Jim Letten Scheduled to Make First Public Appearance Since Resignation
By Elizabeth Murphy | January 10, 2013 2:10 pm

Former New Orleans U.S. Attorney Jim Letten next week will be making his first public appearances since his abrupt resignation from the office last month.

Letten, a New Orleans native, will give two speeches next week, both of which he signed on to before he left his post as U.S. Attorney, he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Jim Letten (DOJ)

On Tuesday, he’ll be the featured speaker at a luncheon benefiting Court Watch NOLA, a non-profit group that advocates for transparency in the city’s criminal justice system. A day later, he will speak at the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, the newspaper reported.

Letten, who had been in his post for more than a decade, resigned in December after two of his longtime assistants admitted to anonymously commenting on ongoing federal investigations on Nola.com, the Times-Picayune’s website. Amid the scandal, Letten announced his resignation on Dec. 6. Both attorneys have since left the office.

Letten said his upcoming speeches will be a homecoming of sorts.

“These are people I’ve known and worked with for a long time,” Letten told the Times-Picayune, adding that his talking points will include ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

Letten again said he is still looking at options for his professional future.

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