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Alice Martin is the United States Attorney for the U. S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama. She was nominated by George W. Bush and has served since September 29, 2001.[1] She previously ran as a Republican candidate in two failed elections.

Martin tendered her resignation from office in June 2009, five months after the inauguration of Democratic President Barack Obama. [2]

She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University and is a Registered Nurse. She worked as a nurse during law school and received her Juris Doctorate in 1981 from the University of Mississippi.[3]

Controversy

Martin has been criticized for her involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.[4][5][6][7]

Martin was also criticized and investigated for perjury in Brown v. Ashcroft, which dealt with a FOIA request concerning Martin firing a black assistant attorney.[8] The case was decided by Fuller, who served as judge in the Siegelman case.[8]

Currently the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating her for misconduct in two cases including the Siegelman and Axion Corp..[9] The Axion Corp. complaint "says Martin and two of her deputies allegedly told defense lawyers that their goal was to put the company owner out of business whether or not he was convicted."[10] Her case against Axion was thrown out at trial and the Department of Justice was ordered to pay the costs of the defendants.[9]

She has also been accused of getting a critic, employed by University of Alabama at Birmingham, fired.[11] Martin denies this.[11]

Martin has also recently been involved in the 2 year college investigation in Alabama, including the indictment of State Legislators. This set of cases has been very politically controversial. Martin has been accused by some of leaking information about these cases to media outlets.

References

  1. ^ accessdate =2008-05-17 (2002). "Presidential Nomination: Alice Martin". White House. http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/aln/attorney.html.  
  2. ^ Gordon, Robert K. (June 16, 2009) "U.S. Attorney Alice Martin of Birmingham announces resignation." Birmingham News
  3. ^ "Presidential Nomination: Alice Martin". White House. 2002. http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/aln/attorney.html. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  4. ^ Horton, Scott (2007-08-06). "The Pork Barrel World of Judge Mark Fuller". Harper's. http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/08/hbc-90000762. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  5. ^ "Did Ex-Alabama Governor Get A Raw Deal?". CBS News. 2008-02-24. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/21/60minutes/main3859830.shtml. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  6. ^ "Chairman Conyers Releases Jill Simpson Transcript on the Prosecution of former Alabama Governor Siegelman". House Judiciary Committee. 2007-10-10. http://speaker.house.gov/blog/?p=833. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  7. ^ "Selective Justice in Alabama?". Time magazine. 2007-10-04. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1668220,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  8. ^ a b Horton, Scott (Sept 2007). "The Alice Martin Perjury Inquiry". Harper's. http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/09/hbc-90001140. Retrieved 2008-07-16.  
  9. ^ a b "Feds knock; a business is lost". USA Today. July 15, 2008. http://www.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/2008-07-09-axion-blackhawk-latifi-martin_N.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  10. ^ "U.S. Attorney Martin Investigated by Ethics Watchdog for 2 Prosecutions". ABA Journal. July 15, 2008. http://www.abajournal.com/news/us_attorney_martin_investigated_by_ethics_watchdog_for_2_prosecutions/. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  
  11. ^ a b "Alabama US Attorney denies any involvement in university editor's termination". Rawstory. July 11, 2008. http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Alabama_bloggers_firing_raises_troubling_questions_0709.html. Retrieved 2008-05-17.  

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