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Kenneth Polite Jr. is wrapping up his first full week as the new US Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. 

High on his priority list is likely selecting his top assistants — and making sure recent history is not repeated.

Former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten is preparing to re-enter the world of academics. He will become an assistant dean at Tulane Law School.

At his first public appearance since leaving office, former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says he is still weighing his options for the future.

Letten also said he is optimistic that New Orleans officials and the Justice Department will work together to improve the city's troubled police department, despite recent differences between the two sides over the costs of reform.

Letten wouldn't comment on specifics regarding the police issue or cases he oversaw as U.S. Attorney.

A Baton Rouge man charged with threatening to murder former New Orleans U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and his family served nearly 20 years for the 1988 manslaughter of his 10-year-old daughter.

Gerald Estrade, 56, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of threatening a former federal law enforcement officer.

The Advocate says Estrade's daughter, Melissa, was reported missing in August 1988. Her body was discovered in December 1988 in the woods in southern Mississippi.

A 56-year-old Baton Rouge man has been indicted on a charge that he threatened to murder former New Orleans U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and members of his immediate family.

U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. said in a written statement received by The Advocate that Gerald Estrade faces a charge that carries a possible 10-year prison term. The formal charge is threatening to murder a former federal law enforcement officer and/or his family members.

Cazayoux added that the case is under investigation by the FBI.

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.

Reaction continues into the resignation of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. While officials are taking steps to find a replacement, some members of the public are stunned.

The longest-serving U.S. attorney in the nation is stepping down. The New Orleans office known for fighting corruption became mired in its own scandal.

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Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and head of an office embroiled in a widening scandal involving online posts made by some of his subordinates, announced his resignation during a news conference this morning.

Letten, the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the nation and a New Orleans native, thanked his law enforcement partners, staff and family, and said his resignation will be effective Dec. 11.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says a former manager of a Whitney Bank branch in Metairie has admitted stealing more than $56,000 from the bank.

He says 50-year-old Karen Sork pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank theft, and could get up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, and restitution.

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