Russoniello confirmed as U.S. Attorney
Former U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello has been confirmed by
the U.S. Senate
as the new U.S. attorney for Northern California.
Photo by Luke
By Julia Cheever
December 19, 2007
Veteran San Francisco lawyer Joseph Russoniello has been confirmed
by the U.S. Senate as the new U.S. attorney for Northern California
and will take office in early January.
Russoniello said today he plans to be sworn in on Jan. 4 and
start work on Jan. 7.
Russoniello, 66, now a lawyer in private practice, previously
served eight years as U.S. attorney from 1982 to 1990 and was
appointed then by President Ronald Reagan.
President Bush nominated him in November for a new stint in the
job. The Senate confirmed the appointment in a voice vote late
The U.S. attorney's office for Northern California handles federal
criminal cases as well as civil cases involving the U.S. government
in coastal California from Monterey to the Oregon border.
The office has its headquarters in San Francisco and has branches
in Oakland and San Jose.
Pending prosecutions that Russoniello will inherit include perjury
charges against baseball star Barry Bonds; extortion and bribery
charges against suspended San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew; and
the upcoming trial of former McAfee Inc. general counsel Kent
Roberts on fraud charges related to stock options backdating.
Russoniello has recently worked with the San Francisco law firm
of Cooley Godward Kronish LLP and was dean of San Francisco Law
School until July.
He said today, "There are a number of things I need to do
simultaneously. I need to introduce myself to the staff of the
office and assure them I will be doing my best to see that the
office will be the best it can be."
Russoniello said he also wants to reinvigorate the U.S. attorney's
office's relationship with local and state law enforcement officials.
Another task, he said, will be to establish a working relationship
with the federal investigative agencies that refer criminal cases
to U.S. prosecutors, such as the FBI, the U.S. Internal Revenue
Service and the Department of Homeland Security.
"It's a whole new generation," Russoniello said.
Russoniello replaces interim U.S. Attorney Scott Schools, a career
Justice Department attorney who took the place of Kevin Ryan in
Ryan, appointed by Bush in 2002, was one of nine U.S. attorneys
fired by the Justice Department in 2006 and early 2007.
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