The Obama administration’s nomination comes a year after Senator Tom Carper first submitted names for approval
Three time Delaware Attorney General, Charles Oberly, is in line to become the new U.S. Attorney for Delaware. The Obama administration picked Oberly from a list of three names submitted last year by Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware).
The nomination still needs approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Senate. When that will happen isn’t known. Oberly served as Delaware Attorney-General from 1983-1995. When he left office, he made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate. He went into private practice where he defended high profile convicted murderer Thomas Capano. He has also been a supporter of Democratic party candidates, Beau Biden, now Delaware’s Attorney-General and Sen. Carper.
In a statement Carper said Oberly is “committed to upholding the high intellectual and ethical standards this position requires. As the U.S. Attorney for Delaware, Charles will make us all proud. I urge my colleagues to see that he has swift confirmation.”
Oberly would take over the position from David Weiss. He has been U.S. Attorney since December 2008 after Colm Connolly resigned. Connolly was an appointee of President George W. Bush.
Oberly is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University. Currently, Charles is a partner at the law firm of Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP, where he specializes in criminal defense and corporate, commercial and civil litigation.