Ninth US Attorney claims political firing Brett Murphy at 9:49 AM ET
[JURIST] Former US Attorney Todd P. Graves [firm profile] was forced to resign from his post with the Western District of Missouri last year after he expressed a difference of opinion with the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on politically sensitive cases, Graves told the New York Times Wednesday. Graves said that while he was planning to go into private practice, he did not know that his name appeared on a list of US Attorneys that the DOJ was contemplating firing. Director of the Executive Office for US Attorneys Michael Battle [official profile], the same man who informed the other eight US Attorney's fired [JURIST news archive] last year of their dismissal, suggested to Graves in early 2006 that he was also going to be fired.
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