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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

August 16, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Special Assistant United States Attorney
Takes Oath of Office

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — William J. Ihlenfeld, II, United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, announced the appointment of Joseph E. Barki, III to the position of Special Assistant United States Attorney with his office. Barki was formally administered his Oath of Office today (August 16, 2011) in United States District Court in Wheeling by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.
“We’re very excited to have Joe Barki on board,” said USA Ihlenfeld. “He is one of the most experienced state prosecutors in the northern panhandle and he’ll be a great addition to the United States Attorney’s office. He will primarily handle cases that arise out of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties, with a priority being placed on cases involving heroin trafficking and cases involving possession of firearms by prohibited persons.”

According to Ihlenfeld, Barki is the first of several SAUSAs that will be added to the staff of the U.S. Attorney’s office. In addition to the Wheeling office, new assistants will also be added in the Clarksburg and Martinsburg offices to handle the increase in gun prosecutions that is expected in those parts of the district.

“The increase in staffing via Special Assistants is part of our comprehensive anti-violence strategy. We have sought out referrals of cases from our law enforcement partners and the response has been terrific,” said Ihlenfeld. “These new attorneys will help to make sure that the referrals are reviewed and prosecuted in a timely and efficient manner.”
Barki is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Ohio County, where he has been working since 2001; as well as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Brooke County, where he has been working since 2003. In addition, he previously served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Hancock County for four years. Barki handles primarily drug and violent crime prosecutions in these jurisdictions, and previously served as a Domestic Violence Prosecutor.

“I am very pleased to see Joe Barki designated as a special prosecutor for the Office of the United States Attorney” stated Brooke County Prosecuting Attorney David B. Cross. “Joe will continue on my staff as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Brooke County while he serves in the prosecution of federal offenses in his new position. Mr. Barki is a skilled and effective prosecutor and I believe his new role will enhance the good working relationship my office has with Federal Prosecutors in the Northern Panhandle.”

“I am confident that this partnership between the Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office will provide additional resources to combat drug trafficking in Ohio County and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia,” stated Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Smith

A graduate of Brooke High School, Barki received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Psychology graduating cum laude from Bethany College; and is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy. Barki was a West Virginia State Trooper in Martinsburg before earning a law degree from Widener Law School.

Barki resides in Wheeling with his wife and three children.


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