Aug 6, 2010 12:43 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Denver lawyer confirmed as US attorney in Colorado

Denver attorney John Walsh has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. attorney for Colorado.

Walsh was an assistant federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and a member of the team that investigated and prosecuted Charles Keating. He grew up in Colorado and returned in 1999 to join a Denver law firm handling antitrust, securities and environmental cases.

In announcing Walsh's confirmation Friday, Sen. Mark Udall called Walsh "eminently qualified" and "one of the most civic-minded people I know."

President Barack Obama nominated Walsh in April. Obama's first nominee, Gov. Bill Ritter's deputy chief of staff Stephanie Villafuerte, withdrew her name in December.


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