By News-Register staff • 

Oregon's top federal prosecutor on leave, cites health issues

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

PORTLAND - U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall has stepped away from her job as Oregon's top federal prosecutor, citing health reasons.

The Oregonian first reported last week that the 45-year-old Marshall has left her duties for an indefinite period of time, and that the U.S.   Department of Justice is investigating Marshall for a potentially inappropriate relationship with an employee in her office.

Marshall, who lives in McMinnville and is married to Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Ladd Wiles, has been prominent locally with speaking engagements and newspaper news, feature and commentary articles.

Investigators, reported The Oregonian, did not reveal the nature of the relationship between Marshall and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin, but sources told the newspaper that the investigation began after Kerin reported the relationship to his Justice Department superiors.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Billy Williams is acting U.S. Attorney. Marshall, according to The Oregonian, said she has been having health issues for months and is seeing an out-of-state specialist.

The Oregonian reported that Charese Rohny, a Portland employment lawyer retained by Marshall, said Marshall is suffering from post-traumatic stress and other medical issues.

The News-Register did not receive a response to its request for any comment from the family or a representative.

Marshall was appointed in late 2010 by President Barack Obama. Her appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2011, and she began her work as U.S. attorney that October.

The U.S. attorney is responsible for prosecuting federal criminal and civil cases including terrorism, drug crimes and financial crimes. Marshall's office also is leading the Department of Justice’s investigation into former Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancée Cylvia Hayes.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 

[Editor's Note: The print edition of this story incorrectly stated in the headline that Marshall has resigned. The News-Register regrets the error.]





Could this explain why the wheels of justice grind so-o-o-o slowly? Perhaps our government employees in prominent positions are too busy dealing with their unusually convoluted social lives.

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