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North Ga. prosecutor to be nominated for Deputy Attorney General
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Sally Yates

President Barack Obama has announced plans to nominate a Georgia prosecutor as the next deputy attorney general.

In a statement Monday, White House officials said Obama is looking to nominate U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates to the position. White House officials say Yates would succeed Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole.

Yates has served as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, which covers Gainesville, since 2010. In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder said he considers Yates a leader among federal prosecutors and praised the way Yates has handled high-profile and complicated cases.

Among other noteworthy trials, Holder says Yates successfully prosecuted Eric Rudolph in the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 summer Olympics.

Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss also supported the nomination.

“Sally Yates is an exceptionally skilled attorney with a strong record of public service and a well-qualified nominee to be deputy attorney general,” the senators said in a joint statement. “She has served with distinction as U.S. attorney for Georgia’s Northern District and throughout her career has demonstrated her abilities as a talented prosecutor in a wide array of challenging cases.”

Yates earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia.

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