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Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the Appointment of Peter McCoy as Interim U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina

For Immediate Release
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Attorney General William P. Barr announced today the appointment and swearing in of Peter M. McCoy, Jr. as Interim U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546.

As Interim U.S. Attorney, McCoy is the chief federal law enforcement officer responsible for federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation involving the United States in the District of South Carolina.  He supervises an office of approximately 62 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, 75 support staff, and 18 contract support staff, all of whom are responsible for prosecuting federal crimes affecting the district, including narcotics and firearms cases, gang violence, human trafficking, white-collar crime, securities fraud, public corruption, terrorism and civil rights violations.  The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.

“I am pleased to appoint Peter McCoy as Interim U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina.  Peter’s extensive legal and prosecutorial experience, and strong commitment to public safety and the rule of law will make him an able leader of this office,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “Peter has been a fierce advocate for the rights of children and strict accountability for sex offenders and other violent criminals.  He will make an outstanding U.S. Attorney for the people of South Carolina.”

Before being sworn in as Interim U.S. Attorney, McCoy was a partner at McCoy and Stokes Law Firm.  McCoy also served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and focused his legislative work on protecting children and keeping neighborhoods safe.

A Charleston, South Carolina, resident and graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and Regent University Law School, McCoy spent more than five years as a criminal prosecutor in the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, handling thousands of crimes involving violence, guns, and drugs.  As a legislator, McCoy was the lead sponsor of legislation requiring the mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse as well as legislation establishing a mandatory minimum sentence for anyone who commits a crime while out on bond.  He worked to pass statutes that ensure violent repeat criminal offenders do not remain out of bond if they continue to commit crimes.

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Updated March 31, 2020

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