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New Orleans US attorney resigns amid scandal

WASHINGTON — The top federal prosecutor in New Orleans, the longest-serving US attorney in the country, resigned Thursday amid an investigation into possible prosecutorial misconduct by two of his top deputies.

Jim Letten, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, announced his resignation at a news conference. In an emotional speech, he praised the office and said he would stay on briefly to help with the transition to new leadership.

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