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U.S. attorney installed in district
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AUGUSTA -- Edmund A. Booth Jr., took the oath of office as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia on March 6 during a formal investiture in U. S. District Court here.
Chief U. S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr., presided over the proceeding which was attended by a gallery of judges from the federal, state and local judiciary, attorneys, office staff, family and friends.  Booth was nominated by President Bush and the Senate confirmed the nomination. Bush appointed Booth the next day.
Booth's legal career has spanned approximately 37 years in the U.S. Attorneys' Office in Augusta.  He has extensive litigation and management experience. He previously served as interim U. S. attorney for the district April-November 2001 under an appointment by then Attorney General Ashcroft as extended by then Chief U. S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr.  He was appointed acting U.S. attorney in February 2007 and served in that capacity until appointed again as interim U.S. attorney under an appointment by Attorney General Gonzalez on September 6, 2007.
Booth received recognition by the director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys with the National Director's Awards for Superior Performance as an assistant U.S. attorney in 1994 and 2003.  He served as a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia from 1991-1994.  This advisory committee was appointed pursuant to the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990.
Booth is a native of Athens and began his career in the U. S. Attorney's Office in 1971. He obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in 1967 and his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1970. Booth is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Augusta Bar Association.  He is a past president of the Augusta Bar Association.
The nation's 93 U.S. attorneys are responsible for the prosecution of federal crimes such as firearms, narcotics, money laundering, pornography and fraud; the defense of civil cases brought against the United States; and the collection of debts owed to the United States and restitution owed by criminals to their victims.
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