Anyone who’s been around Brooklyn long enough will remember the name Benton Campbell. He’s not the latest star on American Idol, he doesn’t do a streaming web series, he is however a true public servant who has been around 15 years. The outgoing Brooklyn U.S. attorney stepped down almost six months ago but, according to reports in the Daily News (1), “hasn’t left the office.”
Of course, he could have. Benton Campbell may not be a name anyone outside the local political sphere would recognize but he very easily could have “vault(ed) to a highly paid partnership at a top law firm.” Instead he chose to “stay on at the federal prosecutor’s office and mentor younger lawyers until he makes his next move.”
Some may remember Benton Campbell, if not from his most recent trial as he helped to bust mob bosses “transporting 197 pounds of marijuana inside sofas,” then for his first trial in 1995 when “he fainted as he was about to make his opening argument.”
Whatever his next move, it doesn’t come as a surprise on the inside. “He’s a true public servant who always put the good of the office ahead of himself,” remarked Morris Fodeman, a former colleague of Campbell. A move like this could also spell a move to more public office by Campbell in the coming years.
Campbell has just got to be careful and not make the same mistakes as other former DA’s did in their move to a grander stage.