Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is out, and while fully evaluating his legacy will take a while, part of it will be front and center next month when the terms of 11 interim U.S. Attorneys simultaneously expire.

On Oct. 12, these prosecutors will find themselves at the mercy of the same U.S. district courts that the Justice Department saw fit to cut out of the U.S. Attorney appointment process last year. And the courts will contemplate four more interim appointees later next month, and in November, December and January.

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