Attorney General Eric Holder paid tribute on Friday to the new U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee at the prosecutor’s ceremonial investiture in Memphis, The Commercial Appeal reported.
Federal, state and local officials looked on as Holder commended U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III for his intelligence, community work and dedication.
“I was really struck by his optimism,” Holder said, according to the newspaper. “He is a proud son of Memphis. Ed loves his hometown.”
Stanton said he will focus on fighting financial, violent and civil rights crimes as U.S. Attorney. He said he will create a division in his office that will bolster efforts to prosecute infractions of civil rights laws.
“We will succeed in becoming a stronger and safer and more vibrant community,” Stanton said, according to The Commercial Appeal. “Our next days will truly be our best days.”
Stanton has been U.S. Attorney since August. But, like many U.S. Attorneys, he decided to have a ceremonial investiture later on.
Holder has attended 16 U.S. Attorney swearing in ceremonies thus far.