable and how civil service protections may have made AUSAs more difficult to control. Lastly, we discuss the potential future careers of USAs and how these careers relate to the possibility of political control.

Keywords:   United States Attorney, Assistant United States Attorney, Department of Justice, Project Exile, federalization of crime

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