Sat., December 19, 2009 9:52am (EST)

Tarver Sworn In As U.S. District Attorney
By Associated Press
Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Ed Tarver is the first black U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia (photo courtesy of Ed Tarver)
Ed Tarver is the first black U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia (photo courtesy of Ed Tarver)
Attorney Ed Tarver has been sworn-in as the first black U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

Tarver took the oath of office yesterday in a overflowing federal courtroom in Augusta.

Retired Georgia Court of Appeals Judge John Ruffin Junior told the crowd that Tarver's long career as an attorney helped prepare him for the position.

Ruffin was the first black superior court judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. He urged Tarver to keep his motives pure and to make sure his cause was always just.

Tarver takes over a district that covers 43 Georgia counties.