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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 06/21/2012

DeMorning Links: Ron Machen’s way


Machen in May, after verdicts in the South Capitol Street shootings were announced. (Matt McClain - For The Washington Post)
No man has had — or will have — more impact on the District this year than U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. The Post’s Del Wilber and Keith Alexander take a close look behind the scenes: “Machen ... 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.” Says one former deputy, “I’m not sure that without Ron’s leadership that the office would have gotten where it is on these [D.C. government corruption] cases.” But others complain about an overbearing, micromanaging style.

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