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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:35 PM

Justice Department's criminal division chief to step down

Source: Reuters

Justice Department's criminal division chief to step down

WASHINGTON | Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:50am EST

(Reuters) - The head of the Justice Department's criminal division, who has shouldered much of the blame for bringing few cases related to the financial crisis, but who also led the unit to record settlements, will step down on March 1.

"As I wrote to the President, and want to tell you, serving as the head of this remarkable Division has been the greatest privilege of my professional life," Lanny Breuer said in a memo to criminal division employees dated Tuesday.

Breuer, 54, who previously worked as a defense lawyer and in the Clinton White House, has led the division since 2009.

He was criticized for the department's failure to bring major prosecutions against companies and individuals who played a role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/30/us-justice-breuer-idUSBRE90T0S720130130

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