Strasser Takes Oath As New Orleans Federal Prosecutor


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Peter Strasser has been formally installed as the new U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Strasser took the oath Friday in the New Orleans courtroom of U.S. District Judge Lance Africk.

Africk's courtroom was packed with well-wishers, including several of Strasser's predecessors and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy. Strasser is a retired Navy Reserve captain and military judge. He has been an assistant U.S. attorney and, more recently, a partner at the Chaffe (chaff) McCall law firm.

President Donald Trump nominated Strasser in June. The Senate confirmed him in August. He succeeds Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET) who stepped down amid last year's exodus of U.S. Attorneys following the transition from the administration of former Democratic President Barack Obama. Duane Evans held the role in the interim.

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