- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in Northern California is stepping down after five years on the job.

Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, announced the decision to staff members on Wednesday. Abraham Simmons, a spokesman for the office, said her resignation takes effect on September 1. The 53-year-old plans to spend time with family.

Haag was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2010.

Among her high-profile cases was the indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee on bribery and money laundering charges and the ongoing prosecution of FedEx over accusations it knowingly shipped illegal drugs.

Haag has been criticized for cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries.

She told the San Jose Mercury News (https://bayareane.ws/1LRJKJM) Wednesday that marijuana cases represented a fraction of her office’s work and were in response to community concerns.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com

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