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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

U.S. Attorney Stanton Announces Five New Appointments

Memphis, TN – U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III has announced the promotion of five attorneys and support staff members to new positions within the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

"Each of these individuals has displayed an exceptional work ethic and unwavering dedication toward the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its mission," said U.S. Attorney Stanton. "I am confident that the experience and diligence they bring to their new leadership positions will continue to make them assets to the office and community."

Among those promoted to new positions are:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carroll Andre

Mr. Andre has been promoted to deputy criminal chief. With three decades of experience as an AUSA, Mr. Andre is a veteran prosecutor who primarily handles white-collar cases. In his new role, Mr. Andre will assist the office’s criminal chief with overseeing the criminal division’s execution of day-to-day responsibilities. In the absence of the criminal chief and senior litigation counsel, he will also review pleadings and handle any criminal division inquiries.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Beth Boswell

Ms. Boswell has been promoted to chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Unit. Ms. Boswell has been with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for five years, primarily prosecuting firearm and drug cases. With respect to her new role, Ms. Boswell will oversee OCDETF and other narcotics-related cases throughout West Tennessee. She will also act as a liaison between the office and fellow federal, state and local law enforcement agencies involved in conducting drug investigations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Keenan Carter

Mr. Carter has been promoted to deputy civil chief. He came to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a seasoned civil litigator, and served as a criminal prosecutor for the office’s Firearms Unit for three years. Mr. Carter returned to civil litigation when he transferred to the office’s Civil Division in 2015. As deputy civil chief, Mr. Carter will take on an additional role in overall case management, as well as new administrative duties within the civil division.

Marian Peete

Ms. Peete, formerly the lead legal assistant for the Violent Crimes Unit, has been promoted to supervisory legal assistant. With respect to her new position, Ms. Peete will coordinate training and management for the legal staff. She will also maintain and build upon the professional relationship between support staff, attorneys, management and the federal court system.

LaRita Bearden

Formerly the office’s supervisory legal assistant, Ms. Bearden has been promoted to victim witness specialist. Under this role, Bearden will provide a variety of notifications, case updates and assistance services to victims and witnesses of federal crimes who have suffered physical, financial, and/or emotional trauma. Her sympathetic manner is a plus to this position. The 10-year veteran will also help coordinate community outreach efforts with partnering agencies.

Updated November 2, 2016