San Antonio.- El Paso Jaime Esparza was sworn in Friday afternoon as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, which stretches from El Paso to San Antonio.
Chief Justice of the West Texas Federal District Alia Moses administered the oath of office to Esparza at the federal courthouse in San Antonio.
Esparza said, “It is a great honor to accept this appointment to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas.” “I am proud to have dedicated the last four decades of my life to the cause of justice in the state of Texas and will continue to ensure that we hold accountable those who seek to harm vulnerable victims and disrupt the American way of life. ”
Esparza, who was confirmed by the US Senate last week, served as the district attorney in El Paso from 1993 until 2020, when he resigned from the position and chose not to run for reelection.
As district attorney, Esparza secured the state capital murder indictment of the alleged perpetrator of the August 3, 2019 Walmart massacre: Patrick Crusius.
In his new position, Esparza would become a key figure in deciding whether to pursue the death penalty against Crucius in his upcoming federal trial.
Federal prosecutors have agreed to January 17, 2023, as the date to decide whether to seek the death penalty in that case.
Esparza is the first El Paso to serve as US District Attorney since Ron Aderer, who served as the lead US Attorney for the Western District of Texas from 1989 to 1993 in the George HW Bush administration.
As United States Attorney, Esparza is the top federal law enforcement official in the Western District of Texas. He is responsible for prosecuting violations of federal law and representing the federal government in civil litigation involving the United States. The Western District of Texas consists of 68 counties, covers approximately 93,000 square miles, and serves more than six million residents. The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas employs more than 300 people and has offices in Austin, Alpine, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland, Waco and San Antonio.
Trajectory in El Paso
United States Attorney Esparza served as the District Attorney for the 34th Judicial District of Texas from 1993 to 2020.
She is credited with creating the award-winning 24-Hour Domestic Violence Project, which provides increased attention and support to victims of domestic abuse. He also introduced the District Attorney’s Information Management System, which has reduced arrests by 20 percent and saved El Paso County millions of dollars.
In 2005, US Attorney Esparza was named Texas State Bar Association Prosecutor of the Year and in 2015 received the President’s National Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award for Outstanding Criminal Justice Prosecutor.
United States Attorney Esparza was Assistant County Prosecutor in the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office in 1992, First Assistant Public Defender in the El Paso County Public Defender’s Office from 1988 to 1991, and Assistant District Attorney for the 34th Judicial District of Texas in 1987. ,
United States Attorney Esparza began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he served from 1983 to 1987. United States Attorney Esparza received his Juris Doctor from the Center for Law at the University of Houston in 1983 and a Bachelor of Business
Administration of the University of Texas at Austin in 1979.