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Kevin Ryan’s Office Gets Emptier

October 27, 2006

Between the big trials, big investigations and big probes of his own managerial capability, U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan’s had a lot on his mind lately. Look at this past week: While a task force investigated stock option backdating and two prosecutors from Ryan’s securities fraud unit wrapped up the trial of two former McKesson Corp. executives — the biggest white-collar trial the district has seen in years — other current and former assistant U.S. attorneys were being interviewed by DOJ staffers looking into whether there are problems with the office’s esprit de corps.

Of course, the bete noire in the long-running esprit de corps debate is attrition: While Ryan has insisted it’s no cause for concern, dozens of attorneys have departed the office since he took over in 2002, opening up the question of whether the office has suffered from the exodus of experienced prosecutors. That question just gets bigger: