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Thursday, October 07, 2021

Damian Williams, an unassuming figure with stellar credentials, is now the most powerful federal law enforcement official in Manhattan. "Beyond his extraordinary qualifications, Damian is the right person at this time in history to be the U.S. attorney for Manhattan," said Theodore V. Wells Jr., a Black partner at the law firm Paul, Weiss and one of the nation's most prominent litigators.

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On Tuesday, Mr. Williams, 41, was confirmed by the Senate to be the next United States attorney for the Southern District of New York -- a position whose occupants have included future judges, senators, cabinet members and a New York City mayor. The appointment would make Mr. Williams the most powerful federal law enforcement official in Manhattan and, significantly, the first Black person to lead the storied 232-year-old office.

The Southern District handles some of the nation's most complex fraud, terrorism and corruption cases, including prosecutions that reached former President Donald J. Trump's inner circle. The office is preparing to try Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime companion to Jeffrey Epstein, on sex-trafficking charges (she has pleaded not guilty), and it is investigating Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, Trump lawyer and onetime Southern District U.S. attorney, over his dealings in Ukraine before the 2020 presidential election. He has denied wrongdoing.

Over its long history, Southern District alumni have gone on to serve on the Supreme Court, as U.S. attorney general, secretaries of war and homeland security, F.B.I. director, police commissioner, Manhattan district attorney and New York City mayor (Mr. Giuliani). Yet another, who served in the 1880s, later won the Nobel Peace Prize.

But the office has never been led by a Black person.

"It's not just that Damian is going to be a Black U.S. attorney," said Martin S. Bell, a former Southern District prosecutor who is also Black. "He's also somebody who offers a heightened potential for thoughtfulness and creativity when it comes to bigger questions concerning criminal justice -- and the office's own ability to be credible to a rich, vast and diverse constituency of New Yorkers."

Good luck and godspeed Damian. Protect and defend the Constitution from those trying and willing to subvert it for their own gains.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-10-07 10:13 AM | Reply

I'd love to hear what our resident attorneys think about the new head of SDNY. In many ways this reminds me about early conservative opinions about Obama in 2005-06 before he was widely known outside of friendly circles.

The biography reads of an overachiever in the tradition of Americans accomplishing exceptional things. I have no doubt that those seeking to smear and demean Damian will bring it forth with both alacrity and fury, especially when he decides to turn the SDNY's considerable and consequential weight against our former President.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-10-07 11:50 PM | Reply

I hope that Damian can bring to the job the conviction that justice is not something to be negotiated away because of a potential defendant's wealth and/or power. He will be confronted with plenty of defendants that fit that profile; including the ex president.

#3 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2021-10-08 07:42 AM | Reply

@#3 ... the conviction that justice is not something to be negotiated away because of a potential defendant's wealth and/or power. ...

The SDNY district deals with those sorts on a near-routine basis. It is one of the reasons why SDNY has earned it's reputation.

To my eyes, the appointment of Mr Williams will continue that excellent reputation of SDNY.


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-08 10:29 AM | Reply

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