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Robert Capers '96 has been confirmed by the Senate and will serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Capers replaces Loretta Lynch, who assumed the office of Attorney General on April 27. He was recommended earlier this year by Sen. Charles Schumer.
In a statement, Schumer praised Capers as “experienced, professional, and utterly dedicated both to the law and to the Eastern District,” according to the New York Times.
Capers was nominated by President Barack Obama on Oct. 8. At the time, Pres. Obama said his six picks — Capers among them — "have distinguished themselves as some of the best and brightest their profession has to offer."
"(T)hey will faithfully and tirelessly pursue justice on behalf of the American people," he said.
Capers was senior counsel in the public integrity unit within the Eastern District, which covers Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. He joined the district's prosecutor's office in 2003, after serving as assistant district attorney for New York City's Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.