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Novak tapped as U.S. Magistrate Judge

A longtime veteran prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office has been named a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The judges of the U.S. District Court appointed David J. Novak to the position, effective Feb. 1, 2012. Novak succeeds U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal, who recently retired from the bench.

Novak, a federal prosecutor for more than 20 years, had been chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s office since 2009. He joined the office in Virginia in 1994, after three years of working as an assistant U.S. attorney in Texas.

One of his most significant cases was the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted, to date, for his role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He served as co-counsel.

Novak, a member of both the Pennsylvania and Virginia bars, earned his undergraduate degree from St. Vincent College in 1983 and his law degree from Villanova University in 1986.

- Paul Fletcher

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