The nomination of Biden for U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California was scrutinized on Thursday.

The nomination of Biden for U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California was scrutinized on Thursday.
Carla B. Freedman is on the verge of becoming the Capital Region’s next senior federal prosecutor.

Freedman, a supervisory federal prosecutor in Syracuse who was nominated by President Joe Biden to be U.S. Attorney for the 32-county Northern District of New York, is set to be confirmed Thursday by a U.S. Senate judiciary panel hearing at 9 a.m.
Breon Peace, Biden’s nominee to lead the United States Attorney’s Office in the Brooklyn-based Eastern District of New York; Damian Williams, the president’s nominee to lead the office’s Manhattan-based Southern District of New York; and nominees for other federal prosecutors, judges, and officials are also up for approval.
Before taking up the job currently held by acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon, Freedman will need to be confirmed by the entire Senate. Freedman would be the first woman to hold the position on a permanent basis.

From 1988 through 2004, the 57-year-old Freedman of Manlius, a graduate of Syracuse University and New York Law School, served as a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office. After taking time off to raise her baby, she has worked as the chief of the NDNY’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse since 2007. (OCDEFT),
If confirmed by the Senate, Freedman will manage an office that covers her hometown of Syracuse, the whole Capital Region, the Adirondacks, Binghamton, and Kingston.

The nomination of Biden for U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California was scrutinized on Thursday.

Freedman noted in a questionnaire for non-judicial nominations before the Senate committee that, while she has prosecuted a wide range of crimes in her 32 years as a prosecutor, she has focused on cases involving organized crime, violent crime, and drug trafficking offenses. She claims that since 2009, there have been cases involving prohibited substance equivalents and synthetic substances.

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Freedman cited her top cases, including the successful prosecution of Andrew Raymond and Brian Requena, both of Los Angeles, who ran one of the country’s most sophisticated synthetic drug enterprises, between 2014 and 2018. Other high-profile prosecutions she mentioned included the takedown of an organization importing synthetic bath salts from a Chinese pharmaceutical company, as well as another case involving a person who duped desperately ill victims into paying large sums of money and traveling to the Philippines on false promises of receiving organ transplants.
Freedman, a Democrat, is slated to succeed Bacon, a Republican whose term was set to expire as a result of Biden’s victory in the presidential race.

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