Green confirmed as U.S. attorney

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Walt Green was confirmed Wednesday as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana.
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Walt Green was confirmed Wednesday as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Walt Green as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, based in Baton Rouge, in an uncontested voice vote Wednesday.

“I’m excited that the United States Senate has confirmed my nomination today,” Green said from his office in the Russell B. Long Federal Courthouse on Florida Street.

The appointment won’t mean much of an immediate change for Green: He’s been serving as acting U.S. attorney since July, when his predecessor, Don Cazayoux, left for a position with a private law firm.

Green’s name was submitted to the White House in January by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who spoke briefly in support of his appointment on the Senate floor Wednesday. Senators typically recommend appointments for U.S. attorneys in their state, and Green’s nomination was supported by Landrieu’s Republican seatmate, David Vitter. The president makes the appointment, subject to confirmation by the full Senate.

Green, 49, also is the acting executive director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud, which was previously known as the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Command Center in Baton Rouge.

He has worked on the legal staff in the Baton Rouge federal courthouse since 2000. He will serve as chief federal prosecutor for the Middle District, comprising the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana. He will supervise a staff of more than 45 federal and contract employees.

A native of Ferriday, Green is a graduate of LSU and the Tulane University Law School. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1993 to 1997. He then joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas as an assistant U.S. attorney before returning to Baton Rouge in 2000.

Green continues to serve as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. In 2004, he was called to Iraq as a staff judge advocate for the Marine Corps. He had served as a judge advocate during his earlier active service, which took him to Thailand and Italy, where he worked on international treaty issues.

He comes from a family of Marines: His father joined the Corps shortly after World War II; one uncle won the Bronze Star at Iwo Jima; and another uncle was stationed in China during World War II. A third uncle was featured on a Marine Corps recruiting poster.

But Green may be best known in Baton Rouge for his action to stop a burglar from breaking into a neighbor’s home early one Sunday morning in March, when Green was out walking his two pet bulldogs. Applying some combat holds he learned in the Marines, Green wrestled with the burglar, who eventually ran off.

Green said Wednesday he doesn’t think he’ll be wrestling many burglars in the future as U.S. attorney.

“My wife has retired me from all of that,” he said. “She’s told me I’m not to do that anymore.”

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