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Newsmaker: David Spurgeon

| Saturday, April 4, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

Age: 38

Family: Parents, Roger and Virginia Spurgeon

Occupation: Allegheny County deputy district attorney

Education: Duquesne University Law School, 1996; Duquesne University, bachelor's degree, 1993; McKeesport High School, 1989

Background: Spurgeon has worked in the District Attorney's Office for 11 years, including seven in the domestic violence unit. He also teaches domestic violence prosecution and evidence collection at the Allegheny County and Pittsburgh police academies. He has served as a member of the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Committee. Before becoming a prosecutor, Spurgeon worked for a private law firm for 1 1/2 years.

Notable: Spurgeon recently was promoted to deputy district attorney, a position in which he oversees the office's domestic violence unit, area prosecution unit and mental health court unit. He also has tried homicide cases.

Quote: "I like the public-service aspect of being a prosecutor," Spurgeon said. "It's a respectable and honorable practice of law to ensure justice is fairly distributed."

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