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André Birotte Jr. gets Obama nod for federal judgeship in LA

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President Barack Obama has nominated longtime L.A. legal figure André Birotte Jr. to a federal judgeship in the Los Angeles-based Central District of California.

Birotte has headed the 500-person U.S. Attorney's office since 2010, overseeing criminal, civil and tax cases.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein recommended Birotte for the lifetime appointment, which has to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

His office led investigations that led to recent indictments of California state Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) on public corruption charges, and of 18 current or former L.A. County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly abusing jail inmates.

Birotte has climbed the local legal career ladder as a deputy public defender  and as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office. In private practice, Birotte handled white collar criminal defense cases and corporate litigation. Birotte also served six years as inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Commission, overseeing internal investigations.

Birotte has a degree in psychology from Tufts University and attended Pepperdine University School of Law.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Birotte's experience as being in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He was a deputy public defender.

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