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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Sanford C. Coats sworn in as U.S. Attorney

  • The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the confirmation of Sanford C. Coats as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.


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  • The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the confirmation of Sanford C. Coats as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
    Coats was nominated by President Barack Obama Sept. 30. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment on Dec. 24. The President subsequently signed Coats’ Commission and he was sworn into office this afternoon.
    “I am very honored and humbled to serve my country and the citizens of the Western District of Oklahoma in this capacity,” said U.S. Attorney Coats. “I am confident that the talented men and women in this office will continue to protect our citizens, defend our national security and represent the interests of the United States through the ethical, vigorous and impartial enforcement of our laws.”
    As United States Attorney, Coats will supervise the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the United States has an interest. He oversees the work of nearly 90 employees, including 37 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The Western District of Oklahoma is the largest of three judicial districts in the State of Oklahoma and includes 40 of the 77 counties.
    Coats succeeds Robert J. Troester who has been serving as the Acting United States Attorney since August.
    Coats has been a federal prosecutor since 2004 and has prosecuted a variety of cases, including child prostitution, child pornography, banking fraud, tax evasion, crimes in Indian Country, illegal immigration, complex drug conspiracies, firearm crimes and violence associated with illegal street gangs. In 2007, Coats volunteered for short-term assignment to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans as part of a special initiative by the Department of Justice following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to assist in the prosecution of violent, firearm and drug crime.
    Coats received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1998 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University of Louisiana in 1994.
    The Western District of Oklahoma includes Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties.
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