Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Tuesday, May 16, 2000


AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced his appointment of Michael McCaul as the new Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice.

"Michael McCaul exemplifies the best and the brightest in the legal profession. His experience at the U.S. Department of Justice and in the Attorney General's Office makes him extremely well-qualified for this important position," said Attorney General Cornyn.

McCaul, who joined the Attorney General's office in June 1999 as a Special Assistant Attorney General, replaces Shane Phelps who is resigning. McCaul is the Statewide Project Director for Texas Exile and has testified before a congressional committee about the federal Project Exile and Safe Neighborhoods Act. He is cross-designated as an Assistant United States Attorney, which allows him to prosecute Texas Exile cases.

McCaul will oversee nine criminal justice divisions at the Attorney General's Office: Crime Victim Services, Special Crimes, Law Enforcement Defense, Medicaid Fraud Control, Prosecutor Assistance, Capital Litigation, Habeas Corpus, Juvenile Crime Intervention and Internal Investigations.

Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, McCaul worked as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the United States Justice Department's Criminal Division. McCaul was the lead prosecutor in United States v. Johnny Chung.

McCaul also worked in the Torts Branch of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division. He negotiated a policy settlement in the Human Radiation Experiment litigation which resulted from the Manhattan Project and briefed the U.S. Attorney General on federal law enforcement issues.

McCaul earned his J.D. in 1987 from St. Mary's University School of Law and has a B.A. in history/business from Trinity University.

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