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U.S. Senate confirms new head of Justice Dept's criminal division

Leslie Caldwell (C), head of the Justice Department's Enron Task Force, arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Houston, January 9, 2004. REUTE
Leslie Caldwell (C), head of the Justice Department's Enron Task Force, arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Houston, January 9, 2004. REUTE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate, on a voice vote, confirmed on Thursday President Barack Obama's nomination of Leslie Caldwell, a former federal prosecutor, to head the Justice Department's criminal division.

In the post, Caldwell will be in charge of a wide range of high-profile probes including those into benchmark manipulation, money laundering and foreign bribery.

Obama last September nominated Caldwell, who was a prosecutor for 17 years and helped build the case against Enron Corp, to lead the 600-lawyer division. Since 2004, Caldwell has worked as a defense attorney in New York at Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

A spate of recent departures has thinned the top ranks of the criminal division, but the agency has been rebuilding its leadership.

Last month it named a new No. 2 official at the division, Marshall Miller, who previously served as a top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn.

(Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha and Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Diane Craft)

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