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Robert O'Neill nominated for U.S. attorney

UPDATE AT 6:20 P.M.: The White House just announced that President Obama has nominated Robert O'Neill to be U.S. attorney for Florida's middle district.

President Barack Obama later today will nominate Robert O’Neill as the U.S. attorney for Florida’s Middle District, the St. Petersburg Times has learned.

The news comes 11 months after the Tampa-based prosecutor, who previously served as interim U.S. attorney, landed on a list of three finalists. O’Neill beat out Roger Handberg, chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Orlando division, and Harry Shorstein, a former state attorney from Jacksonville.

He will replace A. Brian Albritton, a Bush appointee who has held the post since October 2008.

The U.S. attorney serves as Central Florida’s top federal prosecutor, overseeing a district that includes 35 counties and is one of the busiest in the nation.

O’Neill, a native of the Bronx, was educated at Fordham University and New York Law School. He has worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Middle District since 1993.

Alex Leary and Colleen Jenkins, Times staff writers

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:41am]

    

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