United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ALLOCATED MORE RESOURCES
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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Seven New Prosecutors to Be Hired This Year
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that his office will be receiving additional funding to hire seven new Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Five of the positions are the result of a reallocation of resources within the U.S. Department of Justice directed by Deputy Attorney General James Cole. Two more will be limited-term Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
“The fact that this district is receiving more prosecutors is a recognition of both the acute needs of this district and the outstanding work that is being done by the attorneys in this office,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “The Eastern District of California is a vast jurisdiction, covering over half the land mass of the state, with a population of over 7.5 million. A rapidly growing population has left this district with one of the lowest ratios of Assistant U.S. Attorneys per capita in the country. I applaud the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General for recognizing the urgent needs in this district and taking this action to promote public safety in the region. These positions will be used to staff a new office in Bakersfield, to expand our heavily burdened prosecutorial units in the Fresno office, to augment our anti-violent crime efforts in the Sacramento office, and to expand our affirmative civil litigation team.”
All seven positions are a result of reallocations of existing resources within the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. No additional taxpayer dollars will be expended.
The office will soon begin taking applications for the five positions authorized by the Deputy Attorney General. Discussions with the Department of Homeland Security will commence soon regarding the placement of the two term Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Those two prosecutors will be dedicated to prosecuting crimes such as child exploitation, fraudulent document offenses, importation of contraband and other offenses investigated by the special agents with Homeland Security Investigations.