Obama names nominee for US attorney in Colorado | VailDaily.com

Obama names nominee for US attorney in Colorado

DENVER – President Barack Obama has nominated Denver attorney John Walsh for Colorado’s U.S. attorney.

The 48-year-old Walsh has gained bipartisan support from Colorado politicians. He was an assistant federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and a member of the team that investigated and prosecuted Charles Keating.

Walsh, who grew up in Colorado, returned to Colorado in 1999 and joined a Denver law firm handling antitrust, securities and environmental cases.

The U.S. Senate will consider the nomination.

Obama’s first nominee, Stephanie Villafuerte, withdrew her name from consideration in December amid a flap over access to a restricted law enforcement database during Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter’s 2006 campaign. A campaign aide, she became Ritter’s deputy chief of staff.

Villafuerte denied any wrongdoing.

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