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JOSEPH HARTZLER TO HEAD OKLAHOMA CITY PROBE AND PROSECUTION TEAM WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Attorney General Janet Reno and Patrick Ryan, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, announced today that Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Hartzler of the Central District of Illinois will join the team of prosecutors investigating the bombing of the Alfred R. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Hartzler will lead the joint team, which is composed of federal prosecutors from Oklahoma City and around the country. Hartzler, age 44, has 14 years' experience as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Central (Springfield) and Northern (Chicago) Districts of Illinois, and has served as chief of both the criminal and civil divisions of the Chicago office. His extensive trial experience includes the convictions of four FALN terrorists for seditious conspiracy, and the conviction of a judge caught in the FBI's Greylord investigation. He is a former partner in the Chicago law firm of Rudnick & Wolf. Hartzler graduated in 1972 from Amherst College and received his law degree from American University Law School in 1978 where he ranked first in his class and was Executive Editor of the law review. The senior prosecutor from the Western District of Oklahoma, already on the team, is Assistant United States Attorney Arlene Joplin. Joplin has 17 years' experience as a federal and state prosecutor, including service as chief of the criminal division of both the United States Attorney's Office and the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, and as First Assistant District Attorney for Oklahoma County. Her extensive trial experience includes a number of death penalty cases, as well as cases involving murder for hire, arson and complex fraud. Ms. Joplin graduated first in her class from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1971. The other members of the prosecution team are Vicki Behenna, Kerry Kelly and Jerome Holmes, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Western District of Oklahoma, and John Lancaster and Bruce Delaplaine, trial attorneys from the Violent crime and Terrorism Section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division. United State Attorney Patrick Ryan will also be participating in the prosecution effort. With the long-term legal team now in place, the team sent to handle the initial phase of the investigation will return to Washington. Merrick Garland, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, will return to his post as senior advisor and chief of staff to the Deputy Attorney General, where he will continue to oversee the Department's national response to the bombing. Donna Bucella, Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys',

who has been instrumental in coordinating the work of the numerous United States Attorneys' offices involved in the investigation, will also return to her position in Washington. In making today's announcement, the Attorney General had high praise for the prosecution team. "We have an outstanding group of experienced prosecutors assigned to this matter. Oklahoma and the nation can be assured that this most important investigation is in good hands." Merrick Garland added his own praise and thanked "the prosecutors in Oklahoma City who have been toiling around the clock under the most stressful of conditions to see that justice is done." U.S. Attorney Patrick Ryan expressed his gratitude to fellow U.S. Attorneys across the country, particularly those in the Eastern District of Michigan, Arizona and Kansas. "These offices," he noted, "have contributed substantially to the investigation and prosecutive efforts in this case. It is gratifying to see how the Department of Justice pulls together nationwide when a tragedy like this befalls one of our communities." ### 95-288