Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)--John Peter Suarez, An Analysis of his Record, March 2002

In the Spring of 2002, John Peter Suarez, the former Director of the New Jersey Commission of Gaming Enforcement and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, was nominated by President Bush to be the Assistant Administrator for Enforcement & Compliance Assurance for the EPA - the nation's top environmental enforcement position. But PEER, using TRAC's experimental case-by-case civil and criminal enforcement data, prepared a report describing Mr. Suarez's apparently unexceptional record as a federal prosecutor. With TRAC data, PEER was able to illustrate that Mr. Suarez had won exactly one of his four jury trials, handled only one matter of "national priority", and carried a smaller caseload and obtained shorter sentences than the average New Jersey district U.S. Attorney. Copies of PEER's report were sent to President Bush and all members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and ultimately led several committee-members to oppose the still-pending confirmation of John Peter Suarez. Click to see PEER's Report.

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