The Eastern District of Virginia is the hub for the prosecution of some of the nation’s highest-profile national security cases that reach into more than 60 countries. These cases involve leaks of classified information — including a critical aspect of the WikiLeaks case — terrorism and piracy. Most recently, the district have been involved in the case of a U.S. citizen — Eric Harroun — who was arrested and charged with conspiring to use a destructive device while fighting with the al-Nusrah Front, an organization commonly referred to as “al-Qaida in Iraq” and designated as a foreign terrorist organization since October 2004. Harroun, a U.S. citizen, served with the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2003.
MacBride was appointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in 2009. Before his appointment, MacBride served as associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice and chaired the attorney general’s Advisory Committee’s Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee. In addition, he served as chief counsel and staff director for Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, where his work focused on crime and drug policy, counterterrorism, and intelligence matters and corporate fraud. Apart from his public service, MacBride served as vice president for anti-piracy and general counsel for the Business Software Alliance, where he oversaw global anti-piracy enforcement and copyright policy.
“21st Century Criminal Prosecutions — The Borderless Challenge”
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
The National Press Club
529 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20045
There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Maria Gutierrez at 202-662-1091 or Maria.Gutierrez@americanbar.org.
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