Former Justice Dept official Jack Keeney dies

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Posted: Nov 21, 2011 7:51 PM
Former Justice Dept official Jack Keeney dies

Retired Justice Department official John C. Keeney, the longest-serving federal prosecutor in the history of the United States, has died.

On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder said Keeney served with dedication, integrity, an unshakeable commitment to the rule of law, and that his contributions to federal law enforcement were beyond measure.

Keeney spent 59 years in the department's criminal division. He died Saturday at his home in Kensington, Md., at the age of 89.

At his retirement celebration last year, Keeney was praised by colleagues as an attorney of impeccable judgment who set the gold standard for fairness in federal law enforcement.