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André Birotte Jr. nominated to be U.S. attorney

December 24, 2009 |  7:48 am

Andrebirotte André Birotte Jr., who has served as inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Commission since 2003, has been nominated by President Obama to be U.S. attorney for the Central District of California.

“André Birotte Jr. is an outstanding candidate with strong support in the local community," Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement today. The California Democrat said she had recommended Birotte to Obama, citing his qualifications, experience and ability to balance concerns of police officers and the community.

"His ability to command respect from all sides bodes well for his nomination to lead federal law enforcement efforts in the communities of the Central District,” she said in the statement.

If confirmed by the Senate, Birotte would be the first African American U.S. attorney for the district, which covers Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

A graduate of Pepperdine University's law school, Birotte first worked as a deputy public defender. In 1995, he joined the U.S. attorney’s office, where he investigated and prosecuted violent crime, fraud and narcotics trafficking cases.

After four years as a federal prosecutor, he joined a private law firm, specializing in white-collar crime and commercial litigation cases before being named inspector general for the Police Commission. There he oversees a staff of approximately 32 attorneys, auditors and former law enforcement officials overseeing the LAPD’s internal investigations.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Andre Birotte Jr., right, and former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton in 2004. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press

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