U.S. Attorney in Southern District of GA Appoints Special Prosecutors for Fort Stewart Cases and Animal Cruelty Crimes

The Federal Docket

August 25, 2020

On August 25, 2020, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing the “historic” appointments of two Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (“SAUSAs”) to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Georgia. The appointments include Darron Hubbard, a former military attorney who is now the full-time, dedicated prosecutor for cases arising out of Fort Stewart, and Jessica Rock, a state prosecutor who served on Georgia’s first “animal cruelty task force” and became Georgia’s “first dedicated animal cruelty prosecutor” in 2004. The DOJ press release states that Hubbard is the first full-time prosecutor appointed to Fort Stewart and Rock is only the second dedicated animal cruelty prosecutor that has joined a U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The appointments reflect an increased focus on criminal cases coming out of Fort Stewart and an aggressive new approach to increasing animal cruelty prosecutions at the federal level. Rock is already involved in the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s prosecution of “two major cockfighting cases” arising out of South Georgia.

Read the DOJ’s press release.

Tom Church - Tom is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on criminal defense and civil trials. Tom is the author of "The Federal Docket" and is a contributor to Mercer Law Review's Annual Survey in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines and criminal law. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School where he served as a research assistant to the faculty in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Read Tom's reviews on AVVO. Follow Tom on Linkedin.

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