SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)_ The Senate has confirmed a federal prosecutor to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern California.

Many see the appointment as a signal of the Obama Administration’s focus on white-collar crime.

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Melinda Haag was nominated by the president several months ago and her appointment was approved by the Senate on Thursday before they recessed for the summer.

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Haag was a Federal Prosecutor in both Northern and Southern California before going into private practice.

Stanford Law Professor Robert Weisberg, who directs the Criminal Justice Center, says Haag is a terrific choice.

“She’s totally non-political, she’s a real professional, and she has an ideal background in terms of breadth and depth in federal crime,” said Weisberg.

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Haag replaces Joseph Russoniello, who has done two stints as U.S. Attorney General.