Andre Birotte Jr., the chief federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, has been nominated by President
Birotte, who has served as the U.S. attorney overseeing the nation's second-largest office since 2010, is a former Los Angeles County deputy public defender who also acted as the
As L.A.'s top federal prosecutor, he reinstated a public corruption and civil rights unit disbanded by his predecessor and oversaw high-profile investigations into the L.A. County jails and into state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon. At the same time, the office dropped closely watched probes into cyclist
"These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," Obama said, according to a White House statement, announcing the nominations of Birotte and Randolph D. Moss to the federal bench in
Birotte, 47, will replace Judge Gary Allen Feess, a Clinton appointee, who is retiring. Birotte's nomination now goes before the
"I have been very impressed with his performance over the last four years. He has a record of excellence and fairness," she said in a statement. "I am confident he will serve the people of the Central District very well as a U.S. district judge."
Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor, said most in the local legal community would praise Birotte's appointment.
"He was a U.S. attorney who was on the ground, out in the community and interacting with law enforcement agencies," Levenson said.
She said she did not believe the cases his office chose not to prosecute were blemishes on his record. "It takes guts and experience and judgment to know when you can go forward with a case and when you can't," she said.
Birotte is a Tufts University graduate who received his J.D. from Pepperdine University in Malibu.