Early Exits

Justice Dept. No. 2 Stepping Down

Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden—the second-in-command at the Justice Department who manages its day-to-day-operations—announced on Thursday that he is stepping down in February 2010 to return to private practice. "David Ogden has been an invaluable leader for the Department of Justice and for this Administration," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "I am sorry to see him go, and I thank him for his service to the Department and to the nation." Ogden follows Greg Craig, who was in charge of closing Guantanamo Bay, and Phil Carter, who was in charge of terror-detainee policy, in making recent early exits.