Amid a controversy that forced longtime U.S. Attorney Jim Letten to resign, the office’s former No. 2 has officially retired in the Eastern District of Louisiana, according to a report by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Jan Mann, the former First Assistant U.S. Attorney, who was demoted to Assistant U.S. Attorney, retired along with her husband Jim Mann, also a prosecutor in the office, an office spokeswoman told the Times-Picayune on Monday. Rumors swirled Friday that the pair was preparing for a departure.
Jan Mann had been engulfed in controversy since November, when allegations surfaced that she posted a number of disparaging online comments about ongoing federal probes at Nola.com, the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s website. She was the second longtime prosecutor to be called out for such conduct, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone resigning in March after he was outed as the author behind a prolific commenting alias. Perricone and Mann were sued by Fred Heebe, who is under scrutiny as part of an ongoing wide-ranging federal probe.