2 Prosecutors Retire Amid Probe of Online Posts

Dec 17, 2012

A federal prosecutor demoted for anonymously posting comments on a newspaper's website has retired.

A Justice Department spokesman said Monday that Jan Mann and her husband, fellow prosecutor Jim Mann, both retired from the U.S. attorney's office in New Orleans.

Jan Mann was former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's top assistant before he demoted her last month. Letten resigned earlier this month amid a Justice Department probe of comments that she and another prosecutor, Sal Perricone, posted on Nola.com, The Times-Picayune's companion website.

Perricone resigned in March after acknowledging he criticized judges and politicians and commented on cases in his posts. Mann didn't admit posting comments until after a defamation suit was filed against her by the owner of a landfill at the center of a federal probe.