Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins is shortlisted to replace Andrew Lelling as United States attorney for Massachusetts, The Boston Globe reported on Sunday.
Sources told the Globe that a search committee appointed by Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey selected four finalists, including Rollins. President-elect Joe Biden will ultimately appoint the position along with any other US attorney who represents the federal government in the country’s 94 district courts.
Other finalists are Jennifer Serafyn, Deepika Bains Shukla and Josh Levy. Serafyn and Shukla are US assistant attorneys; The former heads the Boston Civil Rights Department while the latter heads the Springfield office. Levy is a partner in the Boston law firm Ropes & Gray and a former assistant to the US attorney. Rollins, who has expressed an interest in the position, also served as U.S. Assistant Attorney from 2007-2011.
The head of the search box told Globus that the finalists were selected before Rollins became controversial on Christmas Eve over an alleged traffic incident. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently launched a review of the citizens’ complaint alleging Rollins flashed her blue light and threatened a woman when both tried to exit the South Bay mall.
She later hit a news crew who showed up at her home to inquire about the incident in an unmarked vehicle. They arrived two days after right-wing extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol and threatened the lives of elected officials. Rollins, a black woman who walked on a progressive criminal justice reform platform, frequently encounters the wrath of local conservative media and bloggers who publicized the alleged traffic incident.
The current U.S. attorney for Massachusetts is Andrew Lelling, who was appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017. Lelling, who has implied interest in running for an elected office, led law enforcement in the college admission bribery scandal uncovered in 2019.
Governor Charlie Baker would appoint a replacement for the Suffolk District Attorney if Rollins is appointed by Biden. The term ends in 2022.
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