Federal Supreme Court officials say a seasoned prosecutor has been appointed acting U.S. attorney for the middle district.
Bruce D. Brandler was named acting US attorney for the district that includes Lycoming County following the resignation of former US attorney David J. Freed on Friday.
Brandler’s appointment lasts for 300 days or until an appointment is made president, whichever comes first.
Brandler previously served as the U.S. attorney for the district between October 2, 2016 and November 26, 2017.
Brandler began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York, where he served from 1981 to 1985.
After retiring from the prosecution, he became deputy chief and then chief investigative adviser to the New York State Senate Committee on Investigations, Taxes and Government Operations from 1985 to 1986.
Brandler was appointed U.S. Assistant Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 1986 and was promoted to Senior Litigation Counsel in 1992.
In 2014 he became head of the Criminal Investigation Department and held this position until his appointment as a US attorney in October 2016.
During his tenure as US assistant attorney, Brandler specialized in complex law enforcement operations, including high-level cases of public corruption.
Brandler graduated from New York State University at Stony Brook in 1978 and received a bachelor’s degree in political science. He received his law degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1981.
He lives in Harrisburg.
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