Deputy AG to leave post, return to firm

Associated Press / December 4, 2009

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WASHINGTON - The number two official at the Justice Department announced yesterday that he is leaving the job after less than a year.

David Ogden, a prominent Washington lawyer, is headed back to his former firm, WilmerHale.

As the deputy to Attorney General Eric Holder, Ogden oversaw a crackdown on Mexican drug cartels and coordinated various law enforcement agencies that work under the Justice Department.

Ogden plans to continue in the position until Feb. 5, and no successor has been named for the position, which is a presidential appointment that must be confirmed by Congress.

The attorney general has gathered a number of strong personalities with impressive legal résumés for senior positions at the department, and in Ogden’s case, it seems not to be a good fit.