Ar, I just read your post previous to mine. Having spend some 4,000 hours in a federal grand jury room as a prosecutor (in 17 years), I was delighted to read your comments! That is high praise coming form a grand juror. I don't know what district you were in or when but I'm sure you will agree that there is a difference in major investigative cases, and one time presentations for indictment.
I served on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorney's from 81 through 85, and it was our recommendation that AUSAs be given career status. Prior to that time they changed with the political winds. We now have a much more professional corps of AUSAs. Some that I hired in the early 80's are still aboard, and politics is (thankfully) the furthest thing form their mind.
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.
Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10