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'Tough on drugs' lawyer appointed US District Attorney for USVI

Gretchen C.F. Shappert has been appointed US District Attorney for US Virgin Islands (USVI). Photo: VIC

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— United States Attorney General Jeff B. Sessions on January 4, 2018 announced the appointment of Gretchen C.F. Shappert as Interim United States Attorney for the US Virgin Islands (USVI) pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, which provides that “the Attorney General may appoint a United States Attorney for the district in which the office of United States Attorney is vacant.”

 The appointment will take effect on January 5, 2018.

“Gretchen Shappert has served this Department well for more than 25 years,” Mr Sessions said.

“For five of those years, she led federal prosecutions in Western North Carolina as United States Attorney. I am confident that, with this extensive experience, she will be an excellent leader as Interim US Attorney for the Virgin Islands.”

Ms Shappert has served as the Assistant Director for the Indian, Violent and Cyber Crime Staff in the Executive Office for US Attorneys (EOUSA), since 2010. Prior to joining EOUSA, Ms Shappert served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 2004-2009 and as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) from 1990-2004.

As the United States Attorney and as an AUSA, Ms Shappert prosecuted a wide range of criminal defendants including outlaw motorcycle gangs and violent drug organisations. While in office, she stressed tough prosecution of drug offenders. Ms Shappert also served as an Assistant District Attorney, an Assistant Public Defender, and in private practice prior to her federal service. She received her B.A. from Duke University in 1977 and her J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1980.

Mr Sessions thanked Joycelyn Hewlett for stepping up to lead the office as Acting United States Attorney. Hewlett will now resume her role as First Assistant United States Attorney.

5 Responses to “'Tough on drugs' lawyer appointed US District Attorney for USVI”

  • rock city (05/01/2018, 17:29) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tuff on drugs when the conversation should be about legalizing
  • ... (06/01/2018, 08:46) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am sure they could have find an African American judge
  • False (07/01/2018, 20:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This American citizen and legal professionall lady was not has not and will never be appointed temporarily or permanently as a District Attorney in the Virgin Islands as the article erroneously indicates.
    There never was neither is there such s position in the Virgin Islands.
    This can be confirmed and verified by the UK and or the Governour of The Virgin Islands.

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