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Kirsch resigns as US Attorney here, to sit on bench of US Circuit Court

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U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana Thomas Kirsch II announced after deadline on Friday that, effective immediately, he was resigning his position with the U.S. Department of Justice, and assuming the duties of a U.S. Seventh Circuit Court judge.

“I commend Tom Kirsch for his many years of service as United States Attorney and as a member of my Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys,” Attorney General William Barr said. “Tom has faithfully led his office in Northern Indiana with integrity and an unrelenting commitment to the rule of law. Under Tom’s leadership, his office has successfully and aggressively focused on prosecuting violent crimes, especially illegal gang activity in Northwest Indiana, and on public corruption. Tom has also been a valuable member of my Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys since 2019, advising me and the Department of Justice on policy and law enforcement matters. The Department looks forward to Tom’s service to our country as a 7th Circuit judge.”

"Thomas Kirsch is a lifelong Hoosier, who has worked to take on public corruption in Indiana, and has led a diverse and exemplary career,” said U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind. “I am proud the U.S. Senate has confirmed Mr. Kirsch for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.”

“Thomas Kirsch’s qualifications, experience, and temperament will make him the kind of judge that every Hoosier can be proud of,” said U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind. “Throughout this process, KIrsch has made it clear that he believes in the rule of law and he understands the role of a judge is to apply the law and Constitution as written.”

“Serving the citizens of Northern Indiana as United States Attorney has been the privilege and honor of a lifetime,” Kirsch said. “I believe that my office and the talented and dedicated career civil servants that served along with me are among the best in the country. I am proud of what we have accomplished together over the past several years. I am also very grateful for the professional and hardworking federal, state, and local law enforcement officers serving Northern Indiana. Their impressive work is necessary to the continuing fight to reduce crime. I am very thankful for the support and confidence of Sen. Young and Sen. Braun, and I am thankful to the President for my appointment as United States Attorney and now as a circuit judge for the Seventh Circuit.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana has announced that Gary T. Bell will now be serving as Acting U.S. Attorney.

Under federal law, when a presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney resigns, the First Assistant U.S. Attorney (FAUSA) of that office automatically becomes Acting U.S. Attorney.

Bell has held the position of FAUSA since earlier this year and has been in a Supervisory Attorney position since 2014. He joined the office in June 1999 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and at that time focused on violent and drug-related crime and worked mostly with the GRIT Task Force. He later shifted positions and concentrated on public corruption and white-collar crime before becoming a supervisor. Prior to this 20-year career with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bell was a Lake County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.


Posted 12/22/20




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