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Bobby Christine named acting U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Georgia

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The memo:

  • Bobby L. Christine has been named Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
  • This comes in addition to his current role as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby L. Christine has been named Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia by President Donald J. Trump.

The announcement was made by Christine’s office in a two-sentence press release on Tuesday. He will reportedly remain in his role in the Southern District while taking on the Northern District on an interim basis.

Christine fills the vacancy left by former U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak, who resigned on Monday.

After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Christine worked for a decade in the District Attorney’s Office in Augusta, where he prosecuted all manner of crime, including violent felonies and complex thefts.

He was appointed Judge of Magistrate Court for Columbia County in 2005 and held that post continuously until November 2017, serving as Chief Magistrate from 2009-2012. From 2005 to 2017, Christine also maintained a private practice concentrating in domestic, probate, personal injury and criminal litigation.

On November 22, 2017, he was sworn in as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, having been nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Christine has also been an Army reservist since the age of 17, both as a Combat Engineer and a Judge Advocate. A Brigadier General in the National Guard, he currently serves as the National Guard Advisor to the Judge Advocate General and Assistant to the Chief Counsel of the National Guard Bureau. He is a veteran of the war in Iraq, where he prosecuted among the war’s first courts-martial and participated in the investigation of Abu Ghraib. He is a graduate of the master’s degree program at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

His military awards and citations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star medal and the parachutist badge. In 2016, Christine was selected the Army Career Judge Advocate of the Year.

He and his wife, Sheri, an elementary school teacher for Columbia County, have two daughters and one son. The Christine family resides in Evans.

Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com