Linton named Anchorage district attorney

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A career prosecutor with more than 30 years' experience was named Friday as Anchorage district attorney.

Bob Linton, a supervising lawyer in the district attorney's office, will take over Monday, succeeding Susan Parkes, who was promoted by Attorney General Greg Renkes to head the Department of Law's criminal division.

Linton said Friday he hopes to put more of a ''public face'' on the office's nuts-and-bolts prosecutions, cases that affect the public but do not normally attract headlines.

A graduate of the University of Maryland law school, Linton worked as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore from 1970 to 1975 when that office prosecuted Vice President Spiro Agnew. He transferred to the U.S. Attorney's office in Alaska in 1975 and then went into private practice for a year. Former Alaska chief prosecutor Dan Hickey hired Linton as an assistant district attorney in 1978.

''Bob Linton was born to be a prosecutor,'' Hickey said.

Hickey said Linton's skills and commitment made him a natural mentor for new prosecutors.

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