Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
If senators of either party wanted to express their displeasure with the Justice Department’s investigation into lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s ties to public officials, they had a prime opportunity last week at the judicial confirmation hearing for Noel Hillman. But Hillman, the former head of the department’s Public Integrity Section who supervised the investigation for 18 months, didn’t receive a single question at the hearing from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In fact, just one member of the panel, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), bothered to show up. “You look too young to be a federal district judge,” Hatch told Hillman, before complimenting the prospective jurist on his children’s good looks. Hillman also was showered with praise from Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who called him an “excellent” pick to take a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Lautenberg has ample reason to praise Hillman. As an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey, Hillman successfully prosecuted commodities trader David Chang for making unlawful donations to the campaign of then-Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.). Fallout from that case led Torricelli to drop his Senate re-election bid in 2002, clearing the way for Lautenberg to run. The committee is expected to vote on Hillman’s nomination by next month. But the Abramoff and Chang cases aren’t the only politically sensitive corruption scandals Hillman has worked on. He also was lead government counsel in the investigation of former National Security Adviser Samuel “Sandy” Berger, who pleaded guilty to mishandling classified information after getting caught removing terrorism-related documents from the National Archives.
Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.