There has been ongoing speculation in Knoxville about who might be the new U.S. Attorney under President Obama’s administration—there isn’t a very long list of prominent local Democrats who supported him in the election. The most popular candidate among the Knoxville bar was John Edwards.
The latest buzz is about Melinda Meador, a litigator at Bass Berry & Sims, who, along with her husband, campaigned for Obama. Meador currently does business law, but has been a prosecutor and a defense attorney. She is a 1982 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.
She is a board member of the ACLU in Tennessee and was one of 100 attorneys who signed a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, decrying the use of military tribunals to try prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
If she is picked she would replace Russ Dedrick, a career prosecutor who has been acting U.S. Attorney a number of times over the years and was named to the post permanently when Sandy Mattice was named a federal judge.
There had been speculation that the job might be offered to prominent defense attorney and WBIR political pundit Don Bosch, but the salary for U.S. Attorney wouldn’t cover his monthly tab at Nama.
We also hear that Jimmy Fowler, son of former Democratic Sheriff Joe Fowler, may be in line for a job as U.S. Marshal.