Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer and Head of the Office of the United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine, Halsey B. Frank, oversees the 16 counties of the district. Halsey B. Frank is a presidential nominee, as recommended by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, and nominated by President Donald Trump on July 27, 2017. His nomination was then reported favorably by the Committee on the Judiciary on September 28, 2017, before it was confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote on October 3, 2017. U.S. Attorney Frank was sworn into the office on October 10, 2017, by United States District Court Chief Judge Nancy Torresen.
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A graduate of Wesleyan University with a degree in Bachelor of Architecture in the year 1980, Halsey B. Frank pursued law. He earned his Juris Doctor at the Boston University School of Law in 1986.
According to Senator Collins, Halsey Frank is an “intelligent, highly competent, experienced law enforcement professional,” which makes him well-qualified to assume the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine. Atty Frank began his legal career as a Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., from 1987 to 1990, working in the Torts Branch of the Civil Division. During this time, he managed to prosecute numerous high-profile criminal cases in the district, including the case of a 54-year-old man, Sidney Kilmartin, guilty of witness tampering and mailing injurious articles resulting in the death of Andrew Denton, who used the delivered package of cyanide to commit suicide.
In 1990, Halsey B. Frank became an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Columbia, prosecuting and investigating misdemeanor cases in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was also able to handle matters related to felony and civil actions involving the United States. Halsey Frank served as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Columbia for nine years.
Prior to his nomination and appointment to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine, Halsey B. Frank was first an Assistant United States Attorney to the district, serving for 18 years from 1999 to 2017. His work revolved around investigating and prosecuting federal crimes and civil actions, defending the United States in the federal district. Halsey B. Frank was lead and co-lead on several matters involving civil litigation, commercial litigation, and criminal law.
Significant Litigated Matters
In 2007, U.S. Attorney Frank prosecuted a case to defend the United States against Alam Sher, Chief Pharmacist in a hospital under the Veterans Affairs. Mr. Sher filed suit to challenge the decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) of supporting the Veterans Affair in demoting him, with a corresponding reduction in salary for obtaining free samples from pharmaceutical companies for personal use. The district court upheld the MSPB’s decision and denied the motion to amend the record.
Halsey B. Frank also prosecuted a case involving the 28-year-old Christopher Hutchinson, who was charged with a seaman’s manslaughter. Hutchinson was allegedly responsible for the death of two of his crew members after taking his lobster boat into a storm while under the influence of opioids, which resulting in the sinking of the boat and the death of his fellow seaman. Halsey B. Frank was instructed not to comment on this lengthy investigation. He had to resign his seat as Vice Chairman of the Portland Republican City Committee after being nominated on being the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine.
As incumbent U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine, Halsey B. Frank is responsible for presiding over the office to prosecute federal crimes involving public corruption, firearms, financial fraud, and narcotics, among others, investigate civil cases involving the United States, and recover debts owed to the United States. He currently oversees a staff of 24 attorneys, 20 support personnel, and three contractors from Portland and Bangor.
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