There hasn't been much news on a new U.S. attorney for the Northern District in awhile, but news is not what makes the Internet go 'round. Lindsay Lohan stumbling in and out of rehab is what makes the Internet go 'round.
No, wait — that came out wrong. Rumor — rumor is what makes the Internet go 'round, especially its sticky bloggy center. Our esteemed colleagues at Above The Law have a nice one today: Joe Russoniello has taken the San Francisco gig, according to ATL's source, who says s/he has a good source.
A couple weeks ago we revisited the conventional wisdom that Russoniello was the frontrunner as Justin Scheck handicapped the field. Russoniello, a Cooley partner who held the USA slot a while back, was on the three-man committee initially drafted in January to replace Kevin Ryan.
Legal Pad's Justin Scheck noted in that January link that Russonello might make a good pick himself:
Currently senior counsel at Cooley Godward Kronish, the former U.S. attorney retains the respect of local prosecutors and defense lawyers, and wouldn’t be giving up a chunk of five years in the middle of his career to take the job.
When asked earlier this week, Russoniello wouldn’t confirm or deny that he’s gotten a call asking him to apply for the job, but said he hasn’t ruled himself out as a candidate. “It’s not out of the question,” he said.
We've put the question to Russoniello by voice mail and e-mail today (we are relentless), and if we hear back from him, we'll update.
— Brian McDonough