United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
The United States Attorney for the District of Columbia is the United States Attorney responsible for representing the federal government in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Unlike other municipalities, Washington, D.C., is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. By statute, the U.S. Attorney is responsible for prosecuting both federal crimes and all serious crimes committed by adults in the District of Columbia. Therefore, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia serves as both the federal prosecutor (as in the other 92 U.S. Attorneys' offices) and as the local district attorney. The Attorney General of the District of Columbia, formerly appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia and currently elected directly by the people of the District, handles local civil litigation and minor infractions only.
List of U.S. Attorneys for the District of Columbia
- Roscoe C. Howard: August 2001 – May 2004
- Kenneth L. Wainstein: May 2004 - 2006
- Ronald Machen: February 2010 - March 2015
- Vincent Cohen, Jr.: April 2015 - October 2015
- Channing D. Phillips: October 2015 - present
- U.S. Attorneys: District of Columbia on DOJ's U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Columbia website.
- Acting United States Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. to Step Down
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