The Washington Post this week profiled US Attorney Ronald Machen, the District’s top prosecutor.
As the District’s U.S. attorney, Machen has one of the most sought-after jobs in federal law enforcement.
The former partner at WilmerHale has labored to leave his own stamp on the country’s largest U.S. attorney’s office, which has about 300 lawyers handling matters in federal court and D.C. Superior Court and a budget that purportedly exceeds $70 million. (Although other U.S. attorneys have publicized their budgets, Machen has not.)
Machen, a tall and slightly bulky former college football player known for working so intensely that he has not yet removed Christmas decorations from his office, has left his mark in several ways — in public corruption convictions and by pushing prosecutors to get out into the community.
But his hard-charging style has alienated some, and he is battling an unusual number of departures by key supervisors and courtroom prosecutors, particularly those handling violent crimes.