U.S. Attorney Bob Conrad of Charlotte has decided to end his long career as a federal prosecutor and join an international law firm, reports the Charlotte Observer. He is likely to be succeeded by assistant U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert. President Bush nominated Conrad, 46, for a federal judgeship last year, but U.S. Sen. John Edwards has held up the confirmation.
Conrad acknowledged frustration over the holdup of his judicial nomination. But he’s hoping he’ll eventually get the judgeship. “I am not in control of the process and do not want to sit around and wait for the next opportunity,” he said.
Conrad has been a federal prosecutor since 1989. He has gained the respect of his colleagues and adversaries as being a tough but fair prosecutor. Conrad was thrown into the national spotlight in 2000 when U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno selected him to head the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into campaign fund-raising abuses. He went to the White House with FBI agents and questioned President Clinton under oath for four hours. He also interrogated Vice President Al Gore.