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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALES IN NEW ORLEANS
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and U.S. Attorney Jim Letten field questions from the media during a press conference at the Port of New Orleans after Gonzales met with law enforcement officials in New Orleans August 21, 2006. A rising crime wave has engulfed the area in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, prompting Gov. Kathleen Blanco to deploy the National Guard to patrol city streets. (UPI Photo/A.J. Sisco)
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Jim Letten is U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

After finishing his law degree at the Tulane University School of Law, Letten worked for Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr. for four years and then began his career as a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice. He was involved in the successful prosecution of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and former state representative David Duke.

Letten is a Republican, having been appointed to the U.S. Attorney's position by President George W. Bush. Nonetheless, when Republicans lost the Presidency to Democrat Barack Obama in 2008, many Democrats, including U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, took the unusual step of urging the new President to ignore partisan labels and reappoint Letten.

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