Jim Letten Resigns in New Orleans

Jim Letten, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, announced on Thursday that he would be resigning, effective December 18, 2012. Letten, the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the nation, was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 and reappointed by President Barack Obama. Letten has earned a reputation for a strong record in combatting public corruption, including the successful prosecution of former Gov. Edwin Edwards on bribery and racketeeing charges.

Letten’s office has unfortunately been the focus of a recent allegations of inappropriate comments about active criminal cases under aliases at nola.com, the web site of The Times-Picayune newspaper. These allegations have led to the resignation of one of Letten’s top assistants and the demotion of his first assistant. The Department of Justice named a federal prosecutor from Georgia to take over the investigation into the office’s internal problems.

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