Firedoglake makes the case that Tim Griffin is not legally serving as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, interim or otherwise.

UPDATE: Though this theory is entertaining, Sen. Mark Pryor’s office says that the Justice Department has represented consistently that Griffin was being appointed under provisions of the Patriot Act and thus is a full U.S. attorney and not an “interim” serving under a time limit. Gonzales did represent (dishonestly by all appearances) that it was his intention to seek Senate confirmation for Griffin. The matter has been settled in court, by Judge G. Thomas Eisele’s rejection of a challenge of Griffin’s appointment by defense lawyer John Wesley Hall. Eisele explicitly held that Griffin held the position under the Patriot Act provision that allow unlimited appointments.