Wheeler led Civil Rights Division at DOJ during, after turbulent transition

August 23, 2017 By Dave Stafford
The Indiana Lawyer

When a driver plowed into a crowd protesting white supremacist marchers this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, Thomas Wheeler II said the crime undoubtedly leapt to the top of the priority list at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

“The thing about the Civil Rights Division is, on any day, you’re on the front page of the paper,” said Wheeler, a partner at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Indianapolis who served as acting assistant attorney general for the division after President Donald Trump was sworn in Jan. 20. “You lose control of your calendar,” he said, because priorities change along with the fast-moving, high-profile events such as crimes against religious groups, police shootings, and now, Charlottesville.

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