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Obama Administrations gets to Appoint U.S. Attorney for New Orleans Area

Press Release - LPB - Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Entry Date: December 07, 2012
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Description: The Obama administration will get a chance to appoint a new U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Jim Letten resigned yesterday amidst a federal investigation involving two of his subordinates. The attorneys are accused of using the internet to criticize a judge. They used aliases to protect their identity. The assistant U.S. attorneys also reportedly made comments online about one of the targets of a federal case.

Letten didn't give a reason for his resignation. He held his position as a U.S. attorney longer than any other federal attorney office during his tenure and was appointed by Pres. George W. Bush in 2001.

The U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans was under Letten's leadership during the successful prosecution of former Louisiana governor, Edwin Edwards. Edwards was referring to Letten and his staff when he said, "The Chinese have a saying that if you sit by the river long enough, the dead body of your enemy will come floating down the river....I suppose the feds sat by the river long enough, so here comes my body."

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