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Klein Steps Down At DOJ

Klein Steps Down At DOJ

Joel Klein plans to leave his post as assistant attorney general for the antitrust division of the Department of Justice by the end of this week. Klein’s principal deputy, Doug Melamed, has been named acting assistant attorney general of the division.
Broadcasters will remember Klein for the increased scrutiny radio deals received following passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, when the dollar amounts of radio transactions grew large enough to garner such review.
“Joel has been a terrific head of the antitrust division. He has made a lot of difficult calls and, in our opinion, has made most of them correctly,” said Sens. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio and Herbert Kohl, D-Wisc. in a joint statement.
Klein, with the DOJ five and a half years, plans to explore opportunities in the private sector.
Leslie Stimson