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2 Black U.S. Attorneys Resign After Sessions’ Request

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Two African-American U.S. Attorneys in Mississippi were on the list of people on Attorney General Jeff Sessions list of people whose resignations he called for last week and have since complied with his request.

Gregory K. Davis, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, submitted his resignation on Friday, spokeswoman Sheila Wilbanks confirmed to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Felecia C. Adams, who served in the position for the Northern District of Mississippi resigned on Friday as well, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad Lamar told the Clarion-Ledger.

Both attorneys were appointed by President Obama. Although it is not uncommon for U.S. Attorneys to leave office when new presidential administrations come in, Sessions request that 46 resign at the same time was seen by many as abrupt and criticized as unprofessional.

Davis was the first African-American to head the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District. He oversaw the James Craig Anderson case, in which 10 teenagers went to Jackson in search of a Black person to assault, resulting in Anderson’s death. Each of them were convicted on various charges.

Adams was Mississippi’s first woman U.S. Attorney, and was a 22-year veteran of the Justice Department. It was her office that oversaw the conviction of J. Everett Dutschke, who had been charged with sending letters laced with the poison ricin to several politicians and President Obama himself.

Harold Brittain was appointed Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District on March 11, and Robert Norman was apppointed for the Northern District the same day, according to the DOJ website.

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