Photo Courtesy of the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office
Richard Donoghue is sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Friday by Chief Judge Dora Irizarry as Eastern District Criminal Division Chief Seth DuCharme holds the Bible.
By Michael V. Cusenza
What once was interim is now permanent.
The judges of the Eastern District of New York have appointed Richard Donoghue as the U.S. Attorney for EDNY.
Chief Eastern District Judge Dora Irizarry administered the oath of office on Friday at the Theodore Roosevelt Courthouse in Brooklyn.
“I am deeply grateful to the court for the opportunity to continue to serve as the U.S. Attorney. I am equally grateful to the women and men of the Eastern District who have created and maintained a tradition of honor, integrity and excellence,” Donoghue said. “Together, we will pursue justice, protect the people of this great nation and be faithful to the rule of law.”
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in January the appointment of Donoghue as interim U.S. Attorney. According to the DOJ, Donoghue served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the EDNY office, where he held positions including Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Long Island Criminal Division. As an AUSA, he investigated and prosecuted MS-13 racketeering cases and other violent crime, white collar crime, public integrity offenses, and drug trafficking.
Additionally, from 1993 to 2000, Donoghue served on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, where he held positions including military magistrate judge, prosecutor, defense counsel and contract litigator; and from 1993 through 1995, Donoghue served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Donoghue received his B.A., cum laude, from Hofstra University and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.
The Eastern District is: Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island in NYC; and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.