A new U.S. attorney for Northern California was sworn in to the job in San Francisco today and will start work Monday.
Joseph Russoniello, 66, who previously held the same job 25 years ago, was sworn in by Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. district court for Northern California.
Russoniello served his first stint in the post from 1982 to 1990 and was appointed then by President Ronald Reagan.
He was nominated for a new term by President Bush in November and confirmed by the U.S. Senate last month.
The U.S. attorney’s office handles federal criminal cases as well as civil cases involving the U.S. government in the coastal Northern California district stretching from Monterey to the Oregon border.
The office has 110 federal lawyers at its San Francisco headquarters and San Jose and Oakland branches.
Among other cases, Russoniello will supervise the pending prosecutions of baseball star Barry Bonds on perjury charges; suspended San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew on extortion and bribery charges; and former McAfee Inc. general counsel Kent Roberts on fraud charges related to stock options backdating.
Russoniello was recently in private practice in San Francisco and was also dean of San Francisco Law School until July.
He replaces interim U.S. attorney Scott Schools, who in turn replaced Kevin Ryan.
Ryan, appointed by Bush in 2002, was one of nine U.S. attorneys fired by the Justice Department in 2006 and early 2007. He left office in February.
In a separate development, Ryan was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as head of the mayor’s office of criminal justice today, according to City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
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