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Northern District of Florida

Monday, June 4, 2018

Northern District of Florida to Receive Two Attorney Positions to Fight Violent Crime

On 500th Day of Trump Administration, Attorney General Sessions Announces 311 New Assistant United States Attorney Positions

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – On the 500th day of the Trump Administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Christopher P. Canova, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced that the Department of Justice is taking a dramatic step to increase resources to combat violent crime, enforce our immigration laws, and help roll back the devastating opioid crisis.

In the largest increase in decades, the Department of Justice is allocating 311 new Assistant United States Attorneys nationwide to assist in priority areas.  These allocations are as follows: 190 violent crime prosecutors, 86 civil enforcement prosecutors, and 35 immigration prosecutors.  Many of the civil enforcement AUSAs will support the newly created Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force, which targets the opioid crisis at every level of the distribution system.

The two new AUSA positions allocated to the Northern District of Florida will focus on violent crime.

U.S. Attorney Canova said: “Attorney General Sessions’s announcement of more prosecutors to fight crime punctuates his mission to make our communities safer.  He continues to support law enforcement officers and prosecutors by providing the resources, tools, and discretion to bring evil-doers to justice.  My office will use these two new AUSA positions to prosecute the predators who terrorize our communities.  Everyone should feel safe to walk the sidewalks and let their children play in the yard.”

“Under President Trump’s strong leadership, the Department of Justice is going on offense against violent crime, illegal immigration, and the opioid crisis — and today we are sending in reinforcements,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  “We have a saying in my office that a new federal prosecutor is ‘the coin of the realm.’  When we can eliminate wasteful spending, one of my first questions to my staff is if we can deploy more prosecutors to where they are needed.  I have personally worked to re-purpose existing funds to support this critical mission, and as a former federal prosecutor myself, my expectations could not be higher.  These exceptional and talented prosecutors are key leaders in our crime fighting partnership.  This addition of new Assistant U.S. Attorney positions represents the largest increase in decades.”

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

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For more information, contact: Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer amy.alexander@usdoj.gov
Updated June 4, 2018