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US: Andrew Cuomo taps former Kirkland Antitrust Pro for State’s Highest Court

 |  January 21, 2016

Former Manhattan US Attorney Michael J. Garcia was nominated by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday to serve as a judge on the state Court of Appeals, the first Republican the governor has tapped for New York’s highest court.

Mr. Garcia, 54 years old, is a partner at a Manhattan law firm and leads an advisory board for fantasy-sports operator FanDuel, which is facing intense legal scrutiny nationwide, including in New York. As US attorney, Mr. Garcia presided over the investigation into a high-price prostitution ring that led to the 2008 resignation of then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

In late 2014, Mr. Garcia resigned in protest from his role as FIFA’s top investigator, after the soccer-governing body declined to make public his report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. That process has since become the focus of a wide-ranging criminal probe implicating top FIFA officials.

Mr. Cuomo praised Mr. Garcia’s “broad, well-rounded perspective” on the law and called him “a talented, experienced and skilled prosecutor who will make a tremendous addition to the Court of Appeals.”

Full content: The Wall Street Journal

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