United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Last updated on 5 August 2017

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is the chief federal law enforcement officer in eight New York state counties: New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, and Sullivan. Preet Bharara, who was appointed by Barack Obama in 2009[1] was the U.S. Attorney for the District until March 11, 2017 when he was fired by President Donald Trump shortly after refusing to resign upon request.[2] Bharara had taken over the post from Lev L. Dassin, who was acting as the interim U.S. Attorney after Michael J. Garcia, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005, stepped down in December 2008 to join the partnership of New York law firm Kirkland & Ellis.[3] The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has jurisdiction over all cases prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney.

The New York Times has called the office "one of New York City's most powerful clubs." Dozens of former assistant U.S. attorneys who worked there go on to prominent careers both in private practice and at the federal level.[4]

Because of the office's resources, pursuit of high-profile cases, independence from presidential administrations and transitions, and tenacity, it is sometimes referred to as the "Sovereign District of New York"[5][6][7][8]—sometimes along with its accompanying FBI field office.[9]

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United States Southern District of New York counties.

Organization

The Office is organized into divisions handling civil and criminal matters. The Southern District of New York also has two offices: one in Manhattan, and one in White Plains. The Office employs approximately 220 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.[10]

List of U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of New York

In 1814, the District of New York was divided into the Northern and the Southern District. The next year, the first U.S. Attorneys for the new districts were appointed.–

Notable assistants

In popular culture

In the TV series Billions, the US Attorney for Southern District of New York, Charles "Chuck" Rhoades Jr., is portrayed by Paul Giamatti.[11]

References

  1. ^ For Manhattan’s Next U.S. Attorney, Politics and Prosecution Don’t Mix, The New York Times, August 9, 2009
  2. ^ Haberman, Maggie. "Preet Bharara Is Fired After Refusing to Step Down as U.S. Attorney". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ The Man Who Took Down Spitzer, The Daily Beast, December 9, 2008
  4. ^ A Steppingstone for Law's Best and Brightest, New York Times, January 29, 2009.
  5. ^ Weiser, Benjamin; Rashbaum, William K. (March 10, 2017). "With Preet Bharara’s Dismissal, Storied Office Loses Its Top Fighter". New York Times. In past presidential transitions, the storied office, long known to be so independent of Washington that some people referred to it as the Sovereign District of New York, has in large measure moved forward unaffected by politics.
  6. ^ Beale, Sara Sun (2011). "What Are the Rules if Everybody Wants to Play?". In Barkow, Anthony S.; Barkow, Rachel E. Prosecutors in the Boardroom: Using Criminal Law to Regulate Corporate conduct. NYU Press. p. 206. ISBN 9780814787038. Finally, in some multijurisdictional cases there have been turf battles rather than cooperation. For example, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York ..... Press accounts have noted the perception that the "'Sovereign District of New York'...doesn't necessar[il]y play well with others."
  7. ^ Ashcroft, John (2006). Never Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice. Center Street. p. PT160. ISBN 9780759568730. As U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (sometimes referred to by Justice Departments insiders as 'the sovereign district' of New York because of its high-profile cases and independence).
  8. ^ Ragavan, Chitra (March 26, 2001). "The pardon buck stops in New York: U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White takes the lead". U.S. News & World Report. Vol. 130 no. 12. p. 24. The Bush administration has left the answer largely in the hands of White, a registered independent, whose office, because of its legendary independence and tenacity, is known as the 'sovereign district.'
  9. ^ McDermott, Terry; Meyer, Josh (2012). The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Little, Brown. p. PT42. ISBN 9780316202732. This was sometimes referred to—mockingly, but enviously, too—as the Sovereign District of New York. It was in many ways a separate fiedfdom from the rest of the Bureau, creating its own rules and procedures. The agent in charge of the office, unlike all but one other agent in charge, held the rank of an assistant director of the entire FBI."
  10. ^ Organization and Operation, U.S. Attorney's Office
  11. ^ Tallerico, Brian. "Billions Recap: Agents of Chaos". Vulture. Retrieved 2017-04-25.

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