Court-Appointed U.S. Attorney Named in Mississippi
By Fahima Haque | January 12, 2022 12:26 pm

John Dowdy (DOJ)

John M. Dowdy Jr. has been appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, a Mississippi TV station reported.

Dowdy will serve as the court-appointed U.S. Attorney until President Barack Obama decides on a permanent appointment. He has been the acting First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the past year and previously was chief of the district’s criminal division since 2004.

Mississippi is one of multiple states where U.S. Attorney positions have not yet been filled by the Obama administration. State Sen. Gray Tollison ran for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Northen District of Mississippi and the Obama administration also considered Southern District of Mississippi Assistant U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams and Oxford, Miss., criminal defense attorney Christi McCoy. Northern District of Mississippi Assistant U.S. Attorney Curtis Ivy was also mentioned as a candidate for the position.

Gregory K. Davis, a partner at Davis, Goss & Williams PLLC remains reportedly under consideration for U.S Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. Despite past candidates being considered and dropped, Attorney General Eric Holder told Main Justice the White House is prepared to announce nominees for the remaining U.S. Attorney vacancies.

Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. appointed Dowdy. He replaces U.S. Attorney Donald R. Burkhalter, who will retire next month and was chosen in 2009 as interim U.S. Attorney.

UPDATE: This article was corrected to reflect the change that Dowdy is the new court-appointed U.S. Attorney, not the interim U.S. Attorney as the Associated Press erroneously stated.

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