NY federal prosecutor leaving

November 17, 2008 8:05:53 AM PST
A high-profile federal prosecutor has told superiors at the Justice Department that he is leaving his job in New York to join a private law firm. As the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Michael Garcia oversaw the prostitution investigation that led to the resignation of then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. He also had a big role in probes of Wall Street. His departure is expected, since the incoming Barack Obama administration will be in a position to nominate a replacement next year.

He has informed Justice Department officials in Washington that he will soon leave the position, according to a person briefed on the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement is not yet official.

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