That’s because the nominee for the job, Brandon Fremin, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate this morning. Fremin is the first of the three U.S. Attorneys the Trump administration will appoint, and he’ll serve the Middle District out of the Justice Department’s Baton Rouge office.
Fremin can’t take office as the U.S. Attorney in Baton Rouge fast enough. The Middle District, as are the other two districts in the state, is in terrible need of an aggressive, no-nonsense, fearless prosecutor to clean up what have become alarming levels of corruption in local and state government. For example, just yesterday we reported on the Southern University Law Center’s internal review of its professor Dorothy Jackson’s behavior in conspiring to defraud a client of Southern’s Elder Law Clinic out of some $120,000 from her estate in concert with Tasha Clark Amar, the director of the East Baton Rouge Council On Aging. If ever there is a case of public corruption in need of a U.S. Attorney to prosecute it it’s this one, and given Clark Amar’s political prominence as the daughter of state court judge Janice Clark there is a sense the local district attorney can’t touch the case.
Fremin, who was formerly a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office in Baton Rouge before becoming a rock star with the state Attorney General’s office as its director of criminal prosecutions, is perfectly suited to tackle a case like that of the Council On Aging. From his bio…
In January 2016, Fremin was hired to serve the Criminal Director for General Landry’s office where he oversees several sections including: general prosecutions, insurance fraud, and the award-winning Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Under his watch, over 15 public officials have been arrested for public corruption charges – many of whom are currently being prosecuted by the LADOJ.
Fremin also knows his way around the Middle District’s U.S. Attorney office, as he spent time there as an Assistant U.S. Attorney working drug trafficking, crimes of violence, and immigration matters.
We can’t wait to see Fremin get to work. The Middle District needs him in the worst way to clean up the place.