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James Orenstein sworn in as interim Hampden County DA

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Former Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni was sworn in as federal judge Monday morning. Just a few hours later, Gov. Deval Patrick announced James Orenstein as his interim for the next seven months. 

Orenstein has served as Assistant District Attorney under Mastroianni and former District Attorney William Bennett. He retired as a full-time prosecutor in 2012 and currently works on special projects for the office, where he has 23 years' experience.

"It was a combination of what an honor I thought it would be if I were to be appointed, coupled with looking forward to working on a daily basis with this great staff again," Orenstein said. 

Patrick said Orenstein knows the people, courts, environment and the county very well and will keep the team stable until the next district attorney steps in.

"I don't anticipate major changes, my goal is really to try to keep the office running as smoothly and as efficiently as possible we might tweak some changes but I don't anticipate any major moves," Orenstein said. 

Orenstein is taking the position during a spike of violence in Springfield. He said although it's something the office cannot solve in seven months, he plans on making Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri one of his first calls to see how they can work together to tackle the issue. 

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