US attorney in Los Angeles confirmed for judgeship

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Updated: 7/22 11:50 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Los Angeles has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a judge.

Andre Birotte (Behr-rot) Jr. was unanimously approved Tuesday for a seat on the U.S. District Court bench in Los Angeles.

The 47-year-old Birotte has been U.S. attorney for Los Angeles and six neighboring counties since 2010. He previously served as inspector general of the LA Police Department and has worked both as a public defender and in private practice.

Birotte's office has brought public corruption charges against state Sen. Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello, and prosecuted members of the LA County Sheriff's Department on civil rights and obstruction of justice charges. Birotte declined to prosecute cyclist Lance Armstrong after a nearly two-year investigation into doping allegations that tainted the seven-time Tour de France winner.

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