Thursday, March 15, 2007

Who is Johnny Sutton and Why Did He Survive the Cut?

According to the Dept of Justice web site:

On October 25, 2001, Johnny Sutton was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. On November 30, 2001, the United States Senate confirmed the President’s appointment.
As United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, Johnny Sutton represents the United States in criminal and civil matters within the District. The Western Judicial District of Texas is composed of more than 93,000 square miles, approximately 660 miles of border with the Republic of Mexico, 68 Texas Counties, and three of Texas’ major metropolitan areas, San Antonio, El Paso and Austin. The District has over 260 employees including 118 Assistant United States Attorneys.

Mr. Sutton also serves as the chairman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC) which plays a significant role in determining policies and programs of the Department and in carrying out the national goals set by the President and the Attorney General.

The AGAC consists of 17 members appointed by the Attorney General and represents different judicial circuits, various-sized offices, and expertise. Mr. Sutton also serves on the Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee of the AGAC.

Prior to becoming United States Attorney, Mr. Sutton served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as a Policy Coordinator for the Bush-Cheney Transition Team assigned to the Department of Justice.

Mr. Sutton served as the Criminal Justice Policy Director for then-Governor George W. Bush from 1995-2000, advising the Governor on all criminal justice issues, with specific oversight in the areas of criminal law, prison capacity and management, parole operations and legislative initiatives.

Prior to his service in the Governor’s office, Mr. Sutton worked as a criminal trial prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office (Houston, Texas) for eight years. As a prosecutor, he was lead trial counsel in over sixty felony cases, including numerous capital murder, aggravated robbery, and sexual assault cases. He is fluent in Spanish, having appeared as a television commentator for the Spanish language network Univision during the Selena homicide trial.

Mr. Sutton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business in 1983, and the University of Texas School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1987. As an undergraduate, he played baseball for the Longhorns and was the starting left-fielder on the 1983 National Championship team.



Now that Republicans are dropping the word "impeachment" in reference to the Bush administration's stubborn refusal to cooperate in the border patrol agent prosecution scandal, people are scratching their heads wondering why U.S. Attorney Sutton is still standing after the dust from the firings has settled. You would think that simply adding him to the hatchet list would have made things a little easier for Bush. Now, some are looking to Sutton's ties to George W. Bush prior to his current appointment hoping for answers as to why he of all prosecutors is still employed.

5 comments:

Fire Johnny Sutton said...

Sutton is a rat and his career needs to be stamped out before he has a chance to put another honest American in jail. Write your congress person.

Nancy said...

Johnny Boy needs to changes places with Ramos and Compean, our railroaded Border Patrol Agents. And let's not forget Texas sheriff Hernandez. Sutton must be very proud of himself.

Kralmajales said...

Sounds like he is a damned good prosecutor to me. That he actually follows the law. Something that most conservatives I know seem to care about more than most things.

By the way, still nothing on Charlton by most Republicans. At least Jon Kyl has started to defend the guy that he supported.

nunya bizness said...

OK, so now we know Kralmajales is an ignorant boob.

Sutton flat out lied about Ramos and Compean - the government has admitted that.

Oh, yeah... and Google House of Death...

Anonymous said...

There is a rumor and at this time I think it is just that only a rumor. But is it true that all of Johhnny Sutton's Capital murder convictions involved the major reliance of conviction being on the negotiated or plea bargained testimony of a criminal also connected to the murder?
If this is true such pre-trial agreements can certainly make a Prosecutor "look like" a good prosecutor. Besides it is the witness and not the prosecutor that sends the accused to execution? In the end is that what our nation wants for justice. Convictions that are more dependent on possible liars than on good evidence?

It is very troubling that this was the only type of evidence that would work when Johnny Sutton tried the big cases against the USBP?DHS officers as well as the young sheriff.

So if that is how Mr. Sutton tried these last law enforcement officials how did he win his really big cases against Murderers? And should this not be looked into.


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