San Francisco defense attorney Steven Gruel has joined the ranks of those angling to replace Northern District U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello.
Gruel, a former federal prosecutor, said today that he submitted an application to Sen. Barbara Boxer last week. Boxer has assembled a committee to vet applicants for the position, and she will also appoint several other judicial and law enforcement officials around California.
President Barack Obama has not asked Russoniello to step down, but Boxer is accepting applications should he do so.
Gruel said Boxer’s office told him they were just beginning to interview candidates.
Since leaving the Northern District U.S. attorney’s office, Gruel has represented Los Angeles private detective Anthony Pellicano and San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew.
— Evan Hill