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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


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Holder Names Birotte to U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday named Andre Birotte Jr., the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, as a member of the Justice Department’s U.S. Attorney Advisory Committee.

The advisory committee includes 16 U.S. attorneys, who serve overlapping two-year terms, along with ex-officio members. The committee “represents the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys” and “plays an indispensable role in guiding the Justice Department’s work as we confront a range of challenging issues and opportunities,” the department said in a press release.

The committee is presently chaired by U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch.

Also named to the committee yesterday were U.S. Attorneys Thomas E. Delahanty II, District of Maine; Zachary T. Fardon, Northern District of Illinois; Wifredo A. Ferrer,  Southern District of Florida; Kerry B. Harvey, Eastern District of Kentucky; Zane D. Memeger, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Tim Q. Purdon, District of North Dakota; and Sarah R. Saldana, Northern District of Texas.

The new members replace Laura E. Duffy, Southern District of California; Timothy J. Heaphy, Western District of Virginia; Brendan V. Johnson, District of South Dakota; Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida; Carmen M. Ortiz, District of Massachusetts; Robert L. Pitman, Western District of Texas; James Santelle, Eastern District of Wisconsin; and Carter M. Stewart, Southern District of Ohio.

Birotte has been the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California since March 4, 2010.  He previously served as the inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Commission from 2003 to 2010 and as an assistant inspector general from 2001 to 2003. 

From 1995 to 1999, Birotte served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District.  He started his legal career as a deputy public defender for Los Angeles County from 1991 to 1995. 

He presently serves as co-Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee’s Terrorism/National Security Subcommittee, and as a member of the Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee, Civil Rights Subcommittee, Cyber/Intellectual Property Subcommittee, Violent and Organized Crime Subcommittee and White Collar/Fraud Subcommittee.


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