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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Appoints Gretchen Shappert U.S. Attorney for Virgin Islands … She Starts Tomorrow

REPLACES HEWLETT: Gretchen C.F. Shappert is the new acting U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of Gretchen C.F. Shappert as Interim United States Attorney pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, which provides that “the Attorney General may appoint a United States Attorney for the district in which the office of United States Attorney is vacant.”

This appointment will take effect on January 5, 2018.

“Gretchen Shappert has served this Department well for more than 25 years,” said Attorney General Sessions. “For five of those years, she led federal prosecutions in Western North Carolina as United States Attorney. I am confident that, with this extensive experience, she will be an excellent leader as Interim U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands.”

Gretchen C.F. Shappert has served as the Assistant Director for the Indian, Violent and Cyber Crime Staff in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA), since 2010.

Prior to joining EOUSA, Shappert served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 2004-2009 and as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) from 1990-2004.

As the United States Attorney and as an AUSA, Shappert prosecuted a wide range of criminal defendants including outlaw motorcycle gangs and violent drug organizations.

Shappert also served as an Assistant District Attorney, an Assistant Public Defender, and in private practice prior to her federal service.

She received her B.A. from Duke University in 1977 and her J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1980.

Attorney General Sessions thanked Joycelyn Hewlett for stepping up to lead the office as Acting U.S. Attorney.

Hewlett will now resume her role as First Assistant United States Attorney.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-sessions-appoints-17-current-and-former-federal-prosecutors-interim-united

NEW ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS: Gretchen C.F. Shappert

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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