Robert C. Stuart
Acting U.S. Attorney
District of Nebraska
Robert C. Stuart became the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska on March 11, 2017. He served as the District’s First Assistant United States Attorney from November 2009 until becoming the Acting United States Attorney. From August 1991 until transferring to the District of Nebraska in 2009, Mr. Stuart served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California (San Diego) where he investigated and prosecuted numerous felony crimes and held various leadership positions in the Criminal Division.
Mr. Stuart enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1970 and served on active duty until retiring in August 1991 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He began his career as an Artillery Officer and led troops in combat in Vietnam. After attending law school under the U.S. Marine Corps Law Programs, he served as a Judge Advocate in various duty stations and assignments, including Chief Defense Counsel, Chief Trial Counsel, Military Judge, Assistant Law School Professor, and Staff Judge Advocate.
Mr. Stuart is a native Nebraskan and a 1970 graduate of the University of Nebraska and a 1976 graduate of Creighton University School of Law.
"The United States Attorney is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice be done. As such he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the twofold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor -- indeed he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one."
-- Mr. Justice Sutherland in Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 88 (1935)