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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 7, 1993


President Clinton has announced his intention to nominate the following to the position of U.S. Attorney: John W. Raley, Jr., of Oklahoma; Charles R. Tetzlaff of Vermont; and William D. Wilmoth of West Virginia.

The President also intends to nominate Walter Carrington to be Ambassador to Nigeria and Theodore E. Russell to be Ambassador to the Slovak Republic.

"With these U.S. attorney appointments we will continue to place skilled and dedicated professionals in the Justice Department," the President said. "With the addition of Charles Tetzlaff and William Wilmoth and the reappointment of Attorney Raley I believe the American public and the judicial system will be well served."

President Clinton called Walter C. Carrington "a career professional whose affiliation with several renowned international agencies including several associated with African issues, makes him a sound choice for the Nigerian post."

Theodore Russell, the President said, "has demonstrated a talent and dedication for foreign service throughout his career and I will be pleased to make his nomination official."

JOHN W. RALEY, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, is the Presidentially appointed chief law enforcement officer in an area encompassing 26 counties, with an office in the U.S. Courthouse in Muskogee. He is an active member of the Muskogee County, Oklahoma, and American Bar Associations, and is an Advocate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 1969, Raley became a partner in the Ponca City firm of Northcutt, Raley, Clark and Gardner, specializing in jury trials, litigation, and insurance defense for over 20 years. From 1961- 69, he served as Asst. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a gunnery officer during the Korean War. Raley holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. in history and English from Oklahoma Baptist University.

CHARLES R. TETZLAFF has most recently been a partner in the firm of Latham, Eastman, Schweyer & Tetzlaff since 1969. Previously, he was the Chittenden County Deputy State's Attorney from 1968- 70. Tetzlaff served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate from 1965-68. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Vermont, awarded in 1960, an LL.B. from the Boston University Law School, awarded in 1963, and an LL.M, awarded in 1964. He was then admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1964, and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1970. Tetzlaff has served on the Vermont Board of Bar Examiners, the State Police Advisory Commission, and has chaired District 4's Environmental Commission and the Governor's Sentencing Study Commission.

WILLIAM D. WILMOTH has been a partner in the Wheeling, West Virginia firm of Schrader, Byrd, Byrum, & Companion since 1980, practicing criminal defense, insurance, negligence, bankruptcy and product liability litigation. From 1977-1980, he was the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of West Virginia where he prosecuted approximately one-third of federal criminal cases and all of the government's bankruptcy work for that district. He has additional experience as an associate attorney for Bachmann, Hess, Bachmann & Garden and as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court. He holds B.S. cum laude in Finance, awarded in 1972 and a J.D. awarded in 1975, both from West Virginia University.

WALTER C. CARRINGTON has most recently been Administrative Assistant to Congressman Mervyn Dymally, and Chief of Staff of the Washington office of the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of: Africare; Appropriate Technology International; Get Ahead Foundation; International Voluntary Services; Private Agencies Cooperating Together (PACT); and Wold Hunger Year. From 1990-91, he was Consultant on International Affairs for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He has taught at Howard University, where he was the Director of the Department of International Affairs, and at Washington College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Marquette University. His prior government service includes a decade as a Peace Corps official and service as Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal from 1980- 81. He has been awarded both an A.B. and a J.D. from Harvard University.

THEODORE E. RUSSELL is a Foreign Service Officer on detail to the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] and currently serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Activities. Mr. Russell served as Deputy Chief of Mission [DCM] at Embassy Prague during Czechoslovakia's "velvet revolution." He has also served as DCM at Embassy Copenhagen. Ambassador-designate Russell has a B.A. in history from Yale, and has both M.A. and M.A.L.D. degrees from Tufts University.

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